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Aircraft Adventure Challenge

Thursday, November 6, 2008
Peppers Hidden Vale is a 4000-hectare cattle property in South East Queensland and is where you — or someone you know — can enjoy an extraordinary adventure.

Aircraft Adventure Challenge includes survival training from facilitators in navigation, hunting, archery, finding water, fire-lighting, sniper marksmanship and finding bush tucker.

Ray Carson, ex-army sniper and paramedic, runs the Survivor-style experience. He learnt his skills on real-life operations and passes them on to teams.

The challenge is a team-based activity where each member learns all aspects of survival including physical deprivation, medical tips, how to build shelter, find food, make fire and navigate their way to safety.

Participants are blindfolded and taken on a 15-minute drive in a 4WD to the "crash site". Once at the shell of the plane, blindfolds are removed and there is a simulation of the plane going down. Survivors attend to injuries, and Ray acts as the pilot, guiding the team on to survive in the wild.

GPS is used to find supplies and the team locates drinking water, sources food, crosses a "river" using recovered supplies and makes a fire. Using recovered radios, signals are able to locate a helicopter which lifts the team out of the bush. It's an action-packed boys' weekend, but of course girls who love a challenge are more than welcome!

Aircraft Adventure Challenge can be booked through Gifts That Thrill. They have hundreds of experiences you can give as gifts — or a treat for yourself — ranging from rally car racing, aerobatic flying and other once-in-a-lifetime adventures.


Grandchester in South-East Queensland.


Rocky Mountain Outfitters' two-hour snowmobile tours cost around $170 plus Aircraft Adventure Challenge costs $400 for four hours. It operates once a month, year round, subject to booking. The minimum age is 16 years.

Prices correct at November 6, 2008.

For further information

Aircraft Adventure Challenge
Gifts That Thrill
68-72 York Street
South Melbourne 3205
Ph: 1300 661 593
Fax: (03) 8456 6041

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