Simply Homeschool Camp

Camp Details

Tues 29 March - Fri 1 April 2022

Wangat Lodge
1938 Chichester Dam Road, Bandon Grove, NSW


"I loved how friendly everyone was including Wangat staff. I also loved how nothing was forced and there were various activities you could choose to participate in (or not) and that all ages/abilities were catered for. I absolutely loved no tv or technology!"
-- Tracey

Welcome to Wangat

In September 2019 we held our first ever Simply Homeschool Camp at Wangat and it was a blast! 

Join us in March 2022 as we head back to the bush to meet other Simply Homeschool parents and kids. Immerse your family in nature-based learning this year - this is an experience not to be missed!

I'm looking forward to taking this journey with you.

Karen Willson

Registration Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All activities including guided walks, bush crafts, workshops, games and activities
  • Night Activities
  • Dinner on the first night
  • Doonas, blankets, and pillows (except for tents)
  • Access to a fully equipped kitchen
  • Screen detox (there is limited reception)

"I loved the community spirit we developed, the connections we made and the conversations with other Simply Homeschool parents and children"


BYO tent unpowered (4x4m & 3 people) - Full Member $649 | Trial Member $680 - 3 sites available (SOLD!)

4m bell tent unpowered (sleeps 4-6) - Full Member $849  | Trial Member $880 - 3 available (SOLD!)

5m bell tent unpowered (sleeps 6-8) - Full Member $899 | Trial Member $925 - 1 available (SOLD)

1 LEFT! ----- 6-bed room - Full Member $999 | Trial Member $1025

4-bed room - Full Member $849| Trial Member $880 - 5 available (SOLD!)

5 bed cottage - Full Member $1349| Trial Member $1380  - 1 available (SOLD!)

7-bed cottage - Full Member $1549 | Trial Member $1580 - 1 available (SOLD!)

*Payment plans are available. For more information about payment plans, rooms and inclusions please see below FAQ 


"We stayed in the bunkroom style cabins, they were comfortable and the shared bathrooms were always hot and we never had to wait. Everyone was lovely. So nice to put names to faces. Thank you so much Karen for organising, it really brings a great sense of community and encouragement to Simply Homeschool. We had just a lovely time."



There are four types of accommodation at Wangat Lodge.

BYO tents: There are 3 spaces for tents - the maximum size of the tent can be 4m x 4m and the maximum number of bodies in the tent can be 3. Guests need to provide their own bed, bedding and towels. Guests in their own tents have access to shared bathrooms. 


Bell Tents: Wangat's Bell Tents are luxury canvas tents and include a floor.  There are 3 x 4m diameter tents and 1 x 5m diameter tent and they are all tall enough to stand easily inside. While the tents can easily fit up to 10 single mattresses, Wangat provides 4 single foam mattresses for the 4m tents and 6 mattresses for the 5m tent. If you would like to add more people, you will need to supply your own mattresses over the supplied amount. Guests in tent accommodation have access to shared bathrooms and are required to supply their own bedding and towel.


Rooms: Rooms are bunk style accommodation that sleep 4 or 6 people. Rooms include doonas, blankets and pillows (guests are required to supply their own sheets, pillow slip and towel). All rooms access shared bathrooms and a fully equipped commercial kitchen with 6-burner hob/oven/grill, 2 large fridges, toasters, microwave, hot water urn. Rooms that sleep 4 people include 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed (2 singles). Rooms that sleep 6 people include 2 joinable single beds and 2 bunk beds (4 singles).


Cottages: There are two cottages at Wangat Lodge.

The Melia Cottage sleeps 5 and with 1 x queen bed and 3 x single beds. All bedding is provided (please bring towels). This cottage has a bathroom with shower. The Melia cottage has a kitchen with a 2-burner gas hob, electric cooking pot, microwave, kettle and toaster plus a mini Webber BBQ.

The Clancy cottage sleeps 7 people with 1 x queen bed, 2 x bunk beds (4 singles) and 1 sofabed. All bedding is included (please bring towels). This cottage has a bathroom with a shower and bath. The Clancy Cottage has a kitchen with gas hob and oven, microwave, kettle and toaster.


All accommodation has access to:

  • Large communal area with dining tables, couches, wood burner, table tennis and natural history library
  • Outside deck with large gas BBQ
  • Outside fire pit/ BBQ area with tiered seating
  • Forest amphitheatre
  • Beach volleyball/badminton court

Yes. We offer an option where you can pay with a number of equal installments. The first installment will occur when you register. Further payments will be deducted from your credit card on 7 January, 28 January, 17 February, and 10 March. No payment plan is available when registration is received after 10 February 2022. For full details and terms of payment plans please see Terms and Conditions

  • Laundry
  • Large communal area with dining tables, couches, wood burner, table tennis and natural history library
  • Outside deck with large gas BBQ
  • Outside fire pit/ BBQ area with tiered seating
  • Forest amphitheatre
  • Beach volleyball/badminton court

Wanagt Lodge is located 20km north of Dungog in Bandon Grove. It is set on the Chichester River amongst the forest in the sub-tropical foothills of the Barrington Tops.

This camp is for Simply Homeschool families. We welcome both Simply Homeschool full members and trial members. Full members will receive a discount.

Yes. If your child is too young for a bed please feel free to bring a portacot

Yes. Dinner is provided on the first evening of the camp but will be self-catered the rest of the time. Cottages have their own kitchen and all lodge rooms have access to a fully equipped commercial kitchen with 6-burner hob/oven/grill, 2 large fridges, toasters, microwave and hot water urn.

Nearby Dungog has an IGA and a good variety of speciality shops including a butcher, bakery, fruit and veg, cafes etc. Dungog is approx. 20 minutes from Wangat Lodge.

No. We encourage you to participate in activities but please feel free to relax in the peaceful, natural surroundings as well.

There will be activities throughout the camp that accommodate all levels of ability.

This camp is being organised by Simply Homeschool and will be held at Wangat Lodge.

Wangat Lodge staff will be facilitating activities during the camp. Wangat Lodge Staff include Dan Lyons (owner of Wangat, outdoor educator and practitioner of Bush Adventure Therapy with a BA in Environmental History. He also has qualifications in Adventure Based Youth Work and Outdoor Recreation), Nikki Brown (local wildcraft and survivalist, bush tucker expert and outdoor educator with many years experience and an amazing mum) and Mahli Hawke (wildcraft expert but specialises in folk-story telling, animal movement and tracking. Mahli is also a fully qualified teacher. He runs many mentoring programs for youth and teens).

This camp is:

  • Fully risk-assessed
  • Facilitated by professional, exceptionally experienced and specialist guides who are trained in 1st Aid and have current WWCC

Yes - Non-members will need to sign up for a Free Trial Membership to attend. Simply Homeschool Full Members receive a discounted rate. Note that Trial Members are not eligible for this rate.

This camp is designed for school-age children. Children under school age are also welcome to attend.

Cancellations received in writing to Simply Homeschool before 5:00 pm (EST) 13 February 2022 will be accepted and all fees refunded less an AUD $100 administrative fee.

Cancellations received after this date cannot be accepted and will not be refunded, however, transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable.

Covid related Cancellations received in writing to Simply Homeschool before 5:00 pm (EST) Sunday 27 March 2022 will be accepted and all fees refunded due to travel restrictions imposed by state or commonwealth governments impacting your ability to travel to the camp

This includes those who are:

  • Restricted from traveling due to health and/or Government advice relating to COVID-19
  • Under Government direction to self-isolate
  • Awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Identified as close or casual contacts of a person who has a reported or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • Have had flu-like symptoms in the last 72 hours

No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Camp.

Please see camp Terms and Conditions in relation to our Cancellation and Refund Policy. 

The Simply Homeschool Wangat Camp is a family camp and children under 18 are not permitted to attend without a guardian. 

There will be a range of activities at the camp. Some of these activities may be appropriate for children aged 7+ to participate in without their parent or guardian in attendance. A full schedule of activities will be released before the camp. 

The first day we will do a short orientation and a river walk on the property, finishing with a swim.

The next two full days will be an amazing deeply nature immersive experience with all sorts of walks, bush tucker, workshops, games and activities. These are arranged and led by experienced Wangat Lodge Staff who are skilled in local wildcraft, bush tucker, folk-story telling, animal movement and tracking. 

The final, fourth day will be time for free exploring or wrapping up any craft or other activities with a final lunch before departure. 

Each evening there will be an activity (e.g. spotlighting, story telling, frogging, night walks, campfire etc)

The final program will be based on the ages of children and sent to those who are attending the camp.