Bushrangers excursion courses tackle all of the important bushcraft and survival skills and theory in various locations all over Australia. We have worked with a wide range of participants, from inner city schools to remote indigenous communities.

Our bushcraft and survival excursions deep dive into our core subjects of food, fire, water, shelter and rescue.  With interactive demonstrations and interesting activities, we teach what it takes to not only survive but thrive in the great outdoors.  These courses can be adapted to suit your specific needs if you have a particular goal or curriculum expectation in mind and can range from a simple 1 day adventure to a multi-day expedition.


Bushrangers Survival is mobile and able to arrange locations near to you if you have a specific area in mind or they have 3 existing locations in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.


Situated in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, this 70 acre property is bustling with Australian wildlife and Eucalypt scrub. Backing on to a State Forest and only one and a half hours drive from Melbourne, it is ideal for a remote group camping experience.


Running water and a composting toilet make up the facilities available in this location. A flat, cleared field in the valley provides an ideal place to pitch tents or throw down a swag for groups of up to 50 people. Bushtucker such as yam daisies and yabbies thrive here and can be harvested to add to the survival experience.


Set on 36,000 acres of deep dry creek beds, mallee scrub, saltbush and red dirt plains, Merngenia has been a working sheep station for over 120 years. Located 2.5 hours north of Adelaide on the edge of the outback, it is within easy access of major urban areas.


Shearers Quarters Camping:  This option has bunk beds available for 6 supervisors. The quarters are equipped with power, flushing toilets, a hot shower, kitchen facilities as well as a large fire pit. Students would be situated in dome tents.

Scrub Camping:  For a more rustic experience, students have the option to build their own shelters in the mallee scrub by the creek bed. Supervisors will need to either swag or be in tents for this option. Portable toilets can be bought in or pit toilets dug. Water will need to be taken in to the location.


Situated in Landsborough, close to Beerwah National Park, Australia Zoo and the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. This isolated location offers thick Eucalypt Scrub, Ancient Aboriginal Cultural sites, views across the ranges and is accessible from Brisbane in little over an hour.


Access to a swimming dam, firepit with seating, a sheltered cooking area and ample flat spaces for tents or swags. Toilet facilities consist of a porta loo but no access to showers or running water.


Day 1

Groups arrive and are broken into Tribes. They receive a tribe colour and establish their name and identity.

FOCUS: Shelter and Fire

 SHELTER: Students will be instructed about the pros and cons of various shelters and how to make an effective survival shelter.  In groups of 3 or 4, they will then have a few hours to design and build their ultimate survival shelter.  Throughout the program there will be opportunities to continue to improve their structure if they would like.  Once the groups have constructed a shelter they are happy with, a Bushrangers staff member will evaluate and decide if the shelter would be a good one in a survival scenario.  When the shelter passes inspection, the group will be awarded tarps or tents as an alternate option to sleep in. 

NB: Bushrangers staff will ensure that the shelters are built safely and to a standard that will enable the students to sleep in them if they wish. 

FIRE:  The afternoon will be spent exploring the history and different methods of making fire.  The students will produce fire using a ferro rod and the strap drill method.  Other traditional fire making methods will be explained and demonstrated. 

NIGHT 1:  Food will be provided by Bushrangers and the students may choose to sleep in their shelter or their tarps/tent but must let a staff member know what they choose.

Day 2

FOOD: The morning will be spent exploring the ways and means of procuring food in the wilderness.  This will include stalking and tracking, as well as traps, hunting tools and things to be wary of.  Activities will include use of the traditional spear and woomera, boomerang and a trap building exercise where students will be encouraged to design their own traps and explain how they might work to the group.  They will then be taught three different trapping methods.

Meal prep: Students will be taught how to prepare a whole salmon. Then the ponassing technique of cooking fish will be demonstrated and dinner cooked over an open fire.

WATER: The afternoon will be spent discussing various methods of finding and filtering water.  Some activities will include a water carrying race, making their own natural water filter as well as taking time to craft a water carrying vessel out of clay and other natural items. 

NIGHT 2: Each group will be required to create a tribal origins story and perform the story in front of the whole group after dinner.  This will be a night of skits and storytelling.

Day 3

FOCUS: First Aid, Rescue and Navigation

 First Aid: We take a look at wilderness first aid. How to tackle injuries out bush using the tools and medicine nature provides. After which we’ll run a first aid scenario where in students make decisions on how to triage and treat casualties. 

 RESCUE: At this stage it’s time to look at getting back to civilization.  There will be a discussion on how best to ensure your rescue.  A course will be set-up with 4 steps that tribes must complete in order to be “rescued”.  Each tribe will then build a stretcher and be required to safely navigate a course with a stretchered patient. 

NAVIGATION:  The program will end with a quick lesson on map reading and natural wayfinding and tribes being required to navigate their way to the extraction point with a compass and mud map.

Accommodation and meals included in price.