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
- Access to required maps
- 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
- 20-23 December 2020
Day 1: Helensburgh to North Era
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -34.175981, 151.056915)
Distance: 10km. Grading: moderate, some hard.
Heading east from Helensburgh on the Burgh Track we’ll descend down into the Hacking River valley and back up the other side to Garawarra Ridge. We’ll enjoy ocean views on our way down the Burgh Ridge Track to our beachfront campsite at North Era, on the Coast Track. North Era has a composting toilets and spring water, which should be treated before drinking. Swimming is permitted at Era Beach, a short walk from North Era Beach.
Day 2: North Era to Kingfisher Pool
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -34.126277, 150.977828)
Distance: 23km. Grading: medium, some hard.
Starting north along the Coast Track we’ll pass Garie Beach and ascend Garie North Head before turning west across the Curra Moors. Crossing Sir Bertram Stevens Drive we’ll pick up the Wallumarra Track down to Bola Creek before crossing the Hacking River again and ascending the Couranga Track to Waterfall. We’ll continue through Waterfall on the Uloola Trail to Kingfisher Pool. Kingfisher Pool is a creek-side campsite with a composting toilet. Creek water should be treated. Swimming is permitted in Kingfisher Pool.
Day 3: Kingfisher Pool to Uloola Falls, via Heathcote
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -34.108451, 151.038503)
Distance: 14km. Grading: moderate, some medium.
The track heads northwest from our campsite and joins the Pipeline Track (management trail) at Battery Causeway. We’ll follow this to the Friendly Track that will take us to Heathcote. We’ll cross from Heathcote NP into Royal NP and continue via Karloo Pools to Uloola Falls. Uloola Falls has a composting toilets and creek water, which should be treated.
Day 4: Uloola Falls to Bundeena/Cronulla
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -34.108451, 151.038503)
Distance: 18km. Grading: moderate, some medium.
The Uloola Falls track heads north with views of the city skyline in the distance, before dropping down to cross the Hacking River for the last time at Audley. Continuing on the Winifred Falls Track en route to Maianbar we’ll reach our walking destination at Bundeena Ferry Wharf, where we’ll catch a ferry to Cronulla. Please bring money for the ferry ($3 – $4) it is not on Opal Card. Cronulla is at the southern end of the City/Bondi Junction train line.
Supervisors are qualified in First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.
LOT 1 Wilsons Creek Rd,
Helensburgh NSW 2508
GPS -34.177155, 150.994133
Please meet on the southern side of the station, under the stairs near the lifts and bike parking. If you are driving, there is parking on this southern side.
Cronulla Ferry Wharf
Tonkin St Cronulla NSW 2230
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 spring, creek or tank water being available every day, but this is never certain. Creek, tank and spring water should be treated before drinking, see briefing notes for more details. Tap water will be available at Waterfall on the afternoon of Day 2 and at Heathcote on the afternoon of Day 3.
Creek crossings occur every day and you may get wet feet on Day 1. 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 all nights and a flush toilet is available at Garie Beach on the morning of Day 2, Waterfall Station on the afternoon of Day 2 and Heathcote Station at midday on Day 3. 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.