Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Practice Camp

Bronze DOE Practice Camp, 10-11 November, Gold Coast

Last weekend, 13 A.B. students took part in a practice Bronze Duke of Edinburgh International Award camp, visiting several of the Gold Coast’s top walking destinations and National Park attractions. Four key areas scattered across the Gold Coast region were visited as part of Exploration Orientated projects. 

Students started their Urban Adventurous Journey by hiking the hilly and challenging tracks up and around the Burleigh Heads National Park. They climbed the scenic heights and from the lookouts at Tumgun and Jebbribillum were able to see far out to sea on a beautifully clear day. Despite the relatively small size of the Burleigh Park, it contains a rich variety of animal and birdlife.

Next on their busy agenda was a walk within the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve. A narrow footpath, known as Federation Walk, runs parallel to the beach, and ends at the small lighthouse at the Spit. Students firstly walked the route through the natural bush environment and returned via the coastal path along the beach where they stopped for a well-deserved rest break.

The third destination was one of Gold Coast's hidden gems, a suburban park environment which is not regularly visited by the locals. The Gold Coast’s very own botanical gardens is a quiet yet extensive park with numerous water and ornamental plant features. It provided students with an interesting contrast to the dramatic coastal environments of Burleigh and The Spit.

After visiting the manicured features of the Botanical Gardens, students headed back to the more rugged surrounds of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area walking along various tracks such as Wallaby Way, Koala Track and the picturesque Metaleuca Broadwalk. Many kangaroos were spotted together with fleeting glimpses of Koala’s high in the tree tops.

The students were accompanied by Head of Outdoor Education Mr Andrew Sole and Mr James King.

Andrew Sole | Head of Outdoor Education