Shire of Harvey Leeuwin Scholarships

The 30th anniversary of the Leeuwin Voyages are about to take place! 

In 2019, the 30th anniversary of the Shire’s sponsorship, six students applied and were selected to participate.

Since 1989 The Shire of Harvey has subsidised students between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five to participate in the Leeuwin Sail Training Program, by way of an annual financial contribution and staffing resources to coordinate the program.  The program is also sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Harvey, Brunswick Junction and Australind and the Rotary Club of Harvey. This support from the Shire and the service clubs allows young people who live in the Shire to apply to go on a subsidised voyage on the Leeuwin.

The Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyage is a week-long voyage for people aged 14-25 with a sense of adventure. Lifelong friendships are forged as participants work, learn and have an enormous amount of fun together.

The Captain will head out of the harbour and pick the best direction for sailing due to wind and weather conditions and family and friends can track the ship’s position and follow along at home.

The Leeuwin is a working ship, so during the voyage everyone participants in a whole heap of activities, including:

  • Setting and furling the sails
  • Climbing the masts and working aloft
  • Standing watch while sailing through the night
  • Weather conditions, watch roster and ship positioning affects the schedule so there is never a dull moment.

On the last full day of the voyage, the participants nominate a relief ship’s crew from within their teams considering who has shown leadership, team management skills and capability.

Would you like to take part next year?

Leeuwin Scholarship participants

 The mission of the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation is to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community, through the unique medium of a tall sailing ship.

Which voyage should I apply for?

The Youth Explorer Voyages are designed for young people aged 15 – 25. A Youth Explorer Voyage takes you onto the Indian Ocean for 6 nights and 7 days, together with up to 40 trainees and 15 crew. You will be involved in all ship operations from steering the ship, setting and furling the sails, climbing the mast, cleaning the ship and standing watch through the night. More information about the Youth Explorer Voyages is available on the Leeuwin website at

The Ultimate Challenge Voyage takes up to 24 young people with physical, intellectual and sensory limitations and 16 (18+ years) to sail equally as support participants, also providing support and assistance when required.  Preference is given to those in the 14-25 age group; however, older applicants are still encouraged to apply.


  • The ability to build their work-ready skills and add to their resume. Communication, leadership, teamwork and collaboration are just a few of the skills employers are looking for.
  • A safe and trusted program which has run for over 30 years.
  • Voyage participants are able to learn things they wouldn’t normally in the classroom or workplace through experiential learning.
  • The opportunity to earn WACE POINTS.
  • Ability to complete the Adventurous or Residential Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
  • The opportunity to earn the Outdoor Adventurous Activity or Pursuit for Venturer Scouts doing the Queen’s Scout Award.
  • An invitation to return as a Leeuwin volunteer.
  • The chance to explore an interest in a Maritime or Marine Career.
  • The ability to make friends outside regular school, university, workplace or sporting groups.
  • Proven to improve social confidence for their future

 For further information, please contact Stella Johnson– Community Development Officer on (08) 9729 0308 or email: