By: OBA Webmaster On: January 4, 2017 In: Uncategorized Comments: 20

Rainforest Navigator January 2017 | Youth Development Program

Welcome to the Blog for our Rainforest Navigator program.  Follow along as these young adults undertake a challenging and inspiring journey through the Australian bush.  Here you will find updates from the program including a written account of each day’s events as well as photos.  You can expect the written portion to be quite up-to-date, photos may take a day or two as they are a little harder to get out of the bush!  Please join in and leave your comments – we’d love to hear from you!  Stay tuned for the first post!

Day 1

We have welcomed all 12 of the Rainforest Navigator team. They are excited and nervous to be on the program but have a fun filled and challenging 12 days ahead of them. Please come back tomorrow for some photos and feel free to leave your comments!!

Day 2

While we are still waiting for the team to share their first 24 hours worth of experiences here are some photos from the first day. The team excitedly raised the Outward Bound “Blue Peter” flag to signify the start of the program. The flag will be raised throughout the program signifying the great challenges and adventures they will be encountering. Our two instructors Ed and Shannon are enjoying getting to know everyone. Today the team were going abseiling as well as starting their first hike. Check in soon to hear how it went. Click on the picture to see the faces!

Update on Day 2

With their campsite overlooking a stunning view of Mount Warning and Mount Doughboy the team had a chance to reflect on their first few days. Everyone was proud of themselves and each other for completing the abseil. They learnt how to expand their comfort zones and put trust in themselves. All good things like abseils and superb views though have a flip-side – hills! Whilst the abseil was mentally challenging the hiking up the last hill called Doon Doon was very challenging. The team did well though and stuck out this challenge together ensuring they all arrived at camp safe and sound. This inspired the quote of the day – “when it hurts you know it’s good!”. Each person learning more and more that great rewards take great effort!

Day 3

The team hiked all day on the famous Postman trail/Nightcap trail through beautiful Rainforest to reach camp for the night. The heat was challenging although the group supported each other and rested in the hottest part of the day. The instructors share that the team is bonding really well and everyone is having a great time so far. Everyone is sharing responsibilities especially with things like cooking and cleaning where each person will have time when they are rostered on to help. Thanks for all the comments left so far on the blog. 

Day 4

The team continued hiking and were looking forward to seeing the 100m high Minyon Falls. Minyon Falls flows out of Boggy Creek which does not do justice to the grandeur of the falls. This hike truly has given the young adults the chance to see some beautiful places! After a well earned lunch the team were transported by bus to the Clarence River where they met their river guides and got to practice some canoe skills which will prep them for the upcoming 3 days of white water. What another great adventure lies ahead!!

Day 5

The group started their white water trip down the Clarence River. Stay tuned for photos which will be uploaded on Monday!!

Day 6 and 7

The team has had some hot and stormy weather but luckily have been able to cool down during their time paddling the Clarence River. There has been a lot of laughter during the white water canoeing and the mood has been positive with all having a lot of fun paddling. The biggest challenge of course has been the heat. The Clarence River, where they have been paddling, is a majestic place apart. It has given the young adults a real sense of remoteness far from home.

Everyone has done very well and worked together as a team to get camp set up and sorted even as they have been hindered by the rain.

Day 8

After arriving back from the Clarence River, the team prepared for their solo activity. Solo is a 24 hr  experience to reflect on themselves, set goals and learn about themselves in this unique setting.

Everyone was provided a personal tent, food, water and  their own piece of paradise near the Main Camp location where their instructors could regularly check them Many of the group members returned with a gift for the group, pictures or even a self-made something from nature.

Day 9 and 10

After everyone returned from their solo experience and Debrief, the team got to learn about mountain biking and went through some skills which prepared them for the next 2 days mountain biking through Mebbin National park for about 8-10km a day.

Day 11

The Navigators made their way on their bikes to their Service project where they learned how to build a mountain bike track following by an activity called Pamper Pine where each of the members get to climb up a tree next to the beautiful  Tweed River at base camp. The aim is to climb up to the Platform with the attachment of a rope and push their limits by jumping off to reach a trapeze before getting lowered back down to the ground.

Today is Bushcook day. The group will be cooking a roast on a campfire with roasted vegetables and the option of campfire baked cake or damper. What an experience to have on their last night before getting up at 3am to climb Mt Warning. More info on that will be posted after completion.

Update on Day 11

The team made an absolutely amazing dinner called Bushcook last night with roasted meats on the fire. The campfire cakes were cooked to perfection.

The group then got ready for their 3am start the next day.


Day 12, the final day.

Today the group walked up Mount Warning or in Aboriginal language “Wollumbin” which was a 9km return walk up a steep mountain in the center of an ancient volcanic range dividing NSW and QLD.  It is a challenging summit with everyone having to pull themselves along a metal chain to the top but everyone did it! The team was welcomed to the top with a beautiful sunrise. On the summit a cereal breakfast was enjoyed and a meaningful Debrief conducted.

After returning to Basecamp everyone was awarded certificates and had the joy of watching a slideshow of all pictures from the trip. The Blue Peter was lowered as a final celebration ceremony before their final good byes.

Outward Bound congratulates all the Rainforest participants on their accomplishments over the past 12 days. We wish them all the best!! If you know someone between the age of 15 – 17 please share with them our Navigator program. We run them in the school holidays in different parts of Australia.

And here is some last photos…


    • Darcy
    • January 21, 2017
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    • Sue May
    • January 20, 2017
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    What an adventure you have had Darcy. Have a safe trip home. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Grandma

    • Joan Anderson
    • January 18, 2017
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    Hi Mita
    Thinking of you – enjoy!
    Grandy & Papa

    • Judith Clayton
    • January 18, 2017
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    Hi Darcy,
    Have been enjoying watching your progress on this amazing journey and seeing the photos. Cant wait to hear all about it when you return
    Enjoy the last few days and take care. Lots of love Nan

    • Denise and Julia
    • January 17, 2017
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    Hi Rachel and Jessie, Looks like you are having a great time, can’t wait to catch up and hear all about it! Mum says hi,
    Jules 🙂

    • carol elliott
    • January 17, 2017
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    it looks like the kids are having a wonderful time. what an amazing opportunity this is for them! if you can, would you please give rupert lots of love from me [his mum], uncle matthew, marie, john and gabi. we are all so very proud of him – and of all the kids! if possible, it would be great to see rupert in a photo sometime. love, love, love to my gorgeous boo-baa from moo-maa xxxxxxxxxx

    • Susan and Barry May
    • January 17, 2017
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    Hi Darcy. How much fun white water rafting would be. Wish I was 40 years younger! Sounds like it’s been very hot like home. Keep cool and keep having fun.
    Love you heaps

    • Sean and Leanne Clayton
    • January 16, 2017
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    Hey Darcy
    It all looks fantastic mate!
    I knew you’d have a great time.
    We’re all looking forward to seeing you and hearing all about your adventures on Friday.
    Love ya heaps, Dad,Mum and Liam.

    • Jacinta Mooney
    • January 15, 2017
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    Please give Mita my love. Tell her she is always in my thoughts. From Mooney, her mum.

    • Sophia
    • January 14, 2017
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    Thanks for the updates. Great photos and look forward to seeing more!

    • Ben, Anna and Ida
    • January 13, 2017
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    Hey Darcy. Judging by the photos it looks like you’re having a lot of fun – we thought it was meant to be hard work 😉 Looking forward to hearing all about it…. Ben, Anna and Ida

    • The Weir family
    • January 13, 2017
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    Love seeing the photos and getting a glimpse of your adventure! What a beautiful part of the world to be exploring. The perfect antidote to life in the city. (Expect you will be glad to be on the river in the 35 degree heat tomorrow though.) Love you Lucas, from Mum, Dad, Kiara and Jonty – & Molly too! xoxox

    • Ranee
    • January 13, 2017
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    Aw, you guys look like you’re getting comfy together. We were thinking of you in those crazy hot days…awesome effort getting through with sweet smiles. So happy you’ll be on the cool water for the next bit! Fun! Sending love to you Lae-dee bird. Xxx Mama

    • Sue and Barry May
    • January 13, 2017
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    Wow Darcy, the days look very physically demanding but it seems there is a good team spirit building, so I’m sure you all help each other through the tough parts. Grandma

    • Anthea
    • January 13, 2017
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    Thanks for the update! Great to see the pics & hear all is going well so far & the challenges are being met and fun had. I’ll be getting that cooking roster going at home, Jessie, seeing you’ll be in the habit! Miss you, love you – Mum, Dad & the chuffs xx

    • kevin & Judy Clayton
    • January 13, 2017
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    I look at your group and wonder how everybody manages to get through the demands of the day’s activities. But then I guess that you might be somebody in the group who might help somebody struggling. Proud of you mate!

    • Leanne and Sean
    • January 10, 2017
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    Hey Darcy. Liam, dad and I miss you already. Can’t wait to hear about all the challenges, achievements and highlights!

    • Ranee Sinniah
    • January 10, 2017
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    Sending so much love to you Lae-Lae…may your legs be STRONG and your hearts be happy. Smash it babe. Love Mama, Evie and Andy. XXX

    • Avalee & James Weir
    • January 10, 2017
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    Hope spirits are high and you are enjoying the process of getting to know each other. Keep cool and have fun. Looking forward to seeing some photos. Sending lots of love to you Lucas, from Mum, Dad, Jonty and Kiara xx

    • Julie Anderson
    • January 10, 2017
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    Have a great time Rachel. Thinking of you xx Love Mum and Dad

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