What does it cost?
Upon booking, you pay a (non-refundable) deposit fee of $475. The total travel cost (excluding flights) is $3,750*. Flights are also at your own expense.
The donation to Vision Australia is a set minimum of $3,500. This fundraising total will be raised by you with the support of Inspired Adventures and the Vision Australia Community Fundraising team.
Of course, we’d love you to raise more and are here to help.
*Subject to change. Refer to Inspired Avdentures Terms and Conditions upon registering.
How do I fundraise?
Can I fundraise in a team?
Is it possible to fundraise for my travel costs via my online fundraising page?
No, you can only raise the funds that are going to Vision Australia via your online page. If seeking support for your travel expenses, this must be raised through other means and paid directly to Inspired Adventures. It is essential that you’re transparent with your supporters about where their donation is going, for example supporting your payment for the adventure travel cost or going directly to Vision Australia as a donation.
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked a moderate 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 Queen Charlotte Track is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 60 kilometres over 5 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. All participants are required to complete a medical form, signed by a GP, before taking part in this adventure.
There will also be a trainer doctor in the group.
Who will I be travelling with?
We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. This adventure will have between 10 – 16 people aged from 18 to 90+ (younger ages considered on request). You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.
The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team.
Vision Australia's CEO Ron Hooton will also be part of the team and fundraising with the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.
Do I need to have travel insurance?
We highly recommend that you purchase domestic travel insurance for travel within Australia (for Australian residents) and New Zealand (for New Zealand residents). We advise that you purchase your policy as soon as possible. A basic cancellation plan usually protects you against the loss of pre-paid deposits and cancellation fees if you cancel the travel because you or someone close to you falls sick. A comprehensive plan covers cancellations, lost, stolen or damaged luggage, travel delay, rental car excess if the car is stolen or damaged, and additional travel and accommodation expenses if someone is sick or hurt.
Each travel insurance provider provides a different domestic travel insurance plan. Ensure you read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to ensure you know what is, and what is not covered, and the level of cover offered, when selecting an insurance provider.
The Insurance Council of Australia's website offers a Find an Insurer Tool to help you find the right provider, see more here.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share and multi-share. You will be staying in basic cabins and mountaineering lodges. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group.
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 and Team Leader 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 is Vision Australia about?
Vision Australia estimates there are 453,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision. It is predicted that by 2030 this number will reach 564,000 in Australia, increasing the demand for our services by up to 30%, particularly amongst older Australians, with around 70 percent of our clients being over the age of 65.
Our clients are at the centre of everything
we do at Vision Australia. Visit https://www.visionaustralia.org/ to find about more about us and the services we offer.
What is Quality Living Groups?
Quality Living Groups provide an essential practical service to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of participants while connecting with others who share similar experiences.
What is Vision Australia Radio?
Vision Australia Radio is a community radio network that operates to address the information needs of people who are blind, have low vision or a print-disability across 15 radio services Australia wide.
Over 350,000 listeners access Vision Australia Radio monthly. The service is made possible by a team of 600 plus volunteers and a small team of dedicated staff. Operating costs are over $2 million dollars per year, with your funds raised from this trek it will support keeping Vision Australia Radio on-air, online
and on podcast.
How do I register for Trek for Vision New Zealand?
To find out more and register for the trek.
How much is registration?
There is no registration fee for this trip.
In order to secure your place, you will need to pay half of your travel deposit ($475) upfront, and the second half four weeks after registration. This is non-refundable.
A second instalment of your balance is due 6 months prior to departure, and the final balance is due 3 months before travel. If you are registering with less than 7 months to departure, you will most likely be invoiced in fewer instalments based on the date of registration.
Your travel payments are invoiced in instalments to provide ample time to pay your balance. We can build a personalised payment plan that suits your schedule if your standard timeline does not suit.
Can corporate teams join?
Yes! Take this new and exciting corporate social responsibility initiative and see your staff and brand take on this adventure as a team.
An Inspired Adventure with Vision Australia offers the following benefits:
- Employee engagement opportunities to attract and retain staff
- Long-term partnership with Vision Australia and increased community engagement
- Improved employee wellness through the impact of paying it forward
- Increased brand value through unique PR opportunities
- Improved workplace mental and physical health with a focus on fitness and training for the challenge
- Increased visibility through innovative approach to corporate social responsibility
- Team building opportunities across departments through the achievement of a common goal
- Great networking opportunities
Find out more by downloading our corporate sponsorship pack or contacting Myra Woodley, Community Fundraising Coordinator Vision Australia, Myra.Woodley@visionaustralia.org
I am blind or have low vision, can I bring my Seeing Eye Dog on the trek?
Yes, you can.
Please check with your Seeing Eye Dog trainer in regards to the health of your Seeing Eye Dog, to access if the trek will be suitable and what training is involved to get you both fit and ready for the trek.
If you need any assistance with how your fundraising will be making a real difference to people who are blind or have low vision, please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
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