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.
The registration fee for your Bronze Adventurous Journey includes:
- Fully supervised hike
- Pre-trip virtual briefing
- Access to 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: 2 Days/1 Night
Day 1: Hornsby Station to Crosslands Campsite
(GPS coordinates of campsite: -33.625684, 151.113721)
Distance: 16km. Grading: easy to moderate, some hard
This is a long day, although not too difficult. We will stop for lunch at Galston Gorge, approximately half way. Water can be refilled here when the creek is flowing, but will need to be purified.
Crosslands is a grassy expanse on Berowra Creek with flushing toilets, drinking water and open fires allowed. Swimming is permitted on open hikes. (School policy applies on school specific hikes).
Day 2: Crosslands to Mt Ku-ring-gai
Distance: 6km. Grading: easy to moderate, some hard
We won’t rush to leave in the morning after the long first day. We’ll refill water in the morning and walk to Mt Ku-ring-gai Station up the Lyrebird Gully Track.
Supervisors are qualified in First Aid, have Working with Children clearance and carry emergency communication equipment.
Station St Hornsby NSW 2077
GPS: -33.703666, 151.097773
There is a grassy area just outside the western side of the station. We will meet here in fine weather. If it is raining please meet under the walkway that crosses the train line at the station, near the ticket windows.
Mount Kuring-Gai Station
Pacific Hwy Mount Kuring-Gai, NSW 2080.
GPS -33.653543, 151.136920
Approx. 1 pm.
We have designed this route to allow for easy public transport usage if required. Check https://transportnsw.info/ for train times to Sydney Central.
If your parents are collecting you, please ask them to be punctual. You will be able to contact them if we are going to arrive a long way ahead or behind schedule.
We recommend drinking a minimum of 2 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.
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.
A creek crossing occurs on the first day but the water level should be low enough to keep your feet dry. 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.
Flush toilets are available at our campsite on the first night. 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.