During a Camp Cooinda summer camp, our aim is to get you and your patrol out on expedition to one or more of these wonderful locations around the Gippsland Lakes.
Rotamah Island is located between Sperm Whale Head and the coast, and is part of the Lakes National Park. The only access is via boat.
Camp Cooinda books a group camp site on the south side of Rotamah Island for patrols to expedition to. Toilets, shelter and fire pit are available to patrols who may choose to launch/hike, canoe or kayak to Rotamah Island. Swimming is good on the north side of the island and it doesn't take long to walk to the fabulous Ninety Mile Beach for fun and games.
Cooinda island is located on the end of Jubilee Head. Cooinda island is well sheltered by islands to the west, Steamer Landing to the south and Jubille Head to the east. Vegetation on the island is mostly tea-tree and small shrubs with the occasional larger tree. Cooinda Island has two camping sites connected by walking tracks.
Island Mainsite is the hub of Cooinda Island. This is where the Island Director stays, equipment is stored and communications are organised from. Store shed, kitchen (with fridge!) and large tents are already set up so that Patrols can concentrate on other activities, the most popular being gourmet cooking! Of course this is followed by eating and relaxing to help digest the food. Other popular activites on the island include: cards, initiative courses, Nargun hunts and other sports. Patrols can get to Island Mainsite by most craft and there is powerboat access via Pig Face Point.
Canoes X is set up for canoe expeditions. At Canoes X your transportation becomes your sleeping shelter through some very nifty design. Similar activities are available to that of Island Mainsite however you are more independent at Canoes X.
Bunga Arm is part of the Gippsland Lakes National Park. It has group camping sites on the strip of land between Bunga Arm and Bass Straight. Cooinda books some of these sites if they are required by patrols for expeditions. The sites are on the lakeside and are small areas cleared from dense tea-tree. They are well sheltered and swimming in Bunga Arm is fantastic.
One of the best things about Bunga Arm Camp sites is the access to Ninety Mile Beach. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to Ninety Mile Beach, literally over the sand dunes. Ninety Mile Beach is a beautiful beach with clean sand and giant sand dunes. Unfortunately the ocean beach is too dangerous to swim in however the beach is perfect for kite flying, cricket, sand sculptures, dolphin spotting or simply enjoying the sunshine.
Nicholson River is very different to any other Cooinda expedition destination. It is well worth the long hard paddle to get there and patrols often spend two nights to fully enjoy the location. Located a few kilometers up the Nicholson River, the site is on a grassy embankment of a local farm. The scenery is mostly tranquil compared to the open lakes. Taste the mulberries but watch out for the cows.