March 24th - 27th 2023
4 day trip, 4 day challenge
Twin-share in 3-star motels and lodges
Did you know, only 34 per cent of people with Down syndrome over the age of 25 have a paid job? Or that they experience twice the rate of avoidable death and lower rates of preventative healthcare?
People with Down syndrome deserve to reach their potential and live the life they choose – and you can help make that happen.
As part of DSV Four Peaks 2023, you’ll trek to the summit of four of Victoria’s highest mountains, Mount Dunn, Mount Stirling, Mount Feathertop and Mount Bogong, to give people with Down syndrome access to the same opportunities and support as other Victorians so they feel valued and included, socially and economically.
Inspired by expansive views and daring ridgelines, you’ll trek for four days along some of Australia’s most renowned hiking trails. Through towering mountain ash forest and across sub alpine plains, you’ll experience the sparse beauty of the Victorian Alps where the air is fresh, wildflowers abundant and every view more spectacular than the last.
Best of all, with every step you take, you’ll raise vital funds to help Down Syndrome Victoria support people with Down syndrome to create a lifetime of meaningful inclusion in their communities.
The Difference You'll Make
There are over 3,500 people with Down syndrome in Victoria and over 13,000 across Australia.
Most people with Down syndrome are content with their lives. They like who they are and express love for their families. Like most people, they seek to build meaningful lives within their communities.
Yet they are often excluded.
Since COVID-19, Down Syndrome Victoria has experienced a 300 per cent increase in the demand for services and support. As part of DSV Four Peaks 2023, you’ll enable Down Syndrome Victoria to continue to deliver information, services and support to people with Down Syndrome in Victoria at every stage of their lives.
- $96 - will pay for one hour of phone support for a person with Down syndrome or their family
- $500 - contributes towards the cost of a home or hospital visit for a new family.
- $1,600 - enables DSV to provide a fully targeted workshop on a specialised topic pertinent to key life stages.
- $4,480 - allows DSV's Education Support Service to support a child in a Victorian school for one year.
Down Syndrome Victoria relies on the support of its community – people just like you – to enable people with Down syndrome to reach their potential and live the life they choose.
Join Us With Confidence
We understand the dilemma of making travel plans when the world feels unpredictable right now. You can still register for an Inspired Adventure in complete confidence, because we promise to look after you should COVID-19 travel bans affect your plans.
If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date to allow you still to travel as planned. For more information visit our COVID-19 hub or read our full Terms & Conditions.
Pricing & Itinerary
Your travel package is paid in instalments. To register, pay just $475* upfront.
*non-refundable †excludes airfares
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Depart Melbourne, summit Mount Dunn
Our adventure begins as we meet our guides and the rest of our team at 7:30am outside the National Gallery of Victoria in central Melbourne. From here, we board a bus and head north to Porepunkah, enjoying the stunning scenery and local towns en route. On arrival, we stretch our legs then take on our first trek to the summit of Mount Dunn (1,489m). Set within sub alpine plains and towering mountain ash forest, Mount Dunn offers sublime views of the Mount Buffalo plateau – the perfect introduction to our Victorian Alps adventure. After ample time to take in the beauty of our surroundings, we make our way back down the mountain, stopping at Lake Catani for lunch before transferring to our accommodation in Mount Beauty. Tonight we enjoy our first team dinner together at a local eatery.
Trekking distance 6-8km
Meals: L D
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star motels and lodges • Meals as per itinerary • Local guides • Entrance fees as per itinerary
Doesn't include: Airfares • Airport transfers • Pre and post-tour accommodation in Melbourne • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Expenditure of a personal nature, including alcoholic beverages • Tips and gratuities (optional)
When you travel with us, $10 goes towards carbon offsetting projects in Western Australia. You'll be supporting Carbon Neutral as they replant native plant species to create a green corridor for native wildlife, assisting in the recovery of entire ecosystems. For more on how we're bettering the planet, read our Climate Action Plan.