School camps in Harrietville, Victoria

The perfect base for your victorian high country school camp experience.

Book now for your 2021 school camp!

K-12 school camps

Our Harrietville camp facility is now taking bookings for school camps in 2021.

We offer high quality, affordable, managed and self-managed outdoor camp programs for school groups of all ages.

From our delicious catering to dormitories with ensuite facilities, our service and attention to detail is second to none.

Our facility

Set in a beautiful alpine location, our site suits a range of school group needs:

  • Can host groups of up to 110
  • Recreation hall
  • AV & microphone setup
  • Dining room & kitchen
  • Lawn areas for recreation
  • Teachers stay free (1:8 ratio)
  • Perfect for groups with specialist requirements, retreats & special interests


Affordable, clean, and well-maintained, our accommodation block comprises:

  • 2 large dorm-style units
  • Male / female separation possible
  • Ensuite bathrooms for each dorm
  • Mix of dorms & single rooms

Quality catering

With speciality chefs, we accommodate all dietary requirements and are famous for providing groups with healthy, delicious food:

  • Dietary requirements catered for
  • Customised menu available
  • Optional self-catering for groups who cook their own food

About us

We are an owner-operated facility that provides top quality service to any guests we welcome to our facility. We commit to making your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as we can.

Both Noel and Fiona have worked within the hospitality industry for over 30 years. Fiona started her career as a chef, then proceeded into management roles within the industry. A brick layer by trade, Noel has also managed multiple lodges at Mt Hotham, & has taught students snowboarding, squash and football for more than 15 years.

Driven to make a meaningful and tangible difference, Noel & Fiona harnessed their convictions and have made Mountain View Retreat a unique venue that brings individuals, families and groups together to celebrate life.

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Harrietville: The perfect base

We are located in the heart of Victoria’s High Country, at the base of the Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and close to Bright and Mt Beauty. This picturesque setting is amongst Victoria’s most beautiful, and lends itself to a range of educational, exciting and unique activity options.

Harrietville is just 3.5 hours from Melbourne and 2 hours from Albury, and is accessible from many regional centres in Victoria and southern NSW.


What others have said about Mountain View Harrietville

Here’s what some of our guests have said about our facility

“They were wonderful, effortlessly catering to dietary requirements and getting to know each camper. I recommend for group bookings”

Autism camp leader

Ellie Lee

“Have been bringing school groups here for years and love it! Fantastic staff who are a world of support in organising our logistics to ensure we have a great time.”

Bayview College, Portland

Zac Jeffries

“This is my 5th time staying here, managed a few school camps from this hotel and this time, I came with my family. Clean, all amenities, close to shops, meals, pubs, ski hire, bakery & cafe’s. Highly recommend this place for schools or large groups planning a getaway, compromising of a fully catered kitchen, hall and accommodation. Accessible by vehicle or coach, stone’s throw to mountain and water activities.”

Travelled with family

COVID-19 & Keeping Camp Safe

As the coronavirus pandemic evolves we are closely following government health and safety guidelines. Our aim is to provide a safe camp experience for all students, teachers, and our staff.

We have a Risk Register in place as well as a Pandemic Response Policy which we continuously develop as situations evolve, and in line with advice from government and health authorities.

We will continue to develop our guidelines procedures in line with official advice, which we will share with you ahead of your visit.


We have a range of activities available to suit all camps needs.

On-site activities

Our facility has accessible, safe, on-site options such as:

  • Adventure course
  • Archery
  • Bike riding
  • Ga Ga pit
  • Frisbie golf
  • Orienteering
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Night walks
  • Outdoor cinema
  • Volleyball
  • Campfire / cooking

Mt Hotham & Mt Buffalo

Harrietville is ideally located at the base of Hotham and near Buffalo. We offer the best of this location through some mountain-based activities like:

  • Skiing & snowboarding
  • Tobogganing
  • Caving
  • Abseiling
  • Hiking

Off-site activities

There are a number of educational, nature-based options nearby which can be part of your school’s program:

  • Trout farm
  • Gold panning
  • Museum visit
  • Canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Community-based activities


Our accommodation is set over 2 spacious units, located next to the reception/dinning room. The rooms vary from 2 to 10 share with queen and bunk beds available (see below). All rooms have their own ensuite and each unit has a comfortable lounge/communal area for the students and teachers to relax or have game/movie nights.

There are drying rooms located in each of the units for drying out your snow, hiking or swimming gear, ready for the next day’s adventures.

See accommodation site plan
  • Can you accommodate dietary requirements?
  • Are activities safe?
  • What do we need to bring?
  • Are there floorplans available?
  • Can you do trivia and movie nights?
  • Do teachers pay?
  • What makes Mountain View Retreat different?
Can you accommodate dietary requirements?

Of course! We cater to any dietary requirements when given at least two weeks notice.

Are activities safe?

All of our programmed activities undergo thorough risk assessments which are available for download.

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What do we need to bring?

All groups must bring a flat sheet and towel. All other linen, including the doona, is provided by us.

Are there floorplans available?

Absolutely. We have a full site plan available as well as individual floor plans for our two units.

  • The Bonacord unit, set up to sleep 63 people over 8 rooms, bunk style
  • The Razorback unit, motel style accommodation including queens, bunks, sleeps up to 48 people over 12 rooms.
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Can you do trivia and movie nights?

We have a recreation hall that is perfect for any of these activities. It’s fully set up with the AV devices needed, and we are always available to help with setup & troubleshooting.

Do teachers pay?

Teachers stay for free provided there is a ratio of 1:8 of teachers to students

What makes Mountain View Retreat different?

We strive to deliver OVER, ABOVE AND BEYOND. We provide a safe caring, healthy, educational and recreational environment for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary students. We aim to provide a curriculum-enriched visit in a nurturing environment. We are an owner operated business which allows us to be on the ground to help with all your needs as they arise and personalise the program to your curriculum needs.

Our unique setting and fantastic food will exceed your expectations.

Our knowledge and experience and facilities will result in your students reaching the desired camp objectives. We embed strategies that build your students resilience, independence and interdependence as decision makers while making lifelong friends. Mountain View Holiday Retreat creates an environment for the students to grow and challenge themselves. We encourage them to explore their own inner strengths and independence while building better communicators and understanding of others through curriculum focused team activities.

Unlike other camps, Mountain View Retreat provide full support for teachers and camp coordinators throughout the whole school camp planning process. Helping with your site and activity risk assessments, we can organise everything for you! We spend time in school with you and your team, preparing for the camp, keeping you well informed. Once here the students are actively involved in a camp experience to remember. We are commitment to you “walking away from our camp with all your expectations exceeded.”

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To reserve a spot for your school group, please leave your details below and we will endeavour to get back to you via phone or email within the next business day.

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