Positive Start Journey Programs

Outward Bound

Provider Overview

Outward Bound Australia is an independent, not-for-profit outdoor education organisation that exists to inspire Australians of all ages and circumstances.

Outward Bound delivers adventure-based outdoor programs to facilitate self-discovery; enabling people to find ideals and communities to serve, purpose to strive for, and resilience (not to yield) in the face of life’s challenges.

Positive Start Program Style

Outward Bound programs are adventurous journeys with a degree of physical, mental and emotional challenge to facilitate personal growth and development. They enable positive change in students and they’re still a whole lot of fun.

Outward Bound can offer tailored  Journey programs including travel by canoe, mountain biking and hiking.

Program Description

→Snowy River Rafting.
A typical 5-day / 4-night program near Buchan on the Snowy River can be a hiking and camping expedition with either rafting, caving, abseiling, or rock climbing or a more relaxed restorative week beside the river counting platypus, doing yoga at sunrise and planting trees along the riverbank.
Maximum of 200 students + teachers + guides.

→Murray River Canoeing
Running in December only and paddling on moving water up to Grade 2. Starting in Yarrawonga, you can paddle down the Murray for between 2 and 10 days, as far west as Morgan’s Campsite, Ulupna West. The standard journey is Yarrawonga to Cobram over 5 days.

➢ Maximum of 100 students + teachers + guides.

→ Mountain Biking the East Gippsland Rail Trail
East Gippsland Rail trail mountain biking programs can be between 3 and 7 days in length and linear, between Bairnsdale and Orbost (approx. 100km). or circular starting and returning to Bairnsdale. There’s also an option to canoe on Lake Tyers.
Maximum of 72 students + teachers + guides.

Student Profile

Please include information about the challenge level of your programs and what year levels your programs would be suited for.
→Snowy River Rafting is suitable for year 9-12
→Murray River Canoeing is suitable for year 7-12
→ Mountain Biking the East Gippsland Rail Trail is suitable for year 9-12

Available Journey Program Dates and Locations

If applicable, please include information about your program dates and locations. *If you would prefer schools to contact you to discuss dates/locations please include information regarding this.

Snowy River Rafting: Buchan – available until Tuesday 20th December 2022
Murray River Canoeing: Yarrawonga – available until Tuesday 20th December 2022
Mountain Biking the East Gippsland Rail Trail: East Bairnsdale – available until Tuesday 20th December 2022 

Other Positive Start Journey Providers

The DET has approved eight quality Journey Providers who have committed to offering tailored Journey-based programs to eligible Victorian schools. These Positive Start Journey Providers offer a range of all-inclusive programs to suit your school’s requirements and suitability. 

Take your time to explore the Journey providers below. You will find a link to the provider’s website for further detailed information about their Positive Start Journey programs. Follow the steps outlined in the ‘What’s Next?’ section to secure a booking with your chosen provider.

Halls Outdoor Education

Up The Creek

Aus Camp

Journey Development Programs (JDP)

Outdoor Education Group (OEG)

Each Wild


Contact us for any enquiries that you might have in relation to journey-based camps.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which our conference will be held.  We pay our respect to their Elders past and present as well as their emerging leaders.

*Images by OEG via www.oeg.edu.au