FARM CLUB AUSTRALIA

OUTSIDE ADVENTURES

Get OUTSIDE and fill your boots with some Farm Club adventures.

For enquiries  for any of these adventures
please contact us on   +61 2 4883 4664    OR     EMAIL

Guided Canoeing

Travis was born in Upstate New York and has been enjoying the outdoors and paddling since he was a young boy.  His adventurous parents took him on many travels and family camping trips which helped instil a deep love of the outdoors and also a passion for getting others outside.
In 2001, after completing his bachelors degree in Environmental Science,
he began working professionally as an outdoor educator and guide.
After moving permanently to Australia in 2004 he started working for the Outdoor Education Group.

In 2007, he was selected to teach Outdoor Recreation for TAFE NSW in a role which sees him training the next generation of outdoor guides and instructors.  In doing so, he chose to specialise in Canoeing and Bushwalking although he still very much enjoys nearly every other outdoor pursuit.  Not happy with the quality of “true” canoes available at the time, he started his own business
(Paddle & Portage Canoes) importing top-quality Wenonah canoes and Current Designs kayaks from the USA.  Through his work and his business he’s had the great fortune of introducing thousands of people to canoeing.  His passion for canoeing and his instructional techniques have been featured in several publications including Outer Edge Magazine and Australian Geographic Outdoor.

Travis coordinates all of the Farm Club canoe tours.
Whether you have Travis or one his trusted guides,
you are guaranteed a great adventure.

This is your chance to connect with history as you experience a half-day paddle in a “Canadian” canoe, one of the oldest forms of water-craft on the planet. You will receive top-notch tuition from our qualified guide, who will help you learn the “art” of canoe paddling so that you can control your craft and enjoy the experience. Canoeing takes a great deal of teamwork and is very rewarding when it all comes together. We will explore one of our local Southern Highlands waterways and will stop for morning tea. You may have the chance to spot wildlife, go for a swim, play some canoe games, or grab some nature shots! Experience one of the best ways to spend time on the water. Lunch will be provided on return.


Includes:     Breaky Roll on arrival with coffee
Lunch on return at Farm Club Cafe
Transport


Locations:    
Wingecarribee River – This the Southern Highlands’ major river which runs from the high swamp in Robertson, through Moss Vale, Burradoo, and Berrima, and eventually joins the Wollondilly River and flows to Warragamba Dam!
Welby Dam – The Welby Dam is one of two dams which were used as the water source for Welby and Mittagong for a number of years. It’s a small, but very scenic, body of water that ranges from wide-open expanse to narrow winding creek as you approach Wombeyan Caves Road. There’s an abundance of bird-life and often kangaroos are spotted on the bank.

This is your chance to connect with history as you experience a full-day paddle in a “Canadian” canoe, one of the oldest forms of water-craft on the planet. You will receive top-notch tuition from our qualified guides, who will help you learn the “art” of canoe paddling so that you can control your craft and enjoy the experience. Canoeing takes a great deal of teamwork and is very rewarding when it all comes together. We will spend the day exploring what is known as “The most scenic flat-water paddling destination in all of NSW!” Many would argue that it’s one of the best in all of Australia! We will depart from Tallowa Dam and head into Lake Yarrunga, which is the lake formed by the damming of the Kangaroo and Shoalhaven Rivers. As we head West, we are very quickly engulfed by the vast geologic wonder that is the Upper Shoalhaven River Gorge. Steep, rainforest hills are topped by 100m sandstone cliffs. Water dragons line the banks, Lyrebirds scratch the undergrowth, and lace monitors patrol the shoreline and the trees as white-breasted sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles soar overhead. You will have the chance to spot wildlife, go for a swim, play some canoe games, or grab some stunning nature shots!
A trip up the Upper Shoalhaven Gorge is one that you will never forget.


Includes:     Breaky Roll on arrival with coffee
Lunch on the journey
Afternoon tea
Transport

Optional:   
 Add a late afternoon Campfire Package – Roast, Farmers Dinner, Muster Dinner or options of Dips + Crackers by the fire, Smores

Farm Club Fly Fishing School

Cody Heartz is a writer and educator from the United States.
Currently he lives in Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales. An accomplished outdoorsman, Cody has a special interest in fly-fishing. Cody learned bushcraft growing up in the woods around his family’s home in the White Mountains of the United States. During his teens, he was introduced to fly-fishing in Colorado. Under the tutelage of local guides and fly-tyers, Cody developed his skill by studying the waters of the high Rockies in the American West.

As an author, Cody looks for ways to combine his skills as a writer with his passion for ecology and exploration. His work has been published widely in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. Most recently, his work has been featured in Wild Magazine.

Basic workshop on fly tying skills.


Time:         9:30am – 3pm
Includes:  Coffee on arrival + Morning tea + Lunch
Each participant receives a “Legend Tying Kit” in timber box.

Basic set up of rods, rigging, choice of fly’s. Casting out on the water (Farm Club Dam)


Time:         9:30am – 4pm  (max 6 participants)
Includes:  Coffee on arrival + Morning tea + Lunch
Equipment List: Rods, Reels, Flys, Thigh waders if needed

Quick rigging and casting demonstrations, casting on water


Time:         9:00am – 1pm  (max 6 participants)
Includes:   Coffee on arrival + Morning tea
Equipment List: Rods, Reels, Flys, Thigh waders if needed

Basic set up of rods, rigging, choice of fly’s. Casting out on the water


Time:         8:30am – 4pm  (max 6 participants)
Includes:   Coffee on arrival + Morning tea + Lunch + Afternoon tea
Equipment List: Rods, Reels, Flys, Thigh waders if needed

Day 1 – Basic set up of rods, rigging, choice of fly’s. Transportation to destination, approx 30min tramping to site, cast. Casting out on the water


Day 2 – Casting out on the water, camp pack up, tramp back to cars, drive back to Farm Club HQ

Time:            Departs 8:30am/ Return 4:30pm  (max 6 participants)

Includes:  Day 1 Coffee on arrival + Morning tea + Lunch  + Dinner
Day 2 Breakfast + Coffee/ Morning tea + Lunch  + Afternoon tea
Equipment: Rods, Reels, Flys, Thigh waders if needed
Transport

Bird Watching Tours

BirdLife Australia is proud to be the nation’s largest bird conservation organisation.
As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, their aim is clear:
to create a bright future for Australia’s birds.

Their mission is to make a real and positive difference for Australia’s birds.
Over the years their conservation work has achieved beneficial results for a wide range of different species. Their experience and specialised knowledge combined with the ability to unite and inspire the bird-loving community means that they can act quickly and decisively at local,
state and national levels.

It’s not just about saving our precious birds — the members all enjoy watching birds as well.
This is why they help people learn about birds and conduct a diverse array of activities so that you can get out into nature and appreciate birds with like-minded people.

Enjoy a 2 hour birdwatching tour around the Farm Club property, guided by Birdlife Southern Highlands. Meet and greet at the Farm Club Cafe 15mins prior to tour, Birders will be transported to on farm location to begin tour.


Birdwatching times:    Morning tour  9am – 11am/ Afternoon tour 2pm – 4pm
(Min 4  participants / Max 8  participants – with 2 guides)
Includes:         Morning tea OR Afternoon tea

Location Options:
Farm Track Walk
A loop walk following the farm track from on top of the ridge in a counter- clockwise direction which would be suitable for reasonably fit participants. Participants could be taken to the starting point and collected when finished.
Gully Walk
A walk  through the timbered section following the ephemeral creek line.
Participants would be taken to the highest point on the ridge line and follow a designated track to the bottom flat where they would be picked up.

Initial Bird List:   
Laughing Kookaburra, Australian Magpie, Crested Pigeon, Crimson Rosella, Galah, Grey Fantail, Red-browed Finch, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Australian Wood Duck, King Parrot, Welcome Swallow, Common  Myna, Magpie Lark, Cattle Egret, White-necked Heron, Striated Thornbill, Brown Thornbill, Eastern Whipbird, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren and Grey Shrike-thrush

Additional Common Species Likely to be Found on the Property:
Pied Currawong, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Long-billed Corella, Rufous Whistler, Golden Whistler, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Masked Lapwing, White-faced Heron, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Nankeen Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Pacific Black Duck, Eastern Yellow Robin, Little Raven, Australian Raven, Grey Butcherbird, Silvereye, Spotted Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, and Common Starling

Indigenous On Farm Walks

As a Yuin Woman, Wendy has been sharing her Aboriginal culture and expertise in schools for the last twenty five years.
She is a practising artist and has exhibited within galleries across NSW showing works of mixed media and painted clapsticks.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Social Welfare and worked with the Department of Community Services as a Child Protection Worker for twenty two years.
She was the President of the Wingecarribee Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group for four years and is currently the Vice President of the Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group.

Wendy offers a one off two hour lesson that provides an overview of traditional Aboriginal history, culture and practices such as art creation, dreamtime stories and bush tucker and medicines.

A unique experience to become immersed in the traditional Aboriginal Culture of the Gundungurra Tribe of the Southern Highlands.
Set on Farm Clubs 1000 acre property, participants will experience first hand how Aborigines survive in the Australian bush, including how to identify and use the native plants growing on the property for food, medicine and to construct tools.
The day starts with Coffee in the Farm Club Cafe followed by a welcome and acknowledgement to Country  + a traditional Grounding Ceremony.


Time:         10am – 2pm.
Includes:   Coffee + Lunch

Meet at the Farm Club Cafe for coffee, proceedings will start with a welcome and acknowledgement to Country + a Traditional Grounding Ceremony.
Wendy will give a talk explaining the purpose of the Bong Bong land to the Gundungurra + surrounding tribes + a brief history. Guests will then be taken on a walk to experience first hand how Aborigines survive in the Australian bush, including how to identify and use the native plants growing on the property for food, medicine and to construct tools.
Lunch will be served in the Farm Club Cafe and include traditional dampers, jams, meats and bush tea.
After lunch guests will gather in the Saddlers Shed for an afternoon of weaving and bush ochre painting.


Time:         9:30am – 4pm.
Includes:     Coffee + Lunch

Clay Target Shooting

Ideal for corporate groups and family gatherings a Clay Target Shooting is both fun and educational as well as team building.

The clay target club is affiliated with the Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA), enabling club members to shoot competitively at any ACTA ground throughout Australia.
The primary objectives of the club is to promote the sport of target shooting within the Southern Highlands, raise awareness of firearms safety and just as importantly, to provide a fun social day at the range for members and visitors.

Clay Target Shooting is a sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family as a recreation at our local Berrima Clay Target Shooting Club. Meet at Farm Club Cafe for coffee and light morning tea.
Farm Club transfers to and from the venue. Safety talk and issue of P650 shooting licence for the day. Each person will get 25 clays to target.


Includes:       3hr session  (Min 5  participants)
Coffee on arrival + Morning tea & transport to and from venue.
Other info:    Meet at Farm Club. Covered shoes a must.

4WD GUIDED TAGALONG TOUR

Like many enthusiasts, an interest in all things mechanical was clear from an early age. Combined with a love of the great outdoors, these passions remain to this day to offer a wealth of knowledge in vehicle preparation, maintenance & operation.

A lifelong involvement in the automotive trade has seen him responsible for a vast range of machinery & equipment, ranging from drill rigs to super yachts. Following the completion of a mechanical apprenticeship, Steve quickly became Foreman of a specialist Land Rover workshop.  When a good friend started a business building and modifying custom 4 wheel drives, Steve began to transfer what they had learned on their own cars, preparing vehicles for some of the toughest off- road competitions in the country.

While constantly striving to build skills across a wide range of vehicles & technology, an enthusiasm for classic vehicles & engineering has continued to influence his direction and expertise. Coupled with a personal history of 4WD vehicles & off-road adventures, the result is more than 20 years of hands-on industry experience.

Meet 9am at the Farm Club Cafe for morning coffee
Induction starts at 9.30, talk on vehicles, inspections and general Q + A
Tour will take participants around the Lantern Hill Loop incorporating various terrains and obstacles with Information talks with Steve along the way.
Back to HQ for debrief and lunch.


Time:            9am – 1pm  (Lunch at 12:30pm)
Costs:            POA
Includes:      Arrival Coffee + Lunch
Other Info:   Meet 9am at the Farm Club Cafe

Meet 9am at the Farm Club Cafe for morning coffee.
Induction starts at 9.30, talk on vehicles, inspections and general Q + A
Tour will take participants around the Lantern Hill Loop incorporating various terrains and obstacles with information talks with Steve along the way.
Back to HQ for debrief and lunch. After lunch we get back in the vehicles to do the forrest loop, with a stop for afternoon tea in the woods. Then back at 4:30pm and debrief, concluding at 5pm.


Time:          9am – 5pm  (Lunch at 12:30pm)
Costs:          POA
Includes:    Arrival Coffee + Lunch + Afternoon Tea
Other Info:    Meet 9am at the Farm Club Cafe