Cataract Scout Park History Print E-mail

Cataract Scout Park was given to the Scout Association of Australia N.S.W. Branch by The Government of New South Wales in 1978. The Minister for Lands, The Hon. Bill Crabtree Declared 103 Hectares of Wedderburn State Forest to be a reserve for Scouts for a permanent Jamboree site. Additions in 1985 increased the total area to 160 hectares.

This park was developed by a committee appointed by Chief Commissioner Ron Pate O.B.E., (14th October, 1981).

Cataract Scout Park was dedicated to the Youth of Australia by The Hon. Frank Walker, Q.C., M.P., Minister for Youth & Community Services on 11th May 1985

Australian Jamborees Held at Cataract Scout Park
14th Australian Jamboree held in 1984-1985
19th Australian Jamboree held in 2001
22nd Australian Jamboree held in 2010                                                             24th Australian Jamboree to be held here in 2016

World Jamborees Held at Cataract Scout Park
16th World Jamboree held in 1987-1988

Cataract Scout Park is a 160 hectare bush camping area located just 70 km south of Sydney.

The site is divided into 10 sub-camps each with toilets and hot and cold showers. Most of the sub-camps have their own BBQ area and dinning facilities. There is plenty of space for your group to run around, and room for games to be set up in your free time.

The Camp is for Scout, Guide, school camps and church camps. We also have numerous Community and Defence groups use the park and its facilities as well.

All activities are supervised by trained, Scout Activity Leaders.

The park offers a full range of Catering which can be included as part of your camp, we believe in ensuring there is plenty of food for active bodies, and provide interesting and nutritious menus that young people to enjoy.

As well as organized adventure activities there are plenty of bushwalking tracks in the surrounding area, and nature study activities can also be undertaken. Cataract Dam is only a 20 minute walk from the park and for those groups who would enjoy a trip to the beach, Thirroul is only a fifteen minute drive away.

The size and location of the Park makes it an ideal location for hosting major events. We host a combined Christian Youth Music Festival called ‘Blackstump”. This festival brings thousands of young people together for 3 days of music and fellowship. We also host the Tough Bloke Challenge which sees over 5000 competitors put through their paces on Challenge Valley. We have also hosted a number of concerts in our open air arena. The arena has a seating capacity of approximately 15,000 people. To allow for these types of activities we have car parking facilities for a large number of cars and buses.

If you are interested in using our facilities please do not hesitate to contact us and organise to come out and visit us and see first hand our unique adventure facility. This will help you plan for your event.