Health & Safety

Weather (be it extreme heat or rain) may restrict opening times of some of our onsite activities for your safety - especially the Tube Slides. Be sure to click through to each of the activity pages for further details.

Speed limit is 25kph. Normal road rules apply - keep to the left and accesses to buildings clear.

We love pets too, but respect that others may not and that allergies are common. Please leave them at home for their safety, the safety of other people and our prolific wildlife (koalas are regularly spotted on the ground moving between trees). 

Snakes love hiding under rocks or long grass at Woodhouse, particularly in the warmer months. Take appropriate care and wear shoes at all times.

We are a family oriented activity centre and thank you for not smoking or vaping.

If you run into any trouble during your visit or stay, phone 8339 3333 for assistance. The office is staffed 9am-5pm 7 days a week, with a Caretaker on call outside of hours, with qualified First Aid assistance at the ready. 

You’re going to an activity centre - you're going to be active! Flip-flops are not at all suitable and access to some activities may be denied for your safety.  

  • Strong enclosed footwear is a must
  • Think sun-smart clothing - long pants are a good idea and best suited to most activities
  • As jewellery around the neck, wrists and fingers have potential to get caught on some activities, we suggest leaving them at home or in a safe place
  • Slip, slop, slap
  • A full change of clothes (including shoes) is recommended for those likely to end up in Cox's Creek
  • Don't wear anything you'd be worried about getting dirty or damaged

BE KIND to our native plants and animals while exploring the property.

PROTECT the environment by disposing of litter thoughtfully to preserve the naturalness and beauty of the landscape.

LEAD by example and help to educate others about using the correct waste, cardboard and recycling bins.

CONSERVE our non-renewable resources for the benefit of future generations.

REDUCE, reuse, recycle and recover wherever you can. 

ENJOY nature in all its beauty and encourage others to do the same.

THINK globally, act locally

Our team have years of experience working with youth and are armed with the following: 

  • National Police Check
  • DCSI Clearance
  • Catholic Education Clearance
  • Senior First Aid
  • Child Safe Environment Training
  • Mandatory Notification Training
  • Safe Food Handling (where required)

If an instruction is given by a Woodhouse team member it is with your safety in mind. Please respect the role they are playing to ensure your ongoing enjoyment and well being.

The Fire Danger Season for the Mt Lofty Ranges generally falls over the period commencing in November and concluding in May of each year, during which time Woodhouse has a TOTAL FIRE BAN. These dates change each year, please check the CFS website for further information. Total Fire Ban days may fall outside the fire season and the fire response plan applies on these days. 

Our number one priority is the safety of our guests. While Woodhouse has multiple open areas free from heavy fuel loads, due to the enthusiasm and diligence of our staff, further care is taken to prepare the site and staff prior to and throughout each Fire Danger Season. 

These extracts from the Bushfire Action Plan (BAP) provide information on matters likely to be of most concern when planning a Camp at Woodhouse during the fire danger period. Camp organisers can obtain copies of the full plan from Woodhouse if required.


During the Fire Danger Season, it is our policy that

  • All fires, smoking and hot works are strictly prohibited. 
  • Gas BBQs may be used in undercover Basecamps only.
  • Woodhouse will be closed if the fire danger rating is Catastrophic. 
  • Closing the site will also be considered when the rating is Extreme or Woodhouse Manager considers the conditions are too hazardous or has advice stating that site closure is mandatory. 
  • All bookings for the day of catastrophic danger will be notified that the site is closed and subsequently cancelled.
  • Any guests staying on site during any period of a catastrophic day will be required to vacate the site once the warning has been issued. Woodhouse staff can assist with the evacuation via Flagstaff Coaches should it be required. Evacuation is required before the day commences (0000 hrs) or in worst case scenario early morning the day of.
  • Woodhouse Manager is to liaise with CEO and Marketing Manager to advise the public via marketing channels and social media that the site will close for the following day.

At certain times of the year mushrooms pop up on our site. We make no representation as to the safety of these and advise against harvesting for consumption. We are a child-centred organisation and while you may feel you are experienced and skilled enough to know what mushrooms are safe, harvesting mushrooms may encourage children to follow your example. Please understand that child protection is our top priority at Woodhouse and every person on the site must be checked in for this reason, as well as insurance purposes. If we see people deemed to be acting suspiciously or evasively then they can expect to be approached by Woodhouse staff, and the police called if a reasonable explanation is not provided.

For child protection reasons and for the enjoyment/privacy of all guests we generally do not allow drones although exceptions can be negotiated with management for specific purposes where permission is given by subjects and there is no impact on other park users (e.g. wedding photography or media production).

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