Duke of Edinburgh
Balance the fun, adventure and challenge of the Duke of Ed NSW program with the safety of using an experienced supervisor to oversee bushwalking journeys.
A Duke of Edinburgh NSW expedition is a journey with a destination, where the major focus is on the journey itself. We enable this by minimising risk and teaching participants the required navigation skills to reach their goal safely. For Silver and Gold expeditions where basic navigation skills are already learned, we set fun challenges to sharpen participant’s skills.
The next expedition is a Silver and Gold journey on the Great North Walk, north of the Hawkesbury River near Wondabyne, on 11th-14th July in the July 2013 school holidays and a Bronze walk on the weekend of 17-18th August 2013 on Royal National Park’s Coast Track.
The September/October school holidays we’ll take you back to the Great North Walk to continue the journey towards Newcastle on 30th September – 3rd October for Silver and Gold participants.
$80.00 per participant, per day. This includes National Park entry fees, camping fees and GST. Minimum 10 students are required for the expedition to go ahead at this price. If there are less than 10 participants, the day rate of $800 will apply, shared equally amongst all participants.
Nominate your preferred date and award level and we’ll look after the rest. We’ll also conduct a thorough pre-trip briefing session at your school.
$100.00 for an onsite pre-trip briefing session at any school in Sydney. Highly recommended for Bronze participants.
Duke of Ed Supervisors
Sydney Coast Walks has overseen Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions since 2009. We have walked the routes numerous times and conducted thorough risk analyses. Our guides’ passion for the outdoors is balanced with a strong sense of responsibility to the group and the environment. They are trained to recognise and avoid potential risks or emergency situations and to effectively manage group dynamics. They hold Senior or Remote Area First Aid certificates and carry satellite phones, and on some routes, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB or EPIRB).
We have carefully selected three main expedition routes for the different levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Adventurous Journey, although we do change routes each year. Each provides the right level of challenge for the participant and are iconic Sydney bush walks. Our preferred routes are mostly defined tracks that still require navigation skills to satisfy the Duke of Ed criteria.
Just finished a section of the Great North Walk for our school’s Duke of Ed. What a beautiful walk! A little challenging. I just wanted to say thank you for choosing John and Leonie to guide our group. They immediately built a positive rapport with the students and staff. They are passionate, compassionate and show endless patience. Just wanted to show my huge appreciation for all they did, above and beyond just guiding the walk.
- Ruth Doyle, Teacher, Rouse Hill Anglican College