At Cataract Activity Centre we believe in the value of getting people outside and into the great outdoors.
Our activities are the perfect way to add a little challenge and excitement to your time at Cataract. Building confidence and teamwork, reaching personal goals and having a laugh are all part of the adventure!
Choose one or more of the following list of activities for your stay at Cataract. Each activity is led by our trained staff, who are qualified and experienced in outdoor skills. Each activity undergoes regular inspections by qualified contractors, as well as updated risk assessments as part of our standards and procedures.
If you're looking for the perfect day of adventurous activities, check out our Adventure Day Package.
Please note, prices vary between activities and additional charges may apply for public holidays.
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Test your strength and endurance in this "tough mudder" style obstacle course! Challenge Valley features 14 different elements ranging from obstacle climbing to tunnel crawling to water holes and mud pits, all dotted along a 1.5-kilometre track. Each obstacle is designed to challenge you physically, and mentally!
Make sure you bring old clothes and shoes to wear for this one. You will not stay clean or dry, but you are guaranteed heaps of laughs and an experience to remember! This activity can be run moderately dry on request during the colder months making this activity perfect all year round.
Get your survival skills on and learn how to navigate in the Australian bush using maps, compasses and land features. The 1km2 course will challenge your teams while you find the hidden codes and compete with other teams to see who can find the most codes and earn the most points! How will you approach the challenge - get time on your side with a fast pace, or slow steady and accurate? Will you tackle the big point earners first or aim to get more small point codes but aim for quantity?
Using your newly acquired knot tying and building skills taught by our expert instructors. You will design and build your very own ballista (think of a giant sling shot!) and compete in a variety of challenges to test out the capabilities of your ballista including distance competitions, accuracy competitions and a group favourite - water warfare! This activity will require people of many different skills and abilities. Are you strong, a planner, a people organiser, dexterous and technical? We need your skills, bring them to the team!
What better way to cool down after a day of outdoor activities than a water slide! Experience the twists and turns as you whizz with the current through a beautiful bush setting! This 40-metre water slide is one of our most popular activities.
Our water slide is open for 3 seasons of the year and is temporarily closed over the winter due to the cold weather and the cold water! But it is perfect for cooling off in the summer!
Team rescue is a unique activity where participants navigate through a low ropes style course while completing our team rescue challenge. Teams are required to rescue a ‘patient’ on a stretcher through the course and get them back to safety all while keeping your team safe. This ultimate team building activity will get you thinking outside of the box and building on your communication and problem solving skills as a group.
We can also provide a variety of extra challenges to increase the difficulty level. Would you be able to complete a balancing course without spilling a drop of water from a cup…on your head?!
Indoor Rock Gym (Bouldering)
Climbing is a great activity for all ages, teaching you problem-solving and enhancing your hand-eye coordination. Learn the basics of rock climbing at our indoor bouldering gym! Safety mats are provided for extra reassurance and safety.
Our bouldering gym is currently in the process of exciting upgrades. We will be setting all completely new routes with an assortment of new and interesting holds to look forward to.
Work your way through a mix of natural and man-made maze of caves with tight squeezes and crawl-throughs. With little to no natural light, this activity requires extra communication skills. Bring a torch, old clothes and shoes to dive into your caving adventure!
Take your adventure up a notch with our exhilarating adventurous activities! Adventurous activities have minimum numbers, call us for more information.
High Ropes Course
Swing, step and climb right above the Australian bush! At Cataract Activity Centre, we love seeing people apply themselves to activities that are outside of their normal experience.
Our adrenaline-fueled exhilarating high ropes course is suitable for children and adults alike, and involves navigating a series of elements 5.5 metres above the ground. Strap on your helmet and harness, and get ready to climb!
Abseiling is a safe and exciting adventurous activity that everyone can experience and enjoy. Cataract Activity Centre is one of the best places in NSW to try abseiling as a teambuilding activity, with a number of artificial and natural rock faces for you to rappel down.
Groups will 'learn the ropes', before getting their blood pumping while trying out this incredible sport. All training, safety equipment and instruction is provided.
Channel your inner Katniss or Hawkeye and learn and hone your archery skills. We will teach you how to use our very real recurve bows and arrows in a variety of target practice and games. This activity is recommended for participants over the age of 8 years old an we can vary the challenge level for all abilities.
How high can you go?! Our giant swing combines thrilling adventure with the ultimate test of teamwork, communication and trust. Participants take turns in the swing as their teammates pull them up until they say stop. Each participant then pulls the release and away they go!
The giant swing is a great way to enhance self-esteem, build trust through teamwork and build respect for others' decisions and perspectives. Get ready to swing away and bond with your group through a common exciting experience!
Join us on an adventurous expedition to our remote campsite and stay overnight at Sandy Plateau. Don’t worry if you don’t have specialist camping gear, we can provide the tents and mats for you. We can provide a suitable menu and we teach you how to cook using a camping stove in small groups or can even cook dinner and desert over the campfire. On your journey you will take the 2 hour bushwalk to the site and camp in the Aussie bush under the guidance of our experienced instructors. While you are in there area add to the adventure and have a go at our natural rock climb or abseil.
Climb your way to the top with our natural and artificial rock walls! Trust, communication, mental and physical strength are all tested in this fantastic activity. There is nothing like defying gravity and facing fears to bind teams together!
No previous experience is necessary, just a basic level of fitness and the desire to climb. Our artificial wall with 10 different climbing routes with 5 levels of difficulty to cater for all experience levels. Our natural wall is the real deal, climbing up a sandstone rockface. All training, safety equipment and instruction is provided.
Creative Night Activities
If your groups thrive on creative and hands on activities these are a great option for your program. Our instructors will facilitate an activity that gets creative minds thinking and working together. The Great Egg Drop is a favourite where groups design and build a contraption to protect their egg in the ultimate egg dropping competition! Will yours be good enough to drop off the high ropes?
Another favourite is The Beast, where groups of students have to recreate a ‘beast’ made of an assortment of random items. Doesn’t sound too hard? The catch is that only certain people are allowed to see the beast, purchase items to create, and build and becomes the ultimate communication challenge.
Our amphitheatre seats up to 250, built from stone around the large fire pit. This will not be an ordinary campfire! Our talented staff will get you singing songs, telling stories, joining in on competitions, roasting marshmallows and even cooking damper for supper in an unforgettable nights entertainment. You can get involved and learn how to build and successfully light a campfire or we can build the fire for you!
Make use of our unique site even at night with the perfect areas for a variety of night wide games. We have many games to entertain groups of all sizes and energy levels. Our instructors can facilitate, spotlight, camouflage, capture the flag, commando and many more. If you have a favourite that you would like our instructors to facilitate for us let us know and we will be more than happy to learn a new game for your group!
This activity is filled with a variety of small challenges for groups to complete and compete against each other minute to win it style. Some are hilarious challenges in which 1 member from a group has to perform the ridiculous task like hitting over items with a ball attached to your head with a stocking. Other challenges involve the whole group in relays such as the chocolate game and balloon cup pick up. This activity is guaranteed to get everyone excited and involved in an entertaining evening.
Get your survival skills on and get hands on in learning about our natural environment and how to survive. This activity can be adjusted for all age groups. Primary aged students build mini shelters for stuffed animals, learn about bush foods and play games that teach about conservation and sustainability. High school aged participants and up build full size shelters and put them to the test, learn about bush foods and plants that can help you survive, do the one-match fire starting challenge, and more.
Enjoy a guided bushwalk through our amazing 160ha site. We can run a variety of lengths of bushwalks and if you are feeling particularly advantageous, we can even take you off track for a real bush-bash. Our instructors can tell you about the history of the site and even show you some natural bush foods.
Are you more of the creative type? This activity can be as structured or unstructured as you would like using Andy Goldsworthy style art creation. Groups will be encouraged to think about their surroundings differently and create art out of the seemingly ordinary. Get back in touch with nature!
Have you ever wondered how to cook food if we didn’t have gas, electricity and all our modern cooking equipment? Get back to basics and learn how to build and light the perfect cooking campfire, make and cook traditional damper (bread) over your open campfire. The best part is that you get to eat your toasty warm damper at the end with a variety of condiments like honey or maple syrup.
Bread not your thing? How about come and bake cheesy bacon jacket potatoes on the fire instead. Yum!
Want to challenge yourself even further? We can provide you the complete campfire cooking experience where you learn to cook a whole three course meal over the fire. We make a savoury damper for entrée, sausages and roast vegetables for main and a banana boat or baked cinnamon apple for dessert. Now we’re camp cooking!
Ecology and Environmental Education - Coming Soon
Come on a learning journey and discover the natural world with us. We are developing educational outcomes for a variety of ages where students will be able to learn hands on about conservation and ecology in the local area and discover unique traits of Australian flora and fauna and why they are the way they are.
Are you looking for a place for your Geography or Science excursions? We can provide the perfect venue to put into action what students have learnt in the classroom. We have multiple creeks and water bodies that can be tested and surveyed to compare human impact on the environment or can complete surveying of plant species using quadrats and keys.
Please contact us if you are wanting to develop your school excursion and adapt it for our site. We are more than happy to conduct a site visit to assess for suitability.
Our initiative games have similar team work outcomes working on communication, problem solving, leadership and followership dynamics, and group decision making. Get your whole team over our 'acid river' with magic tiles, untie the human knot, flip the magic carpet while standing on it, lower the floating helium stick and many more exciting challenges to get you thinking outside the box and working to your teams full potential. These challenges can be adapted by our team to suit any age and ability level.