Bronze Adventurous Journey Royal National Park
The Coast Track - Otford to Bundeena
Distance: 27.4 km
Difficulty: Grade 4
Estimated walking time: 10hrs 40mins
Hike your Bronze Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey with Outward Bound Australia to achieve your goals! All dates are suitable for Practice or Qualifying participants.
Supervisors are qualified in Outdoor Recreation/Leadership, First-Aid, have Working have Children Check and carry first aid and emergency communication equipment.
Lady Carrington Road, Otford, NSW 2508
We will meet under the ticket office shelter, near the commuter car park.
Bundeena Ferry Wharf
Bundeena, NSW 2230.
Approx. 4 pm.
GETTING TO AND FROM YOUR JOURNEY:
We have designed this route to allow for easy public transport usage if required.
- Check Otford Station | transportnsw.info for train times.
- See https://cronullaferries.com.au/ for ferry timetable between Bundeena and Cronulla
If someone is driving you, please ask them to be punctual. You will be able to contact them if we are going to arrive a long way ahead or behind schedule.
We recommend drinking a minimum of 2-litres of water per day plus carrying an extra 1-litre to cook with at night. 1-litre of water weighs 1 kg. Please keep this in mind when packing. After the first day you should adjust this up or down depending on your water intake.
We anticipate creek and tank water to be available on both days, but this is never certain. All collected water should be treated before drinking.
A creek crossing occurs on the second day and you may get wet. We do not anticipate high water on this hike but will keep you informed leading up to your journey and your Supervisor will make decisions on creek crossings in the field.
Toilets are available at our campsite on the first night. At all other times toilet waste must be buried and you will need to bring a trowel for this purpose.
Detailed information about this route can be found here: The Coast Track (Otford to Bundeena) walking track (wildwalks.com)
Day 1: Otford Station to North Era Campsite
From the station, we will follow signs to Royal National Park, and then Otford Lookout. Entering onto the top of the cliff, we begin the official entry onto The Coast Track, following signposts for North Era.
We will walk through the Palm Jungle, where we will need to keep a watch out for leeches if the weather is humid. In low tide and low swell, you may have the option to view the Figure Eight Pools (no swimming permitted here), otherwise you will continue onto South Era Beach, before reaching North Era campground.
In good conditions, swimming is permitted on open-enrolment hikes, and we will follow school policy if your journey is being arranged through your school.
Day 2: North Era to Bundeena Ferry Wharf
This is a much bigger day, with an estimated 7-hours of walking expected. If you can arrange to depart early in the morning you will have more time to enjoy the views and perhaps even a mid-journey swim.
From North Era you will continue north to Garie Beach, and then Eagle Rock Lookout (the rocky outcrop looks like an eagle’s head when viewed from the right angle). You’ll then continue to Wattamolla picnic area, which is an ideal location for lunch as you can swim and access flush toilets (no drinking water available; this will need to be collected and treated from creeks along your journey). Alternatively, you can have lunch a little further on a Wattamolla Dam, which is a on The Coast Track, but a little more secluded.
To finish off, you will walk along a series of small beaches before heading over a couple of long hills, before getting to the high point of Bundeena Lookout, where you will be able to look back over where you came, before taking the final 45-minute journey to Bundeena Ferry Wharf.
Your journey officially ends here. You can get picked up by car, or catch the ferry to Cronulla.
Please click the image below to see your recommended kit list. Outward Bound Australia does not provide food or equipment for Adventurous Journeys, so you will need to source all items. We have partnered with CampList, from whom you can hire and/or purchase many of the items on the list. To see what is available, go to www.camplist.com.au and in the central search bar, type “Outward Bound Australia”.
Outward Bound is the world leader in outdoor education. This global presence has enabled us to develop the most comprehensive Safety and Risk Management Policies and Procedures.
We balance risk, reward and responsibility as core tenets of our mission. Our programs are facilitated and supported by a network of qualified, highly trained and experienced instructors, with a clear understanding of this risk/reward balance.
Safety first, always.
We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have over the phone (1800 267 999). Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Where can I obtain the items on the packing list?
Outdoor pursuits stores will have the majority of the items listed in the kit list. If you ask your family and friends, you may find that people you know already have these items that you can borrow. Outward Bound Australia have also partnered with CampList, which offers a hire/purchase service.
Where am I sleeping?
You will sleep in national park campsites. It is a Duke of Ed requirement that you carry your own gear. You will be sleeping in the tent or shelter you provide.
What food shall I bring?
Our Adventurous Journeys are hiking expeditions and require more fat and sugar than a normal diet.
Avoid heavy items such as canned food, glass bottles, and jars as they break. No nuts please.
Do bring: Light weight, highly nutritious and tasty food covering all meals, including snacks for your whole adventurous journey.
Check out the Food Safety Information Council for advice on appropriate foods. Scroll down to the section titled “Camping and bushwalking”.
Can I bring technology on program?
An Outward Bound program is your opportunity to ‘disconnect to reconnect’. However we do not take your phone from your for a Duke of Ed program. You can use your phone to take photos (for your report) and we can not prevent you from looking at your phone in your tent at night. You will not be permitted to listen to music or talk on your phone during the journey.
Do I have to wear hiking boots?
We recommend hiking boots for all our programs. If you are unable to source these, you will need to find a suitable pair of lace-up, fully enclosed footwear, that has a rigid sole and provides ankle stability.
Do I have to bring the wet weather clothing?
We use the rain jacket and waterproof overpants as a heat-trapping layer in the evenings, just as much as a waterproof cover in the case of rain. For the majority of situations, we continue with the journey when it is raining, and so very strongly encourage participants to provide these items
Do I have to bring the thermals?
For journeys running May – September, yes you do need to bring the thermal top and bottom to program. For programs running at other times, you can choose if you want to bring these or not. Overall, we recommend bringing thermals for any time of year, as they can act as a lightweight jumper in the evenings, or as a pair of pyjamas (which are not a part of our packing list).
How fit do I need to be?
Your Outward Bound Duke of Ed Journey is an expedition in the natural environment. You need to feel confident enough to manage carrying an approx. 15kg hiking backpack, and walking on uneven ground for 10-20km every day of your journey in a variety of weather conditions. The more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy it!
Do participants come with friends, or as individuals?
Most participants arrive on their own, and depart with a set of new friends.
What are the toilet facilities?
This is dependent on the campsites available along your journey. Some locations have access to regular public toilets. At other times you will be required to dig a small personal hole, and you will need to provide a hand trowel for this purpose.
What happens if I need to depart my journey early?
If you need to leave your journey for an unforeseen reason, such as injury, we will arrange with your emergency contact to come and get you from an accessible location. You will need to inform your Award Leader that you have left your Adventurous Journey, and you will need to arrange to re-attempt your journey at another time.
We want as many people as possible to experience the advantage of a wilderness program in Australia. Through our charity arm, the Australian Outward Bound Development Fund, we can offer financial scholarship opportunities to those participants who would otherwise not be able to afford to come on a program.
To apply for a scholarship please go to our Scholarship Application Form.