We carefully select expedition 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 and although they are mostly defined tracks, they still require some navigation skills to satisfy the Duke of Ed criteria.

You’ll find upcoming dates below for Open Hikes – where participants from any school or organisation join together – with the hiking route and itinerary. For hikes dedicated to specific school groups, we can also customise routes to meet specific participant requirements, and plan this with input from the Award Leader.

Our first Duke of Ed Residential Project in December 2016 was a huge success. If you’re doing your Gold award and think bushwalking in the Blue Mountains is a great way to spend a week, check out our Residential Project page..

Bronze, Silver and Gold practice and qualifying hikes

*BRONZE* Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March: Heathcote loop via Kingfisher Pool, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary. ***Postponed to Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April due to extreme weather.***

*BRONZE* Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April 2017: Heathcote loop via Kingfisher Pool, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary. ***Postponed from Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 March due to extreme weather.***

*GOLD* Saturday 8 – Tuesday 11 April: Patonga to Yarramalong, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Sunday 9 – Tuesday 11 April: Katoomba to Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Sunday 9 – Wednesday 12 April: Patonga to Yarramalong, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 April: Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Friday 21 – Sunday 23 April: Heathcote to Garie Beach, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*BRONZE* Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 July: Bundeena to Garawarra Farm, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Saturday 1 – Monday 3 July: Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Saturday 1 – Tuesday 4 July: Patonga to Yarramalong, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Saturday 8 – Tuesday 11 July: Helensburgh to Bundeena, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 July: Heathcote to Waterfall, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Friday 14 – Sunday 16 July: Heathcote to Garie, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Saturday 23 – Tuesday 26 September: Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Sunday 24 – Tuesday 26 September: Helensburgh to Heathcote, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Sunday 24 – Wednesday 27 September: Katoomba loop via Jamison Valley, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Thursday 28 – Sunday 1 October: Patonga to Yarramalong, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Friday 29 – Sunday 1 October: Katoomba to Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 October: Heathcote to Waterfall, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October: Hornsby to Brooklyn, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*BRONZE* Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 October: Katoomba loop, via Ruined Castle, Blue Mountains. Download the Itinerary.

*BRONZE* Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December: Hornsby to Ku-ring-gai, Great North Walk. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Saturday 16 – Monday 18 December: Heathcote to Garie Beach, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Saturday 16 – Tuesday 19 December: Helensburgh to Bundeena, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Sunday 17 – Tuesday 19 December: Heathcote to Garie Beach, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Sunday 17 – Wednesday 20 December: Helensburgh to Bundeena, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Sunday 21 – Wednesday 24 January 2018: Heathcote to Waterfall, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 January 2018: Helensburgh to Heathcote, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*GOLD* Monday 22 – Thursday 25 January 2018: Heathcote to Waterfall, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

*SILVER* Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 January 2018: Helensburgh to Heathcote, Royal National Park. Download the Itinerary.

Bronze

$200

Two days, one night

  • Fully supervised
  • Pre-trip virtual briefing
  • Private Facebook group to meet other participants
  • Maps & compass
  • Group emergency communications
  • Camping fees
  • National park fees

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Silver

$300

Three days, two nights

  • Fully supervised
  • Pre-trip virtual briefing
  • Private Facebook group to meet other participants
  • Maps & compass
  • Group emergency communications
  • Camping fees
  • National park fees

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Gold

$400

Four days, three nights

  • Fully supervised
  • Pre-trip virtual briefing
  • Private Facebook group to meet other participants
  • Maps & compass
  • Group emergency communications
  • Camping fees
  • National park fees

Book online now

Duke of Ed

General information on Duke hikes

For parents

Answering your FAQs for peace of mind

School Expeditions

For Award Leaders and school coordinators

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