Our History

Great Ocean Road Adventure Park (GORAP) was built on the foundations and principles of the outdoor education model known as Outward Bound. This teaches interpersonal skills, wilderness survival skills, and leadership skills through its various courses.

GORAP is designed to instil confidence and assist each patron to grow physically, socially and cognitively. It is about empowering all using nature based challenges to build confidence, self-esteem, social skills so that their leadership potential is reached. You are challenged, physically, emotionally and mentally in order to be able to use such techniques in a natural and conscious way.

In today’s world of over-protected kids and over-organised parents, GORAP provides kids with opportunity to live adventurously and interact with nature. Kids need time to play, explore and be challenged independently. A report card released last month by the Heart Foundation gave Australian children a lowly D minus for overall levels of physical activity.

The Outward Bound learning process is a leading outdoor education learning mode. The name Outward Bound derives from a nautical expression that refers to the moment a ship leaves the pier. The first Outward Bound school was opened in Aberdovey, Wales in 1941 by Kurt Hahn, and Lawrence Holt with the support of the Blue Funnel Line. Outward Bound grew out of Hahn’s work in the development of the Gordonstoun school and what is now known as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award