Wilderness Survival Course

What is survival?

Survival is the process of staying alive as an individual or as a group in situations when lost or otherwise separated from the safety and comforts of modern society. The factors that influence who survives an emergency situation are heavily weighed towards those who are best prepared. Good preparation rarely involves having to hand all the equipment and tools you need, rather concerns the knowl edge you possess. This knowledge is gained by reading widely, undertaking courses and practicing key skills. Understand that being able to manage personal fears and stresses is one of the most significant factors that influences survivability and this is emphasised heavily on the Bush Lore Australia survival course.

The course is formatted to allow it to be delivered as a weekend activity (Saturday AM to Sunday PM) with a focus on hands-on learning experience or a full 3 day course (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with more theory presentation on the first day while allowing ample time to put new learning into practice.

Who should undertake survival training?

Anyone who regularly travels beyond the urban fringe into remote areas as an individual or as part of a small group. This may include, outdoor recreation leaders, exploration teams, travellers, Government personnel, pilots, mariners, regional support teams, hikers and campers, preparedness advocates or those seeking to enhance the safety and resilience of themselves, their families or their communities.

Additionally, individuals with an interest in the natural environment and who would like to become more conversant with the outdoors, or anyone with an interest in primitive technology, techniques and practices employed by our human ancestors and traditional cultures will find great interest in the subjects covered on the course.

Subjects covered include (Both formats):

  • The psychology of survival
  • Priorities for the survivor
  • Planning to survive
  • Shelter construction
  • Fire lighting
  • Water procurement
  • Food procurement
  • Emergency signalling
  • Expedient navigation techniques
  • Knife use and sharpening
  • Survival kits and emergency packs
  • Improvised tools and equipment
  • Using resources effectively and respectfully

Course duration and cost:

  • 2 days – $440 including GST
  • 3 days – $545 including GST

What else do I need to know about the survival course?

The course is delivered in a field camp setting. You will be sleeping in the emergency shelters you build yourself, you will light your own cooking fire, cook your own food and be responsible to interact with and support your fellow survivors. You will undertake a range of activities that will require you to get dirty, get out of your comfort zone and really experience nature.

The course environment ensures a friendly, relaxed and supportive learning experience for students, that is fully risk managed but remains challenging. A reasonable level of personal fitness is required prior to undertaking the course. It is pitched at the novice level and serves as an introductory package to more advanced courses such as Tracking and Advanced Survival. Sturdy enclosed footwear, long sleeve shirt and long pants are also recommended. A detailed recommended equipment to bring list will be provided prior to attending the course.

Weather and seasonal variation may impact on the planned activities and lesson program on particular courses. Bush Lore Australia will always present relevant information based on local conditions, season and terrain.


Hostile Environment Survival Training

What is it?

This course provides students with realistic exposure to the considerations, preparedness and contingency planning tools that they may need if venturing into politically unstable or hostile regions. The training may be tailored to your specific needs and may include lecture room presentations, realistic scenario training, field training and more.

Who should attend?

Anyone travelling to or working in countries where the political stability is precarious, conflict zones, or developing nations. Anyone concerned about the future stability of human populations on the planet and seeking dynamic ‘change management’ skills. This course is all about individual, family, community and organisational resilience.

Subjects may include:

  • Personal security
  • Vehicle and convoy security
  • Defensive driving
  • First aid
  • Surveillance awareness
  • Coping with attack and incidents
  • Preparedness measures
  • Emergency evacuation planning
  • Survival self defence
  • Defensive tactics
  • Reconnaissance
  • Maintaining situational awareness
  • Scouting & patrolling

Course duration and cost:

  • 2 days – $480 includes GST

What else do I need to know?

The course is delivered in a field camp setting. Tent accommodation is provided or you can bring your own. Basic field toilet facilities are available and you will be practicing camp craft as a component of the course.


Disaster Survival Workshop

surviveWe find ourselves living in an increasingly unstable world, with extreme weather events impacting on communities on a regular basis and find ourselves with greater reliance on technology and modern convenience more than at any time in our history. The latter makes us susceptible to risk exposures ranging from not being able to use our mobile phones to societal and economic collapse. Recent events have proven that Australian’s have retained their sense of perseverance and humour in the face of disaster, a trait we are noted for, but it has also reminded us that we need to think about be more prepared … having food, water, shelter, medicine and emergency communications items in readiness. Being prepared is not about being paranoid its simply about being aware of what is happening around us and dealing with it in a common sense manner.

Who should undertake disaster survival:

Anyone with an interest in personal safety and the safety of their families, friends and workmates. The information presented during the workshop is equally applicable to the home as it is to the workplace.

Workshop subjects include:

  • Preparation of emergency kits
  • House kit
  • Car kit
  • Workplace kit
  • Developing a family/ workplace emergency plan
  • Use of rendezvous
  • Reliable information sources during emergencies
  • Essential do’s and don’ts.

Workshop cost and duration:

1 day – $149 per person includes GST

What else do I need to know?

Venues to be advised please bring a notebook and writing materials. A learner guide is provided for the workshop.

Workshop dates:

For information on the dates of upcoming courses click here.


  1. mark freeman
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 13:16:12


    where are your courses held?

    Regards Mark


  2. Grant Jorgensen
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 08:06:28

    My son is interested in doing one of your survival courses. Are there any age restrictions he’ll be 13 in December Can it be done with myself if age is an issue


    • Rich Rich
      Nov 18, 2013 @ 10:45:31

      Hi Grant, we accept young people as young as 7 so long as a parent or legal guardian accompanying them on the course. We offer a dedicated parent/child survival and bushcraft weekend as well as accept older kids on our normal courses with the same proviso that a parent does the course with them. We use the opportunity to allow the bonds between parent and child to grow by having them spend time together away from the trappings of everyday life and in an experiential learning environment. Hope that answers your query.


  3. josh Chalmers
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 07:39:24

    I’m interested in learning more about the parent and child course in January 2014. my son is 8 and a keen hiker/camper. he is used to carrying his own sleeping gear/food/water etc for short trips. is he too young to do the parent child course with me?


    • Rich Rich
      Nov 18, 2013 @ 10:54:00

      Hi Josh, your son will really enjoy the Parent/child survival and bushcraft weekend – as mentioned above children attending can be as young as 7 so long as a parent or legal guardian accompanying them on the course.


  4. Orlie Beer
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 10:49:38

    Hi. when is your next parent/child survival and bushcarft weekend likely to be held?


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Mar 25, 2014 @ 16:10:34

      Hi Orlie, the next Parent/Child course is being held on 12 – 13 April. If you go to our Courses page you can check out the details for this course.


  5. josh
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 23:50:56

    Hi, after watching almost all survival tv shows as I can get my hands on, I have always loved to be able to make stuff from nothing and always willing to learn more, I would like to do a course on the following ,
    how to make fire different ways ,
    build shelter from materials around,
    hunt simple animals “goana ” croc ect
    learn how to use vines as cordage
    and better my skills in team work
    I suffer with pain in my knee but am eager to try… and pull threw and learn more how to survie , I live around Caboolture currently, and very intrested in a survival lesson in the near future thanks for your time


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:47:33

      G’day Josh, great to see your enthusiasm for the subject shining through. Your best bet would be to get along to one of our wilderness survival courses, they cover all of the areas you mentioned and more. It’ll assist you to fill in the blanks with your knowledge and provide you with a wholistic survival system rather than simply a collection of tips and tricks. Hope to see you out in the wilds with us sometime soon. Stay strong, live well!


  6. Colin Tull
    Feb 23, 2015 @ 19:18:39


    I’m interested in taking my 12 yo son on a weekend survival course in the South East Qld area

    When is the next course that would be suitable ?



    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      May 08, 2015 @ 08:44:47

      Hi Colin, courses are posted regularly on the courses page of the website. Just keep an eye on them and see which ones suit you best. It is fantastic to hear from Dad’s wanting to take their boys into the bush. Great bonding time.


  7. Felipe
    Sep 07, 2015 @ 16:19:03

    Hi, I am from Brazil and living in Australia temporarily. There is any possibility of Wilderness Survival courses to be held in January? Is the only month available for me, I am afraid…


    • Rich Hungerford Rich Hungerford
      Oct 09, 2015 @ 11:26:46

      Hi Felipe, 2016 course dates will posted very shortly and there will be courses available in January for sure.


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