This is a combined Practice and Qualifying journey for the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adventurous Journey.
The registration fee for your Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey includes:
- Two fully supervised hikes: Practice and Qualifying
- Group emergency communications
- Camping fees
- National park fees
- Access to required maps
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: 6 Days / 5 Nights
- 19 – 24 December 2020
Day 1: Wondabyne Station to Mt Wondabyne
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.496059, 151.274536)
Kariong Brook Falls offers a great spot to enjoy an Aussie bush waterhole, but as with all waterways, it’s at the bottom of a gully. Climbing the hill out of this will get the blood pumping.
We can either camp at Kariong Brook Falls or continue a bit further and camp beside Mt Wondabyne and enjoy 360° views of the sunset and sunrise; it’s up to you as a group. There is creek water a short distance past both campsites, but none at the actual campsites, so water will need to be collected and treated. There are no toilets and all waste needs to be buried.
Day 2: Mt Wondabyne to Brooklyn Dam
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.554702, 151.207155)
Exiting the bush at Patonga, we will catch the ferry across the Hawkesbury River from little Wobby to Brooklyn. Here we will be able to use the toilet and refill water.
Please bring $4.30 cash for the ferry, it does not accept Opal Card
There is a dam near the campsite where you can swim and refill water, if necessary. Water needs to be purified. There are no toilets at this campsite and all waste needs to be buried.
Day 3: Brooklyn Dam to Berowra Heights (Turner Rd Campsite)
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.593828,151.135238)
This is the longest, steepest and hardest day. Drinking water is available at Cowan station. Participants will need to completely refill to the full 4-litre capacity for the rest of the day, evening, and morning of Day 4. There are no toilets at this campsite and all waste needs to be buried.
Your practice journey ends here with an evening 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.
Day 1: Berowra Heights to Crosslands Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.625640, 151.113588)
Grading: moderate, some hard.
There is an approximately two-hour walk to Berowra Waters after a steep down and up. We will stop at Berowra Waters to refill water and use the toilets before continuing to Crosslands. Here will have access to toilets, drinking water, fireplaces (conditions permitting). Swimming is also permitted.
Day 2: Crosslands Campsite to Tunks Ridge Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.678726, 151.081433)
Leaving Crosslands we will need to ensure a full 4-litres of water is carried before moving into Galston Gorge, where we can probably refill water, but should not rely on this (water needs to be purified). There is no water or toilets at this campsite.
Day 3: Tunks Ridge Campsite to Thornleigh Station
GPS coordinates of Thornleigh Station: -33.731714, 151.078044
Grading: moderate, some hard
We will be able to get more water at the creek crossing at the bottom of the first descent out of camp (must be purified). There is a little bit of up and down today but nothing too difficult, including a detour around the shooting range at Hornsby. We will exit The Great North Walk onto the carpark at Thornleigh Station, where you can either be picked up, or catch a train home.
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.
Hawksbury River Train Station
Brooklyn NSW 2083
We will meet in the car park, under the trees. We will plot the exact route on your maps and then take the 9:49am train to Wondabyne Station, where your Adventurous Journey officially begins. Wondabyne Station is the only train station in Australia without road access.
Please have a topped-up Opal card ready for the train journey.
Thornleigh NSW 2120
GPS: -33.731714, 151.078044
Approx. 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 3, early 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.
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.