Sixteen Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students, together with two A.B. Paterson College staff, Andrew Sole and Helena Baker, were camped in the Green Mountains near to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat at the weekend.
This was a qualifying Adventurous Journey camp for the students. They had to organise their walks, create navigation plans and prepare a nutritious menu for the two days away from home.
O’Reilly’s is a fantastic location for students to explore the lush rainforest bordering the Gold Coast and the weather was fantastic. With tree top walks, and rich bird and wildlife, all students had a wonderful time. The Australian red parrots, in particular, were very friendly, landing on students’ tents and hats searching for food.
There were also some wonderful lookouts, such as Picnic Rock and Python Rock Lookouts, together with many waterfalls, including Moran Falls, which was magnificent due to the recent rain. All students and staff had a great time walking through the tropical rainforest and learning about the rich natural habitat, which borders the Gold Coast.
Andrew Sole – Head of Outdoor Education