From 1-4 October 2019 Redlands College teamed up with PCYC Gold Coast to conduct a gold hiking expedition for the participants of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. This change was made as a result of the cancellation of the great walk on Fraser Island due to fires.
The expedition was completed along the night camp range and Tweed Valley including many sightings of snakes, lookout points above the mountain ranges, eating lunch at some of the many stunning waterfalls and berries that all turned out to be flowers. The trip obviously included a whole lot of navigating our way through all sorts of tracks and bushwacking by orientating the compass six times then matching our surroundings to what we thought was on the map and even attempting to walk along the border of QLD and NSW... but we had to turn back as we determined that we took longer than planned with the Silver participants leading the way and we needed to get them back in time for parent pick up.
Unfortunately, someone left camp on the first day due to a prior injury and was taken to hospital and one of the leaders struggled a bit with uneven ground so we worked together to get the pack back down safely, the weather was either boiling hot or freezing cold with everyone paranoid of getting ticks. Despite all of this, it all felt worth it when the most common 'rose' for the whole journey was waking up at 1:00am, packing everything up in the dark to get on the van and head to Mount Warning, climb stairs for two-and-a-half hours, crawl up what looked like a vertical rock wall, then finally have breakfast with new friends made along the way whilst watching the sunrise at 5:15 am on the very last day.
This was such a fun experience and a great opportunity to make new friends and complete our awards. We shall miss Craig (the PCYC assessor), his rose and thorn circle time and his beloved camera.