During the Silver Bushwalking Award a group of hikers are crossing a stream


We take hikers for a Duke of Ed Silver Bushwalking Award journey from any award unit

Training & Practise or Qualifying 

Every Duke of Ed journey, regardless of level, needs a minimum of four students. If you’re traveling alone, go ahead and register with us. We’ll do our best to connect you with a group of four to make your journey possible.


How we envision a Silver Bushwalking Award journey

As you progress through the Silver Bushwalking Award journey, you will be required to take on additional tasks and demonstrate a higher level of commitment than you did at the Bronze level.

In general our Silver Bushwalking Award journey was made to meet the requirements of the Duke of Ed award while also giving you the chance to build success and resilience.

Of course, you will be part of a group, four to seven people.  During the trip, each team member will have a chance to be the team leader and make all the decisions.

You’ll be in an unfamiliar location, relying on your map navigation to get around.

Key points, Silver Award Journey will be

  • in an unfamiliar environment.
  • a challenging but rewarding journey
  • You will all agree on the journey goal
  • Part of a small team with 4-7 members only
  • It should make you be keen for Gold

A Silver Bushwalking Award Journey has a lot to offer

We’ve learned that earning a Silver Bushwalking Award is a source of great pride, therefore we’ll  assist you to get there.

People who become Silver Award Bushwalkers have a lot of courage, endurance, and strength in their bodies and minds. How it makes you feel and the memories you have of being in nature, away from the crowds, are things that can’t be matched.
Something about being a Silver Bushwalking Award holder, will make you feel good about yourself.

Key points, what’s on offer

  • Be proud of doing something well.
  • Build up your physical strength.
  • Time in nature will make you happy
  • Create lifetime memories with your friends
  • You will have earned the award

Activity highlights you will enjoy:

People worldwide love the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award because it helps them grow as people.

As you move through the Silver Bushwalking experience, you’ll have more and more fun in the great outdoors. You’ll be able to try out cooking your own food, making your own fire, and sleeping under the stars while you’re on your journey.

Not to mention that while on your trip, you’ll also learn about the thrill of working with a group and the satisfaction of setting and meeting goals.

Explore the world around you and see how exciting the next part of your journey will be!

Key points, activity highlights

  • Choose your own food
  • Cook on a fire
  • Sleep in a tent
  • Be away from home
  • Meet new people

About yourself & the Silver Bushwalking Award Journey:

Firstly, you must be at least 15 years old and realise that completing the different levels of the Duke of Edinburgh award will require hard work, self-discipline, and perseverance.

Secondly, along the road, you’ll meet some fantastic new friends who will be working just as hard and with the same dedication as you. It’s not simple, but the benefits are definitely worth the effort. You get to show everyone, including yourself, that you are capable of completing a challenge and that you are capable of accomplishing more than you ever imagined.

Thirdly, you’ll also need to be able to carry all of your camping gear and water and food in your backpack and hike to your campsite each day.

Finally, we’re honoured to be a part of your Duke of Edinburgh experience, and we hope that the lessons you learn will stick with you for the rest of your life.

Any questions about doing a Silver Award Journey


Choose an area to do your Silver Bushwalking Award in

We will offer you a choice of several different locations to complete your journey in. Each area is different and offers its own challenges and fun things to do.

Significantly, all of the different areas can be accessed via the public railway system. Therefore, we hope this makes it easy for you, providing an independent way to get to the hike location without requiring parents to take time off work to drive you to the start point.”

Your Silver Bushwalking Award journey will be in one of these National parks. You can click on them and read about each one.

Dharug National Park, Central Coast. Watagan’s National Park, Near Newcastle. Brisbane Waters National Park, Nth Sydney region,

Barrington Tops National Park, Mid Nth Coast region.

Distance to hike approx. 10 Kilometres.

Camping at Olsson’s campground.

Lessons Day 1

  1. Understand the adventurous journey planned.
  2. Observation and Recording Skills
  3. Route Planning 
  4. Camp craft/Accommodation & Hygiene

Day Two: 

 Camping at Olssons

Hike from Olssons via Hunter lookout returning to Olssons via Hammond track.

Distance to hike approx. 10 Kilometres. 

Focus for day is Navigation, both on track and off track.

Camping at Olsson’s campground.

Lessons Day 2

  1. Route Planning / Navigation
  2. Safety and safe practice
  3. Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership.

*Returning to Olssons campground is a time saving measure. It negates rebuilding a new camp. Remember we only have five days instead of six and we have a lot to get through.

Day three:

Participants to decide as a team where they wish to hike utilising all the map reading and navigation skills learned on day two.

Hike to be approx. 12 kilometres

Focus on utilising new skills learned

Lessons Day 3

  1. Weather in the field
  2. First aid 
  3. Emergency Procedures.

Camping to be decided by team.

Revision of skills learned 

Return to Sydney.

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