Strong Daughters Kuitpo Forest
Overnight hike designed for girls
Welcoming girls aged 9-13 and their mothers/aunties/grandmothers for an experience like no other.
An experience designed to allow girls and their mum or other female caregiver to enjoy the challenge and adventure of overnight hiking. While allowing the girls to feel the responsibility of carrying their own gear (appropriate to their age, height and weight).
This girls hike in Kuitpo Forest is an overnight camping experience. It is a great chance to bond with each other, explore positive body image conversations, meet new friends, learn new skills and share the outdoors with positive and inspiring women.
Professionally led by our Strong Daughters founder Tina Jameson. A qualified and experienced bushwalking leader alongside her daughter and peer mentor, Ella.
We meet at Meadows for a briefing and coffee stop at 9.30am. After introductions we have our first immersion activity to bring our team together. This is also your last chance to buy a sandwich/roll for lunch later .
We will drive approximately 30 minutes to our start point. Note this road includes some unsealed (bumpy) sections yet is 2WD friendly. Before we head off on the trails we distribute gear, discuss the menu and food options, weigh our packs and adjust for comfort. We ensure each child and adult is carrying a safe load according to their age/height/weight. We may lunch here before we head off OR enjoy it along the way at a comfortable spot.
Officially the adventure begins and we embark on the trails. We pass through pretty pine forest and bushland to our nights campsite. Our hiking distance is approximately 6km.
Upon reaching our campsite we offload and have a stretch. Then its time to set up camp which includes a demonstration on how to build an emergency shelter and how to pitch a tent. When we are all set up we can enjoy an afternoon hot drink together. We include a stove and fuel demonstration so you can have a go at cooking your camp dinner later on. Some dessert and hot drinks (you can bring your own treats if you like) will be on offer too.
Chillax time – listen and share: funny adventure stories, reflect on the days adventures and a chance to laugh. We have a few campsite activities and games planned!
Meals Included: snacks, afternoon tea, dinner, dessert
Start the day with a fresh brew of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. A morning stretch and a 60 second meditation. Breakfast will be prepared on the stoves provided.
The tents might be wet from overnight condensation (or rain) so we will give them the longest time possible to dry. Aiming to pack-up the tents and gear and be ready to hit the trails once more at 9.00am. Todays route is different to the previous day and provides beautiful scenery and some challenge.
Arriving back to our cars we have time for a final stretch, before unpacking our bags and equipment.
We offer a reflection activity as a group before heading home. If anyone is keen, we can meet for a choice of lunch spots.
Meals Included: breakfast, morning tea, snacks
Need To Know
- Self drive own vehicle (2WD suitable)
- Tent (2 or 3 person) or bring your own
- Backpacks 60-75 litre for adults
- Cooking stove & Fuel
- Padded sleeping mats
- Hiking poles
- All meals and snacks as per the itinerary
- Lightweight hiking meals and snacks
- Hot drinks
- 1 night tent camping
- 2 day guided girls hike in Kuitpo Forest
- Camping experience
- Emergency shelter construction
- Make a paracord bracelet
- Teamwork exercise
- Group First Aid kit and emergency communication device
- Leaders certified in Remote Area/Wilderness First Aid
- Qualified Bushwalking Leaders
- Small group guided experience
- Leave No Trace principles
- Invitations to connect with nature
- Reduce waste through recycling, reusing and composting
- National Park entry fees
Big Heart Extras
- Big Heart Adventures designed head sock for daughters
- A charity contribution to our Give Back program
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance
- Sleeping Bag and liner (can be hired through us)
- Rain-proof clothing & warm layers, and/or sun protective gear depending on the weather forecast.
- Items of a personal nature such as medications etc
- Compulsory items included in packing list (head torch, rain protective gear etc)
A detailed packing list is provided prior to travel
- Sleeping bag
- Head torch / torch
- Sun protection such as hat, sunglasses and suncream
- Insect repellent or barrier
- Water bottles/hydration kit (2 litres each minimum)
- Sleeping attire
- Rainproof jacket and pants (if wet weather is forecast)
- Personal medications
- Clothing suitable for bushwalking that is quick drying, warm layers if chilly