A whole weekend for mum and daughter to connect with each other and nature while camping – why haven’t we done this before?!!!
Women’s Fitness Adventures are well known for bringing together like-minded women for courage and company to do something in the outdoors that is unfamiliar or a little bit scary. This community bundles travel, adventure and exercise all into one. Most recently, they planned a weekend retreat so that mothers and daughters could have this experience together.
Before we tell you the details – here is what one of the participants in the inaugural February camp had to say:
-Wow! What a fantastic weekend. No computers, no phones, no homework, no housework – from the moment we arrived, it was pure bliss. Just me, my daughter and several other like-minded women and girls taking time out of our hectic lives to reconnect, talk, laugh and challenge ourselves in ways we never thought possible. The camaraderie of all participants was fantastic from the get-go, and the encouragement and support given to everyone during our rock climbing challenge was inspiring. Girls and women who just looked up the at rock face and said, “No way!”, were scaling it with ease an hour later. That’s determination, and a very strong developing growth mindset. More than a few daughters were in awe of their mums that day. Thanks Women’s Fitness Adventures for a sensational weekend; we can’t wait to join you again.- Kim and Jemma
The next Women’s Fitness Adventure’s Mother-Daughter Camp is 10th February - 12th February 2017.
Make your booking here:
The Mother/Daughter weekend was recently featured on Ch7's Queensland Weekender:
Arrive Friday night at Mt Barney Lodge at your leisure.
Your tent has already been pitched, so you just need to add your sleeping gear and you are set for the night.
Relax into the evening and meet your fellow adventurers.
*BYO Dinner or grab it on the way down
The day begins at 7am with a Beginners Rock-climb. Under the direction of Mt Barney Lodge Outdoor Leaders, learn how to rock climb on natural surfaces.
After lunch team challenges are planned. You will need to bring your skills of communication, co-operation and leadership with you to have fun and success completing the tasks. Filled with laughter and smiles, this is a fabulous family bonding opportunity, as well as connecting with other adventurers.
There will be an afternoon tea break before the opportunity for a swim at Split Rock Waterhole! Or just relax.
As the sunset colours begin, the girls go on a night adventure for an hour or so with the Outdoor Leaders, whilst the mums relax on haybales (or BYO camp chair!) around the campfire.
All that activity creates a hearty appetite and there is nothing better than a Wild Pizza night to satisfy the hungriest of adventurers. Make-your-own pizza creation with your daughter, and delight at the taste sensation of a camp oven pizza as you relax around the campfire.
With a full day of adventure and new experiences behind you, you’ll be angling to have an uninterrupted sleep in your private tent.
BYO Breakfast, lunch and snacks
*Dinner provided - Wild Pizza
Set your alarm early if you want to see the pink dawn colours on Mt Barney – great photographic opportunity!! Or sleep in – as the magnificent Mt Barney is the constant backdrop for the weekend.
After breakfast, the group will head off on a short (self-guided) 1 hour hike up to YellowPinch Lookout. The views from the lookout across to Mt Barney are magnificent!
The weekend concludes around lunchtime.
*BYO Breakfast, snacks and lunch (or lunch on your way home)
Some meals*, camping accommodation, rock climbing equipment and first aid. Fully qualified Outdoor Leaders where marked.
No previous experience needed, just a sense of fun and adventure.
Frequently asked questions:
1. Are tents provided?
Yes 2 person tents are provided and are already erected. All you need to do is add your bedding and you are set for sleeping
2. Do I need other camping equipment?
You do need some other bits and pieces, however it is nothing too fancy. If you don’t have it, try and borrow it from a friend. Items to bring include a camp chair/deck chair, sleeping mattress (air mattress or therma rest), sleeping bags/blankets, pillows, cutlery and plates, cups, fold up table.
3. What food is supplied?
Dinner on the Saturday night is the only meal included. This is fresh Pizza that we make from scratch
4. Do you have any suggestions as to what food to bring for the other meals?
It is best to keep it as simple as possible, allowing more time for fun! As people will be arriving at different times on Friday night, you may wish to have dinner on the way, or bring a dinner already prepared. Note that there is a small stove, however this will be used primarily for boiling water for tea and coffee.
For breakfast, cereal and fruit is the best option. We have an early start on Saturday morning, so something quick and easy. Bread and or rolls for lunch on Saturday with cold meats/salads is the best option. As we finish around lunchtime on Sunday, you may wish to have your lunch before you leave or purchase something on the journey home.
It is recommended you bring an esky with ice to keep your items cool.
5. What is the age range for girls?
There is no specific age range, however there is an age range for the activities. The minimum age for rock climbing is 10 years.
6. Do we need to have any experience in any of the activities or camping?
No, none at all. Just a keen sense of adventure, a willingness to participate and a desire to have fun.
7. Who is running the activities?
The program is facilitated and instructed by qualified guides from the Mt Barney Lodge. In addition, all safety gear for rock climbing is included. Mt Barney Lodge have extensive experience in running and facilitating school groups.
8. Where is Mt Barney Lodge located?
The lodge is located at the base of World Heritage-listed Mt Barney National Park in Queensland’s Scenic Rim. It is located between Boonah and Rathdowney, approximately 2 hours south west of Brisbane. Exact location details can be found by clicking here.
9. Is there mobile reception?
Reception is very limited and unreliable. Take the opportunity for a digital detox!!
10. I have more than one daughter, can I bring them both?
The program is set up for a pair of mother/daughter. You are welcome to bring another adult female to partner with your second (or third) daughter
The next Women’s Fitness Adventure’s Mother-Daughter Camp is on October 14-16.
Book directly with them here.
p.s. If you are interested in organising your own father-son, father-daughter etc etc group camp, then please email Mt Barney Lodge to talk your plans over.
See our other Residential Camps here.