Basic Bushcraft Survival Course 3 days

3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course

Course Description

Students enjoying a lesson in our outdoor classroom

Rewarding and challenging, our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course will introduce you to the world of bushcraft and wilderness survival skills in a comprehensive and insightful way, providing the perfect introduction to begin your journey into the outdoors.


Firelighting without matches or lighter

There is a difference between survival training and bushcraft.

Survival training is primarily equipment focused and was designed to teach our military personnel (in the shortest possible time) a variety of necessary skills to enable them to survive in a remote or hostile environment, long enough to be rescued or to get out of that emergency situation (usually 72 hours) and back to safety in the fastest way possible. Survival skills are important skills for anyone to know who spends time out in nature or any activity or work that takes them “off the beaten track”.

Bushcraft on the other hand focuses on maximum use of knowledge and skills with “minimal” reliance on equipment. Bushcraft is the parent skill that all survival training comes from and is far more encompassing and includes a much greater variety of disciplines such as shelter-craft, fire-craft, botany, zoology, butchery, natural navigation, bind-craft, tool making, wood carving, fishing, tracking, hunting and trapping, plant identification, edible and medicinal plant knowledge, water procurement techniques and wilderness cooking to name a few. Bushcraft draws from the knowledge and skills that indigenous cultures across the world have used to survive and live comfortably in the wilderness for thousands of years.


Collecting water using a transpiration bag

Our 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course will introduce you to a range of fundamental and necessary survival and bushcraft skills. These core wilderness skills will concentrate mainly on modern survival methods and equipment. They include:

  • survival priorities
  • survival psychology
  • kit mentality
  • safe use of cutting tools and knife sharpening
  • knots and cordage
  • emergency shelter and bed construction 
  • fire lighting using modern methods (ferrocerium rod, electrical, solar, chemical etc)
  • water (collecting, filtering and purifying)
  • food (wild edibles of the local area)
  • emergency signalling (active and passive methods)
  • introduction to natural navigation (solar and celestial)
  • camp cooking
  • camp hygiene

This basic course is ideal for all people new to the bush, as well as experienced outdoor enthusiasts who want to revise and hone their skills. No experience is necessary however a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Our friendly team of well trained and qualified instructors will ensure a rewarding and open learning environment with an emphasis on teaching rather than just instruction. This approach provides the opportunity for real skill / knowledge acquisition and personal development.


This course is run entirely outdoors from an expedition style base camp, and you will either be sleeping in your own camping equipment that you will bring (see clothing and equipment list) or in the emergency shelter you will build yourself.

Toilets and Shower Facilities

This course is conducted in an expedition style field camp with either (depending on venue) limited or no public amenities. A screened trench latrine and gravity fed canvas bush shower in a secluded private spot, along with strict camp hygiene measures will give a natural wilderness expedition feel to your experience while at the same time being low-impact and environmentally friendly.


Construct emergency shelter, make fire and boil water in 20 minutes


The Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is run at both our NSW and NT locations and is conducted in natural surroundings from an outdoor expedition style base camp. The outdoor campfire classroom provides an enlightening immersion into nature, helping our students to re-connect with the natural world on their journey to becoming more self-reliant. The outdoor setting provides a wonderful wilderness experience.

All course locations have parking available and are ‘reasonably’ accessible via public transport.

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Lighting a signal fire safely!

Catering & Food

You will not be living from the land on this basic course, that is an advanced skill that you will learn on progression through our other courses.  All meals will be provided on the course with full opportunity for each student to learn and practice some outback bush cooking. Learn how to use a camp oven, bake bread and cook in the coals. Tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh water and cordial, as well as a fruit bowl will also be provided at the base camp.

Clothing & Equipment List


"Being a dad with little kids and not a lot of time on my hands, I needed an intensive educational experience to put the things I'd read over the last few years into solid practice. Gordon delivered big time! He combined knowledge, skill and real-time practice of bushcraft and survival in a way that left me hungering for more. His approach to teaching us was humble, patient, flexible and thorough. The course combined knowledge, skill and hands-on experience in a way that left me realising the enormous difference between the theory I'd learned over the last few years and the real practice of the thing. Gordon's proficiency as an educator in this field comes from decades of experience in a huge multitude of very real and raw environments around the world, studying under as many teachers of bushcraft as possible. Well worth the cost; I'll be back for the Intermediate next year for sure!"

Jordan Peterson

I attended the Basic Course at Ingleside on October 18 to 20 2019 and it was fantastic. Gordon's knowledge of Bushcraft is amazing and his delivery is first class. I was well and truly out of my comfort zone, the course is the Basics but that doesn't mean that it is by any way easy. It is challenging and you do get a sense of what it must be like to become fatigued if lost in the bush. Having said that, it was great to learn new skills and to be sleeping on the ground under a hoochie. I will be back again to learn more. I could not recommend this course highly enough. It was delivered most professionally and we had a great crew of friendly people attend. I loved it and got a lot from attending the course. Thanks Gordon and Johan.

John Price

“I thought my bush survival skills were fairly good before I carried out the bush survival course... wow…. I really didn’t have a clue… Gordon has showed me ways and procedures I would never have thought of in 100 years… Everyone needs to do this course. Gordon is extremely informative and also very inspirational”.

Sheldon Quartermain, Darwin NT

“Just completed Bushcraft Survival Australia’s basic bushcraft survival course at the amazing coastal camp set up in northern NSW (near Coffs Harbour). I highly recommend this course. Gordon has an extraordinary wealth of knowledge gained world wide, learning from some of the best in bushcraft and survival and a tonne of army experience as well. The structure of the basic course was excellent, he shares the theory side (with related real life examples) then you get to apply the lessons learnt in practical application; lighting fires, building shelter, tying knots, filtering water etc. I can’t wait to learn more and bring my brother along next year. If you have the slightest interest in surviving in the Australian bush, then do yourself a favour and book on one of his courses”

Heath Wiley, Tasmania

“A truly memorable experience on the Darwin basic bushcraft survival course. The instructor, Gordon, instructs you in a mixture of traditional and modern bushcraft and survival skills centred around a great respect and care for nature. He has trained all over the world with some of the best instructors in the field and he knows his stuff.

I would highly recommend this challenging and immensely rewarding course. You never know, it may one day save your life!”

David Glasper, Darwin NT

“Thank you Bushcraft Survival Australia and especially Gordon Dedman for an outstanding course over the weekend. Dylan and I learnt loads and met some wonderful people too. What a great experience and Dylan was also pretty chuffed he made the news”

Callum Campbell, Murwoolimbah QLD

“The three day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course is suited to anyone who enjoys the outdoors or who wants to enhance their bush skills. Under the guidance of Gordon Dedman the course covers key topics such as having the correct mindset to prioritizing, shelter, knots, cutting tools, fire lighting, signaling, navigation plus more. A very informative course about the natural world teaching practical survival skills you can apply”

Perryn Kember, Darwin NT

“Great course well worth taking the time to do men and woman, you should do at least the basic course as you will learn skills to help you in everyday life as well as a survival situation. I will be going back”

Justin Dawson, Darwin NT

“What an eye opening and educating experience! Gordon presents all the information in such a way that even with my minimal knowledge and experience I felt like I really did get to hone some amazing skills (fire lighting was my favourite). There was a lot of fun and laughs along the way and everyone really mucked in and supported each other. This was of particular importance to me as I thought I might be on the “out” as not being one of the “boys”, not the case at all. All in all an amazing experience and would definitely recommend.'

Esme Batley, Sydney NSW

Highly recommended!!!!! Best course I've ever done... Cheers Gordon. Can't wait to arrive to do the advance.'

Alex Pontarollo, Darwin NT

I completed the Basic course in Sydney and had a great time; as a hiker with a growing interest in Bushcraft I found the knowledge Gordon passed on to be incredibly useful. I've also found a new confidence when heading off into the bush, knowing I can depend on myself and my skills to keep myself out of trouble.

Thanks Gordon for sharing your knowledge. I had a great time.

Jonty, Maitland

Upcoming Courses

Date Location Course
27-29 September Coffs Coast 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course Book Now
18-20 October Sydney 3 Day Basic Bushcraft Survival Course Book now

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  • Price: $550 per adult, $275 per child (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Included: 3 full days and nights of instruction from "fully qualified" instructors, all food & beverages, land use fees, insurance and your own "Morakniv" carbon steel bushcraft knife to keep.
  • Maximum number of places: 12
  • Minimum age: 13 (juniors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • This course starts at 9:00am on Friday (day 1) and finishes at 4:30pm on Sunday (day 3).
  • Upon making your booking you will receive a link to the participant consent form, which must be filled out and returned right away, and other documentation about what to bring and where to go.