“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for anything less”

--Kurt Hahn, Founder

80 years ago our founder set out to integrate intensive experience and skill-building into the fabric of education. His approach to teaching and learning was centred on the belief that education should place equal emphasis on development of character and the intellect.

Although today’s Outward Bound expeditions have adapted to the needs of our modern society, our programs are designed true to our original beliefs and goal: to empower people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as individuals and future leaders. Outward Bound Australia is an independent, not-for-profit outdoor education organisation that exists to inspire Australians of all ages and circumstances, preparing them with the strength of character and determination they need to thrive – in the classroom, in the workplace, in the family and in the world.

Outward Bound empowers school students, communities and young professionals to reach beyond their limits through exhilarating outdoor education programs that take participants to a place apart and challenge them to reach their full potential. They return with a new outlook on life and the world.

We work in the natural world allowing people to expand their awareness and appreciation for the environment. Outward Bound courses are both internal and external journeys of discovery that enable people to develop inner strength, teamwork and leadership skills to sustain themselves and their communities throughout their lives. In bringing out the best in people, we aim to develop the most positive elements of the human character consistent with our core values of integrity, responsibility, resilience, compassion, service and human potential.

Outward Bound is firmly established at the forefront of personal development and experiential outdoor education. Since 1956, more than 350,000 people have participated in one of our programs! Being part of the international Outward Bound community means we have close ties with the many Outward Bound schools operating around the world.

A participant on a Professional Development course with Outward Bound surveys the valley below

We Are Outward Bound

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