This private Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey runs Sunday 6 – Friday 11 December 2020 (6-days / 5-nights), and will meet the criteria for:
- Double Gold (Practice and Qualifier – there are provisions from Duke of Ed Australia until December 31 2020 to do a reduced Practice of 2-days, and a standard Qualifier of 4-days.)
- Please note, you must have your Award Leader’s approval to do this.
- Double Silver (Practice and Qualifier – total 6-days)
If you require a shorter journey, for any of the three levels, please contact Caroline Bowman at Outward Bound Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0448 238 930.
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
Location: Blue Mountains NSW
Day 1: Jenolan Caves House to Black Range Campsite
Grading: Easy to Moderate
Start with a brisk uphill stair climb before catching your breath at the Carlotta Arch lookout. Continue heading uphill out of the valley before the path flattens out at the top of the ridgeline. There are a few up and down sections today, but nothing difficult. This is a well maintained campsite including picnic tables, toilets and a rainwater tank (must be treated before drinking). No camp fires are permitted here.
Day 2: Black Range Campsite to Cox’s River Campsite
Walk approximately 100m from the campsite to pick up the ‘Six Foot Track’ markers. Follow paralel to the powerlines uphill. Pass a stockyard, the turn steeply right around a spur, before heading downhill, passing through two minor creeks. Continue parallel with the creek until you head gently downhill to the night’s campsite. Cox’s River Campsite provides a shelter, water (rain tank or creek – treat before drinking either), picnic tables, toilet and a flat grassed camping area with excellent access to the river.
Day 3: Cox’s River Campsite to Old Ford Reserve
Grading: Moderate, some hard.
Follow the clear track towards Six Foot Track Lodge, situated above the flats of the Cox’s River. Continue past the timber path for 70m, and through a gate with a Welcome sign. After another 130m the tracks bends right and heads down some timber steps. You will then climb up another series of timber steps, crossing a few small gullies along the way. When you reach the top-most of these steps you will be at Bowtells Swing Bridge. This is a lovely spot for lunch and some fun photos.
Bowtells Swing Bridge is suspended over the Cox’s River and spans 100 metres. Only one person may be on the bridge at any time. The bridge can sway a fair bit, which some people may find challenging.
Once everyone is across, head along the hillside into a pleasant, lush gully, then head up another set of timber steps for just under 1km. The track will start to get thinner and you will start to be walking through bush paddocks. Leave all gates as you find them, remembering to close any gate that you must open to get through. Keep an eye out for bulky metal stiles to help you climb over fences. You must use these where present, rather than “jumping the fence”. Pass the Megalong Cemetery before reaching a large sheltered Six Foot Track Information sign; this meets with Megalong Road. Walk 500m north to reach Old Ford Reserve. There is access to creek water, which must be treated before drinking, and a toilet.
Day 4: Old Ford Reserve to Leura Creek
Grading: Moderate, some hard
The next part of the Six Foot Track passes through private property, so ensure to keep the track and use the stiles where present. Cross a small creek before entering a gently undulating scribbly gum forest for 500m. Pass the historic Megalong Village, marked by a small bronze sign, before crossing Diamond Creek and joining the Nellies Glen trail. Soon you will be walking steeply uphill for about 300m, where there is the option to take a side trip to Norths Lookout. Reach the Explorer’s Tree, and you have officially completed the Six Foot Track. Congratulations!
Head east and continue towards Katoomba. Walk the steep downhill main street to reach the Three Sisters and Echo Point. We will join 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 5: Leura Creek to Kedumba River Campsite
Grading: Moderate, some hard
We’ll make our way into the Kedumba Valley, with views of the towering cliffs of Kings Tableland. 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 6: Kedumba River Campsite to Wentworth Falls Station
Our last day is highlighted by a morning climb out of the valley through the Kedumba Walls to Kings Tableland. Crossing Jamison Creek before it plunges over Wentworth Falls into the valley below we’ll enjoy one last view from the lookout before heading up to the station.
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.
Jenolan Caves House
4655 Jenolan Caves Rd
Jenolan NSW 2790
There is car parking on site. We will meet in front of the cafe.
Wentworth Falls Train Station
Station StWentworth Falls
Approx. 2pm, depending on group decisions
There is no suitable public transport to Jenolan Caves. There is regular train services from Wentworth Falls Train Station for the final day. Check https://transportnsw.info/ for train times to Sydney.
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. We anticipate creek or rain 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 some campsites, and should be used whenever available. 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.