Industry News: Updates to Australian Adventure Activity Standards & Outdoor Recreation Training Packages

Updates to the Australian Adventure Activity Standards (AAAS)

The AAAS Core Standard document, contains information relating to all activity standards; such as risk management, equipment, environment and planning; is currently going through final market testing.

Public Consultation on the first two Activity Standards, Bushwalking and Camping closed 29 May 2017. The nomination process has been completed to form the Technical Working Group (TWG) for Horse Trail Riding, Mountain Biking and Bike Touring and Abseiling and Climbing. These three TWG's have now started work.


Outdoor Recreation Training Package Review

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has prepared a 'Case for Change' detailing changes required to Outdoor Recreation training package products, within the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package, to ensure they remain reflective of contemporary industry skills needs.

Following approval from the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), this training package development work will now commence. Central to the success of this review work will be the ongoing engagement of industry.


Our Top 5 Summer Camping Destinations in NSW

The summer holidays are a great time of year to getaway with your family and catch up with friends. What better way than to head off on a camping trip!

Not only are they affordable, camping trips with family and friends have the ability to create some of the fondest memories. There is something about getting back to the simple life that encourages a change of perspective. It makes us truly appreciate, not only the luxuries that we leave at home, but most importantly the people around us and the beauty of our natural environments.

Whether it is...

     relaxing on the beach,

          experiencing a wildlife encounter,

               discovering a hidden waterfall,

                    the de-stress that comes with escaping the buzz of built areas,

                         or the somewhat metaphorical removal of the walls that separate ourselves, nature and the people who surround us...

...camping trips are certainly an experience not to miss!

Our top 5 summer camping destinations in NSW each have their own drawcards - but all are incredibly beautiful, natural environments within a reasonably close proximity to Sydney.

Read on for our countdown to number 1!

Honeymoon Bay

Distance from Sydney: 3 hours South

Vehicle Access: By 2WD vehicle on sealed roads or by kayak.

Highlight: Snorkeling around the rock edges.

More info:


Dunns Swamp

Distance from Sydney: 4 hours North-West

Vehicle Access: By 2WD vehicle on unsealed roads.

Highlight: Hire a kayak and checkout the beautiful pagoda rock formations.

More info:


Cockatoo Island

Distance from Sydney: <10 minutes by ferry from King St Wharf 3, Darling Harbour.

Vehicle Access: Only accessible by ferry service.

Highlight: Can be more of a glamping experience and a great location for viewing the NYE fireworks around Sydney Harbour!

More info:


Green Patch

Distance from Sydney: 3 hours South

Vehicle Access: By 2WD vehicle on sealed roads.

Highlight: If you're lucky, swimming off the white sand beach with a pod of dolphins in the bay

More info:


Trial Bay Gaol

Distance from Sydney: 5 hours North

Vehicle Access: By 2WD vehicle on sealed roads

Highlights: Hire a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and cruise along the beach. Watch the sunset over the town on the otherside of the bay, alongside pods of whales breaching if you are there between April and November. 

More info:

We hope this list comes in handy for you all this summer break and we wish you all the happiest of holidays!

- From the Somerset Team 

Written by Kelly Aitchison - DoE Administrator