Karri to Coast
Adventure-Based Leadership

The ultimate adventure. Inspiring, physically challenging, and the most rewarding expedition you will ever undertake.

Essential Information
A Lifetime of Memories in One Epic Adventure

Create an Unforgettable Chapter in Your Life Story

Karri to Coast is the ultimate summer experience for adults (18+) in Western Australia. If you are keen to embark on the most exhilarating expedition, featuring physically-challenging adventures and life-changing moments, this journey is designed for you.

Enjoy 14 days of hiking among towering Karri trees, paddling the Southern Ocean’s wild coastline and swinging through the trees at Walpole. You will learn more about yourself than you have in all the years before.

Change Your Trajectory

Are you looking for a peak Australian expedition in our country’s rugged landscape that will set you on a trajectory you’ll reflect on for life? Immerse yourself in South-West Western Australia’s vast natural wonderland with Outward Bound Australia for an epic 14-day journey.

Commencing in the Warren biogeographic region amongst the towering Karri trees, you will embark on an experience surrounded by the tallest hardwood in the world. You will navigate the coastline all the way to the wild Southern Ocean.

Take a Step Toward Fulfilment

Karri to Coast is designed around self-discovery and realising your potential for resilience, teamwork and leadership. On day one, you may not know where North is, but by the end, you will be navigating your team off-track through some of the densest and most remote areas of Australia, all under the experienced eye of Outward Bound Australia’s Instructors.

Itching for a Peak Australian Experience?

Do you need to get outdoors? Are you ready for your next adventure? Enrol today for Karri to Coast, and have a lifetime to talk about your enviable memories.  Contact our team on 1800 267 999 to learn more or ask any questions about the program in your state or territory.

Location - Where does this Epic Program take place?

Karri to Coast runs in the south-west corner of Western Australia, starting and ending in Walpole.

You can see an indicative, but not exact route on Google Maps, here.

What's Included in the program fee?

The Karri To Coast 14-day Adventure starts at $4597 per person, incl. GST.

Outward Bound’s Karri To Coast program fees include all transport, accommodation, national park entry fees, meals, activities and specialised equipment that you may need on the adventure. Small group sizes capped at 16 people for the most enjoyable and epic time of your life!

Your Experience at a Glance
  • 14-days fully immersed in your environment with no distractions from technology.
  • Two Outward Bound Group Leaders for the entirety of the program.
  • Learn to work with your teammates to journey, enjoy, and survive in the Australian bush.
  • Walk amongst the tallest hardwood trees in the world, the Karri forests.
  • Witness spectacular cliff lines, wildlife and landscapes around every bend.
  • Partake in highlight adventure activities including high ropes and multi-day hiking and paddling journeys.

Accommodation and Meals

Sleep in some of Australia’s most remote areas, where few have been before, camping under the stars in lightweight ‘bivvies’. Your backpack, sleeping equipment (bag, mat, shelter) and cooking gear will be provided.

You will be as self-sufficient as possible, carrying your own equipment and food. All food and water are provided with special dietary options catered for.

Cook in the bush each night with a mix of campfires and stoves, with frequent food and water drops ensuring fresh, big, healthy meals.

Transport & Equipment

All safety equipment, maps, and communication devices will be provided, as will any transport throughout the 25 days.

Packing List - What will I need?
Come prepared and leave energised to tackle anything life throws your way!

Click on the image below to see the packing requirements for Karri to Coast.

It is expected that all participants arrive with the items listed. If you do not own some of these already, consider borrowing from friends or family or buying second hand.

FAQs

We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone (1800 267 999). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Where am I sleeping?

Our programs are expedition-based. You will be hiking to a new expedition campsite every night where you will share a bivvy (A-frame tarp, with waterproof groundsheet and sleeping mat.)

What will I eat?

We value fresh food and endeavour to organise regular food drops for you to enjoy throughout your program. Participants will learn to cook a variety of group-based meals, including pasta, rice, burritos, and perhaps even a roast dinner. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements. We will request your specific dietary needs before the program.

Can I bring technology on program?

An Outward Bound program is your opportunity to ‘disconnect to reconnect’. We encourage adult participants to not use technology such as phones, tablets, music players, etc. during your program. If you need to bring these items, we can securely store these while you are out in the bush.

Do I have to wear hiking boots?

We recommend hiking boots for all our programs. If you are unable to source these, you will need to find a suitable pair of lace-up, fully enclosed footwear, that has a rigid sole and provides ankle stability.

Do I have to bring the wet weather clothing?

We use the rain jacket and waterproof overpants as a heat-trapping layer in the evenings, just as much as a waterproof cover in the case of rain. For the majority of situations, we continue with our program when it is raining, and so very strongly encourage participants to provide these items.

Do I have to bring the thermals?

For programs running May – September, yes you do need to bring the thermal top and bottom to program. For programs running at other times, you can choose if you want to bring these or not. Overall, we recommend bringing thermals for any time of year, as they can act as a lightweight jumper in the evenings, or as a pair of pyjamas (which are not a part of our packing list).

What activities will I be doing?

All Outward Bound programs include a hiking expedition and team initiatives. The program length and location may include abseiling, rock-climbing and high ropes. Programs in Western Australia and Grampians VIC usually include a water-based activity.

Do I have to be very fit to come on a program?

An Outward Bound program is an expedition in the natural environment, so you need to feel confident enough to manage walking on uneven ground for 5-10km every day of your program length, carrying a hiking backpack that weighs a minimum of 6kg. A fully loaded hiking pack typically weights approximately 15kg. We do adjust our programs to meet the capabilities of each group.

Where are the programs held?

All-year-round programs operate from our national base in Tharwa, ACT. We operate seasonally from our Base in Walpole WA, and our remote set-up along the Snowy River, VIC.

Scholarship

We want as many people as possible to experience the advantage of a wilderness program in Australia. Through our charity arm, the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund, we can offer financial scholarship opportunities to those participants who would otherwise not be able to afford to come on a program.

To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.

What type of activities will I be immersed in?
Paddling
Leadership development opportunities.
Paddle across the Broke Inlet and Walpole Inlet, and potentially even enjoy close encounters with the regions local dolphins! Enact critical decisions and apply leadership skills in a real-life environment.
Hike Expedition
Build courage and physical confidence.
With the support of your group, you'll explore Hawke National Park, Mt Frankland National Park and stretches of beach along the South-West Coastline. Learn the art of understanding and accepting another's perspective and feelings.
Going Solo
Explore true independence.
A solo campout can be a life-changing experience. In a safe, controlled environment, you will be given a ration of food, shelter, and uninterrupted time to self-reflect. Take the time to become aware of your own values, behaviours and feelings. You will leave with an innate ability to envision one's best self.
Spirit of Adventure & Discovery
Program activities support and nurture your growth mindset, strengthening your resilience, promoting a spirit of adventure and discovery.
Greater Understanding & Respect for Others
Engaging in complex and non-routine situations that demand new logic for a successful resolution, you will draw on teamwork and collaborative skills.
Optimistic Resilience & Character Building
Take time to reflect on your ability to bounce back from adversity. Develop a unique perspective by taking on new roles and realising your potential.
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