Throughout our Urban Challenge and the Urban Odyssey programs, participants are involved in a variety of urban-flavoured activities and may stay at an array of different hostels and group accommodations in and around Sydney.

We are proud supporters of these accommodation and activity providers, as well as the many other Sydney businesses we interact with daily during the program.

Please see below for more information on some of our regular partners.

Youth Hostels Australia

Residential participants may stay in a YHA Hostel during the program. Our relationship with YHA is very strong and we particularly love using the accredited hostels from The Rocks, Sydney Central, Railway Square, Collaroy and Bondi Beach.


Manly Surf School

One of our first partners, Manly Surf School has been a part of The Urban Challenge from the beginning. Students may enjoy surfing, body boarding or paddle boarding at the iconic Manly Beach, at Long Reef Beach or on Narrabeen Lakes.


Escape Hunt

Both new to Sydney and new to The Urban Challenge, we are excited to have the Escape Hunt involved with our program, adding another exciting level of thrill and challenge. It really is the ultimate live escape game.


Dance Central Sydney

A dance-off challenge can only be executed well when instructed by the best. The dance teachers from Dance Central bring a variety of dance styles to our challenge, allowing uniquely styled dance battles to occur involving all members of the team! Watch out public, did anyone say "Flash Mob"?!


Yoga By The Sea

Blissing out to the ocean and overlooking Bondi Beach, teams enjoy yoga and pilates classes with whales in the background. The teachers at Yoga by the Sea have been working with us for many years to create a quiet moment for our teams to relax, re-centre and refocus during a busy program.


Camp Somerset

The Urban Challenge's sister company, Camp Somerset, has been operating outdoor education in Sydney for over 30 years. The Urban Challenge complements the traditional programs at Somerset and often students will attend programs with both companies throughout their schooling years.


Oasis Youth Network

Learning about service is a valuable part of growing up. Participating in activities aimed at serving others is essential to understand the diversity and complexities of life across all walks. Oasis Youth Network allows our participants the opportunity to get a snapshot of what life can be like for their peers.


Leaps & Bounds Ahead

The ultimate sport to incorporate a large team in a physical endurance challenge. Teams of up to 20 are all working in unison to propel the boat faster than the one next to them. The educational background that the staff at Leaps & Bounds Ahead come from, complements and broadens the learnings in our program.



Our fast paced, dynamic program has become easier with the introduction of the Opal cards for travel around Sydney. The new ticketing system allows our teams' travel costs to be kept to a minimum, allowing for unlimited travel on buses, trains, light rail and ferries. There really is no place our teams can't go now!