I hope this newsletter finds you in high spirits and eager to embark on thrilling journeys. Today, we take you on an exhilarating ride through the Duke of Ed Silver Adventurous Journey to the enchanting Gold Coast Hinterland, specifically, the mesmerising O’Reilley’s Rainforest Retreat. Let’s dive into the exciting three-day adventure that left participants with unforgettable memories and a deeper connection to nature and God.
Day 1: Unveiling the Wonders of Springbrook National Park
The journey commenced with a spirited group of young explorers embarking on a long but spirited bus ride to Springbrook National Park. As the wheels rolled, anticipation filled the air, and friendships started blossoming. The first stop was the awe-inspiring Purling Brook Falls, where the cascading waters merged harmoniously with the lush greenery. Cameras were clicked, and spirits soared as participants soaked in the breathtaking views. Next on the agenda was the Natural Bridge circuit, a mystical walk that unveiled a hidden gem. The marvel of nature’s artistry was witnessed as a waterfall cascaded through a natural rock arch. The sight left everyone in awe, reaffirming the beauty and wonder of God’s creation.
Day 2: A Thrilling 18km Bushwalk Through Lamington National Park
Rising with the sun, the second day commenced with an 18km bushwalk through the evergreen Lamington National Park. This challenging yet rewarding trek allowed participants to push their limits, both physically and mentally, as they traversed diverse landscapes. The camaraderie among the group grew stronger as they cheered each other on through rocky terrains and lush rainforests. The journey wasn’t solely about conquering distances; it was an opportunity to witness the abundant flora and fauna that call Lamington National Park their home. Participants spotted colorful birds, elusive mammals, and delicate plants, each contributing to the thriving ecosystem.
Day 3: Embracing Nature’s Finest, Homeward Bound
On the final day, the exploration of Lamington National Park continued. The group was greeted by the call of native birds, resonating with a sense of serenity. Nature had much to offer, and the participants embraced every moment of it. As the day came to a close, the adventurers embarked on a long bus ride back home. However, the journey didn’t end there. Amidst the peaceful journey back, the participants engaged in games, card matches, and solved fun riddles. Laughter and joy echoed in the bus, solidifying the newfound friendships formed during the trip.
In Between Adventures: Embracing the Experience
While exploring the pristine wilderness was the primary goal, the participants also appreciated the downtime during the evenings. Gathering around, they engaged in lively conversations, sharing stories of their journey so far. The evenings were also an opportunity to witness the stars’ splendor, reminding everyone of the vastness of the universe and their place within it.
Reflecting on the journey, participants unanimously expressed gratitude for experiencing God’s creation up close. The Gold Coast Hinterland had given them an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle of modern life and reconnect with themselves and nature. As the Duke of Ed Silver Adventurous Journey concluded, the participants returned home with more than just a sense of accomplishment. They carried with them a treasure trove of memories, a profound appreciation for the natural world, and a bond that could weather any storm.
Jared Bullock (Duke of Ed Coordinator)
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