Camp Illawonga History

Camp Illawonga was built in the 1980's by ACROMAT, a South Australian success story. ACROMAT build gym equipment, seating and other sporting projects and their name is well known throughout the gymnastics world.


Illawonga was originally built for the 1984 Australian Gymnastics team to live in and train for the 1984 Olympics. The owners of ACROMAT were heavily involved in the industry and sport. It housed a full gymnastics set up, with foam filled pit and trapeze.

In the 1990's the son of ACROMAT founder launched the venue as a school camp with Murray River Educational Tours of which he ran for 15+ years.

In the early 2000's Mark and Jody Coleman owned the camp and ran it right through until the Murray River floods in December 2022. The venue closed at this point, due to the flooding and Mark and Jody decided it was time to hand the reins over to the next custodian.

In July 2023, Beyond the Classroom commenced management of the property, with a new focus and enthusiasm to take the Illawonga Camp into the future.

With stricter insurance regulations, unfortunately the gymnastics equipment and foam pit is no longer allowed to be used, however a range of new activities are being developed including the Illawonga EDventure, a journey for high school students.

The team at Beyond the Classroom are excited to take Illawonga into the future and the adventure this will entail.