Corporate Testimonials

“The personal and team learnings that I have taken away from this course will be of great value to me in both my current role as a Customer Service Manager and as well as future roles. The course was heavily focused at the completion on practical ways to transfer the learnings back to the home and workplace. I believe that this course is well targeted to a wide range of people and roles from the Supervisor looking to move to a Management position all the way to Managers already at a senior level. All would benefit from this style of leadership training.

This training was money very well spent by Fletcher Building and I would recommend this course to anyone and thank you again for the opportunity”.

Andrew McLean, Fletcher Building


“Recently I experienced for myself the incredible positive power drawn from understanding others and acknowledging our differences during a 12-day Self Development and Leadership program run by Victorian volunteer organization – the CFA (Country Fire Authority).

Firstly, we undertook theory to learn about both individual and group Values and Behaviours, people’s communication preferences (such as Visual, Kinaesthetic, Auditory and Data Digital), differences between the male and female brain (including communication techniques) – amongst many other things.

Once the classroom work was complete, it was time to put this new knowledge into practice.

All 20 of us were taken to a remote part of the Victoria where our personal boundaries were pushed with activities such as White-water Rafting (four days), bush walking, caving, abseiling, rock climbing, and a 24hr solo (this involved being placed in the bush by yourself with limited supplies to make camp and prepare food – and was a time for reflection without interruption). During these eight days, participants were able to share and conquer their fears, provide leadership to the group and assist others in meeting their goals.

I have been a part of many large teams before, but never before have I ever witnessed a team coming together in such a short time to achieve great things. This I attribute mostly to what was learnt in the classroom, as without it, the strong group dynamic would not have been possible.

When we have a greater understanding of those around us and acknowledge (and accept) our differences, great things are possible.

I would like to extend a big thank to Carol Fox of Life Performance and the team at Outward Bound Australia for making this program so successful”

Wayne Goodes, Training Manager, fmedge


“I can confidently say it is the best course I have attended and would recommend it to anyone. It is the only course I have attended which allows time for self-reflection and to reconnect with your values both at work and at home. In a busy world, you can forget these…. the things, which define you. It has given me greater confidence and inspired me to be a better leader and highlighted that the impossible is possible when a team pulls together.”

Cameron Corcoran, Fletcher Insulation


“I recommend this program to anyone aspiring to be a leader: graduates to middle management, really anyone who seeks growth and to understand effective leadership and teamwork.

The course opened my mind to myself and how well I can work with others, and how to learn more from others. In the week just passed being back at work, I have been more conscious of varying leadership styles and different elements being implemented to draw team members to a common goal. I feel more attuned to what is going on around me in both the literal & figurative sense.”

Gillian Acres, Executive Assistant, Westpac Banking Corporation


“The difference between a regular training session and the Outward Bound course is that people can study management techniques for years and not to be able to use them in the practice. The participants of Outward Bound courses are challenged in an emotional and mental way in order to be able to use such techniques in a natural and conscious way at the end of each training session.”

Josh Smolenears, The Laminex Group


“Outward Bound’s Professional Program is a life-changing experience to say the least. Every member of my group was privileged to have been able to take away so many learnings and apply them in our daily lives from just one short week. I believe the unique blend of theoretical, experiential and real-life scenario teachings, together with a balance between team-oriented and self-guided activities have greatly increased our awareness towards our personal behaviours and how we interact with other people in our worlds.”

Victor Lee, Project Logistics Manager, Mettle Group


“I feel incredibly fortunate to have participated in this course. The week is well constructed and thought through (avoiding the standard team building activities that many of us would be familiar with). It is a formula that works by integrating theory with practice. It is challenging and demanding on a variety of levels to address the participant’s diverse backgrounds and the experiences they already bring. The Outward Bound team is professional, knowledgeable and experienced. They strike the right balance between pushing the participants to take a risk whilst maintaining a high level of health and safety practices”.

Georgina Course, The Smith Family


“Firstly, the experience I had at the hands of your people was one of the most valuable I’ve had in terms of allowing me to see how I behave and how I come across to others. I think that the reason that it was so powerful for me was because I was open to the self-reflection that the Outward Bounders allowed to happen carefully and progressively throughout the week. I think that the insight allowed by the honesty and dialogue fostered has allowed to move beyond some unhelpful behaviours that I was carrying. The self- development aspect of the course was excellent for me”.

Jolyon Burford, Foundation for Young Australians


“The highlight of the programs was learning the importance of difference roles within a team and how to harness a range of diverse opinions and views to achieve an end results. There was a big emphasis on the importance of listening to others and formulating a common goal, which has really helped out team back at work”

AT Kearney participant


“I really enjoyed getting to know my peers’ backgrounds, strengths and goals. It also gave me greater insight into my own strengths and weaknesses and helped me recognise that everyone has leadership potential and that different leaders are appropriate at difference times”

Cathay Pacific participant


“My time on Outward Bound has taught me the importance of maintaining morale when in a leadership role and that everyone has to be moving or changing together to succeed”.

Kraft Foods Australia participant


January 21, 2019 3.46PM

Can resilience be taught? Well nah, but yeah…

AJ attended the 14-day Scenic Rim-to-River 2018 expedition courtesy of her employer Inspire Group. As a passionate learning design...

January 21, 2019 2.06PM

Young Explorer – Rainforest January 2019

Welcome to the Rainforest. We’ve got a great bunch of Young Explorers ready to start their adventure! Follow along and see s...

January 21, 2019 2.02PM

Young Explorer – Australian Alps January 2019

Welcome to Young Explorer – Australian Alps! We have 32 very adventurous young people, 2 groups and 4 instructors ready to s...

January 14, 2019 4.04PM

Navigator – Rainforest – January 2019

Welcome to the Navigator blog for our team on expedition through spectacular Rainforests in Nth NSW. We hope you enjoy keeping up ...

January 14, 2019 2.23PM

Navigator – Australian Alps January 2019

Welcome to everyone to the Navigator – Australian Alps adventure. Everyone has arrived safely and excited to meet their inst...

January 07, 2019 9.01AM

Summit to Sea 2019

26 days 16 crew 1 Adventure of a lifetime Welcome to the Summit to Sea blog for 2019. Updates will occur every couple of days. We&...

December 27, 2018 2.08PM

Boundless Leadership: Soak in awe for growth

Insights from Zoë Routh Zoë is on a mission to encourage big thinkers with big hearts to make a big difference. She is passionat...

December 10, 2018 9.42AM

Scenic Rim to River December 2018

Welcome to the first Summer Scenic Rim to River The adventure has started with all 11 team members geared up and ready to go. Whil...

December 07, 2018 10.17AM

My mum is sending me on Outward Bound adventure…

So your Mum (or Dad) have sat next to you on the couch and clear their throat.. ”Ahem…[insert your name] or darling etc. I’v...

November 27, 2018 12.06PM

Staff in the spotlight: Meet Kevin!

At Outward Bound Australia we have an amazing diversity of passionate staff. Meet Kevin Neff. Kevin hails from the USA and has bee...

October 31, 2018 11.22AM

Feedback: Learn how to give it, learn how to take it and do both – regularly! 

Guest Blogger: Ben J Kelly Ben has a wide range of job experiences including as an officer in the Australian Army and working as a...

October 23, 2018 10.27AM

Bush Cook Tips – Get Your Roast On!!

If you’ve ever been around a campfire and someone is cooking something delicious you will know that feeling of excited antic...

October 01, 2018 11.35AM

Australian Alps Navigator | October 2018

Hello, and welcome to the blog for Outward Bound Australia’s Navigator program! This blog will follow the adventure of the ...

October 01, 2018 11.34AM

Australian Alps Young Explorer | October 2018

Hello, and welcome to the blog for Outward Bound Australia’s Young Explorer program! This blog will follow the adventure of...

October 01, 2018 10.08AM

A Teacher’s Perspective

Guest Blogger: Mark ‘Shrimpy’ Shrimpton Mark Shrimpton began his Outdoor Education career obtaining a Bachelor of Educ...

August 30, 2018 11.46AM

The first 12 months – An Instructor’s Journey

8 years ago Jennie was a young person on an Outward Bound program thanks to the support of her local Lions Club. Describing the ex...

August 30, 2018 11.34AM

5 reasons to go on your next adventure!

Have you ever been caught Googling your next adventure at work? Looking out the window at your university lecture day dreaming of ...

July 30, 2018 12.36PM

Summit to Sea – An Opportunity Like No Other

Recently starting her career as a teacher, Rearne Bray looks back on her Summit to Sea adventure in Team Watson from the start of ...

July 18, 2018 5.27PM

Reaffirming our dedication to Environmental Stewardship

“We have a strong commitment to living up to our environmental ethos. Ensuring that wherever possible, we make the earth a b...

May 07, 2018 4.05PM

Navigator – Success backed up by Research

Posted by Caroline Bowman and Michael Peoples Recently, 28 young people from a variety of backgrounds and geographical locations c...

November 15, 2017 9.58AM

Women of Courage – What inspires me about the program?

It has been my honour to plan and program coordinate two Women of Courage programs this year. Welcoming beautiful and courageous w...

September 20, 2017 4.25PM

Rainforest Navigator, Spring 2017 – Youth Development Program

Welcome to the Blog for our Spring Rainforest Navigator Program which is starting this weekend on Saturday 23 September from our b...