Located in Victor Harbor, the iconic 'Adare' provides a unique mix of traditional camp and tent style accommodation, cabins and caravan sites (caravan park sites are only available during school holidays and long weekends). Adare is the perfect location for school adventure camps. Located within easy walking distance of the beach, bike and walking trails and the Hindmarsh River, Adare provides an enviably range of adventure activities for school students of all ages.
Owned and operated by the Uniting Church SA, Adare aims to provide exceptional Christian hospitality to church and school camps, community organisations, weddings and caravan park guests.
Location: Victor Harbor, South Australia
Adare is located in 75kms South of Adelaide in Victor Harbor; South Australia's premier coastal town.
Adare offers four distinct choices in accommodation - both bunk and tent style. The bed capacity of the camp accommodation is 188 and the capacity of the camp grounds (in tents) is 600.
Adare House accommodates up to 80 guests in bunk beds in eight bedrooms located on the 1st floor. A further 16 beds (bunks) in two bedrooms are located on the ground floor. Guests share mens and ladies ablutions.
Bethany accommodates up to 64 guests in bunk beds in eight bedrooms. Each bedroom has four bunk beds and an en-suite bathroom. It is perfect for guests requiring increased comfort and privacy.
Cudmore accommodates up to 30 guests in a combination of single and bunk bunks housed in six cabins. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom.
The camp grounds can accommodate up to 600 guests in tents.
Adare provides traditional camp style meals. Every meal is freshly prepared on-site by our highly skilled cooks and kitchen staff. Our delicious biscuits, muffins or scones are always a favourite for morning tea and if you have a dietary requirement, our staff will do all they can to meet your needs! Your only responsibility is to set and clear the tables - let our staff look after the rest.
Self catering may be negotiable during quiet periods.
The historic Adare Castle is located in the beautiful coastal town of Victor Harbor. Set back on a hill and only 300 metres to the beach, Adare Castle is a picturesque setting for holding wedding ceremonies and receptions. It is also ideal for your ‘destination wedding’ providing full catering and accommodation for you and your guests.
Adare was completed in 1893 and the imposing facade of towers and turrets quickly becomes one of warmth and elegance when you step inside. You are immediately taken back in time with the beautiful stone architecture, high ceilings, and extensive lead lighting and stained glass windows. The grand ballroom has a unique skylight made from etched glass which was shipped here from England and is a feature of the venue. Adding to the 'old world charm' and ambience are the rustic wooden floors, ornate fireplaces, sweeping staircases and balcony - providing spectacular photo opportunities to remember your special day.
With a seating capacity of up to 100 guests and cocktail weddings for up to 200, Adare offers various packages, with inclusions, to suit any budget. Feel at ease knowing you can customise your day specifically to your taste and needs. Your guests will also be looked after should they choose to enjoy the affordable accommodation in either Adare or the adjacent Bethany en-suites.
Adare prides itself on being committed to providing a high level of service, ensuring your wedding day is a memorable one for all the right reasons.
Adare has meeting rooms available for use. Each meeting room varies in size and layout.
- Bethany Hall - 140 people (note: 2sqm per person capacity is 60)
- Cudmore Room - 60 people (note: 2sqm per person capacity is 46)
- Adare Meeting Room - 60 people (note: 2sqm per person capacity is 22)
- Adare Lounge / Pool Room - 20 people (note: 2sqm per person capacity is 14)
- Hindmarsh Lounge - 12 people (note: 2sqm per person capacity is 8)
Equipment available for use includes:
- Data Projector (B)
- Screen (B)
- Public Address System (A+B+C)
- White board (A+B+C)
- Piano (A)
- DVD Player (A+B)
- Chairs (A+B+C)
- Tables (A+B+C)
- Poly Pong Tables (A+B)
- Pool Table (A)
(A) Adare (B) Bethany (C) Cudmore
Adare Caravan Park
Adare Caravan Park is located in Victor Harbor and consists of 50 powered sites in a quiet and tranquil setting. The well maintained park boasts level grass sites for tents, caravans, camping trailers and motor homes during school holidays. There are also six self contained cabins and two units which are available for use throughout the entire year.
Programs and Activities
School camp programs, run by our own Beyond Limits Outdoor Education team, are available at Adare and provide excellent growth opportunities for participants. Beyond Limits provides curriculum-based programs for all year levels and are very happy to tailor a specific program to meet your needs and expected outcomes. Alternatively, you may choose to visit any number of local attractions including Granite Island and the Whale Centre and incorporate them with a part-program by Beyond Limits staff.
In small tribes, students negotiate a series of challenging activities. To be successful, they require a high level of teamwork to collect maximum points for their tribe.
When you don’t want to go to the beach we bring the water to you. Tribes work together in series of fun and engaging activities. Make sure you are not wearing your Sunday bests because chances are you will get wet.
In tribes, participants undertake a number of competitive beach activities designed to maximize teamwork and encourage physical participation – a great way to start camp.
Time spent at the beach is an Australian constitution. Under the watchful eye of our qualified facilitators, participants are introduced to the ocean swells whilst learning how to body board and body surf.
Students are subjected to a series of brain teasing activities that require ‘out of the box’ thinking if the tribe is to be successful.
In tribes, students navigate their way through a series of challenging activities that require teamwork and initiative to achieve success.
Students engage in building a tower made of milk crates but must be careful not to fall off - it requires the help of the tribe to build the tower.
Dry Raft Making
Select your equipment carefully because it is all you have to navigate the course, with your tribe as fast as you can with the minimum of disturbance to your precious cargo.
To be able to look back over the cliffs towards the Bluff after climbing up a big hill is a thing of beauty. Students have the opportunity to hike 14km of the world famous Hysen Trail.
Students set their desired height (up to 13 metres above the ground) and with the assistance of their fellow tribe members enjoy the thrill of a lifetime.
Kayaking - Year 6 upwards
Following a safety test, students paddle to the mouth of the Hindmarsh River, students engage in a series of fun-filled flat water games - try not to get too wet!
Mountain Bikes - Year 6 upwards
Riders undertake a bike riding competency skills test followed by a challenging ride along one of the local bike paths.
Students engage in a series of games where team-work and co-operation is a must.
Water safety is an essential life skill. Participants learn about the ocean and the dangers that may be encountered on Australian beaches. They also experience activities that surf rescuers have been involved in for generations.
Based on the theme of the TV show Survivor, participants undertake a number of challenging activities to explore the dynamics of effective teamwork and experimental learning.
Through the fun of experimental learning, students undertake a number of fun yet challenging activities to explore the dynamics of effective teamwork.
Water Obstacle Course
Students engage in a series of fun yet mildly challenging obstacles. Success is dependant upon the tribe’s level of teamwork, cooperation and encouragement.
Floor Plan - Adare House.pdf (279kb PDF)
Floor Plan - Bethany.pdf (1mb PDF)
Floor Plan - Cudmore.pdf (818kb PDF)
Information - Adare Activities.pdf (306kb PDF)
Information - Adare Leaders Handbook.pdf (168kb PDF)
Policy - Adare Risk Management Plan.pdf (501kb PDF)
Policy - Terms and Conditions.pdf (103kb PDF)
Site Plan - Adare.pdf (542kb PDF)