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 2020:
- 27 – 30 September (FULL)
- 14 – 17 November
Day 1: Thornleigh Station to Tunks Ridge Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.678726, 151.081433)
Distance: 14km. Grading: moderate, some hard
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.
Day 2: Tunks Ridge Campsite Crosslands Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.625640, 151.113588)
Distance: 10km. Grading: moderate
We drop down into Galston Gorge where we can probably refill water (needs to be purified) before continuing onto Crosslands. Our campsite is a big grassy expanse on Berowra Creek with toilets, drinking water and fireplaces. Swimming is also permitted.
Day 3: Crosslands to Berowra Heights
(Turner Rd Campsite) (GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.593828,151.135238)
Distance: 10km. Grading: moderate, some hard.
We’ll refill water at camp in the morning and stop at Berowra Waters to refill water and use the toilets at lunch. The bush campsite is an hour or two past Berowra Waters after a steep up and down and does not have water. Participants will need to carry water for the afternoon and evening of Day 3 and the morning of Day 4. There are no toilets at this campsite and all waste needs to be buried. There is an option to continue to a campsite just short of Brooklyn, leaving a very short last day. This is a group decision made on the evening of Day 2.
Day 4: Berowra Heights to Brooklyn
Distance: 17km. Grading: hard.
This is the longest, steepest and hardest day. Drinking water is available at Cowan station an hour or two after leaving camp. There is a dam near Brooklyn where you can swim and refill water, if necessary. Water needs to be purified.
Supervisors are qualified in First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.
Thornleigh NSW 2120
GPS: -33.731714, 151.078044
There is a park on the western side of the station. We will meet in the park, under the trees.
Hawkesbury River Station
Brooklyn NSW 2083
GPS: -33.547045, 151.226343
Between 10am and 4pm, 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 Central.
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 and early morning Day 4. 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 and lunch on Day 3. 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.