Uniquely Australian Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous Journeys.

Black Diamond Adventures offers exciting tailor-made Adventurous Journeys for the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award | Duke of Ed.

While location, activities and mode of travel (e.g. hike/kayak) are entirely up to participants, we are happy to provide suggestions and ideas as to what’s possible. All of our Duke of Edinburgh’s award journeys come with pre-trip training and experienced & enthusiastic guides. We provide an enriching experience of Australia.

Read on for further details. To book, send us a message on our CONTACT page.

  • Top End duke of ed perspective into our indigenous culture and our forgotten past over arnhem land
  • The indigenous culture and breathtaking landscapes of central Australia, discovered on duke of ed trip

WHY CHOOSE BLACK DIAMOND ADVENTURES FOR YOUR DUKE OF ED ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY

OUTSTANDING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY

When facilitated by Black Diamond Adventures, The Duke of Ed Award, adventurous journey component is far more than an expedition. Under our guidance the focus is discreetly, yet purposely placed on one’s personal journey. We create an environment that invites our participants to be conscious of what sort of person each of us is creating. It’s an exciting, challenging and character-forming experience.

This is what really makes Black Diamond Adventures special!

Read more about why schools choose Black Diamond Adventures to deliver their schools Duke of Ed AJ’s

CHOICE OF ADVENTURE AND LOCATION

An adventure is a journey into the unknown and that can happen anywhere – in the city, in the bush, on water. Although walking/hiking is the traditional and often preferred type of expedition, we are able and willing to tailor activities suitable to your cohort. Some alternatives to hiking include. Kayaking, base camp exploration (caves and surrounds), mountain biking, sailing, ski/snowboard adventures.

We have experience in running Duke of Ed adventurous journeys in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the NSW South Coast, Kangaroo Valley, NSW North Coast, Kosciuszko and the Northern Territory. You can read more about these amazing locations below.

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Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

– Anonymous –
Silver Duke of Ed journeys in Berowra

THE ROYAL & HEATHCOTE NATIONAL PARKS

Discover pristine waterfalls, Indigenous cultural sites and an abundance of wildlife. With a variety of start and finish locations easily accessible by public transport.

explore the magnificent beauty of the meandering Lake Yarrunga on a duke of ed paddle expedition

KANGAROO VALLEY

Be adventurous and travel south to explore the magnificent beauty of the meandering Lake Yarrunga and the escarpment country. Best explored on foot, in a canoe/kayak or a combination of both.

The great north walk has 250km of trails with public transport options available

THE GREAT NORTH WALK

Between Sydney and Newcastle, appreciate a diverse range of environments and terrain across 250km of walking trails. There are a number of different options that will cater for your level of experience, with many trail heads accessible by public transport.

The blue mountains for a challenging duke of ed experience

THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

For a more remote and challenging experience the great dividing range offers some of the best bush walking & hiking in Australia. Camped up deep in one of the many valleys, you would never know you are within a couple of hours drive from the centre of Sydney.

kayak or canoe the hawkesbury river for your bronze, silver or gold Duke of Ed

THE HAWKESBURY RIVER REGION

The vastness of this water way offers a number of options. From its fresh water source to the salty regions nearer to the river mouth, the landscapes and wildlife are forever changing. This area is best explored in a kayak or canoe.

Northern territory life changing, cultural experience for the gold duke of ed award

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Take your students on a life changing, character building cultural experience like no other. Central Australia and the Top End offers a perspective into our ‘forgotten past’. Exploding with Indigenous culture and breathtaking landscapes, this is an adventure that simply cannot be put into words, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself.

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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore

– Andre Gide –

OUR DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD EXPERIENCE

Since our humble beginning in 2017 we have run over 60 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Adventurous Journeys for thousands students (and had a 100% return rate). However, our Founder Rob Mann has been delivering the Adventurous journey, as a guide and teacher, since 2004. All of our guides have extensive experience both as participants and assessors of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

We have witnessed the powerful impact that a Duke of Ed Adventure has had on the lives of thousands of students on trips we have been involved in. As a result, our guides are committed to providing the same high quality experience and care for each and every participant enrolled in our programs.

UNIQUELY AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCES

What makes our Duke of Edinburgh’s Adventurous journeys unique is the way we incorporate Australian elements into each trip. Through our journeys we want our participants to know the truth of our past, to gain a stronger appreciation of what it means to be Australian and how to feel at home in the Australian environment.

This is an expansive concept. Our staff are skilled at subtly weaving these elements into each journey in order for this to happen. You can read more about our Australian experiences here.

Our intent is not only will students finish their D of E with a great sense of accomplishment, they will have enriched their understanding and identity as an Australian.

WE MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU

  • PRE-EXPEDITION, PLANNING AND TRAINING SESSIONS

    All booked Duke of Ed expeditions come with pre-trip training. This is an essential part of the trip that all students are required to complete. The training includes, route planning, food choices, clothing options, suggested equipment, safety procedures, basic first aid, strategic packing and bag organisation. There will be an opportunity to hire or purchase equipment.

  • RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

    comprehensive and tailored risk assessment/management plan will be supplied to each school who is planning to participate in one of our expeditions. See risk management and assessment under the safety tab.

  • HIRE EQUIPMENT

    We provide a range of hire equipment for students. See our Gear Hire page for more details.

  • PERMISSION NOTES AND EXPEDITION ORGANISATION

    We are aware of the necessary, yet time consuming tasks that are required to complete extra-curricular activities in the modern school environment. We are very happy to provide your school with a range of permission notes and all expedition details (including equipment packing checklist). We can also arrange private or public transportation. All you will need to do is pop it onto a school letterhead and get your principal’s approval.

  • PROGRAM SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

    Taking on the Duke of Ed Award program can seem like an overwhelming task. We know this from first hand experience and have developed a training package that students can complete on their own (remotely), or used as a resource for you to deliver in the classroom . Rest assured that all your concerns are very easily addressed and managed. The effort in providing a successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program to your students is far out-weighed by the reward of what the staff and students will take away.

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Believe you can and you are halfway there

– Theodore Roosevelt –
Silver Duke of Ed participants feeling at home in the Australian environment
Gold participants having challenging and character-forming experience through the berowra valley
Kangaroo valley pre-trip planning alternatives to hiking include, Kayaking, base camp exploration
students showing the powerful, positive impact that a Duke of Ed Adventure has had on their lives

THE MAKING OF AUSTRALIANS