Land’s Edge Foundation is delighted to be able to offer schools and other groups affordable accommodation and programming (school camps) in the unique and stunning natural environment of Chowder Bay. Providing a space for people of all ages to learn about, and come to appreciate the importance of, the Sydney Harbour environment.
Sydney Harbour is world-renowned for its spectacular natural beauty. Much of its foreshore, especially on its northern side, is natural bushland bursting with hundreds of species of native flora and fauna. The unique marine environment of Sydney Harbour is also home to an extraordinary diversity of marine life, including a sea horse colony that can be viewed at Chowder Bay during a stay with LEF .
Chowder Bay is a historical maritime village set in natural bushland and the stunning harbour as a background. It is surrounded by two significant areas of open space – Clifton Gardens Reserve and Sydney Harbour National Park. Both of which are linked by walking tracks to other places of interest including Taronga Zoo, Balmoral Beach and Headland Park. Chowder Bay is a short drive to/from Mosman where groups can access supermarkets, medical facilities, pharmacies etc
Outdoor Education Programming
For the past 10 years, LEF has been developing and delivering high-quality school camps on Sydney Harbour from its Chowder Bay foreshore education and accommodation facility.
LEF Sydney Harbour outdoor education programs are usually between two and five days in length but as all programs are tailored for individual groups, longer programs can be arranged. Both residential and expedition-style programs are offered.
All LEF Sydney Harbour school camp programs reflect the cultural, physical and historical spirit of the Harbour and utilise it’s waterways, foreshore and bushlands, all which have an unlimited potential for learning and giving young people a new and exciting perspective of Sydney Harbour.
School camps are accommodated at the LEF Sydney Harbour education/accommodation facility, which sleeps between 16 and 80 people. Many groups undertaking Sydney Harbour programming also choose to spend a night or two on Cockatoo Island in the middle of Sydney Harbour in tent accommodation. Groups participating in expedition-style programming can also camp with LEF in Sydney Harbour National Park.
Given the ease of reaching the LEF Sydney Harbour via public transport, LEF recommends the use of public transport to and from the facility. In fact, LEF offers programming that encourages students themselves to learn the skills of travelling via public transport through the LEF Public Transport Challenge program. Alternatively, groups can access the facility via Sydney Buses, by private coach or vehicle, by ferry – or by foot. If required, LEF can arrange all transportation to and from the facility. LEF arranges all in-program travel.
LEF Sydney Harbour covers all catering and dietary requirements for programs in this location unless groups undertaking residential programming wish to self-cater at the LEF Sydney Harbour facility.
LEF adheres to the Australia & New Zealand Food Standards Code, meeting, in particular, Standards 3.2.2 (Food Safety Practices & General Requirements) and Standard 3.2.3 (Food Premises & Equipment).
LEF provides all equipment required for Sydney Harbour programming including snorkelling, sea rafting, sea kayaking etc.
All camping equipment is provided for Cockatoo Island stays.
Here, in one of the world’s most iconic and important harbour environments, LEF works in partnership with a number of organisations to deliver a unique outdoor education product for primary and secondary school students:
– Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)
– NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
– Sydney Harbour Federation Trust