14-17 November 2024
Paid upfront or in instalments
The Difference You'll Make
Your participation will help MND NSW assist people living with MND in NSW/ACT & NT.
Each year MND NSW makes available over 2,000 items of assistive equipment- valued at over 3 million dollars – to help maintain the quality of life of someone living with MND.
By joining MND NSW on this adventure, you join a compassionate community of like-minded individuals who share commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by MND. This sense of belonging and shared purpose can be incredibly rewarding.
How it works
Make a difference
Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.
You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.
Be part of a team
Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.
Day 1, Thursday, 14 November 2024: Merimbula to Boyds Tower to Lake Curalo
Day 1, Thursday, 14 November 2024:
Merimbula - Boyds Tower to Lake Curalo
We depart Merimbula at 8.15am and head south stopping en route for morning tea at Eden. The Bundian Way Story Trail begins at Cocora Beach, where we will trek through native fauna rich with sweeping coastal views over Twofold Bay. We can expect wildlife encounters and to learn about the beautifully crafted stories about the people who have walked the trails for thousands of years. Stopping by the Budginbro Lookout, we'll continue to walk the sandy beach concluding at Quarantine Bay.
We then head to Eden enroute to Lake Curalo for an afternoon walk. The boardwalk and walking track meanders around the lakeshore, through swamp melaleuca forest, across salt marsh and over the shallow water where you can see reeds, fish and many species of bird life before you reach the estuary mouth.
Whales frequent the area from late May to early December so it’s a great time for whale watching while walking along the trail. After the day’s walk we head back to our accommodation in Eden for well earned pre-dinner nibbles followed by a fabulous meal prepared by our guides.
Accommodation: 3-star holiday park
Trekking distance: 8km
Meals: L D
Day 2, Friday, 15 November 2024: Boyds Tower to Saltwater Creek to Leather Jacket Bay
Day 2, Friday, 15 November 2024:
Boyds Tower to Saltwater Creek - Leather Jacket Bay
After breakfast, our trek today undulates south past spectacular coastal forest, sandy beaches, rocky bays, sheltered inlets and ocean platforms. Leather Jacket Bay offers a scenic stretch of red rocks, coloured by iron oxide which cemented the sand particles together many millions of years ago, while small and peaceful Mowarry provides a picturesque sandy beach.
There are plenty of spots along the trail to rest and relax, or to enjoy a spot of birdwatching. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the endangered ground parrots or rare striated field wrens. There is a myriad of other wildlife so if you are lucky, you might catch sight of echidna, kangaroo or goanna in the area. After the day’s walk we head back to our accommodation for another delicious dinner and time spent with our teammates.
Accommodation: 3-star holiday park
Trekking distance: 13.5km
Meals: B L D
Day 3, Saturday, 16 November 2024: Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay
Day 3: Saturday 16 November 2024
Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay
After breakfast and lunch making, we begin walking today where we finished yesterday and head south along the stunning Light to Light trail. The walk from Saltwater Creek to Bittangabee Bay is a gently undulating section. It passes through lovely sections of coastal forest, heath and rock platforms. As usual, we'll be looking out for the many spectacular creatures that call this area home and enjoying the challenge of the coastal terrain. Tonight, we'll share our last dinner as a team and prepare for our final day of walking.
Accommodation: 3-star holiday park
Trekking distance: 9.5km
Meals: B L D
Day 4, Sunday, 17 November 2024: Bittangabee to Green Cape and Haycock Bay to Barmouth Beach
Day 4, Sunday, 17 November 2024:
Bittangabee to Green Cape and Haycock Bay to Barmouth Beach
Today we have two shorter walks including the last section of the Light to Light Walk and a short scenic walk just north of Eden. This last section of the Light to Light follows a route that has been travelled by lightkeepers over many years. Originally, supplies for the lighthouse were off-loaded at Bittangabee Bay and remnants of the old horse-drawn tram track still remain.
We travel north, stopping en route to Merimbula for our last walk of the trip – the spectacular Haycock Bay to Barmouth Beach walk. This pleasant walk follows the headland on the southern shore of the Pambula River estuary. Offering spectacular views along the pristine coastline of the NSW far south coast, this walk captures the remote beauty of Beowa National Park. On this walk pass through a range of landscapes from windswept heath to woodlands while taking in views of rugged rock formations and dramatic cliff lines. From here we head back to Merimbula. We aim to be back in town by approximately 4.30-5pm so if flying out after the tour please do not book flights before 6.30pm.
Trekking distance: 8.5km
Meals: B L
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-Star holiday park based on twin share, shared bathroom facilities • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary
Doesn’t include: Airfares • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
Why you'll love this adventure
- Take on a diverse terrain of rugged clifftops, sandy beaches, coastal forests and salt marsh swamp.
- Enjoy breathtaking wildlife encounters from ground parrots to ocean whales.
- Learn stories of people who have been following these trails for thousands of years.
- Raise vital funds for MND NSW and make friends with like-minded people.
Frequently asked questions
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About the adventure
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Sapphire Coast Light to Light trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 40 kilometres over 4 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience.
You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks.
How many people will be on my adventure?
We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.
Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?
Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.
What is the general age range of participants?
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Who is Inspired Adventures?
MND NSW has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and MND NSW, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.
Fitness and training
How do I train for this adventure?
We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.
As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 5+ hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.
It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in lodge-style accommodation with a bathroom and all linen provided.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single supplement is subject to availability and at an additional cost.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?
Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.
What to expect
I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.
What happens if there is a medical emergency?
Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.
How do I fundraise?
Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target?
It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined.
By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?
Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.
Will the funds raised go directly to MND NSW?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to MND NSW. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for MND NSW are tax-deductible (conditions apply).
Payments, cancellations and refunds
How much does it cost to participate in this adventure?
The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,900.
In addition, you are also committing to raising $2,000 (per person) for MND NSW.
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.
- Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
- Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
- Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Please contact us and we can assist with writing you an insurance letter to claim your refund.
Travel insurance and visas
Do I need to have insurance?
Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.
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