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. They are not exclusive.
The registration fee for your Silver Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey includes:
- Fully supervised hike
- Pre-trip virtual briefing
- Private Facebook group to ‘meet’ other participants
- Maps & compass for use during the hike – and instruction how to use them
- 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:
- Sleeping bag and mat
- Stove and food
- Other personal items
Length: 2 Days/1 Night
Available Dates: Currently Unavailable
Day 1: Otford to Wattamolla
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -34.138719, 151.117567)
Distance: 14km. Grading: moderate, some hard.
Walking along Royal National Park’s stunning Coast Track we’ll have views, views and more views… and a couple of hills. We’ll stop for lunch at Garie Beach where flush toilets and tank water are available. Tank water will need to be purified. From lunch we’ll climb some more steep hills to reach our campsite at mid afternoon. The campsite at Wattamolla is a grassy expanse by the ocean with flushing toilets and tank water, which will need to be purified. Swimming is permitted in the lagoon at Wattamolla.
Day 2: Wattamolla to Bundeena
Distance: 13km. Grading: moderate.
Another day of sweeping ocean views without the hills today. Refill tank water at camp in the morning and detour inland for a short distance before following the coast north to Bundeena. Some sandy sections again but mostly walking on sandstone cliffs and dirt track.
Supervisors are qualified in First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.
Otford NSW 2508
GPS: -34.211429, 151.010652.
Bundeena Ferry Wharf
Bundeena NSW 2230
GPS: -34.081839, 151.152593
Approx. 2 pm.
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 Central.
If your parents are collecting you, please ask them to be punctual. You can contact them on the guide’s mobile if we are going to arrive a long way ahead or behind schedule.
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. After the first day you should adjust this up or down depending on your water intake.
We anticipate creek and tank water being available every day, but this is never certain. Creek and tank water should be treated before drinking, see briefing notes for more details.
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, see briefing notes for more details.
A creek crossings occurs on Day 2 you may get wet. 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.
A flush toilet is available at lunch on Day 1 and our campsite on Night 1. At all other times toilet waste must be buried and you will need to bring a trowel for this purpose.
How to pack a pack
Why Outward Bound
Outward Bound is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, there is an Outward Bound program that is right for you.
Outward Bound exists to empower people to discover, develop and achieve their full potential as individuals and future leaders.
Outward Bound empowers school students, communities and young professionals to reach beyond their limits through exhilarating outdoor education programs that take participants to a place apart and challenge them to reach their full potential. They return with a new outlook on life and the world. Over 350,000 Australians (school students, professionals, community partners and individuals) have completed a challenging outdoor program in stunning locations across Australia since 1956.
In harnessing people’s strengths, we aim to develop the most positive elements of the human character consistent with our core values of integrity, responsibility, resilience, compassion, service and human potential.
At Outward Bound we take safety seriously
We endeavour to provide a safe but challenging environment for our participants. We believe that people grow and learn by taking a controlled level of risk in the outdoor learning environment.
As leaders in the Outdoor education field, we have developed, over 60 years, a comprehensive risk management system. This includes:
- Policies and procedures for the safe running and management of programs in line with the Australian Adventure Activity standards.
- Conducting annual internal audits, bi annual external audits, staff appraisals, staff training and bi monthly safety reviews.
- A comprehensive incident and near miss database (one of the best in the business) which allows us to track trends and work towards reducing the likelihood of accidents. This is greatly assisted by each participant completing a thorough medical & dietary form, before they arrive.
- A coordinated risk management plan that includes hiring procedures, written field operational standards and guidelines, operational training, program structure, reflection, evaluation and organizational culture.
- A dedicated manager responsible for Health, Safety and Risk.
Our safety record is extremely good, and we expect this will remain so due to robust policies, responsible management and continuous improvement.