By: OBA Webmaster On: October 25, 2019 In: Alumni Comments: 13
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Date(s) - 25/10/2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Outward Bound Sydney Office


See all the photos and read the amazing stories of those who attended the Sydney Alumni Party in October 2019.

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Outward Bound Australia has always been great at creating experiences you remember for life. We haven’t always been great at capturing the stories around your experience. We welcome you to come and have a laugh with old friends, make new ones and share what Outward Bound means to you.

Some of you had a life-changing experience that helped propel you into a successful career. Others among you repeatedly fell face first into the mud, stood up and kept walking through the rain. I know one of you can’t forget losing your Dad’s favourite pocket knife… Whatever your story is, we’d love to hear it.

No such thing as a free lunch…

This event is free and we aren’t asking for donations. Please let us us take a 30 second video of you on the night telling your Outward Bound story. We’ll use these videos to market and promote Outward Bound to a new generation. That’s it. Of course you are still welcome to come if you don’t want to feature in a video. Now there is no excuse!

We’ll provide finger food and drinks, including beer and wine. It’s a casual get together on the amazing balcony at our office near Central Station, Sydney.

How to Book

Enter your name, phone number and email in the Booking fields below. Write the year (approximate is OK if you don’t remember exactly!) and location of your Outward Bound journey in the Comment box. We’ll try and connect you with your cohort in advance.

Please note this is for alumni only, tickets do not include partners or friends.


  •  Why years 1956 to 1990?
    • Outward Bound Australia turned 60 in 2016 so participant alumni could be be aged anywhere between 14 and 80. Hosting parties for smaller groups based on year of attendance gives you the chance to re-engage with similar aged alumni. It also gives us the chance to truly engage with you and hear your stories.


  • I attended in Outward Bound in 1991, or the early 90’s, can I come?
    • If you are one or two years outside the date range, please book a ticket. We’ll create a wait list for people outside this range and prioritise people who attended between 1956 and 1990. If you are came in the late 1990’s or later, please visit our Alumni page and join our the alumni mailing list. We’ll email you an invite when it’s your turn.


  • I joined one of your Outward Bound international partners between these dates. Can I come?


  • I’m aging and dependent on my spouse or friend to transport me. Can I bring them?
    • Yes. If you’re unable to attend without a friend or partner, please book a ticket for them too.


If you have some photos of your Outward Bound experience laying around in a shoe-box, or have a story you’d like to share, please upload them to our Celebrating 60 Years of Outward Bound Australia site.


    • Jennifer Beck
    • October 11, 2019
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    Outward Bound completely changed the direction of my life when I was in my early 20’s and here I am at the age of 61 and still working in Outdoor Education. It is needed more than ever now as people are becoming a lot more disconnected from the natural environment and each other. I am really looking forward to reacquainting myself with this organisation.

    • Tim Barker
    • October 10, 2019
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    I attended Outward Bound in late 1967 at Fisherman’s Point and still have a photo of the group. I totally enjoyed the experience however won’t be able to make party.

    • Janet Murray
    • August 22, 2019
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    I attended Outward Bound in May 1987 at Tharwa with instructor Wayne, Rose from PNG, Robyn, Therese, Marianne? Warren, Kris, Nigel, Mike, Shane from Montana, Dale and Ken – think that was it, sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone. I learnt you can get along with anyone when you have to get a job done. It’s probably the only time in my life that I’ve actually been hungry – when people ask me now “Are you hungry?”, I tell them I haven’t been hungry since 1987.

    • Rod Hopkins
    • July 09, 2019
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    I completed the Standard Course ACT 41/136 which was run at Tharwa from 29-Dec-79 to 23-Jan-80. I was in the team called Hume which was lead by our instructor Tim Johnstone.

    I remember the course well. It was hard work but very worthwhile and very rewarding. I can truly say it is one of the best things I did in my life. As well as extensive hiking in the ACT high country, our course included canoing along the Goodradigbee River on our way to caving at Wee Jasper. I believe the course would normally have been run along the Murrumbidgee River but had to be changed as the river had dried up due to drought that year. After doing our solos at Mt Coree followed by rock climbing and abseiling, we were all sent off in smaller unsupervised teams on a trek covering virtually the whole of the lower half of the ACT, finishing off with a brisk 10 km run back to base. I could go on – there was so much more.

    To fellow team members of Hume: Bob B, Peter M, Li Y, Kevin McC, Chris M, Chris C, Alec M, Dennis N, David G, Stephen W, Scott R, Peter P, Tony C, David C as well as Tim Johnstone – after all these years if any of you are coming to the reunion I look forward to seeing you there.

    I also assisted supervising a shorter school Outward Bound course run at Tharwa when I was teaching at Narrabundah College in 1983.

    Looking forward to attending the reunion!


    • Maureen Truupold
    • July 08, 2019
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    I was one of the drawers in the first group of women to to do the course in about 1953

    • Dianne Fielding
    • July 07, 2019
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    I did the overland course from Mt Kosci to Cape Conran in Vic. At age 60 I am still very involved in outdoor adventures mainly cycling, paddling and hiking! OB is still so relevant and important in today’s world.

      • Ian Wells
      • July 08, 2019

      We agree, Dianne. We think it might even be more relevant in today’s hyper-connected digital world to enable people to feel more human and part of community.

    • Fred Appleton
    • July 06, 2019
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    I have a long association with Outward Bound as 55 years ago I married Janet Butt who herself was an Outward Bound old girl. We attended different courses at Fisherman’s Point in the the 60s.
    Outward Bound decided that it was time to start an Old Boy’s and Old Girls and a mutual friend introduced us. We became committee members of the Association when it was formed, I was in charge of fundraising so Jan and I booked the entire Phillip Street Theatre. That got us off to a good start. We also organised some car rallies.
    I had worked in the accountants’ office that Outward Bound rented office space from. Godfrey Wincer was the CEO and Dorothy Coleman was his sectreary. David Floyd was the warden at Fishermans Point.
    Rear Admiral Buchanan was the President and Jan became his full time secretary.
    I remember that the lasting impression that Outward Bound gave me was that nothing is impossible.

      • Ian Wells
      • July 08, 2019

      Thanks Fred. Your words echo through the generations. “Nothing is impossible.” Such a powerful message for today’s and tomorrow’s young people.

    • Guy Everingham
    • July 01, 2019
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    gained a great deal from o/bound experience .Happy to participate in video

      • Ian Wells
      • July 01, 2019

      We look forward to hearing your story, Guy.

    • Lachlan May
    • June 29, 2019
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    It was an absolutely great experience. I still proudly wear my Blue Peter on my suit coat lapel.

      • Ian Wells
      • July 01, 2019

      That’s great, Lachlan. Thanks. See you at the party!

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