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BAANYA BIAMI, meaning Camp of Great Spirit, is a name remembered by thousands of children in Victoria as a place of Adventure since the 1980s. In 2013, Jeffrey Brook purchased the camp to create a Place of Purpose for people to reconnect with the bush and so reconnect with themselves.

Located in a tranquil valley adjacent to the Brisbane Ranges National Park, Baanya Biami is 150 acres of bushland with Reilleys Creek flowing though. The accommodation and facilities are unique in their design with their construction over the decades honouring the environment around them.

Bridges over the creek lead people on a gentle meander further into the bush where creek flats, bush spurs and the extraordinary gentleness of the bush awaits to be discovered. Longer hikes into the Brisbane Ranges are possible from Baanya Biami.

Baanya Biami has a gentleness which is felt by all those who visit. It is a place to disconnect from the fast pace of life and technology. It is a place to reconnect with our Earth, the bush, each other and ourselves.


Meet Our Dedicated Team

Jeffrey Brook

Jeffrey has nearly 40 years of experience working with young people. Jeffrey has spent nearly 20 years living and working in the High Country of Victoria leading people on foot and horseback exploring and connecting to the mountains. His final few years in the mountains were as Head of Outdoors for Geelong Grammar School at their Timbertop campus where each year over 200 Year 9 students would live for a year experiencing, connecting and personally growing in the mountains.

Jeffrey and his wife Robyn then created Avalon College in 1997, a unique and exceptional ELICOS boarding school in Victoria, Australia, where young international students live and study to further improve their English before heading into Australian Secondary Schools. Jeffrey is still currently CEO of Avalon College.

Louise Kerwin

Louise has worked as a Health Professional for nearly 30 years. Louise has worked as a Physiotherapist in acute hospitals, rehab, community health, private practice and the disability sector.

The last 20 years has seen her study and work concurrently with Energetic Medicine – the Body-Mind-Spirit connection where the focus of Louise’s work shifted to the emotional and mental wellbeing of people and how this affected their physical wellbeing. Louise was able to offer this combined service of Physiotherapy and Medical Intuition from Karuna Maya Medicine – a Medical Centre in Jan Juc – for 16 years but has now chosen to focus solely on the wellbeing of all those who come to Baanya Biami to participate in the programs.

Maree Gowler
Brian Duncan

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Baanya Biami occupies 150 acres of natural bushland adjacent to the Brisbane Ranges National Park. The buildings and outdoor facilities occupy 5 acres and the remaining area is bushland and open forest with low undergrowth. We are conveniently located a 40 minute drive from Geelong and an 80 minute drive from Melbourne centre. Click here for turn-by-turn directions from Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat.

Phone: (03) 5360 8284
International: +61 3 5360 8284
Address: 220 Marshalls Lane

Staughton Vale

Victoria 3340


We wish to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Land where Baanya Biami is located, the Wathaurong People, and pay Respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.