Silver Adventurous Journey
Roseville to Brooklyn
Great North Walk

Double Silver Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey - Roseville to Brooklyn
This is a 5-day combined Practice and Qualifying Silver Adventurous Journey. You must have your Award Leader's approval to do this journey before you enrol.

Practice: 2-days / 1-night with 1-night reflection time.
Qualifier: 3-days / 2-nights.
Dates
11 Apr 2022 to 15 Apr 2022
4 Jul 2022 to 8 Jul 2022
11 Jul 2022 to 15 Jul 2022
26 Sep 2022 to 30 Sep 2022
3 Oct 2022 to 7 Oct 2022
Price $675.00 p/p
Ages 15 - 24
Region Great North Walk, Sydney, nsw
Essentials
Detailed Information

This Double Silver Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey completes both your Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journeys over 5 days, 4 nights.

Due to the challenges we’re all facing with COVID-19, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has deemed a Silver Practice Journey may be undertaken over 2 days/1 night if according to your Award Leader, all these criteria are met:

  • Demonstrated competence 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 (us)
  • 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.
 
SUPERVISORS:

Supervisors are qualified in Outdoor Recreation/Leadership, First-Aid, have Working have Children Check and carry first aid and emergency communication equipment.

MEETING PLACE:

Roseville Station
Hill Street, Roseville NSW 2069

MEETING TIME DAY 1:

9:00am

END POINT:

Hawkesbury River Station
Dangar Road, Brooklyn, NSW 2083.
GPS -33.547045, 151.226343

END TIME:

Approx. 5 pm.

GETTING TO AND FROM YOUR JOURNEY:

We have designed this route to allow for easy public transport usage as required. Check https://transportnsw.info/ for available times.

DRINKING WATER:

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.

Tap water is sometimes available at camp on Day 2, lunch on Day 3early morning Days 4 and 5. We anticipate creek or dam water being available every day, but this is never certain. Water from creeks or dams needs to be treated before drinking.

CREEK CROSSINGS:

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

TOILETS:

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

Itinerary

Practice Journey

Day 1: Roseville Station to The Jungo Campsite

Heading west from the station, we will enter Lane Cove National Park and join onto the Great North Walk at Lane Cove River. Passing sandstone overhang caves along Lane Cove Valley, and Brown’s waterhole (a nice place for lunch), we will cross over Thornleigh Train Station to reach the campsite. There is often creek water available that must be treated, but no toilet facilities so all waste will need to be buried. 

Day 2: The Jungo to Tunks Ridge Campsite  

This is a relatively short day. 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.

Your reduced Practice Journey ends here with a period of reflection. You can implement learnings from your practice journey into your qualifying journey and demonstrate the required competencies as outlined in your handbook. 

Qualifying Journey

Day 1: Tunks Ridge Campsite to Crosslands Campsite

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

Participants can be picked up from here if they decide they are unable to complete the Qualifying Journey, but please note the site gates close at 5pm each night (7:30pm during daylight savings). If you choose to exit at this point, then you can still count a regular 3-day Practice Journey in your ORB. 

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.

What to bring

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”.

Safety

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.

FAQs

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”.

https://foodsafety.asn.au/food-safety-on-the-move/

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.

Scholarship

We want as many people as possible to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. 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.

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