St Mary's at Metricup, a purpose-built Centre for student camps, sits in 100 acres of beautiful bushland and is home to ancient jarrah and marri trees, native animals and wildflowers.
Designed for a specific purpose, St Mary's at Metricup was developed with school's particular needs in mind and can accomodate students for both academic and outdoor education programmes.
This rural campus opens up new dimensions and perspectives in delivering curriculum, giving students an opportunity to experience, explore and experiment outside the walls of a conventional classroom.
The property can accommodate over 190 students, and the thoughtfully designed buildings nestle unobtrusively into the bush surroundings.
The exciting activities on offer at Metricup and in the surrounding area include:
- World class surfing from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin including Yallingup, Cowaramup Bay and Margaret River
- World class scuba diving in Geographe Bay including the Busselton Jetty and the wreck of the HMAS Swan
- Bushwalking on the many tracks in the area such as the Cape to Cape Walk, Old Ellensbrook Road, Rails to Trails track from Margaret River to Cowaramup, tracks in Boranup Forest and the heritage walk
- Visiting numerous caves in the area including Ngilgi Cave, Giants Cave, Calgadup Cave and Lake Cave
- Flat water paddling on the Margaret River and Blackwood River
- Coastal and river fishing
- Abseiling and climbing at Willyabrup
- Mountain bike riding in Boranup Forest or on the Rails to Trails track
- Whale watching in Geographe Bay and Flinders Bay
- Learning about viticulture and visiting vineyards
- Viewing wildflowers in season
- Exploring natural features such as Meekadarabee Falls, Quinninup Falls, Sugarloaf Rock, Canal Rocks
- Viewing historical sites including Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste lighthouses and Ellensbrook homestead
- Visiting tourist attractions such as the chocolate factory, venison farm, cheese factory and Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory
Students also have the opportunity to complement classroom learning with a direct and intimate appreciation of the natural environment. Subject camps, such as Art, Geography, Music, Creative Writing and Biology Camps, further develop the already strong learning curriculum our students enjoy.
Through challenge, adventure and enjoyment, students will develop the skills needed to move with confidence and safety in rural settings, and their creativity and aesthetic appreciation will be extended by focusing on and being in the outdoors.