Schools are welcome and often frequent the park, taking advantage of our facilities and outdoor activities.
Large groups can enquire about our "Exclusive use" option hiring both facilities and surrounding grounds, providing a secure and private environment for children (enquire with our caretakers).
Brucknell Park is a great stop off if you are travelling through the area; and makes a great base for day trips to many natural features in the surrounding area. Some of these include: The Shipwreck Coast, Curdievale, Cheeseworld, Whale watching, Flagstaff Hill, Tower Hill, Port Fairy
Day activities at the park could include our Initiative / Commando / Orienteering Courses, open arena for games, or just a BBQ or picnic lunch.
Catering can be arranged (Refer to the catering section for details)
One of Brucknell Park’s most hidden secrets is the Outdoor Chapel
Nestled in the heart of the bush, this is the ideal place for that special occasion - be it a wedding, baptism, confirmation, or perhaps just a quiet prayer during your stay
Several packages available, from day use only to exclusive use of all facilities for those who want to make the occasion extra special for themselves and their guests
“Welcome to Brucknell Park Scout Camp” reads the entrance sign, warmly inviting you into our serene bushland setting nestled in the rich dairy farming district of Victoria’s Great South West.
Located 3 hours southwest of Melbourne and just ½ an hour from Warrnambool, Brucknell Park is 146 acres of natural Australian bushland, only minutes from the Great Ocean Road and the Shipwreck Coast, making it an ideal getaway for both local and visiting groups of all ages.
Facilities include an onsite caretakers’ residence, 2 new recreation halls accommodating up to 80 people boasting recently installed energy efficient solar hot water. A beautiful bush chapel often hosting weddings is available for hire, or is the perfect place for a quiet prayer during your stay. The park also offers the adventures of a commando course, initiative course and the younger ones love scouring the bush for the scattered animal statues of the “Cub Jungle”. There is a huge open arena for games, picnic area with wood fired BBQ’s, and an abundance of camping areas throughout the park for under canvas groups.
Enquiries and bookings can be made with our friendly caretakers on 0355 665 205.
Come and enjoy all of what Brucknell Park has to offer!
The Commando Course winds throughout the bush, challenging even the fittest athlete.
Comprising of 11 activity stations, it can be as simple as running across a log, to climbing through pipes or tyres.
The Neville Dance Training Centre is our smaller more cosy facility
It sleeps up to 20 in 4 seperate bunk bed dorm rooms
A medium size recreation area with a combustible wood fire adjoins a small but recently upgraded kitchen, fully equipped with cooking equipment, crockery/cutlery and has gas cooking
Toilets and showers are located just outside the back door in adjoining buildings
Other items included are:
12 desk style tables
TV / DVD (no free to air)
Download a floor plan below and allocate your room before you come!
Neville Dance Training Centre Floor Plan
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Camping areas at the park are endless!
For the adventurous campers, there are numerous clearings throughout the bush that give the feeling of solitude and serenity, not too far away from civilisation (although you'd never know it)
If you like camping a little closer, there is a large open picnic area with woodfired BBQ's just behind the toliet/shower block
Campfires are permitted throughout the park in non-fire restriction months (May - November) and there is plenty of wood to be scavengeged. A campfire circle with log seats is also located in an open area near the BBQ's for larger fires and group activities
Park caretakers are to be notified prior to any proposed fire to monitor conditions and approve the location
All groups are welcome to hire our facilities, overnight or even just for the day. We often have team building days or workshops held in our main hall, or on our open arena. The initiative course is a great place to bond, followed by a BBQ afterwards. Orienteering day trips are popular considering our proximity to surrounding communities.
Recent groups who've visited the park include: Church groups, playgroups, schools, community groups, acting groups, band camps, dancing groups, environmental groups - the list goes on...
Families often hire our facilities for large get togethers, birthdays, reunions or other special occasions.
Large groups could take advantage of our "Exclusive use" option, hiring the entire park including both facilities and surrounding grounds and activities (enquire with our caretakers)
Brucknell Park Mountain Bike Track
is closed to public until further notice.
No riding is permitted.
The Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club and South West District Scout
Association are currently working in partnership with Corangamite Shire to
secure funding to develop a world class Cross Country Mountain Bike Track
at Brucknell Park. The track will be designed and built by World Trails,
an Australian company led by Glen Jacobs who have contributed to over 200
competition mountain bike tracks in 18 countries across the globe.
Site inspections and consultation have commenced, made possible by funding
provided by Corangamite Shire. Updates will be posted on this platform
from time to time.
The ultimate goal of the club and scouts is to have an awesome 6-8km track
that can be used by members of the public. Eventually hosting rounds of
the State (and maybe even National) Cross Country Series will be a
possibility, in turn establishing a key step towards a talent development
pathway for promising riders in South WeSt Victoria.
Orienteering is a fun way for kids to get some great exercise whilst learning to follow instructions and find their way.
The park has three basic orienteering courses developed which can be followed easily with or without a compass. There are questions to answer along the way to make things a bit more challenging. (Download below)
Alternatively, create your own course or just follow the bush tracks and find your way back!
The games arena is a huge open area (soccer field size) located adjacent to the Coleman Hall, kept nicely mowed for games of all types
Also there is a large open space near the picnic area, and surrounding the Neville Dance Training Centre
Local scouting groups often frequent their district scout huts located at the park.
Other Scouting groups are encouraged to come and enjoy our facilities, and reciprocal rates can be discussed with our park caretakers.
Park badges can be purchased onsite at the caretakers office.
The history of the park goes back to the early 1900’s when it was purchased by the South Western District Scout Association and developed for local groups as a get away for troop camps. Numerous volunteers contributed tirelessly to the immense task of developing winding tracks throughout the park and clearing an area to build recreational facilities.
On 16th February 1983 tragedy struck in the form of the infamous Ash Wednesday bushfires, totally destroying all buildings since erected, leaving the bushland blackened and scarred from its ferociousness.
The tough Aussie bush has since rejuvenated, bursting with colour and abundant wildlife, including numerous specious of birdlife. Kangaroos and Wallabies who now call the park home can often be spotted drinking from the small creek which gently flows through the centre of the bush.
All activites within the park are available to groups staying, included in the hiring cost.
There are plenty of things to do to keep both young and old entertained, whilst enjoying the clean bush air.
Although quite safe, adult supervision is required for children using the equipment
The young ones love the adventure of the Cub Jungle comprising of 6 animal statues to find, from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”
Your Catering options are -
Self-cater using on-site kitchen facilities providing all of your own supplies
Book your catering through our resident caretakers (call 0355 665 205 to enquire)
Use local off site catering
Or any combination of the above (eg provide own breakfast and have other meals catered etc)
Are dogs allowed at the park?
Unfortunately no, dogs are not allowed as Brucknell Park is classed as "Land for Wildlife".
Are campfires permitted at the park?
Fires are permitted with the prior approval of the onsite caretakers, during the non-firedanger period (May - Novemeber). Fallen wood is to be scavenged from the bush.
Can I contact people staying at the park?
Yes, there is a payphone outside the Coleman Hall which can take incoming calls (10 minute limit) - Ph. (03) 55 665 181
Is there mobile reception at the park?
Due to the thickness of the bush, mobile coverage is limited (1 - 2 bars and may drop out). Telstra has the best coverage. Full service can be acheived 500m down the main road.
Brucknell Park Scout Camp is located at 1215 Timboon - Nullawarre Rd Brucknell and is signposted by brown tourist signs from most main roads. Some Google maps indicate it close to Timboon but the correct location is 2kms East of the Ayersford Road in Brucknell.
Take the Westgate Freeway West for approx 50kms to Geelong but continue on the Geelong Ring Road another 20kms and take the exit signed COLAC. Turn right onto the Princes Hwy and travel another 140kms through Winchelsea, Colac, Camperdown and Terang. Approx 2kms past Terang turn left onto Ayersford Road (signposted Brucknell Scout Camp). Follow this for approx 12 kms, straight over the intersection and another 12kms then turn left onto Timboon - Nullawarre Road (signposted Brucknell Scout Camp). Brucknell Park Scout Camp is 2kms on the right just before the bend. (approximate travel time 3 hours)
Take the Princes Hwy East for approx 12kms then turn right onto the Great Ocean Road. Follow this for 17kms then turn left at Nullawarre following signs to Timboon. After 9kms turn left then right straight away still following signs to Timboon (and Brucknell Scout Camp). Brucknell Park Scout Camp is 2kms on the right just before the bend. (approximate travel time 35 minutes)
Brucknell Park can accommodate many different groups in varied locations of the park
Indoor accommodation must be booked in advance and secured via deposit
Camping is available most of the time unless exclusively booked for an event - please call to enquire
To check availability please call the Caretakers on 0355 665 205
For emergency purposes, a campsite register is to be completed upon arrival with names of all persons staying. An Emergency Response Plan is located in each facility detailing our emergency procedures and park contacts. The group leader (or hirer) is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of their guests at all times.
Any incidents are to be reported to park management as soon as practicable
The Coleman Hall has an outgoing payphone. Guests can also be contacted directly on this by calling (03) 55 665 181
Due to the thickness of the bush mobile coverage is limited (1 - 2 bars and may drop out). Inside the halls there is generally no service however TEXT messages can come through intermittently. Telstra has the best coverage. Full service can be acheived 500m down the main road.
In case of emergency the caretaker's residence can be contacted on (03) 55 665 205
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