The trip started with a hike to Twin Falls in Springbrook National Park, where a refreshing dip was welcomed. After a clear starry night, we loaded our packs with snacks and headed towards the summit of Mt Cougal. Following the border fence of NSW and QLD the students reached the summit in good time, while I waddled along at a slightly slower pace. Reaching the summit, we were rewarded with a stunning view of the Tweed Valley region and even found some sweet buried treasure. Upon returning to our campsite, the storm clouds started rolling in as we braced for a night of solid rain.
We awoke to blue skies the next morning and mounted our bikes, displaying our climate action messages on our backs, and peddled towards our new campsite. The sun was still out when we arrived at Wooyung but a quick dip restored our energy levels. As the last pole holding up our group tarp structure was vertical, the rains arrived again and stayed all night. The next morning, the group debated over our next movements and decided to pack up, soggy but happy, and return to school a few hours early, leaving the paddle section of our adventure to a later date.
The students demonstrated fantastic leadership skills and adopted a true sense of adventure and exploration, while remaining within 100 kilometres of home. Here's to many more adventures far and wide.
Year 11 PDHPE teacher