Activities

Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Camping

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Open Fire Camp Cooking

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Campfires

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Camping under the stars

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Abseiling

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Conservation and Community Service

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Camping

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Teamwork

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Wildlife Encounters

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Hut Building

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First Aid Scenarios

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Hiking on Mountains

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Teambuilding

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Grampians Aboriginal Culture

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Student Leadership

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Bushfood Walks and Tasting

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Introduction

OutBeyond’s premier Victorian Wilderness Journey in the Grampians National Park will see our campers learning in breathtaking, natural environments.  

This Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey is open to participants from all levels looking to complete their Adventurous Journey or Residential Project and of course any other keen campers looking for an authentic wilderness experience.

Hiking & Trekking through Halls Gap, Canoeing across Lake Bellfield and learning from the local indigenous community are only part of the amazing journey campers will have with OutBeyond in the Grampians National Park!



Frequently Asked Questions

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Depart Melbourne for Grampians National Park Day 1

Participants will meet in Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station, make introductions to the team and make their way on the V/Line to Ararat with OB leaders. Students will plan their food and equipment purchases required for purchase with their TEAM BUDGET in Ararat. Departing for the Grampians National Park, the team will be welcomed to Country with members of the local indigenous community at the Brambuk Cultural Centre. A short hike to our overnight campsite follows, where the team will setup and prepare for their next few days journey through the Grampians National Park. Starry nights and campfires provide excellent opportunities for reflection and building the team’s confidence on day 1.

Grampians Nat. Park Exploration & Expedition Day 2

Launching into our Adventurous Journey early on Day 2, The group will make their way to a semi-remote campground North of Halls Gap. Along the way they will be hiking in the foothills of the Mt. Difficult Range. Using their provided navigation tools, the team will be in charge of navigating by Map & Compass safely to camp. Stopping along the way at a few seasonal rivers, spying some native Australian Wildlife and enjoying the remote trails makes this a beautiful hike. Arriving at camp, the team manages the camp setup and prepares the evening’s meal and campfire.

Trail Ride south through Marshland Day 3

The group will be taking on our 2nd mode of transport, Trail Bikes! From our semi-remote camp, the group will ride south through some of the seasonal Marshland, completing part 1 of our circuit on 2-wheels. This trail is not steep but can have some seasonal sections that may prove challenging so the team will have to adopt some strategy to get through together. The trail ride will lead the team back to the top of Halls Gap which, after a short walk will lead the group to their night’s campsite. Here the campers will be able to swim and relax in the afternoon before preparing for the night’s meals and campfire.

Pomonal Trail Walk - Mt. William Ranges Day 4

The 4th day sees students hiking south along the Mount William range, to an OutBeyond private remote campsite. This hike in the Foothills of the Mt. William Range is relatively flat and will be an easier hike. The team will still need to manage their route navigation and find their way to camp. Upon arrival, they will be met by a local Indigenous Bush Tucker Chef who will take them on a culinary journey. Using local bush tucker & some local produce, our chef will prepare a small tasting-plate for the team of some delicious Indigenous tucker. The group will (depending on seasonal conditions) be able to pick and find some of these ingredients at our remote camp, with our chef’s help of course!

Mountain Climb & Canoe Journey on Lake Bellfield Day 5

Waking up at the remote campground, the campers are likely greeted by some local emu, kangaroo and deer! Preparing for the days journey, the team will start with climbing the Mt. William range on the Pomonal Tunnel Walk. Once over the range, the group will make their way to the banks of Lake Bellfield. Here, the group will make some navigation choices in how they will paddle from the Eastern Landing to the Southern point of the lake. The group has the opportunity to explore the lake, take in a swim at the Western Beach and take part in some team challenges on our Canoes. A short walk from Lake Bellfield South to our overnight campground and the team will prepare their final feast and campfire for team reflection and review.

Return to Melbourne via “the Baths” Day 6

Upon the group waking up and packing down camp, they will jump on the Halls Gap Shuttle into town for a nice cooked breakfast to celebrate their successful walk. From town, a short walk to an amazing area called Venus Baths will see the group be able to relax in some amazing freshwater baths. Walking along this trail, the group can find a few places away from any crowds to enjoy a swim. After the relaxing morning, the group will depart via Bus to Melbourne before saying our goodbyes at Southern Cross Station. Our Duke of Edinburgh Students will have completed their Adventurous Journey or Residential Project and can begin their submissions to our Award Assessors as soon as they are complete.

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What they say...

I was very impressed with the staff at OutBeyond. Their planning team helped us design the program content 6 months before the camp!
Sophie
P
Year 9 Team Leader
Emmanuel College
The camp was challenging yet very enjoyable. The leaders were supportive, and really helped to provide a positive experience for all campers.
Catherine
Student
Geelong Grammar

Grampians National Park Wilderness Journey

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