Ultimate Challenge

WHEN: 1-5 February 2022

DEPARTS: Fremantle

ARRIVAL: Fremantle

FARE: $1,550

Sailing for all

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure delivers Australia’s only tall ship personal development program for people with disability, through its annual Ultimate Challenge Voyage.

For over thirty years, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, the Ultimate Challenge Voyage has offered people with an intellectual, physical or sensory challenge a life-building adventure which is a powerful source of cognitive and emotional stimulation, challenge and accomplishment.  Outdoor Adventure Education makes a difference to lives, offering experiences beyond the status quo, encouraging new behaviours, strengthening self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy. 

On board STS Leeuwin II for an Ultimate Challenge Voyage:

  • up to 24 people with intellectual, physical or sensory challenges
  • up to 16 participants learning to sail a tall ship who are willing to assist in making sure everyone on board achieves their potential
  • 10 volunteers assisting with the smooth running of the voyage
  • 5 permanent crew

All participants work as a team within their watch. Our experienced crew and volunteers collaborate with participants to be independent and involved as trainee crew members.

This voyage is open to participants over 14 years of age. 


Sailing as a Support Participant

As one of the support voyage trainees, there are many benefits to joining the Ultimate Challenge voyage on-board STS Leeuwin II.

If you work for a service provider supporting people living with a disability or if you are studying in this area, the Ultimate Challenge voyage offers additional benefits to do with the unique setting of a voyage. The experience can lead to expanded opportunities and growth, with new job ready skills and networks.

Or perhaps you are just interested in giving your time to join this unique voyage opportunity on board Australia’s largest sail training ship, helping build the lives and futures of others. Hint: it will go a long way to changing your life too!

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure works hard to secure funding towards this voyage and with its Ultimate Challenge voyage partners, we are able to offer this voyage to you at a sponsored rate. Contact us to find out the sponsored fare: [email protected]

Download Support Participant Application Form


Ultimate Challenge Partners

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure recognises the following disability services agencies who support access for people with a disability on Leeuwin Ocean Adventure’s Ultimate Challenge Voyage.

Each agency has committed to fund a person with disability from within their network. This person will have shown a willingness and desire to try new things, to improve their skills and to commit to themselves and others.

Each agency has also committed funding towards support participants, enabling and encouraging involvement of the broader community in this unique and powerful voyage experience.



Voyage Schedule

Ultimate Challenge 2023
1 Feb - 5 Feb
Departs: Fremantle
Arrival: Fremantle


I have also made some amazing friends and met some interesting people like Noah who has the energy of 16 people; and Ryan who is completely blind but sees better than me!

Emily, 2018

It’s a week of the best therapy ever, and our clients don’t even know it! They get physio (balance, strength and coordination skills), OT (they work on their independence in all their ADL’s) and speech (improved social skills and for those with devices and KWS – they get to teach others how to communicate with them!).