Looking south-east over the Silver Wattles


The Club owns and operates the John Skemp Field Centre which is situated at Myrtle Bank a pleasant 35 minute drive north-east of Launceston, just off the road to Scottsdale. The Centre is built on the property bequeathed to the Club by the late John Rowland Skemp, a founding member of the Club. To read the history of the property follow the link.

The Centre is situated on approximately 62 hectares (153 acres) of wide open spaces, wet and dry sclerophyll forest, fern gullies and ponds on Skemp Creek. A number of nature trails (1737Kb PDF) have been developed over the whole property.

The Centre provides indoor accommodation for twenty in two bunkrooms and two bedrooms (bed linen, blankets and pillows not supplied) with a small private study area, two bathrooms each fitted with toilet and shower, a large furnished living area with wood heater and a fully equipped kitchen. An undercover area attached to the Centre allows use of the barbecue and outdoor seating in all weather. There is a large grassy area suitable for vans, tents and outdoor activities.

As of 16 December 2021, overnight bookings are not being accepted until further notice due to circumstances beyond our control. Day visits to the property with use of the centre are available. For further more information please contact the Secretary

John Skemp Field Centre
John Skemp Field Centre
Photographer Noel Manning

Work at the Skemp's property is ongoing to maintain and upgrade the building, grounds and nature trails. This work is done by a small group of members who regularly attend the property and other members on our monthly Skemp's days or special project days. We also acknowledge the wonderful help of the workers provided by Conservation Volunteers Australia and Green Corps who have assisted our members in many ways on the property. To view past, present and ongoing activities and projects at the property follow the link.

Private Forests Reserve Covenant

A Covenant has been placed on the property which ensures that the forested areas are protected in perpetuity.

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