A group of hikers walking up a hill with backpacks during the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Bushwalking Award journey

GOLD BUSHWALKING AWARD JOURNEY

You can join a Walking Rivers, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Bushwalking Award journey from any award unit

Training & Practise & Qualifying 

Regardless of level, all Duke of Edinburgh journey’s requires a minimum number of four students per group. If you are on your own still register with us and we will endeavour to create a group of four to make your journey happen.

A GOLD JOURNEY THAT YOU CHOOSE

We think your Gold Bushwalking Award journey should be:

The first thing to remember is that all Walking Rivers Bronze Bushwalking Award trips are meant to be fun and a little bit difficult.

People who start with the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s bronze level will get to do something special with us. So, for example, people who are bronze bushwalkers should be able to go to some of the parts of Australia that are the most remote, challenging, and beautiful.

Getting a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Bushwalking Award is something we’re very excited about. Through this experience, you’ll learn a lot about the outdoors.

During your time in the Australian bush, you’ll also have the chance to build your confidence and learn essential life skills. You’ll also learn about the natural world, different plant and animal species, weather patterns, and how to be a leader.

Key points, Gold Award Journey should be:

  • Most important “fun and exciting”
  • To be honest, it will be a little bit hard.
  • You will learn a lot of great skills.
  • Go to sleep hearing natural sounds
  • It should make you want more

A Bronze Bushwalking Award Journey has a lot to offer:

We have been told that there is a lot of pride in getting a Bronze Bushwalking Award.

People who become Bronze 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 Bronze Bushwalker, though, makes us feel good about ourselves.

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 Award because it helps them grow as people.

As you move through the Bronze 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 Bronze Bushwalking Award Journey:

Firstly, you must be at least 14 years old and realise that completing the three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh award will require hard work, self-discipline, and perseverance.

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.

Secondly, 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.

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WHAT IS GOING TO OCCUR

Preparation for you Journey trip

The first step is to finish your Gold Bushwalking Award Journey registration by clicking the above registration button. After the registration arrives at our office, your information will be placed into our system. Your parents will then be sent a digital indemnity form, which they must fill out and return.

Following that, you will receive an email with instructions on preparing for your trip.


Some of these preparations may include locating and preparing your equipment, producing a gear list, and a menu for us to review. You may also be asked if any friends might want to join you on your Journey.

Just as important will be learning how to and then compiling your field notes. This is all part of your travel planning, and you must complete it.

The start of your Gold Bushwalking Award Journey:

Significantly, We have a choice of three different National parks for the Bronze journey. You can choose which area you want to explore.

Dharug National Park, Watagan’s National Park, or Barrington Tops National Park.

Before Covid 19, the Bronze Bushwalking journey started with a two-day training and practise weekend, followed by a two-day qualifying weekend or a two-day, two-night camping trip.

At the moment, the Duke of Edinburgh lets training and practise be a part of the Qualify. That is to say, that everything for the Bronze award is done in one weekend.

Your parents can drive you to the start point. Alternatively, you can board a Walking Rivers vehicle at a railway station or another location we arrange with you and travel with us.

The fun part hiking and camping:

With a minimum of four hikers and a maximum of seven hikers, you will walk along, talk to your friends, and learn interesting things about nature.
Another key point, you will also be following a map and learning how to always figure out where you are on it.

Crossing streams, climbing hills, seeing wildlife, connecting with nature, and sharing different experiences with your friends will all be part of your reward for stepping out and making the Journey.

After a full day of hiking, it will be fun to choose your campsite, set up your tent, and make your own dinner.

Lastly, one of the best things you can do is sit around a fire you’ve started with your friends and enjoy the night.