Sydney Secondary College maintains a modest riverfront camp at Lostock, 60km north of Maitland in the Upper Hunter Valley. Set among working farms and rolling hills right on the banks of the Patterson River, it was once a one-teacher country school that has been converted to provide a rural education camp for groups of 30 or so. It is also set up as a comfortable weekender for College families, staff and general public when not in use by the College. The camp is looked after by an intercampus subcommittee of parents and volunteers on behalf of the SSC community.
The best part about the school camp is that it is backs right onto the Patterson River where you can go swimming, kayaking and fishing. Platypuses and wombats have been spotted on the property in the early morning and around sunset. Sightings of kangaroos, echidnas, kingfishers and other native animals are common, and there are always water dragon lizards sunning themselves on the rocks along the riverbank. Sometimes we even have our own resident cow and calf to mow the lawn and the neighbour’s horses are happy to come over to check you out for apples. Go to our gallery to see what’s around (e-mail any photos of Lostock and we may add them to the website).