Outdoor education specialists Higher Ground are building an international reputation for the Mary Valley and investing heavily on improvements to their two Tuchekoi properties as they continue to grow their business.
Managing director Rod Field has added almost 42 hectares adjoining the business' existing 72 hectares to improve the quality of offer. After initially taking out a three year development lease, he purchased the smaller property in early 2014.
Half a million dollars is being invested in improvements to the existing facilities including the removal of asbestos and landscaping.
“The extra space gives us the opportunity to be more self-contained on our land and broaden our overnight camping offer,” Rod said.
Brisbane school Nudgee Junior started their school year by sending more than 300 students for a three day camp. In July, 210 Chinese students from a Hong Kong boarding school visited for a 28-day stay.
“We're helping kids discover their potential, creating the freedom to learn,” Rod said.
Rod Field's 20 full-time staff are supplemented by up to 80 casuals, depending on the programs being run.
Some of those are overseas interns, with American colleges now looking to supplement their outdoor education students' training with Australian experience in the Mary Valley.