Walking the final Adventurous Journey for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, 2018
There was a chill in the air but the sun was determined to join us as we headed down the coast toward the Great Ocean Road. We broke our journey at Winchelsea and the energy in the group was already palpable. The 15 boys doing their final Adventurous Journey to achieve their Bronze for the Duke of Edinburgh Award were buzzing with excitement and raring to hit the trail.
The walk began at the Aire River campground. We traversed cliff tops, boardwalks in eucalypt woodland, and the stunning 2km of Johanna Beach. Our tired feet enjoyed splashing through the Johanna River before we climbed up to our campsite for the evening. We pitched tents, looked at stars, threw balls around and spent the evening joking and chatting. Mother Nature was kind and the night was mild.
The next morning saw us up early and on the trail about 7am. We wandered through private paddocks and looked at mobs of kangaroos sunning themselves whilst they pondered us in return. The views on the first part of the climb were amazing – both ocean and country. Once we hit the dirt road, the woodland returned to hide the sea, but this was still lovely! We continued to climb to the top – a walk that was much shorter than we expected. The sun shone for us and we headed to the Twelve Apostles to see the magnificence of the Victorian coastline, before heading back to the city, happy to have accomplished one of the four sections toward the Bronze award.
Ms Liz O’Connell