Duke of Edinburgh Award Adventurous Journeys are designed to challenge you and provide you with a huge sense of achievement. From your bronze Duke of Edinburgh “practice” journey all the way through to your gold Duke of Edinburgh “qualifier”, we offer preparation, training and supervised Adventurous Journeys to help you achieve your goals.

It’s your journey. You gain the most from the Duke of Edinburgh NSW Award when we help you develop the skills to make good decisions. You will not find our supervisors out the front leading you from campsite to campsite. They will encourage, nurture and instruct you from the back, ensuring no-one is left behind. You’ll take responsibility and make decisions for yourself.

Jump to Bronze, Silver and Gold dates and itineraries.

Supervised Hikes

For all Duke of Edinburgh’s Award journeys, you will have a minimum of one supervisor for every twelve participants ie 1:12, with a maximum group size of 12 (this may change to 24 in exceptional circumstances, ie 2:24).

This group will be divided into smaller ‘map groups’ of between four and seven people to meet Duke of Ed requirements. These ‘map groups’ work as a team and share responsibilities as required by The Award.

This gives you the opportunity to:

  • work with your team, problem solve and make decisions together
  • make new friends
  • walk at your own pace and stop when you need to
  • challenge yourself physically to the level you want

We carefully select hiking routes for the different levels of the Duke of Ed Award Adventurous Journey to ensure they meet the Duke of Ed average hours of effort per day requirements. It’s also important they have the right level of challenge for participants.

All our Adventurous Journeys are on marked tracks but still require navigation skills. Understanding a map and compass are extremely handy skills to know, and it satisfies Duke of Ed criteria.

You’ll find upcoming dates below for Open Hikes – ie open to participants from any school or organisation to join – with the hiking route and itinerary. For journeys dedicated to specific organisations or schools, we can customise routes to meet your requirements, in collaboration with the Award Leader.

Practice or Qualifying? – we take participants doing either their practice or qualifying journey on the same hike. We expect qualifying students to take more of a leadership role, and we find they thrive with this opportunity.

What Others Say

I challenged myself further than I ever expected and it was very pleasing. I am proud to say that I never gave up even when I really didn’t want to cross any more contour lines. I would take more photos next time to remind me of the fun I had and how beautiful nature was. If someone were to complete this journey I would tell them to be prepared to have a life-lasting memory and to be greatly challenged. Thank you for the extremely rewarding and amazing experience. – Leanne, Bronze Award.

Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey Dates

Book your 2020 journey today and get the 2019 price!

(From January 1st 2020 fee increases $5 per day)

NOTE: The Duke of Edinburgh Award requires you to complete a journey with “unfamiliar” terrain, so please choose carefully to ensure you are not repeating any sections of your practice journey.

All Journeys are suitable for Practice or Qualifying participants; they are not exclusive.

Bronze Adventurous Journeys – $210 per person

30 November – 1 December 2019 RNP4B Heathcote Loop via Kingfisher Pool, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW

2020 Dates

15-16 February 2020 RNP4B Heathcote Loop via Kingfisher Pool, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW

14-15 March 2020 RNP5B Bundeena to Otford, Royal National Park Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW

9-10 May 2020 BM1B Katoomba loop via Ruined Castle, Blue Mountains National Park Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW

Silver Adventurous Journeys – $315 per person

8 – 10 October 2019 RNP6.1S Heathcote to Helensburgh, Royal National Park. Download ItineraryBOOK NOW.

9 – 11 December 2019 RNP6S Helensburgh to Heathcote, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary.  BOOK NOW.

14 – 16 December 2019 RNP5.1S Heathcote to Otford, Royal National Park.Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

20 – 22 December 2019 GNW2S Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

2020 Dates

14 – 16 January 2020 RNP5.1S Heathcote to Otford, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary  BOOK NOW.

21 – 23 January 2020 GNW2S Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

23-25 April 2020 RNP6S Helensburgh to Heathcote, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary.  BOOK NOW.

Gold Adventurous Journeys – $420 per person

1 – 4 October 2019 BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

7 – 10 October 2019 GNW3G Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

9 – 12 December 2019 BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

16 – 19 December 2019 GNW3G Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

20 – 23 December 2019 RNP6G Helensburgh to Bundeena, Royal National Park. Download ItineraryBOOK NOW.

2020 Dates

13 – 16 January 2020 RNP5G Heathcote loop via Uloola and Kingfisher Pool, Royal National Park. Download Itinerary BOOK NOW.

20 – 23 January 2020 GNW3G Thornleigh to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

21 – 24 January 2020 RNP6G Helensburgh to Bundeena, Royal National Park. Download ItineraryBOOK NOW.

21-14 April 2020 BM3G Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download Itinerary. BOOK NOW.

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