Outward Bound Australia

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Start Your Adventure!

Outward Bound Australia provides supervised hikes for the Adventurous Journey and Residential Project components of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Our team act as supervisors and assessors.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Adventurous Journeys are designed to challenge you and provide you with a huge sense of achievement. From your Bronze Duke of Edinburgh “practice” journey all the way through to your Gold Duke of Edinburgh “qualifier”, we offer preparation, training and supervised Adventurous Journeys to help you achieve your goals.

It’s your journey.

You gain the most from the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award when we help you develop the skills to make good decisions. You will not find our supervisors out the front leading you from campsite to campsite. They will encourage, nurture and instruct you from the back, ensuring no-one is left behind. You’ll take responsibility and make decisions for yourself.


2 Days/1 Night

Outward Bound provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to begin their Adventurous Journey. This covers an introduction to navigation, basic first aid, camp set-up and cooking. On Qualifying journeys participants step up and enact what they have learnt, assisting the instructor and mentoring their Practice team members.

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3 Days/2 Nights

Building upon the skills established on the Bronze Adventurous Journey, participants will advance their navigation, teamwork and decision-making skills whilst under the supervision of their Instructor. Qualifying participants will be expected to demonstrate their leadership capabilities whilst mentoring practice participants.

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4 Days/3 Nights

A culmination of the earlier Adventurous Journeys. Instructors will formally step back, allowing the group to apply the everything they have learned up to this point. Team members will need to work together and problem solve to achieve their final sign-off. Instructors will always maintain the safety of the group and intervene, if necessary.

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Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey Dates

NOTE: The Duke of Edinburgh Award requires you to complete a journey with “unfamiliar” terrain, so please choose carefully to ensure you are not repeating any sections of your practice journey.

Hornsby to Mt. Ku-ring-gai, Great North Walk
  • 1-2 August
  • 12-13 September
Katoomba Loop via Ruined Castle, Blue Mountains National Park
  • 1-2 August
  • 12-13 September
Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk
  • 3-5 July
  • 4-6 July
Katoomba to Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park
  • 3-5 October
Thornleigh to Wondabyne, Great North Walk $660

This is a combined Practice and Qualifying journey. Duration is 6-days / 5-nights.  You must have your Award Leader’s approval to enroll in this option.

  • 27 June – 2 July
  • 4-9 July
  • 26 September – 1 October
  • 27 September – 2 October
Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk
  • 4-7 July
  • 27-30 September
  • 14-17 November
Katoomba Loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains National Park
  • 2-5 October
Inglehope to North Bannister, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA
  • 5-8 July
Perth Hills Discovery Centre to Brookton Highway, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA
  • 10-13 July
  • 15-18 July

Highly qualified staff with extensive experience in:


Risk management

Safety management

First Aid (including Leaders Wilderness First Aid)

Emergency management

Local area knowledge for some extra learning

A dedicated coordinator for every journey

Dedicated back up staff (journey and location dependent)

Full risk assessments for all journeys

Friendly and knowledgeable staff

Supervisors and assessors to help you achieve your Award

We carefully select hiking routes for the different levels of the Duke of Ed Award Adventurous Journey to ensure they meet the Duke of Ed average hours of effort per day requirements. It’s also important they have the right level of challenge for participants.

Residential Projects

Well done! you’ve made it all the way to your Gold Award and now it’s time to orgainise your Gold Residential Project! Outward Bound are here to help!

Duke of Ed Residential Dates

26 – 30 September Bushfire recovery project on Outward Bound’s national base in Tharwa, ACT, incl. tree planting, weed removal. Itinerary not yet confirmed but will follow all Duke of Ed requirements for Residential Projects.

  • fully catered
  • cabin accommodation
    • cabins will be cleaned less than 48 hours prior to your arrival

Pre-bushfire / COVID-19 itinerary here: Download Itinerary, Book Now