Holiday programs

This program is for 5-14yr olds at Mt Keira Girl Guides Camp and Dapto, Don’s Farm every school holidays from 9am – 3pm, where we adventure in nature play at our beautiful sites. Each day varies but will include the opportunity to learn Archery, Woodwork (including safe use of tools like knife, axe, saw), leather work, creek play, tug of war, shelter building, knots, bushwalking, flora/fauna hunting and so much more!


Our holiday programs are popular and sell out fast. We open up holiday program bookings in Week 5 of Term, each Term.

We offer a range of programs for children and families under our forest schooling pedagogy including

0-5yr playgroups
3-6yr Nature Play (drop off)
Bush School 5-14yrs
After school programs
Holiday programs
Family camps
Adult nature immersion

This allows them to develop their interests and abilities through practical hands on experiences.

What’s the details?


Children need to be 5-14yrs to attend


Mt Keira Girl Guides Camp is our base (drive through the big gates, all the way to the end of camp to find us)


Dapto (Don’s Farm at back of Avondale Rd)


9am – 3pm.


BYO lunch and water


What activities are there?


We will be building and lighting fires with flint and steel (fire bans assessed daily), Archery, Creek exploration (both sites have beautiful flowing creeks), nature art activities and leather and clay craft, group games (tug of war, water fights etc), using tools like axes, saws, knives, shelter building, animal tracking and even cooking a stew in a camp oven!


What happens if it rains? 


We are an “all weather” holiday program. We will not cancel the program if it is raining. In fact, in the rain is where the magic happens! Pack a rain jacket and spare everything.


Please note, each site has an undercover area where we can have fires and keep warm and gather to in heavy rain or storms.


Who runs it?


Experienced Teachers and Outdoor Educators with a focus on unstructured play in nature. We are fully insured and have an excellent safety record. We run all year round operating primarily as a Forest School for 0-15yrs, so we are excellent at holding space for children to explore and BE KIDS!  


Can i stay with my child? 


The Program is generally a drop off and runs from 9-3pm. If you wish to stay with your child, you are more than welcome! 



Our ratio is 8:1 maximum programs and 4:1 for NDIS bookings.


NDIS and Inclusion


Roughly 20% of our clients have NDIS support. We find that our programs are excellent for neurodivergent children and our staff are well trained and equipped for working with your child outdoors


NDIS bookings are invoiced privately to your plan manager or to you directly if you are self managed. Please, if you are covered under NDIS, email us the details of the plan to and the program you wish to book.


Our ratio for NDIS children is higher and we have a full inclusion policy to send you to outline all the ways we provide extra support for your child. We therefore invoice you at the NDIS rate ($30/hr -$180/DAY) under Capacity Building Funding to ensure we give higher levels of support for your child. We also have 1:1 support workers who have been trained under therapy supervision and have thorough knowledge of forest schooling AND Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, cerebal paulsy, PDA profile and other disabilites. If your child needs 1:1 support and you have core funding, you can request this seperately via email. 


What is a forest school?


Bush Magic is not a registered school. We offer Outdoor Education programs, facilitated by qualified Teachers using a forest schooling pedagogy. If you wish to discuss your families needs and desires to attend our program during Term time, please get in touch with Simone or Katrina at and we are happy to discuss with you how we can best serve you and your childs desired outcomes xx


Sibling discount


First child is full price. Each additional child incurs a 10% discount


Cancellations and refunds


If the program is cancelled due to severe weather event, we will credit you with the opportunity to attend another Bush Magic Program valued at the same price. 

If a session is cancelled after it has already begun due to weather or safety concerns, we are unable to give a refund or credit the session fees

If you are absent from a program due to illness, holiday or any other reason, no refund will be offered. 

If we need to cancel the program, a credit will be offered.


What do I wear?


Long pants

Good walking shoes

Woollen socks (if possible – better for breathing, blisters and leeches)

Breathable long sleeve shirt


Please bring in bag

minimum 2 litres of drinking water

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea

Rain jacket

Spare pair of closed shoes

Spare full set of clothes

Spare socks and underwear


Plastic bag