Ern Halliday Recreation Camp

Ern Halliday is a sanctuary in the suburbs. It is a special place where Western Australians of all ages can participate in unique and exciting outdoor recreation activities within the Perth metropolitan area.

This exciting camping complex is located on the beach in the northern suburb of Hillarys, Perth. The complex has three large dormitory camps, a picnic and tent campsite and one of the largest range of adventure programs in WA. Set in 28 hectares of natural bush, this camp really is your sanctuary in the suburbs.

Ern Halliday lake

The experience

Ern Halliday is more than a physical site available for group bookings. It is a special place where people of all ages can share in unique activities in an isolated living environment. Whether it’s the conquest of the first abseil, the team success of finding the 'lost pilot' or the wonderful feeling of sharing a camp-fire with new friends, Ern Halliday will be a rewarding experience.

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The location

Ern Halliday is located on Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys, approximately 1.5km north of the Hillarys Marina. The site is identified in most roadmaps and is situated between Flinders Avenue and Angove Drive. If walking from Hillarys Marina, an underpass connects the camp to Whitfords Beach and an extensive network of dual use pathways. 


Ern Halliday offers a wide range of accommodation areas, meeting facilities and dining areas for all group types and budgets. It’s separated into five distinct areas that include: Commodore, Spinnaker, Port and Starboard, Windmill and the Cardinal Meeting Hall.

Ern Halliday accommodation


Accolade Catering provides catering services at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp.

Self-catering is available for guests staying in the Spinnaker dormitories only.

Catering at Ern Halliday

Recreation programs

There are 22 distinct recreation programs with an additional range of program variations, training packages, workplace adventures, custom programs, self–directed activities and holiday programs.

Ern Halliday recreation programs


Ern Halliday has a number of facilities to enhance your experience including meeting rooms and indoor recreation facilities.

Ern Halliday facilities

Camp staff

The Ern Halliday Recreation Camp is administered through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation. The Camp Management team consists of:

Brett Poole
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Steph Pinkerton
Operations Manager
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Steve Morup
Accommodation Officer
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Matthew Grace
Senior Program Coordinator
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Laura Greenwood
Program Coordinator
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There is a dedicated team of highly qualified outdoor instructors who deliver and facilitate our adventure programs, together with a facilities and cleaning team who maintain and upkeep the camp buildings and grounds.

Ern Halliday staff

Management and insurance

Ern Haliday Recreation Camp, under the management of the department, provide public liability insurance within the framework of its accommodation and programs.


Ern Halliday Recreation Camp strives to be inclusive through programs and its facilities. All accommodation and dining areas, excluding the Spinnaker living area and Windmill area, provide wheelchair access and ablutions suitable for wheelchair use. Any group requiring special requirements need to arrange a site tour before booking the facility to ensure the site is suitable. This can be arranged through the camp. Many of our programs can also be modified to include all participants.

Department of Education guidelines

Most adventure recreation programs at Ern Halliday meet or exceed the DoE guidelines for outdoor pursuits. In consideration of specific environments at the site, variations from the DoE guidelines exist to increase safety.

Beach safety

Ern Halliday management strongly recommend that all groups intending to use the beach book qualified aquatics supervisors through the camp for water safety. All groups should check with their governing bodies to make sure that their water safety is in accordance with official procedures.

Paddling at Ern Halliday

More information

Ern Halliday Recreation Camp

Whitfords Avenue, Hillarys WA 6025
PO Box 80 Hillarys WA 6923
Telephone 61 8 9492 9788
Telephone 0417 948 816 (emergency and urgent matters only)

Camp Bookings Office

246 Vincent Street Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Telephone 61 8 9492 9999
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