Silver Adventurous Journey Great North Walk
Difficulty: Grade 4
Estimated walking time: 18 hrs
Hike your Silver 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.
Station Street, Hornsby, NSW 2077
GPS: -33.703666, 151.097773
There is a grassy area just outside the western side of the station. We will meet here in fine weather. If it is raining please meet under the walkway that crosses the train line at the station, near the ticket windows.
Hawkesbury River Station
Dangar Road, Brooklyn, NSW 2083.
GPS -33.547045, 151.226343
Approx. 5 pm.
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 train times.
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 2-3 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.
Tap water is available once per day. We also anticipate creek water being available every day, but this is never certain. Creek water should be treated before drinking.
A creek crossing occurs every 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.
Flush toilets are available at the campsite on the first night and lunch on Day 2. At all 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: Wild Walks: Hornsby to Brooklyn.
Day 1: Hornsby Station to Crosslands Campsite
This is a long day, although not too difficult. We will stop for lunch at Galston Gorge, approximately half-way. Water can be refilled here when the creek is flowing but will need to be purified.
Crosslands is a grassy expanse on Berowra Creek with flushing toilets, drinking water and open fires allowed. Swimming is permitted on open-enrolment hikes, and we will follow school policy if your journey is being arranged through your school.
Day 2: Crosslands to Berowra Heights
Refill water in the morning. Lunch will be by the puny crossing at Berowra Waters, where there is fresh drinking water and toilets available. The bush campsite is several hours past Berowra Waters and does not have water at the site. Participants need to carry water for the afternoon and evening od Day 2, and the morning of Day 3. There are no toilets at the campsite and participants will need to bury their waste.
Day 3: Berowra Heights to Brooklyn
You will need to depart early to pace yourself for this day. Today will include steep climbs and a long (and gentle) downhill section. Drinking water is available at Cowan station an hour or two after leaving camp. There is a dam near Brooklyn where you can swim if you have the time, and refill water if necessary; water needs to be purified.
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 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.
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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.