Duke of Ed, Bronze (Double): Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains

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Ages 16 - 25
Region Blue Mountains, nsw
Detailed Information

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 First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.

Katoomba Station
Goldsmith Place
Katoomba NSW 2780
(GPS: -33.711864, 150.311328)

On the Katoomba (south) side of the station, just after exiting the pedestrian tunnel, are some shops with a covered area. The first shop on the right is Café Expresso, the next one is Aussie Tours Travel Centre. We will meet out the front of here.


Katoomba Station
Goldsmith Place
Katoomba NSW 2780
(GPS: -33.711864, 150.311328)
END TIME: Approx. 2:30pm


Practice Journey

Day 1: Katoomba Station to Ruined Castle Campsite

(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.758771, 150.292804)
Distance: 14km.
Grading: mostly easy, some hard.

The first part of this day is walking through Katoomba to reach the Three Sisters at Echo Point. From here we have an awesome view of the Jamison Valley that will be our home for the next four days. We’ll look at the Ruined Castle that will be tonight’s camp and Mt Solitary that we will traverse on Day 2. Descending The Giant Stairway behind the Three Sisters we’ll enter the valley itself and continue to our campsite. There is tank water (must be treated) and a composting toilet at this campsite.

Day 2: Ruined Castle to Kedumba River Campsite

(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.801038, 150.364284)
Distance: 11km.
Grading: hard.

Today is a short day in distance but involves steep ascents and descents as we traverse the full length of Mt Solitary. We will enjoy the breathtaking views from atop the mountain and descend into our riverside campsite where we can refill our water (water must be treated) and swim in the river. There are composting toilets at the campsite.
Your practice journey ends here with an evening of reflection. You can implement learnings from your practice journey into your qualifying journey to demonstrate the required competencies as outlined in your handbook.

Qualifying Journey

Day 1: Kedumba River to Leura Creek

(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.749931, 150.329395)
Distance: 15km
Grading: moderate, some hard.

We’ll make our way out of the Kedumba Valley towards the towering cliffs of Kings Tableland before turning back towards Katoomba. We’ll cut back cross the Jamison Valley via The Sublime Point Fire Trail and camp beside Leura Creek. We can refill our water (water must be treated) in the creek. There are no toilets at this campsite.

Day 2: Leura Creek to Katoomba Station

Distance: 8km
Grading: easy, some hard.

All that is left to complete your journey through the Jamison Valley is to walk back up to the top! As steep climb in the morning followed by a leisurely stroll through Katoomba back to the station.

What to bring

The registration fee for your Bronze Adventurous Journey includes:

  • Fully supervised hike
  • Pre-trip virtual briefing
  • Access to maps
  • Group emergency communications
  • Camping fees
  • National Park fees

You need to bring all the gear you require for the entire journey. The registration fee for your journey DOES NOT include:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Stove and food
  • Backpack
  • Compass
  • Other personal items


We have designed this route to allow for easy public transport usage if required. Check https://transportnsw.info/ for train times to Sydney Central.

If your parents are collecting 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 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.

Tap water is available on both days and we can refill from a creek in the middle of Day 1. Creek water should be treated before drinking.


A creek crossing occurs on the first day but the water level should be low enough to keep your feet dry. We do not anticipate high water on this hike but will keep you informed leading up to your journey and your hiking supervisors will make decisions on creek crossings in the field.


Flush 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.

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