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Connecting to Country - Beginner Guide Camping Experience



Join Yilam for an overnight on Country camping experience at Broadford in regional Victoria, about an hour’s drive north of Melbourne (Naarm). This experience is specifically designed to empower beginner campers to feel confident and safe “out bush”. Once the basics are covered you'll participate in specially selected activities designed to teach you how to cultivate your own connection to Country.

Insights into your experience

Your on Country cultural camping experience with Yilam has been specially created by mother and daughter team, Joanne and Kaley.

Joanne grew up on Barapa Barapa Country, surrounded by family and culture and spent much of her childhood camping around the area, giving her an ongoing love of being on Country. Like her mum, Kaley is passionate about caring for Country and teaching Aboriginal philosophies for others to experience the feeling of connection to land.

The word 'Yilam' is from the language of the Taungurung Nation - the First Peoples of the rivers and the mountains in the highlands of Victoria - and directly translates to ‘camp’ but with a deeper meaning that also translates to ‘home’ or a place that you love and care for.

For thousands of years First Nations People have cared for and managed these lands, carefully cultivating intricate and sophisticated knowledge systems based on the fundamental belief that we are connected to all things.

On this experience, you will gain an increased awareness of Aboriginal People and culture and come away feeling welcome and safe on Country, connected to the land and empowered to take your friends and family camping on more adventures in nature.

Lessons on basics of camping and caring for Country include:

  • Equipment needed
  • Food / cooking
  • Campsite selection
  • Fire making / safety
  • Set-up / pack-up
  • General safety advice

Guided mindfulness activities include:

  • Creating your connection to Country
  • Guided 'listening to Country' bush walks

All people are welcome including those from the CALD, LGBTIAQ+, disabled, Elder and Youth communities.


Aboriginal guide

You should bring

Water bottle

Things to know

This is an overnight, 24 hour experience operating from Spring to Autumn.

Group size is a maximum of 10 people. 

Tour cost is $250 per person.
Group bookings of 10 people at $2,000 per night.

Price includes:

  • Camping fees
  • Meals (1 x dinner, 1 x lunch, 1 x breakfast and a selection of snacks)
  • Aboriginal guide

Participants must:

  • Provide their own transport to and from the campsite

Things to Bring:

  • Tent (unless purchasing Yilam on Country tent which will be provided to you)
  • Bedding
  • Chair
  • Toiletries

A full list of items that you will need will be provided prior to the trip.

Any children in attendance must be accompanied by their legal guardian and are the sole responsibility of said legal guardian.

You'll meet the guides at the pick up point at 11:00am and then head to camp - your experience finishes at 10:30am the following day.

Meeting point

Corner of Goulburn Valley Highway and Greenslopes Road, Trawool, Victoria


Ready for an experience you won’t forget?


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