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.

BRONZE

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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SILVER

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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GOLD

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.

BM1B Katoomba loop via Ruined Castle, Blue Mountains National Park Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW

GNW2B Hornsby to Mt Ku-ring-gai, Great North Walk Download Itinerary   BOOK NOW

RNP2B Otford to Bundeena Royal National Park.  Download Itinerary  BOOK NOW

RNP4B Heathcote Loop via Kingfisher Pool, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW

03-05 July GNW2S Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

04-06 July GNW2S Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

03-05 October BM2S Katoomba to Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park. Download Itinerary  BOOK NOW.

27 June – 1 July Double Gold (Practice and Qualifying combined) Thornleigh to Cowan via Brooklyn, Great North Walk. $550 Download Itinerary BOOK NOW.

28 June – 1 July GNW3G Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

04 – 07 July Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia. Itinerary coming soon.

08-12 July tbc

09-12 July tbc

10- 13 July Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia. Itinerary coming soon.

15-19 July Double Gold (Practice and Qualifying combined) Thornleigh to Cowan via Brooklyn, Great North Walk. $550 Download Itinerary BOOK NOW.

16-19 July GNW3G Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

16 – 19 July Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia. Itinerary coming soon.

26 – 29 September Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia. Itinerary coming soon.

26 – 30 September Double Gold (Practice and Qualifying combined) Thornleigh to Cowan via Brooklyn, Great North Walk. $550 Download Itinerary BOOK NOW.

27 – 30 September GNW3G Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary.BOOK NOW.

02 – 05 October Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia. Itinerary coming soon.

02 – 05 October BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary BOOK NOW.

03 – 06 October BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary BOOK NOW.

Highly qualified staff with extensive experience in:

Navigation

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

27 June – 01 July Explore Namadgi National Park and it’s regeneration after the recent fires. Stay at our national base in Tharwa, ACT  Download Itinerary, Book Now

26 – 30 September Explore Namadgi National Park and it’s regeneration after the recent fires. Stay at our national base in Tharwa, ACT  Download Itinerary, Book Now

Bush Regeneration project with Blue Mountains City Council just finalised for April 2020: Weeding * Soil conservation works * Planting * Tracks *   Bird watching * Walk and talks