Bronze Practice Duke of Edinburgh Camp

Last weekend 23 students took part in a practice Duke of Edinburgh International Award camp visiting a number of the Gold Coast’s top walking destinations. 

On Saturday students hiked the hilly and challenging tracks up and around the Burleigh Head 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 relative small size of Burleigh Park, it contains a rich variety of animal and birdlife, one of the highlights for the students was seeing a mother Koala and her baby joey.

On Sunday students were up early in preparation for another full day of walking and exploring the parks and conservation areas around the Gold Coast. The first walk took place at 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 bus environment and returned via beach. In the afternoon students explored the surrounds of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, walking along various tracks such as Wallaby Way, Koala Track and the picturesque Melaleuca Broadwalk.

The students were accompanied by Head of Outdoor Education, Andrew Sole and teachers, Meghan Beckett and James King. Also special thanks to parents, Simone Calver and Tammy Game who accompanied our students at the weekend.

Andrew Sole | Head of Outdoor Education