Hike your Gold 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 Gold 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: 4 Days/3 Nights
Available Dates: 2 – 5 October, 3 – 6 October 2020
Day 1: Katoomba Station to Ruined Castle Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.758771, 150.292804)
Distance: 14km. Grading: mostly easy, some hard.
The first part of this day is walking through Katoomba to reach the Three Sisters at Echo Point. From here we have an awesome view of the Jamison Valley that will be our home for the next four days. We’ll look at the Ruined Castle that will be tonight’s camp and Mt Solitary that we will traverse on Day 2. Descending The Giant Stairway behind the Three Sisters we’ll enter the valley itself and continue to our campsite. There is tank water (must be treated) and a composting toilet at this campsite.
Day 2: Ruined Castle to Kedumba River Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.801038, 150.364284)
Distance: 11km. Grading: hard.
Today is a short day in distance but involves steep ascents and descents as we traverse the full length of Mt Solitary. We will enjoy the breathtaking views from atop the mountain and descend into our riverside campsite where we can refill our water (water must be treated) and swim in the river. There are composting toilets at the campsite.
Day 3: Kedumba River to Leura Creek
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.749931, 150.329395)
Distance: 15km Grading: moderate, some hard.
We’ll make our way out of the Kedumba Valley towards the towering cliffs of Kings Tableland before turning back towards Katoomba. We’ll cut back cross the Jamison Valley via The Sublime Point Fire Trail and camp beside Leura Creek. We can refill our water (water must be treated) in the creek. There are no toilets at this campsite.
Day 4: Leura Creek to Katoomba Station
Distance: 8km Grading: easy, some hard.
All that is left to complete your journey through the Jamison Valley is to walk back up to the top! As steep climb in the morning followed by a leisurely stroll through Katoomba back to the station.
Supervisors are qualified in First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.
Katoomba NSW 2780
(GPS: -33.711864, 150.311328)
On the Katoomba (south) side of the station, just after exiting the pedestrian tunnel, are some shops with a covered area. The first shop on the right is Café Expresso, the next one is Aussie Tours Travel Centre. We will meet out the front of here.
Katoomba NSW 2780
(GPS: -33.711864, 150.311328)
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 1kg. 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 or tank water being available every day, but this is never certain. Water from creeks or tanks should be treated before drinking, see briefing notes for more details.
A creek crossing occurs on day 2 entering camp and you will get wet feet. 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.
Composting toilets are available at our campsites on the first and second nights. At all times toilet waste must be buried and you will need to bring a trowel for this purpose.appropriately 100m away from campsites or water sources on the last campsite or when hiking.
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.