INTRODUCTION TO CYCLING JOURNEY

Ever wanted to hit the trails for an overnight cycling adventure but weren’t sure where to start? Now is the perfect time to discover the joys of a cycling family adventure with The Outdoor Education Group.

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INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY CYCLING JOURNEY

Many students get to try the often lifechanging experience of an overnight cycle journey during their school life, and our Introduction to Cycling Journey offers a unique opportunity for families to share in the adventure. It is a great way to: try out an overnight cycling adventure without needing ‘all the gear’, learn new skills and explore the trails with your own professional guide. 

The journey has been designed to be suitable for families with primary and secondary school-aged children, some previous cycling experience and moderate levels of fitness. This cycle journey explores the Great Victorian Rail Trail and departs from either our Camp Marysville or Camp Jungai centres. Your guide will work with you to determine the best route to camp based on your families ages, skill level and fitness. You will either explore Alexandra to Yea (about 40km cycle with around 20km on each day) OR Bonnie Doon to Kerrisdale (100km cycle with around 50km on each day).

The adventure kicks off with your family arriving on Friday evening at one of our Residential Camp Centres – either Camp Jungai or Camp Marysville. Here you will meet your guide, who will brief you on the coming journey, enjoy a fireside dinner and bunk down in a cabin for the night before you head out on your cycling adventure. 

The following morning you will make your way by vehicle to the staging area where you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourselves with your bikes, brush up on some cycling skills and etiquette, then head out for the days ride.

 

The trail winds between small bush townships in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Along the way, the trail takes you from the banks of the beautiful Goulburn River and up the Goulburn Valley, past granite-boulder strewn hillsides. You will make your way through rich farmland brimming with birdlife and scattered with magnificent stands of ancient red gums. Depending on your route, riders pass some impressive infrastructure: the long, dark Cheviot Tunnel and the Bonnie Doon Bridge spanning Lake Eildon.


You will make your way to the evenings’ campground, and after setting up camp, can explore, play some games or just kick back and relax.

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious campfire dinner prepared and cooked by the whole family, then settle in for a night of family fun. Don’t forget to look up and marvel at the night sky. 

The following morning after breakfast and packing up camp, you will head back out on to the trails with your guide to cycle to your final destination where we will debrief and say our farewells.

 

$120 per participant, with a minimum booking of 4 participants.

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HERE'S WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE!

Day 1 
On Friday evening, arrive at Camp Jungai or Camp Marysville where you will be met by your guide, briefed on the coming cycle journey, share a meal and bunk down for the evening in a cabin. 

Day 2   
In the morning after breakfast, you will head out by vehicle to the staging area for your cycle journey. You will prepare your gear, brush up on some basic cycling skills and etiquette and set out on your journey.

You will cycle through the day exploring the area while heading to your campsite.

As the sun dips enjoy dinner cooked by your whole family around the campfire. Our leader will camp nearby so you can enjoy the evening with your family, knowing you have dedicated help close by.

Day 3  

  • 8:00 am Enjoy breakfast and pack up camp. 
  • 10:00 am  Continue to explore the region & return to vehicles. De-brief the weekend, review photos and head home.

 

$120 per participant, with a minimum booking of 4 participants.

ARE YOU READY FOR A WEEKEND OF FUN?

Below is what you'll need before you get started.

WHAT WE'LL PROVIDE

We will provide the resources for the activity including:
  1. Your own personal family group guide
  2. Waterproof jacket and pants
  3. Bikes, Helmets
  4. Group bike repair kit
  5. Cycling Day Packs
  6. Sleeping mats
  7. Tents
  8. Cooking Stove with fuel
  9. Dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, water
  10. Maps
  11. Communications devices
  12. Group safety equipment
  13. Group First Aid Kit

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING

We ask you please to bring your own:
  1. Thermals (top and bottom – wool or synthetic is best)
  2. LONG SLEEVE shirts
  3. Warm fleece jumper/jacket + beanie
  4. Pair LONG shorts / Long Pants
  5. Comfortable walking shoes (joggers or canvas sports shoes are ok)
  6. Cycling Knicks (optional)
  7. Broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  8. Light weight Headtorch
  9. Eating set (strong plastic bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  10. Capacity for 1L water
  11. Sleeping bag (rated to -5C)
  12. Personal Medications
  13. Snacks / Treats (No NUTS please)
  14. Bat, ball and a frisbee (optional)

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

The Outdoor Education Group has been delivering outdoor education to Australian students for more than 35 years. We live and work in some of Australia's most extraordinary locations and communities. We are committed to connecting young people with the outdoors.

 

While we stayed indoors to protect our communities and loved ones, The Outdoor Education Group looked to the future. Focusing on what we do best, our mission propelled us forward. We are proud to continue supporting our local communities and look forward to reveling in the outdoors with families like yours.

Benefits

BENEFITS

The turbulence and unease of 2020 drew us indoors and disconnected us from each other and the natural world. After unprecedented bushfires and the impact of COVID19, we know reconnecting with each other, and the outdoors is now more vital than ever.

The Outdoor Education Group understand immersion in the outdoors is a brilliant way to improve mental health, physical wellness and build strong relationships with others. We have focused on making an experience which is fun, carefree and an affordable way to get out of the house with your family, create new memories and share a new activity together.

Facilitation

FACILITATION

Our Leaders are highly skilled and experienced in guiding young people through outdoor experiences, activities and adventure. Now OEG want to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with you. 

Our Introduction to Journeys are designed with your family’s wellbeing and safety at the fore. Our guides will tailor the experience to meet your family's experience level, whether you are learning a new skill or revisiting a forgotten pastime.

The Outdoor Education Group is leading the way outside and we invite your family to join us.

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COVIDSafe Practices

At The Outdoor Education Group we take pride in delivering quality, life changing Outdoor Education experiences to young Australians.

At the core of this mission is delivering these experiences in a safe and fully supported environment, with an eye to our risk management.

We have developed extensive COVIDSafe practices to ensure we are delivering a safe experience for you and your family.

These practices include:

  • dedicated COVIDSafe training for our team
  • checking the temperatures of all our team and visitors on site every day
  • hand sanitisation stations and kits as standard
  • extensive cleaning of our facilities and equipment

We ask all participants to complete our standard medical form with additional COVID-19 declarations.

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