2021 Twelve Apostles Gutsy Challenge
Journey down the Great Ocean Road on our Twelve Apostles Gutsy Challenge trek to support GI cancer research!
Due to popular demand, we are offering two departures for this trek:
The first trek is being led by Clinical Dietitian Belinda Steer from 14-17 September 2021.
The second trek is being led by Associate Professor Lara Lipton from 18-21 September 2021.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the tranquillity of this coastal trek. Over four amazing days, this journey will showcase some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia. You’ll see the “wild side” of Victoria’s coast, covering 46 kilometres of moderate walking that will leave you breathless.
Trek through Eucalypt forests with native rosemary, cushion plants and wild flowers. Then view the mighty limestone Apostles from the Gables Lookout, one of Australia’s highest cliff-top vistas.
A trek not to be missed!
The funds that you raise in your Gutsy Challenge will help support the Innovation Fund grant which provides researchers with the opportunity to conduct ground-breaking research in areas that have not been studied before. It is an important early step in the process to develop new clinical trials and improve treatment options for GI cancer patients.
FUNDRAISING TARGET: $750
What are the costs?
$2,150 per person.
Inclusions: transfers from Melbourne CBD to start of walk, 3-nights’ accommodation at a luxury eco-lodge, all meals, non-alcoholic drinks, park entrance fees, tour guide, use of a day pack, gaiters, poles, and waterproof jacket if necessary.
Exclusions: Travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, other personal expenses, scenic helicopter flight (optional add on).
Where will I be staying?
Twelve Apostles Walking Lodge in Johanna is a forest-hugged refuge three hours from Melbourne.
Each of the large double rooms can be divided into two single rooms via a partitioning wall and includes a shared bathroom.
Do I have to carry my own pack?
Yes. A 32 litre day pack will be available for your use on the tour. This will fit a rain jacket, your lunch, snacks, a fleece jumper, and water bottle (all provided during the trip), as well as your camera and other personal items. These packs have been designed to carry a two litre water bladder which you are welcome to bring if you have one.
How fit do I need to be?
This is an introductory to moderate graded walk totalling 46km. It involves walking with a light day pack for up to 7 hours a day. You will need a reasonable level of fitness. We suggest a one hour walk each day in the month prior to the trek.
How much do I have to raise?
A minimum of $750 per participant. We will be with you every step of the way to help you reach this goal. We will also send you a comprehensive fundraising toolkit and help you set up an online fundraising page which is an easy way to share your fundraiser with friends and family!
What will the funds I raise be used for?
100% of funds will be used to fund Gastro-Intestinal (GI) clinical trials research through the Innovation Fund grant. This grant is awarded annually and supports critical early stage research – enabling research concepts to be proven and ultimately leveraged to larger scale clinical trials.
To find out more about the benefits of joining a Gutsy Challenge trek, watch our interview below with Alison Winkelmeier who took part in the 2017 Larapinta and 2019 Cape to Cape Gutsy Challenges.
For more information and to register your interest, complete the form below and we will be in touch
Huma Charity Challenge, are our chosen adventure travel partner. Huma are passionate about providing off‑the‑beaten track travel experiences and supporting Australian charities. Huma Charity Challenge is a division of the worldwide adventure travel company World Expeditions.