Wolgan Valley is a residential and experiential education site that complements the School city campuses.
The aim is to build a synergy between education and environment to create a quintessentially Australian educational experience. Wolgan Valley is about enriching young people’s lives by placing them in the natural environment and connecting them to a sense of awe and wonder — giving them an appreciation that they are part of an ecosystem and have a responsibility to maintain it.
Nestled between the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks, this site allows us to take learning beyond the classroom for our students — the embodiment of our belief that all of our students should be given the opportunity to participate in educational and team activities to enhance their collaboration, organisational and leadership abilities.
Located on Wiradjuri country, Indigenous hand painting adorns a wall at the top of the valley, once a meeting place for three Aboriginal nations. Charles Darwin studied Australian native wildlife here, in a landscape rich in flora and fauna — country that Cranbrook students now play a part in conserving and protecting. Visiting Wolgan Valley takes students away from the bubble of their everyday life, allowing the space for contemplation, reflection, conversation and wonder, free from the distraction of technology and city life.