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Urban Odyssey

INFO: Overnight Program. 4 days/3 Nights. Monday – Thursday. Grades 11 – 12. Male and Female. Extra cost: $150

Did you love doing Urban Challenge and now want the next level? Urban Odyssey is it!

From the makers of the Urban Challenge, our Duke Of Edinburgh Gold adventure is called the Urban Odyssey. It incorporates the best of Urban Challenge and the best of hiking to create an odyssey.

The Urban Odyssey is an unfolding, competitive, and challenging adventure that will see participants hike their way through a remote bush leg, down the beach or through the bays, and into the bustle of Sydney. Teams will be completing challenges for points, managing their time, money and themselves throughout this ‘expedition with a twist’. The Urban Odyssey is different to a typical remote hiking expedition; although it still has the challenges of a lengthy backpacking hike it also develops useful skills for the future – encouraging independence, money management, team work and confidence using public-transport to name a few.



The Urban Odyssey will be coordinated by Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre, with support from NBCS staff.

The Urban Odyssey also qualifies students who are completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition as the practice expedition – but will require students to complete the test Urban Odyssey at some other time to complete the Gold Duke of Ed Expedition requirements.

The Urban Odyssey starts with a bush phase, then passes through a beach phase and finishes with a bustle phase. It still requires route planning and carrying of packs but the standard Gold hike is spiced up by an “Amazing Race” feel, city navigation and a campsite with a Sydney Harbour view on the last night.



This camp is for those looking for adventure, have done some overnight hiking before and enjoy it. Students should also have a reasonable level of fitness.

This camp is also for those who are looking to finish their Gold Duke of Ed, OR for those who would like to start their Duke of Ed. If you have always wanted to join Duke of Ed, but haven’t, and now have seen the value, then you can sign up for this Duke of Ed odyssey and it will count. There are some issues with starting late, but if you are adventurous and willing to learn and able to serve, then this program could be perfect for you. It is also possible to join this SOW program**, but not join Duke of Ed.

**For those who are NOT completing this as part of their ongoing Duke of Ed program, they will need to provide evidence of their suitability and fitness to participate in this program. Eg experience in camping/hiking, sound fitness etc.

There is an extra cost to this program of $150



Participants are given a log-in for our website to retrieve their route planning documents for the first day of their expedition. Parents are also given a separate log-in to read the teams blogs, view their photos during their expedition and even join in via Parent Challenges!


Upon arrival at the start location, students are issued with their hire/purchase equipment; the group gear such as trangias; and the team satchel which contains travel passes, a smart phone, a digital camera, and money to purchase select meals and to help with completing challenges. Each student is given an official team role e.g. the team leader, the communicator or the treasurer, which becomes their responsibility to fulfil throughout the journey. Once all the gear is packed and the first leg is planned, teams set-off on their 4-day Odyssey.


The Practice & Test are both different hikes, but based on a similar structure of modules.

The Practice = BUSH > BAY > BUSTLE


Each module has a different type of challenge involved and new ways for the teams to earn points. The participants must learn to rely on each other for support and to build team morale. Problem solving is a key skill utilised in this Odyssey and participants are expected to focus on achieving the best possible solution. Please note that participants still carry full rucksacks with all their gear, tents and certain meals. There is a lot of hiking involved in these expeditions and it is no easy feat – you will be tested, so make sure you have your good walking shoes on. The route is a secret until the day prior so be ready for anything and brace yourself for an adventure!


At the end of their expedition students debrief with their Guide, pack up all equipment and hand back any hired or borrowed gear. The students can use the Parent Log-in given prior to the camp to view their team’s blogs and download their team’s photos. All the points will be tallied up from the scoresheets kept by the Guide, and extra points can be earned from the amount of money the team has left over to donate to our World Vision sponsor kids, and how well their journal is completed and equipment is returned! The winning team will be announced in the week(s) following the expedition!


For more information see:

Duke of Ed

Urban Odyssey