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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 skills to reach their goal safely. For Silver and Gold expeditions where basic navigation skills are already learned, we set fun challenges to sharpen skills.


Expedition Dates

  • SILVER & GOLD: Monday 29th September – Thursday 2nd October 2014 : Great North Walk – Patonga to Somersby / Yarramalong. Download the Great North Walk itinerary. ** UPDATE 18/9 this hike is fully booked. **
  • SILVER & GOLD: Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st December 2014: Itinerary coming soon.

2015 schedule coming soon!



$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.


To Book

Download and return the Booking and Medical Form. To stay in touch, please sign up to our quarterly Duke of Ed newsletter at the bottom of this page.


School Groups

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 any school in Sydney – $150 inc GST.


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 supervisors’ 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, two-way radios and, on some routes, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB or EPIRB).


We carefully select expedition routes for the different levels of the Duke of Ed Award Adventurous Journey and vary the routes each year. Each provides the right level of challenge for the participant and are iconic Greater 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


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