Duke of Ed Gold Residential Project – Tharwa ACT

Ngunnawal Learning
Complete your Gold Duke of Ed Residential Project with Outward Bound and celebrate the cultural knowledge and understanding of Country with the Ngunnawal traditional custodians.
This program is open to participants aged 16-24 to align with Gold Duke of Ed requirements, but you don't need to be completing the Award to attend.
4 Jul 2022 to 8 Jul 2022
Price $1297 p/p
Ages 16-24
Region Tharwa, act
Detailed Information

Complete your Gold Duke of Ed Residential Project with Outward Bound Australia and learn about the traditional knowledge of the Ngunnawal community, our local traditional custodians in ACT.

So, we’ve asked the local Ngunnawal community to tell their stories of Country, through:

  • a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony
  • bush tucker walks and talks
  • traditional land management session with Tidbinbilla Rangers
  • indigenous art session (pending)
  • bush regeneration session

Your registration fee also includes:

  • 5 days / 4 nights accommodation in cabin style rooms with flushing toilets and hot showers
  • All meals for the duration of your stay
  • A day on the high ropes course at Outward Bound’s base
  • Campfire night
  • All transport during project time (as required)
  • 24/7 supervision. Outward Bound team will be with you at all times.
  • Group emergency communications incl. satellite phone and emergency beacons
  • National park fees (if applicable)

This program is open to participants aged 16-24, in accordance with Gold Duke of Ed requirements. However, participants do not need to be completing the Award to attend.


Every day will include meetings with members of Nungawal Country, the land in which Outward Bound Australia deliver the majority of our outdoor personal development programs. There will also be one overnight camp-out. Unlike on an Adventurous Journey, we will provide all the camping shelter and cooking equipment.

Together, we will explore the Country locations such as:

  • Tidbindilla
  • Mt. Taylor
  • Lake Burley Griffith – including a paddle of the lake
  • Mt. Tennent – including summiting to its 1375m height
Getting to and from program:

Meet us at our National Base in Tharwa ACT from 10:00am, for a 10:30am start on Day 1. We offer a pick-up option from Kingston Train Station at 9:30am, and Canberra Airport at 10am for those who cannot arrange car transport to our location.

Your program will end at 2:00pm on Day 5. If you require public transport to get home, we offer a drop-off option from Canberra Airport at 2:30pm, and Kingston Train Station at 3:00pm.

What to bring

Tharwa Gold Residential Project participants are required to come to the program with all items on the list below. If there are items that you do not have, see if you can borrow from friends or family or look online and buy second hand. We also have organised with Camp List to offer many of the items on the list for hire and/or purchase. To see what is available go to www.camplist.com.au and in the central search bar type “Outward Bound Australia”.

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Outward Bound is the world leader in outdoor education. This global presence has enabled us to develop the most comprehensive  Safety and Risk Management Policies and Procedures. 

We balance risk, reward and responsibility as core tenets of our mission. Our programs are facilitated and supported by a network of qualified, highly trained and experienced instructors, with a clear understanding of this risk/reward balance.

Safety first, always.


We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone (1800 267 999). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Where am I sleeping?

3 out of 4 nights, you will be staying in cabin accommodation, which will include ensuite toilet and shower. There will be one overnight camp-out where you will share a bivvy (A-frame tarp, with waterproof groundsheet and sleeping mat.)

What will I eat?

We value fresh food and endeavour to organise regular food drops for you to enjoy throughout your program. Participants will learn to cook a variety of group-based meals, including pasta, rice, burritos, and perhaps even a roast dinner. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements. We will request your specific dietary needs before the program.

Can I bring technology on program?

An Outward Bound program is your opportunity to ‘disconnect to reconnect’. We encourage adult participants to not use technology such as phones, tablets, music players, etc. during your program. If you need to bring these items, we can securely store these while you are out in the bush.

Do I have to wear hiking boots?

We recommend hiking boots for all our programs. If you are unable to source these, you will need to find a suitable pair of lace-up, fully enclosed footwear, that has a rigid sole and provides ankle stability.

Do I have to bring the wet weather clothing?

We use the rain jacket and waterproof overpants as a heat-trapping layer in the evenings, just as much as a waterproof cover in the case of rain. For the majority of situations, we continue with our program when it is raining, and so very strongly encourage participants to provide these items.

Do I have to bring the thermals?

For programs running May – September, yes you do need to bring the thermal top and bottom to program. For programs running at other times, you can choose if you want to bring these or not. Overall, we recommend bringing thermals for any time of year, as they can act as a lightweight jumper in the evenings, or as a pair of pyjamas (which are not a part of our packing list).

What activities will I be doing?

All Outward Bound programs include a hiking expedition and team initiatives. The program length and location may include abseiling, rock-climbing and high ropes. Programs in Western Australia and Grampians VIC usually include a water-based activity.

Do I have to be very fit to come on a program?

An Outward Bound program is an expedition in the natural environment, so you need to feel confident enough to manage walking on uneven ground for 5-10km every day of your program, carrying a hiking backpack that is at least 6kg. We do adjust our programs to meet the capabilities of each group.

Where are the programs held?

All-year-round programs operate from our national base in Tharwa, ACT. We operate seasonally from our Base in Walpole WA, and our remote set-up in the Grampians, VIC.


We want as many people as possible to experience the advantage of a wilderness program in Australia. Through our charity arm, the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund, we can offer financial scholarship opportunities to those participants who would otherwise not be able to afford to come on a program.

To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.

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