Feel the benefits of nature

Looking after our mental health is a journey, with many paths to explore. If you’re looking for a new path on your journey towards better mental health, we’re here for you.

We offer a fresh and innovative approach to mental health support through our range of outdoors, nature-based programs. Relax and recharge with recreational activities like bushwalking and bike-riding, or step outside the box and have a taste of adventure with activities like rafting and surfing.

All our programs are designed to support you, help you make friendly connections and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. It doesn’t matter what your fitness or experience levels are like – our programs are suitable for anyone aged 16 years and over.

Ready to explore the great outdoors and improve your mental health? Take our Participant Eligibility Quiz to see if you’re eligible to receive funding to attend our programs – it could be the first step towards an unforgettable journey! 

Participant Eligibility Quiz
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Congratulations you are eligible!

Nice work! You are one step closer to joining us outdoors! The next step is to book an intake assessment. It is a simple meeting that takes around 1-hour.

Click here to book your intake assessment now!
Congratulations you are eligible!

Nice work! You are one step closer to joining us outdoors! The next step is to book an intake assessment. It is a simple meeting that takes around 1-hour.

Click here to book your intake assessment now!
Congratulations you are eligible!

Nice work! You are one step closer to joining us outdoors! The next step is to book an intake assessment. It is a simple meeting that takes around 1-hour.

Click here to book your intake assessment now!
Congratulations you are eligible!

Nice work! You are one step closer to joining us outdoors! The next step is to book an intake assessment. It is a simple meeting that takes around 1-hour.

Click here to book your intake assessment now!
Congratulations you are eligible!

Nice work! You are one step closer to joining us outdoors! The next step is to book an intake assessment. It is a simple meeting that takes around 1-hour.

Click here to book your intake assessment now!
Congratulations you are eligible!

Nice work! You are one step closer to joining us outdoors! The next step is to book an intake assessment. It is a simple meeting that takes around 1-hour.

Click here to book your intake assessment now!
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
Unfortunately, based on your answers you are not eligible for funding to come on our programs. You can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to discuss other options.
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Out Doors Inc. is supported by the Victorian Government.

About Out Doors Inc.

Out Doors Inc. is the leading provider of outdoor adventure and recreational programs for better mental health in Victoria. For over 35 years, we have been committed to improving mental health through nature-based programs.

As a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, we believe that spending time in nature can have a transformative effect on mental health and wellbeing. Our experienced and qualified Program Coordinators are dedicated to delivering a diverse range of programs designed to meet the unique needs and interests of our participants.

Our programs include bushwalking, bike riding, rafting, hiking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, abseiling, surfing, and creative programs such as bush art and music. These programs serve as a means of providing rehabilitation, skill development, and integration in the community.

Closer & more convenient: new Brimbank hub

Especially after two years of COVID lockdowns, we know there can be long wait times to access mental health support. That’s why we established a new hub in Brimbank – to connect people in Melbourne’s west with a new mental health service that’s accessible and inclusive.

The Brimbank hub gives you an easy and convenient way to access our range of outdoor mental health programs. You can speak with our friendly team in person, get more information, sign yourself up, or refer someone else. The hub also provides a convenient pick-up and drop-off location, making it easier than ever for participants to join us on programs.

Location: St Albans Community Centre (STACC)
33 Princess Street, St Albans VIC 3021
Opening hours: Every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm

Keen to get outdoors with us? Check your eligibility online or come visit us at the Brimbank hub.

Our Programs

From day trips to multi-day getaways, from leisurely explorations to exciting activities, all of our programs are designed to meet the specific needs of people at risk of or living with a mental health issue.

Our team works collaboratively with participants to ensure each program meets the goals of the group and each person’s needs. These programs are for you! So we want you to have a choice and a sense of ownership in how the programs happen.

Programs can take the form of day trips, overnight trips or multi-day trips. Some of the many activities to choose from include:

  • Bushwalking
  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Surfing
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Creative programs like bush art and drumming
  • and more

What Out Doors’ participants are saying

How do I get involved with Out Doors?

1. Find out if you’re eligible for funding.

Use our simple eligibility quiz to see if you qualify for NDIS or State Government funding.

2. Attend a New Participant Information Session (optional).

Book in for a New Participant Information Session to make sure Out Doors is the right service for you. Click here to see our upcoming information sessions. 

Please note, that this is optional. If you are comfortable with the information on the website, you can proceed directly to an intake assessment.

3. Book your free intake assessment.

A button will appear under the eligibility quiz if your answers indicate you are eligible for funding. Press the button and fill out the online form to complete your booking. Alternatively, you can call us on 03 9417 2111 or email us at indoors@outdoorsinc.org.au to book your intake assessment.

Intake assessments can be held online over a video call or in-person at our Brimbank and Kensington locations. Our team will be in touch to guide you through the process prior to your appointment.

4. Fill in and submit your Personal Information Form.

You will be sent an email with more information (including a Personal Information Form) once you book your intake assessment. It’s very important you fill in and return your Personal Information Form BEFORE your intake assessment, otherwise, we will need to reschedule your meeting.

5. Join us outdoors!

Go on your first Out Doors program. We can’t wait to have you join us.

Program Costs

Program costs are determined by which funding stream you are eligible for and which programs you’d like to take part in.

Carer Respite

Out Doors provides planned respite services to carers, giving them the opportunity to have a short break from their caring role.

The care recipient attends Out Doors programs and is supported to build positive social connections and access nature-based activities for better mental health.

During their time away with Out Doors, the carer can focus on their own health and wellbeing knowing the care recipient is engaging in activities that are challenging and fun and within a safe setting.