Are Expeditions for business groups as well?
You bet. All our programs are designed to suit the needs of your group, whether you’re from a school, business, community organisation, sports team or something else entirely.
Can we really go on an Expedition anywhere?
Just about, yes. Send us your dream destination, and we’ll tailor a trip. We take groups to the snow, and we explore mountains, rivers, oceans, canyons and more. We can even take your group on an international adventure. Check out our Adventure page for inspiration.
Will we be roasting marshmallows?
Naturally - as long as conditions are safe for a fire. In general, we might have small campfires for groups, as well as a bigger bonfire in the Amphitheatre at our Fitzroy Falls Centre, or a communal area at Base Camp at Coolendel.
How do I book?
First, get in touch with Optimum Experiences so we can design a program just for you. We’ll then set you up with a profile on VenueLife, where you can register and provide important information like group allocations, dietary requirements, emergency contacts and medical plans.
Do I need my own sleeping bag?
Yes, and please also bring a sleeping mat. You’ll find a full list of what you need to bring under our Resources section below.
What are the bathroom facilities like?
Learning how to take care of business in the bush is an important life skill! Toilets and bathrooms are part of the facilities at the Optimum Experiences Centre at Fitzroy Falls, at Base Camp at Coolendel and at campgrounds in National Parks and NSW Parks. On Expedition, participants will have the full outdoor bathroom experience - privately, safely, hygienically and in a way that protects our environment.
What should I bring to an Optimum Experiences program?
Great question! You’ll find a list of what to bring under the Resources section of this page. After we’ve designed a bespoke program just for your group, we’ll also provide a handy packing list.
What’s the food like?
We think the food is great! Optimum Experiences provides three meals a day, as well as morning and afternoon tea. Thanks to our incredible Logistics Coordinators, meals are cooked fresh. If your Expedition takes in time at our Fitzroy Falls Centre or Base Camp at Coolendel, we’ll also use our commercial kitchen and BBQs. As we design the program for your group, we’ll collect information about dietary requirements and allergies, via our easy-to-use booking system, Venuelife.
What other types of programs do you run?
As well as our Expeditions program, Optimum Experiences runs a range of customised outdoor education programs for school groups and more: Centre Based, Base Camp, Coastal, Leadership. On our Adventure programs, we take participants abseiling, canyoning, mountain biking, skiing and more.
Do all staff members have Working With Children Checks?
Absolutely. Our qualified, experienced outdoor educators are our greatest asset. Meet the team.
Will I need to carry my own pack?
With help, yes. An important part of being on Expedition is taking responsibility for your own gear, and caring for the group in general. However, each Optimum Experiences program is custom designed, especially for your group. Get in touch to learn how we cater to groups of all ages, numbers and abilities.
How challenging will it be?
Every individual has their own challenges. We take great pride in tailoring our experiences to suit each group so that our programs exceed expectations. Our experienced, professional outdoor educators ensure participants feel safe and secure, while also helping to build a non-judgemental, supportive community of peers.
Will you come to us?
Absolutely! Optimum Experiences is a fully mobile company. We can bring our gear and our team members to your premises and start an Expedition from there - to a nearby natural wonder or further abroad.
Does Optimum Experiences run the Duke of Edinburgh program?
We facilitate the Duke of Edinburgh program at Bronze, Silver, Gold and International levels. Check out our Adventures for some awesome photos.
On Expedition, students apply the knowledge and skills they learned on previous adventures. We push them out of their comfort zones - safely, with support.
Expeditions are typically 5-day trips with a clear destination, into Morton National Park, along the Shoalhaven River, around Kangaroo Valley and Tallowa Dam, or in the wilds of Jervis Bay. We hike, canoe or mountain bike. After all, it’s about how you get there. This rewarding trip can be life-changing.