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Our Story

Arrabri Lodge school camp is located in the Upper Yarra Valley at East Warburton.

BEFORE ARRABRI

The original building (which is now our dining hall) was called the ‘Maroondah Guesthouse’ was built in the early 1920’s. The picture left shows what Arrabri Lodge looked like in the 1940’s.

SETTLEMENT

Going back to before Melbourne was established the Yarra Valley was home to aborigines from the Wurundjeri tribe for many thousands of years. They continued to live in campsites on river flats and swamps for some time after European settlement.
In 1845 Robert Hoddle (an explorer looking for the source of the Yarra River) came to Warburton and created detailed maps of the region. As a result a new community of farmers came to live in the area.

GOLD RUSH & TIMBER

The discovery of large deposits of gold in the area surrounding Warburton caused a population explosion in the mid-1850’s. By the late 1890’s, most of the ‘easy’ gold had been found and prospectors had moved on.
A timber industry took over in Warburton as gold ran out. Wagon loads of timber were taken over rough bush tracks to Lilydale, the start of the railway line at that time. In 1901 the railway was extended all the way to Warburton strengthening the growing timber industry. The timber mills provided work for all who wanted it, and towns, such as Powelltown, sprang up around some of the mills.
Today the railway line to Warburton no longer operates (it closed in 1965) but is known as the ‘Warburton Trail’ and is a terrific walking (bike trail) running all the way into Lilydale. Looking out your bus window on the way to Arrabri Lodge you will see the trail following parts of the Warburton Highway.

TOURISM

Warburton went through an era when guest houses, close to the railway line, provided accommodation for holiday makers from the city. Arrabri Lodge was one such guest house although a lot has changed since then. Bus and car parking areas replace stables for horse drawn carriages and only a small portion of the camp buildings are original. However the charm of earlier times still linger and on your journey to Arrabri it is worth thinking about what life would have been like in Warburton in the 1800’s.

Accommodation

190 guests in 33 rooms. Cosy in the Winter, bright and breezy in the Summer.
Arrabri Lodge is set on a picturesque 12 acre property with 5 acres of natural bushland. The owners and managers live onsite and are contactable at all times via a 24hr intercom system.

Accommodation is provided for up to 190 guest in 33 rooms. Our entire complex is centrally heated, and every bed is complete with a comfy innerspring mattress, blanket and pillow. Linen hire is available on request. Our modern amenities are professionally cleaned daily. Accommodation rooms for leaders are all fully ensuited. Leaders also have their own lounge and cosy fireplace.

Accommodation Plan
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Music Groups

Arrabri Lodge is the perfect place to collaborate on musical projects or performances.

Arrabri Lodge is perfectly set out for your music group. With several breakout areas ranging from small to large areas, plus many outside areas amongst the stunning gardens to rehearse.

These areas include:

  • Large Basketball hall, option of being carpeted with heating and air-conditioning
  • Large Multi-purpose Rec room with projector screen also heating and cooling
  • Plus other smaller areas for breakout groups with heating and cooling.

We can Accommodate upto 150 students with instruments for music groups.

The Facilities

Conference Rooms, Multi Purpose Rooms, Rehearsal Rooms, Indoor and Outdoor Sports facilities.

NEW REHEARSAL AREA COMPLETED 2012!
Music Rehearsal and Multipurpose areas
Arrabri Lodge has a long history of providing the venue for many school music camps and is well set up to meet the very specific aims and objectives of these camps.

Our rehearsal areas are all carpeted, insulated and heated and include:
Indoor recreation hall great for orchestra rehearsals and performances – 24m x 12m with carpet. This hall is now heated and air-conditioned making it much more comfortable – especially for our music groups in winter;
Large multifunction room (13m x 12m) – also carpeted, heated and air-conditioned;
Conference room 10m x 7m – air-conditioned;
New Multifunction room – carpet, heather, air-conditioned;
…and other smaller areas for choir and sectional rehearsals as well as individual practice.

Craft groups and other special interest groups also make good use of these areas for their craft, meetings and socialising.

Catering

Conference Rooms, Multi Purpose Rooms, Rehearsal Rooms, Indoor and Outdoor Sports facilities.

Dining at Arrabri is always healthy, tasty and plentiful. Fabulous, hearty food. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Dining Room
Meals are served in our authentic 1920’s fully heated and air-conditioned dining room, which seats up to 190 guests in one sitting. Dining room extensions recently completed, along with the addition of soundproofing have now made meal times even better!
The Kitchen Scullery area is always accessible providing hot drinks, biscuits and guests fridge.

At Arrabri we put a lot of effort into our catering. Our menu is full of ‘made from scratch’ meals of the highest quality.
Campers with special dietary requirements can attend camp knowing they will be well catered for. Celiac diets, nut allergies, lactose intolerance, vegan and vegetarian diets (to name a few) are common to nearly every camp that attends Arrabri and catering for them is second nature to our kitchen staff. Campers with special diets are always identified to kitchen staff and are served first to avoid any confusion. Care is taken to ensure that the alternative meals we provide are similar (where possible) to the other camper’s meals.
Arrabri Lodge is a ‘nut free’ camp.

Activities

With a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to fit it all in.
Arrabri Lodge offers an excellent mix of both challenging adventure activities as well as more relaxing leisure activities.
For school groups the outdoor education curriculum is delivered through personal development, environmental and adventure themes. By staying away from home our camping program provides opportunities for relationship building and development of interpersonal skills in the fun relaxed environment of camp.

Just for fun we have:

  • Indoor Basketball Court;
  • HUGE Games Room (Air Hockey, Soccer table, Pool table, Table Tennis & Hooky);
  • Data Projection System (for movies and digital television or plug in the laptop to review camp photos). The huge screen area and built in sound system makes it easy for everyone to hear and see;
  • Tennis Court;
  • Trampoline;
  • An outdoor grassy sport area.
  • Giant Swing – Extreme fun for the bravehearted! You decide how far you can go before releasing and swinging high in the hills. Operated by Arrabri Lodge staff.
  • Minigolf – Our challenging 18 hole minigolf course provides real challenges and great fun for all ages.
  • Low Ropes Course – Consists of 14 challenging obstacles designed to physically and mentally challenge all participants regardless of age. Encourages teamwork, empathy and trust for the entire group.
  • Flying Fox – provides excitement and fun while it also increases each participant’s courage and self-confidence. It runs for an exhilarating 80 metres and is operated by Arrabri Lodge staff.
  • Initiatives Course – Our Initiatives course is designed to have participants unite and function as a group through teamwork, trust and communication. The level of difficulty is determined by the rules and restrictions placed on the group. A great “icebreaker” activity to get the camp program going.
  • Archery – Is a fun activity which can be enjoyed by groups of all ages no matter what the weather conditions. Participants are instructed in the basic skills required to hopefully hit a bullseye.
  • Orienteering – Our orienteering program is designed to give participants a fun experience in map reading while developing important navigational skills.
  • The Rock Wall – A 52 metre long colour coded courses designed to test different skill levels. The wall is also completely undercover.
  • Damper Cooking – At our authentic style bush hut and campfire area is subject to fire restrictions. All the required equipment and ingredients are supplied for your convenience.
  • Swimming – Solar heating now installed to pool! In our in-ground pool area must be supervised by at least one teacher holding a current AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Certificate.
  • Gold Panning – Most of our groups go for a 1 ½ klm walk to the Yarra River where they spend some time learning the techniques of gold panning.
  • Sensory Trail – A roped course through the bush where participants learn to rely on all senses other than sight in a controlled environment.
  • Night Time Entertainment – Our large recreation hall provides a fantastic environment to run activities such as a Disco, Bush Dance or Concert. A professionally run bush dance can be organised by our staff for a small charge per person.
  • The Nocturnal Trail and Campfire – A great way to finish off a day full of excitement and adventure – marshmallows recommended!

Where are we

Located just past Warburton township in the heart of the scenic Yarra Valley, Arrabri Lodge is easily accessible from Lilydale in the outer east of Melbourne
Arrabri Lodge is easily accessible from Lilydale in the outer east of Melbourne, After Lilydale turn right onto the Warburton Highway and continue until you reach the beautiful township of Warburton on the Yarra River. Arrabri Lodge is just a few more kilometres through the township.
Arrabri Lodge is located at Melways reference: 291 C8.

Bookings

If you would like to make a booking enquiry for your next event please complete the form below, or call our office on 03 5966 2202.