"On behalf of our Year 5 teachers, students and parent-helpers I thank you for the use of your farm's marvellous camping facilities...Once again, our students have benefitted from the cattle-station experience. We appreciated your efficiency with regards to organising accommodation, meals and activities, not to forget the hospitable manner in which you supported us... we look forward to next year's venture to Virginia Park Station."
Peter Cavalot, Camp Coordinator, Ryan Catholic College.
"The children from Holy Spirit School have been attending Year 5 camp at Virginia Park Cattle Station since 2000...There are a variety of activities that the children are involved in, including milking, tennis and ping pong, scavenger hunt, art and craft, horse-riding, bonfire, orienteering, etc...Sue and Rob always develop a good rapport with the students and provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere...The children enjoy the Year 5 camp thoroughly because of the opportunities that Sue and Rob provide. We will continue to take the Year 5 students to Virginia Park Station for many years to come."
Angela Hallam, Year 5 Teacher, Holy Spirit School.
"Virginia Park is a beautiful property which suits the needs of our groups perfectly. The students enjoy the outdoor facilities, especially the campfire and tennis courts. Sue and Rob are excellent hosts and go out of their way to make sure everyone has a great time. The food is fantastic and plentiful. I look forward to our visit each year!"
Lizzii Watson, Teacher, Townsville Grammar School.
"The Year 5 children from St. Joseph's Mundingburra have been fortunate in experiencing some wonderful school camps at Virginia Park Station. Sue and Rob and the family are excellent hosts and go out of their way to make the children and adults feel welcome. From the moment we arrive at the camp, the children are enthralled by the "outback experience". The freedom and safety go hand in hand and for the first time, for many of the students, they enjoy the opportunities of staying on a working farm. The activities provided are lots of fun and the delicious meals were always appreciated. Thank you Sue and Rob for making our Outback adventure a time to remember. Your hospitality, friendship and generosity were all very much appreciated. Many thanks and best wishes for many more camps."
Clare Plant, Year 5 Teacher, St. Joseph's School Mundingburra.
"Yesterday I arrived home from camp. It was the BEST experience of my past 3 years put together! Here is what I thought of everything:
Dinner - one word; DELICIOUS. The spaghetti bolognese was simply spectacular! It made me hungry for more!
Milking the cow - although it felt strange, I soon got used to it, and even though I didn't have a taste of it, I'm certain it was delicious.
Branding of the calf - even though Matt said it didn't hurt for long, I still flinched and thought of the time I got my ears pierced. I know it's for the best and helps keep the calf safe.
Horse riding - OUTSTANDING!! I rode Harry, and I never realised how big he was until I got on! It was absolutely extraordinary!
Camp fire - spectacular! I am extremely grateful for using your fire place. I enjoyed learning how to make damper and now I know what to do when I come across a camp oven!
Obstacle course - I was close to breaking last year's record for our school, but was about 10 hundredths of a second slow.
Damper - DELICIOUS!!!!! My first bite tasted strange, my second was 10 times better, and my third bite was 100000 times better!
Tennis court - the best thing! I played tennis every minute of my free time!
I am as grateful as I could ever be to your family (and your dogs), for having my grade stay at Virginia Park. I am hoping I can get a job at Virginia Park in future years. Staying at Virginia Park has given me a taste of the best country life there is, and I am definitely going to visit back in the future! I hope 'Calfy' becomes a fine cow, and may your cattle station have the best possible future. Also, I asked around my dorm and found out no-one wanted to leave. (When we had our last 10 minutes in Virginia Park, I was in tears because I didn't want to leave!) I thank you with all my heart for helping me have the best time possible."
Sasha, Student, St. Joseph's School Mundingburra
"In week two, the Year Five students went on camp to Virginia Park Station, Charters Towers. On the first day, we visited the Zara Clark Museum and the Venus Gold Battery Museum and learnt about the history of Charters Towers. We also went to the Miner’s Cottage to experience gold panning (most of us were lucky enough to find gold). Back at the station, we did fun activities such as an obstacle course, which made us all tired. One night, we had a huge bon fire and pyjama party that was full of laughter and dancing. The best part for most people was the animals. We experienced horse riding, cow branding and milking cows (some people even drank the fresh milk). Sue and Rob looked after us well, the food was amazing and thanks to all of the teachers, we had a great time."
Lila, Year 5 Student, Oonoonba State School.