Gold Adventurous Journey Great North Walk
Difficulty: Grade 4
Estimated walking time: 25 hrs
Hike your Gold Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey with Outward Bound Australia to achieve your goals!
Supervisors are qualified in Outdoor Recreation/Leadership, First-Aid, have Working have Children Check and carry first aid and emergency communication equipment.
Patonga Drive, Patonga NSW 2256
GPS: -33.550499, 151.274564
Meet on the eastern side of the carpark, near the beach.
MEETING TIME DAY 1:
Pacific Highway, Tuggerah, NSW 2259
GPS: -33.306982, 151.420198
Yarramalong has no public transport option. To assist with easy homeward travel after your journey, a charter service will transport everyone from Yarramalong Store to Tuggerah Train Station.
END TIME DAY 4:
GETTING TO AND FROM YOUR JOURNEY:
We have designed this route to allow for easy public transport usage if required. Check https://transportnsw.info/ for available times. You can also catch a ferry between Palm Beach and Patonga Wharf; see information for Palm Beach River Cruises.
If someone is 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 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.
There is no water available along the track or at the campsite on the first day, and you should carry enough water to manage all of Day 1 and the first 2-hours of Day 2.
Creek water is available on Day 2 and Day 3, and tank water is available of Day 4. Creek and tank water should be treated before drinking.
Water at the campsite on Day 2 is salty and unsuitable for drinking.
Creek crossings occur each 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 Supervisor will make decisions on creek crossings in the field.
There are no toilets at the campsites for this journey. All toilet waste must be buried and you will need to bring a trowel for this purpose.
There is a toilet near Somersby General Store, which we will pass on Day 3. You may also wish to bring some money to purchase a treat as part of your journey.
Detailed information about this route can be found here:
Day 1: Patonga Wharf to Mt. Wondabyne Campsite
A lot of this first day is easy walking on fire trails, with a few short uphill sections. There are good viewpoints and photo opportunities at Broken Bay View and Warrah Lookout.
Day 2: Mt. Wondabyne Campsite to Mooney Mooney Creek
Start your day with an ascent of Mt. Wondabyne, one of the most prominent peaks in Brisbane Water National Park. It’s a spectacular view for a sunrise if you’re willing to get up early. Begin your descent and continue on to Kariong Brook Falls, which is a good place to stop for your morning tea. You will have to navigate a hard section of track to reach the Phil Houghton Bridge suspended over Piles Creek. The bridge can hold up to 8 people.
Mooney Mooney Creek campsite has a firepit. The water here is salty and therefore undrinkable. Be sure to have filled your water at one of the creeks before arriving to camp.
Day 3: Mooney Mooney Creek to Stringy Bark Point
Walk past Lower Mooney Dam and the old quarry through a variety of landscapes on your way to lunch at Somersby Store. Bring money to buy a treat. There is a basic toilet block across from the store. Cross Peats Ridge Road, being alert for traffic, before continuing on to your campsite at Stringy Bark Point. Water is usually available from the creek running by the campsite but must be treated before drinking.
Day 4: Stringy Bark Point to Yarramalong General Store
Your final day has a few hard up-and-down-hill sections. Archers Campsite is a suitable place to have a morning tea break, and has tank water available (as always, treat before drinking). Finally, continue the final leg of your journey to reach Yarramalong General Store. Again, bring some money with you for a well deserved treat after all your hard work.
A charter service will pick us up from Yarramalong General Store at 3:30pm, and we should reach Tuggerah Station just before 4:00pm.
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”.
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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.