With 250 holds and 10 climbing routes set up by one of Australia’s leading climbers, the climbing tower offers a challenge to everyone from novice to advanced climbers.
Our tower is 10 metres tall with an internal stairway and 3 decks. You can’t see out until you are on the top deck. We offer abseiling led by a team of qualified, experienced leaders.
Prior to arrival groups need to choose between:
- Abseiling only – An experiential activity within the capabilities of all ages shapes and sizes.
- Climbing only – a little more physical, as participants learn the different and appropriate strengths of leg and arm muscles.
- Both Abseiling and Climbing together offers the participant the experience of climbing up one side the wall and abseiling down the other. The complete package!
Aerial Obstacle Course (Low Ropes)
This obstacle course offers a fun and challenging experience for youngsters and adults alike. The course has 16 obstacles all above ground. It is possible to work from the first obstacle to the last without touching the ground, so participants enjoy trying to accomplish this!
Participants are placed in pairs with one person on the obstacle whilst their partner offers continual encouragement and support when needed. Once at their starting point the two swap with the original participant becoming the spotter or buddy.
Two Valley Homestead Instructors explain the course and supervise its use with the assistance of leaders from your group. Whilst the majority of the obstacles are ‘low ropes’ there are in addition 4 high rope challenges involving the use of harnesses.
The Power Pole offers a 7m and a 10m pole climb with a horizontal leap to a trapeze. Participants wear a full body harness, a helmet and are belayed via bollards on dynamic rope. Each climber is safeguarded by a 6-person belay team with the rope wound through a belay bollard.
Two Valley Homestead instructors introduce and supervise the activity with the assistance of your group leaders.
Dual Flying Fox
Stretching approximately 220m and up to 20m off the ground, participants in a full body harness can let go and perform acrobatics if they desire! Detachable pulleys ensure continual usage with little waiting time.
Two Valley Homestead Instructors introduce the course and supervise the activity with assistance of your group leaders.
Free Fall Slide
Standing 7m off the ground, participants hang from a bar and ‘fall’ 2m in the vertical position, before the steep stainless steel slide guides them to rest horizontally. Valley Homestead supplies overalls and thick socks for this activity.
One Valley Homestead Instructor introduces and supervises this activity with assistance of your group leaders.
4 separate climbs, each 12.5 metres high allow the climber to negotiate a range of different challenges and mediums before belaying down on static rope. Each climber is safeguarded by a 3-person belay team with ropes wound through a belay bollard. Participants wear a waist harness and helmet for this activity.
Two Valley Homestead Instructors introduce the course and supervise the activity with assistance of your group leaders
Fun & Fitness
This course is located in shaded bush 50 metres behind the accommodation units. Groups work their way through a circuit of obstacles to gain familiarity with the course and then time their circuits. The area is grassed, irrigated and mown and drinking fountains provide fresh water.
This activity is conducted by the group’s leaders after being briefed by Valley Homestead staff.
Participants are given an introduction to the use of the compass and instructions to find 8 locations in the bush. Because participants (working in groups of 2-4) are required to return to the central spot after locating each target, the activity is easy to supervise.
Having found 8 targets the aim is to then work out the name of an Australian animal from the clues.
A 1.5 hour activity, suitable for grades 5 to level 8 with numbers up to 30 per group.
Under the supervision of your staff (briefed by us), the group will make fruit scones, cook them in camp ovens and enjoy a cup of billy tea or milo with their cooking.
This is a 2-hour activity which rotates with other selected activities.
Hiking & Backpacking
Overnight camp outs are available, each involving cooking dinner and breakfast and either a short walk to an onsite camp area or a more challenging 5 km walk to a river camp site; followed up the next day with a morning ridge hike back to Valley Homestead of approximately 7km.
The camper has only to provide his/her own sleeping bag, pillow and personal effects. Valley Homestead can organise tent & pack hire if required.
This activity is usually supervised and led by the group’s leaders, however Valley Homestead hiking and leadership staff are also available.
Walks in the Area
Long Ridge Walk - 6km
Walk north via the Bush Activity Centre and follow the spur until it reaches McCormack’s track, take the next spur south and back to Valley Homestead.
Nine Mile Walk - 18km
This is an 18km loop involving a substantial climb on the Nine Mile Ridge in the foothills of Mount Buffalo National Park opposite Valley Homestead.
Short Ridge Walk - 2km
This walk covers 2km and offers stunning views of the Ovens Valley and Mt Buffalo. It returns down the hill through a chestnut grove or can be lengthened to return along the highway and then onto the Ovens River for skimming stones, fishing, swimming or paddling.
Just metres from our front gate is the paved Murray to Mountains Rail Trail. Bright is 25km away, Myrtleford is 10km away and the riding possibilities are limitless. A bicycle, helmet and commercially bottled water are provided.
It is recommended that groups bring a mobile phone for convenience. Whilst groups supervise and manage themselves, Valley Homestead does provide support or back up if needed and will also provide instructors should this be required.
Please visit our Conferences and Team Building page for additional team building activities available to all our school adventure camp, outdoor education and group accommodation visitors.