Camp Longbeach was founded by the YMCA of Canberra in the 1960’s. 40 acres of land was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Korfield as a memorial to their son. The first buildings to be built were the bunkhouses in 1971, followed by the main building in 1991. The camp focuses on school, community, and holiday programs. Due to the isolation of Camp Longbeach from the YMCA administrative office, located in Canberra, and changes in industry legislation, a decision was made to sell.
Mr. Barry Murchie and his wife Tracey became the new owners on the 21st of December 2001. Barry remains the sole operator/manager of the centre and continues to operate under the same principles. Barry has continued to build up the outdoor recreation and educational programs, and today Camp Longbeach has a huge range activities to stimulate and educate. From school camps to coporate team-building weekends, private functions to church gatherings, Camp Longbeach can take care of it all. Camp Longbeach is continuing with it's tradition by providing school camps, educational programs, outdoor recreation experiences, and group accommodation.
'Camping with Confidence' is a national accreditation program designed to ensure the camping or outdoor experience is able to be conducted in a manner where the safety of participants and staff is assured.
This means the buildings are appropriate and that proper activity equipment is provided and used in a safe manner. It ensures there are clear procedures for supervising campers and administering bookings, and that proper planning has been done to manage emergencies should they arise.
A variety of campsites and outdoor experiences ensures that different groups - large or small, youth or adult, school, special interest group or community - can enjoy diverse experiences.
Our accreditation recognises the diversity and ensures that regardless of the type of experience, your safety is considered as paramount.
Camp Longbeach is the perfect venue for your school camp or excursion! We host students from grade 3 through to university level, from 20 to 200+ people. We can sleep 164 students on site, but can also provide an overnight or multi-night campout experience to suit larger or more adventurous groups.
All of our programs are personalized to suit your needs, from overnights to month-long camps. We provide a large range of sport, recreation, and education based programs tailored to school and student needs. Programs are overseen by Managing Director Barry, who has 15 years experience running school camps. Other staff are fully qualified to deliver the programs we offer and are experienced camp instructors.
Our priorities are safety, enjoyment, and learning, in that order. We use the learning cycle: "Plan, Do, Review" to encourage critical thinking, cooperation, and communication.
We are accreditted with the Australian Camps Association (ACA). All our risk management documents and procedures have been audited by the ACA. We hold all the various licenses and permissions with the local land and water authorities. Just tell the Education Department, "Camp Longbeach is on your file," and you will find that much of the paperwork is done for you!
Looking for a great venue to present a workshop, meeting or conference?
Camp Longbeach has conference facilities and catering in a unique, natural location. Affordable, relaxing and inspiring!
Whether your group is small or large, we can look after you! Self cater or we can provide the catering for you with a variety of well-planned menus to suit all dietary tastes and requirements.
Want a relaxed, quiet getaway close to the beach and bush without being miles away from town?
In addition to our self-contained units, available at highly competitive rates, we have a media room with full access to A/V equipment. A social hall with stage or cinema is also available. We are able to host receptions or functions with or without catering.