The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Adventurous Journey


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Adventurous Journey is designed to challenge and provide you with a huge sense of achievement. From your Bronze Practice all the way through to your Gold Qualifier, we offer preparation, training and supervised Adventurous Journeys to help you achieve your goals.
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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Why Outward Bound Australia?

We pride ourselves on providing highly experienced and qualified staff in:

  • Navigation
  • Risk and Safety Management
  • Leaders Wilderness Advanced First Aid
  • Emergency Management
  • Local area knowledge

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.

When you join an Adventurous Journey with Outward Bound Australia, you will be taking advantage of:

  • A dedicated coordinator for your Journey
  • Friendly and knowledgeable Supervisors and Assessors
  • Full risk assessments
  • Policies and practices managing your Journey with regards to COVID-19

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.

New South Wales
Blue Mountains National Park, NSW

Katoomba Loop via Ruined Castle

  • 15-16 May
Great North Walk, NSW

Hornsby to Mt. Ku-ring-gai

  • 8-9 May
Western Australia

Perth Hills Discovery Centre to Northern Terminus, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA

Yarragil to Dwellingup, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA

New South Wales
Blue Mountains National Park

Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Royal National Park

Helensburgh to Heathcote, Royal National Park

Heathcote to Otford, Royal National Park

Western Australia

Sullivan Rock to Brookton Highway, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA

Sullivan Rock to North Bannister Roadhouse, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA

New South Wales
Great North Walk

Thornleigh to Wondabyne ($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.

  • 5-10 July

Ku-ring-gai to Wondabyne

Blue Mountains National Park

Katoomba Loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains National Park

Helensburgh to Bundeena, Royal National Park
Western Australia

Inglehope to North Bannister, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA

Perth Hills Discovery Centre to Brookton Highway, Bibbulmun Track, Perth WA

Have you completed your Gold Residential Project?

Outward Bound Australia also offer the Gold Residential Project component of the Duke of Ed Award.

Find out more and book your Residential Project now!

Want to learn about the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

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