Complete your Gold Duke of Ed Residential Project with Outward Bound Australia. Reclaim yourself by taking the time to be at peace and in place within the environment. You will also assist with ongoing projects surveying the local habitats, dramatically changed by the 2019/2020 Summer bushfires.
Your registration fee includes:
- Daily morning mindfulness session
- Star gazing
- Flora and fauna surveying
- Introduction to local custodian knowledge
- Opportunity for river activities
- 5 days / 4 nights basic camping accommodation
- All meals for the duration of your stay
- 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.
Click on the image below to see an indicative program outline. All our programs are tailored to meet the needs and capabilities of the group, as well as factoring weather and National Park access.
Start and End times:
Please meet us at Bairnsdale Train Station by 11:30am on Day 1.
You program concludes at Bairnsdale Train Station at 12:30pm on Day 5.
Getting to and from program:
Recalibrate VIC has been designed to allow access to the V-Line train timetable, and we encourage participants to use this service. You are required to book a seat in advance. Form more information, please access the V-Line website.
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”.
Click the images to see the full list.
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?
You will be Base-camping at the same campsite each night. We will supply the shelter, known as a bivvy, which is shared between 2-3 people. (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.