Duke of Ed, Gold: Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk

Duke of Ed, Gold: Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk, NSW
Double Gold Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey - Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk
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Region Thornleigh to Brooklyn, nsw
Detailed Information
Please note this style of Adventurous Journey will no longer be offered after 31 July 2021, in line with the ending of the temporary changes implemented to support Participants during COVID restrictions.

This Double Gold Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey completes both your practice and qualifying journeys over 6 days, 5 nights.

That’s right, due to the challenges we’re all facing with COVID-19, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has deemed a Gold Practice Journey may be undertaken over 1 night 2 days if all these criteria are met:

  • Demonstrated competence by the group in the mode of travel and the environment (location) and conditions (time of year)
  • Demonstrated overnight simple self-catering/camping experience
  • Demonstrated positive team dynamics
  • Agreed to by the Adventurous Journey Assessor
  • Approved by the Award Leader IN ADVANCE. This is very important! Your Award Leader might like to read this information on the Duke of Ed Australia website before approving your journey.

Download the Itinerary for more information.

The registration fee for your Gold Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey includes:

  • Two fully supervised hikes: Practice and Qualifying
  • Maps for use during the hike
  • Group emergency communications
  • Camping fees
  • National park fees

Please bring $4.30 in cash for the ferry. It does not accept Opal Card.


Supervisors are qualified in First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment. They all adhere to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Volunteer Code of Conduct.


Thornleigh Station 
The Esplanade 
Thornleigh NSW 2120 
GPS: -33.731714, 151.078044  

There is a park on the western side of the station. We will meet in the park, under the trees. 




Wondabyne Station 
Wondabyne is the only train station in Australia that does not have road access.
GPS: -33.492224, 151.256939 


Between 12pm and 2pm, depending on group decisions  


We recommend you use public transport to travel to and from your adventurous journey. We have designed this route specifically for this purpose. Check https://transportnsw.info/ for train times to Sydney or Central Coast and Newcastle. 


We recommend drinking 3 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. You can adjust this after the first day depending on your water intake. Tap water is available at camp on Day 2, lunch on Day 3early morning Days 4 and 5 (Day 3 of qualifying). We anticipate creek or dam water being available every day, but this is never certain. Water from creeks or dams needs to be treated.  


Creek crossings occur every day but the water level should be low enough to keep your feet dry. Supervisors will make decisions on creek crossings in the field. 


Flush toilets are available at our campsite on the second night, lunch on Day 3 and the morning of Day 5 (Day 3 of qualifying). At all other times toilet waste must be buried and you will need to bring a trowel for this purpose. 


Day 1: Thornleigh Station to Tunks Ridge Campsite

(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.678726, 151.081433)
Distance: 14km.
Grading: moderate, some hard

There is a little bit of up and down today but nothing too difficult, including a detour around the shooting range at Hornsby. There is no water at the campsite so you will need to carry it all day or refill at the creek crossing before the last climb. Water needs to be purified. There are no toilets at this campsite and all waste needs to be buried.

Day 2: Tunks Ridge Campsite Crosslands Campsite

(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.625640, 151.113588)
Distance: 10km.
Grading: moderate

We drop down into Galston Gorge where we can probably refill water (needs to be purified) before continuing onto Crosslands. Our campsite is a big grassy expanse on Berowra Creek with toilets, drinking water and fireplaces. Swimming is also permitted.

Day 3: Crosslands to Berowra Heights

(Turner Rd Campsite) (GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.593828,151.135238)

Distance: 10km.
Grading: moderate, some hard.

We’ll refill water at camp in the morning and stop at Berowra Waters to refill water and use the toilets at lunch. The bush campsite is an hour or two past Berowra Waters after a steep up and down and does not have water. Participants will need to carry water for the afternoon and evening of Day 3 and the morning of Day 4. There are no toilets at this campsite and all waste needs to be buried. There is an option to continue to a campsite just short of Brooklyn, leaving a very short last day. This is a group decision made on the evening of Day 2.

Day 4: Berowra Heights to Brooklyn

Distance: 17km.
Grading: hard.

This is the longest, steepest and hardest day. Drinking water is available at Cowan station an hour or two after leaving camp. There is a dam near Brooklyn where you can swim and refill water, if necessary. Water needs to be purified.

What to bring

You need to bring all the food and 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
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