3. Facilities, information and guidelines


4.1 Location

4.2 Facilities and Equipment

   4.2.1 Accommodation

   4.2.2 Cooking/Dining

   4.2.3 Teaching Aids Available at the Centre

4.3 Camp Rules

   4.3.1 Health and Cleanliness

   4.3.2 Safety

   4.3.3 Use and Care of Equipment

   4.3.4 Care of the Environment

4.4 Personal Equipment List

4.5 Items to be Provided by Schools

4.6 Centre Charges

4.7 Conditions of Use

   4.7.1 Priority of Usage

   4.7.2 Weekend Use

4.1 Location

  • Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre has two campuses. 
  • The Black Gully Campus is situated 4 km from Tinaroo Falls Township on the Atherton Tablelands. Follow the main road from Kairi towards Tinaroo Dam (4 km) and turn right into Black Gully Road.
  • The Barron River Campus is located on the main road in the Tinaroo Falls Township.
  • TEEC - Map of Location

4.2 Facilities and equipment

4.2.1 Accommodation

Barron River

  • This site provides dormitory accommodation for up to 4 classes of students (approx. 120). Visitors need to bring sheets and a blanket (or sleeping bag) and a pillow.

Black Gully

  • This site provides tent accommodation for up to 2 classes of pupils (approx. 60). The tents each accommodate four people. Student mattresses (only 5cm thick) are available for use. Visitors need to bring sheets and a blanket (or sleeping bag) and a pillow. 
  • During extremely wet conditions pupils are accommodated upstairs in the classroom area.

Bush Camps and expeditions

  • The centre provides  a bivvie (a basic fly shelter) and a camp mattress.
  • Visitors will need to bring a sleeping bag.

4.2.2 Cooking/dining

see out Catering page

(a) This centre also has  a class set of Trangia stoves (Metho burning) which can be used by pupils to cook their own meals (usually in a wilderness setting).

(b) Teachers or pupils may choose to cook on open fires using small BBQ plates or camp ovens. 

4.2.3 Teaching aids available at centre

  • binoculars 
  • reference books 
  • clipboards
  • Interactive LED Screen 
  • canoes, paddles, personal flotation devices
  • raft building gear
  • equipment for initiative tasks and adventure courses 
  • equipment for bush camps 
  • tents 
  • kitchen equipment 
  • TV and DVD
  • CD player
  • iPads

4.3 Camp rules

  • Student rules available here.

4.3.1 Health and cleanliness

(a) Hands must be washed with SOAP before preparing meals, eating and after going to the toilet.

(b) Dishwashing: an industrial sized dishwasher is provided for the bulk of the cutlery and crockery. Pots and pans etc. must be washed in hot soapy water rinsed, dried and put away in correct place.

(c) Food and drinks are not to be kept or consumed in the tents or dorms.

(d) Accommodation must be kept tidy at all times.

(e) Clothes: ensure wet clothes are hung out to dry. Make sure clean and dirty clothes are kept separate in bag (re-use a plastic shopping bag).

(f) Ablution Block. Keep toilets as clean as possible. Make sure hands are washed with soap.

(We have a cleaner who comes in each day to clean toilets, kitchen and other areas)

NB: It is vitally important that pupils understand that they must not flush any foreign materials down the toilet. Girls must dispose of sanitary pads and tampons in the receptacle provided - they must not be flushed down the toilet.

4.3.2 Safety


(a) Pupils are not permitted in the water without adult supervision (two adults for a class group).

(b) Pupils must swim within the defined area. 

(c) The Centre will provide a Swimming Roll that the supervising adult may use for the recording of students who enter and leave the water.

(d) Pupils must wear footwear (not thongs).

NB: Teachers must decide whether they want students to wear lifejackets when swimming (pupils Yr 6 and under will wear lifejackets).


(a) All canoeing activities will be supervised by an adult with a "Flat Water Instructors Qualification".

(b) Unruly or boisterous behaviour in canoes will not be tolerated.

(c) Pupils must stay within the area designated by the instructor-in-charge. They will not be permitted to paddle out in open water.

(d) For the large Canadian canoes, there must be at least two occupants to paddle at all times.

(e) Students using canoes MUST wear a snug fitting Personal Flotation Device (lifejacket).

(f) Students must wear footwear (not thongs).

Fires and cooking

(a) Keep at least two metres away from the fire unless you are actually involved in cooking - no more than two people are permitted in that two metre circle at any time.

(b) Do not use axe or light fires without permission.

(c) No aerosol cans or flammable liquid should be taken near or put on the fire.

(d) Use a hook or gloves to handle pots, boilers or camp ovens that are on the fire.

(e) No running or playing within ten metres of an open fire.

(f) When using cutting knives, use a board and always cut away from your body. 

Tents / Dorms

Pupils must not play, run or behave in an unruly manner in or near the accommodation.

Specialised equipment

Pupils must not use any of the group challenge activities around the centre without adult supervision. Unauthorised use is strictly forbidden. These courses are designed to be used under supervision, using appropriate safety equipment.

Leaving centre grounds

Boundaries are well identified for students. Students must not leave the centre grounds without permission, generally with an adult supervising. 

Sun safe

Pupils must wear a broad brim hat and sunscreen for all activities while on camp. Clothing must be appropriate ie: sleeveless tops are not appropriate in this environment. Exceptions maybe made when the time of day is appropriate.


In case of an emergency (fire, accident, sick person, boating accident, snake sighting) pupils must immediately notify the nearest teacher or parent - they should return to the centre if necessary.

See 'Emergency Procedures at Swimming Venue'.

See 'Fire Emergency Evacuation'.

4.3.3 Use and care of equipment

(a) At the completion of a canoeing session or at the end of a days activities, the canoes must be lifted clear of the water's edge, turned over and left to drain and dry overnight. Personal flotation devices (life jackets) must be hung on lines to dry and paddles need to be lined up neatly near the canoes, well above water line.

(b) Canoes must be handled carefully at all times. Students must not drag canoes - they must be lifted at all times. Canoeists must not deliberately ram other canoes or objects that may be in their path.

(c) There is a large amount of specialised and expensive equipment students will use while on camp. All this equipment must be handled with the upmost care. Schools will be responsible for replacing damaged or broken equipment.

4.3.4 Care of the environment

(a) Do not damage or kill any plants or animals. Move quietly and carefully through the forest to ensure you do not frighten animals or damage plants.

(b) Make sure all litter is placed in the correct bin. If you see rubbish lying around make the effort to keep our environment clean.

(c) We use a solar hot water system to minimise the amount of energy we use, so it is important for visitors to keep shower time to an absolute minimum.

(d) Turn off lights not in use.

(e) No food scraps or human waste should be put in the water. 

4.4 Personal equipment list

  • For a suggested list of equipment pupils might need on camp click here.

4.5 Items to be provided by schools

(a) First Aid Kit.

(b) Sporting equipment, tapes for music and dance.

(c) Art equipment, writing and reading materials / equipment, copies of activities / activity sheets.

(d) Group lists, accommodation plan, dietary needs, alert lists, duty rosters

4.6 Centre charges

  • For a full run down on this Centres Charges click here.

4.7 Conditions of use

Groups who wish to use the Centre are permitted to do so:

  • in compliance with the following conditions and
  • with approval from the principal.

4.7.1 Priority of usage

(a) State Schools undertaking an educationally sound program.

See our Booking Policy here​.

(b) Non-State Schools - following an acceptable education program.

(c) TAFE Groups.

(d) Youth Community Groups - e.g.​ who have an educational component in programs - Scouts, Girl Guides / Brownies, Church groups etc.

(e) Professional Education Groups eg. school staff, teacher educational organisations.

(f) Other Government Department Officers who wish to use the Centre in a professional development program.

(g) Clubs promoting activities which will enhance well being within the community eg. Rotary, Apex.

(h) Private/Family Groups are permitted to use the Centre only with the approval of the Principal.

4.7.2 Weekend Use

Some of the following reasons are taken into consideration before the Principal gives authority for the Centre to be used:

  • adequate security
  • adult supervision
  • overuse of the grounds and facilities
  • visiting groups must have environmental awareness as one of its goals
  • size of group
  • cleaning and maintenance requirements in progress onsite
  • groups wishing to use the Black Gully Campus on weekends or holiday periods should ask for and complete the form "Application to use Centre Facilities". This form should be lodged with the principal at least FOUR weeks before the intended use of the Centre.
Last reviewed 30 November 2023
Last updated 30 November 2023