The Educated Adventurer Initiative

Empower yourself with new adventure skills

The Educated Adventurer Initiative

Empower yourself with new adventure skills

Participate in learning programs that encompass

  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Abseiling
  • Climbing

or combine them all!

Learn skills including but not limited to

Planning

  • Creating a trip intentions plan
  • Identifying and overcoming common logistical issues
  • Risk management when on an adventure
  • Emergency contacts and how to utilise them
  • Emergency communications devices and choosing what works best for you
  • Choosing the best mapping software and maps
Group learning session for adventure trip planning
Group learning session for adventure trip planning

Learn skills including but not limited to

Planning

  • Creating a trip intentions plan
  • Identifying and overcoming common logistical issues
  • Risk management when on an adventure
  • Emergency contacts and how to utilise them
  • Emergency communications devices and choosing what works best for you
  • Choosing the best mapping software and maps
Group learning session for adventure trip planning

Logistics

  • Identifying useful, safe, quality equipment that fits your needs
  • Food preparation and meal plan ideas
  • Correct packing technique and weight management (hiking)
  • Waterproofing

Journeying

  • Navigation (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
  • Campcraft and camp etiquette 
  • Campfire etiquette
  • ‘Leave no trace’ principles
  • Bush toileting
  • Hygiene in the bush
  • Using safety equipment
  • Activity specific skills and coaching
Group learning session for adventure trip planning
Group learning session for adventure trip planning

Journeying

  • Navigation (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
  • Campcraft and camp etiquette 
  • Campfire etiquette
  • ‘Leave no trace’ principles
  • Bush toileting
  • Hygiene in the bush
  • Using safety equipment
  • Activity specific skills and coaching

We believe strongly in empowering others to confidently, safely, and responsibly explore our beautiful country

We offer fully customised private tours based on individual enquiries and pop-up group classes are available throughout the year.

What others say

Thank you Valley Outdoors for allowing us the opportunity to canoe, exploring such a stunning place. It was amazing and such a hidden gem! The staff were fantastic, and I admired their paddling skills! I hope I can master it one day! I’d love to come back again and explore more, especially stay overnight at one of the camping spots.

Mel
Mel

What a wonderful time we had, thankyou so much for pulling this off for us last minute. The staff were great, very entertaining and helpful to our terrible paddle styles. We had a Blast!

Demi
Demi

I have just completed a day of one-on-one canoe instruction with Valley Outdoors and I cannot even begin to describe how valuable the skills that I learned are!  I learnt things that I didn’t even know were possible and I feel so much more confident and capable in my skills now.  The day was aimed at me becoming independent and confident so that I can go on my own trips and I certainly feel like that was achieved.  If you’re thinking about getting some instruction from these guys, just do it!  You won’t regret it. 

Dan
Dan

We hadn't done anything like the Canoes, Cool Climate Wines, and Canapes Experience before, but I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job of preparing and provisioning this type of activity. Everything important for the enjoyment and comfort of the group we were part of (12 adults and one youngster between three pairs of canoes) was taken into account, and the guides, Travis and Dan, were excellent. Our fellow paddlers, who we hadn't met before, were a very nice couple, and we all got on very well. It was certainly not difficult, paddling ourselves: we were blessed with a glorious day and had the breeze behind us on the forward journey. Although this meant we were paddling into the breeze on the way back, it was refreshing, and very welcome. Our guides pointed out various interesting geographical and historical sites along the way and looked after us all extremely well. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this outing, it was fabulous!

Bron
Bron

I have always enjoyed the opportunity to see a country for what it really is and there is no better way to do this than with a guided experience. You get the inside track and expert advice and knowledge. Recently I joined the team for a bush walk along the path to area around Belmore Falls. It was spectacular. The path is not well trodden, in fact it is mildly challenging, with not one other person in sight. Gorgeous Australian flora and fauna as well as three waterfalls and a myriad of wildlife. As a tourist in my own state I found it very exciting to know that I had done something few others have and our guide and host were both fantastic. For the Highlands this experience is a must.

Tasch
Tasch

For this American family, the Wilderness Walk was a highlight of our Australian experience! My husband and I, along with our daughter and two grandchildren (14 and 10), greatly appreciated Amanda’s total commitment to excellent customer service from beginning to end, and the extraordinary expertise of our bush walk guide was second to none. The sights and sounds of the bush, the flora and fauna, the waterfalls ... all spectacular!  This is an experience not to be missed for anyone hoping to get off the beaten path and experience a bit of wild Australia!

Dee
Dee

Aligned with and supporting

#3: Good Health and Wellbeing ♦ #4: Quality Education ♦ #6: Clean Water and Sanitation ♦ #15: Life on Land

 

Acknowledgement of Country

We respectfully acknowledge the Wodi Wodi within the Tharawal language constellations as the traditional custodians of the Kangaroo Valley area and acknowledge their elders past, present, and emerging.

We are grateful to be living on a traditional camping site where the first nations spirits are with us all the time. We ask for their blessings of safety and good feelings. We embody our connection to the country on which we are fortunate to call our home.

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