Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition

 

For our Silver Practice Journey, we were originally meant to be going to the Blue Mountains and staying for two nights.  Unfortunately, as a result of the weather conditions and recent landslides, the proposed overnight stay was cancelled. Instead, Ms Munsie planned a more weather friendly expedition where we walked from Bondi to Manly over a period of three days.

Altogether there were 13 students. On Thursday, our teacher companions were Mr Conroy and Mrs Anderson. Friday we had Ms Robinson and Ms Munsie. And on the final day, Saturday, we had Mrs Flanagan and Ms Munsie.

Thursday 28th April – Bondi to Rosebay, returning by Ferry to Circular Quay.

On the first day, we caught the train to Bondi Junction and walked the 4km from the station to the beach. Unfortunately, that 4 km didn’t count towards the total 16 km planned for the day, so all together we walked about 20 km. Once we reached Bondi Beach we continued walking along the beach and then decided to walk across some rocks instead of taking the road. From there we walked along the coastline all the way to Watson’s Bay, where we sat down to have lunch. After lunch, we began to walk from Waston’s Bay to Rose Bay Wharf. Unfortunately, it started pouring, getting all of us extremely drenched.

Friday 29th – Milsons Point to Spit Bridge along the Harbour Bridge

On Friday, we walked from Milsons Point to Spit Bridge. We started the walk at Milson’s point station and then followed its signage around the harbour’s northern shores, past Taronga Zoo and into Sydney Harbour National Park, home of the incredible Bradleys, Chowder and Middle Heads and down past Balmoral Beach. Unlike the previous day, Friday was hot and sunny. We stopped for lunch at Clifton Gardens, which had an amazing view, before continuing the walk to the Spit Bridge.

Saturday 30th – Spit Bridge to Manly returning by Ferry to Circular Quay,

On the third and final day, we walked along the Manly Scenic Walkway. Beginning at Mosman’s Spit Bridge, this classic Sydney coastal walk shows you some of the most picturesque parts of Middle and North Harbours. Overcoming some obstacles due to a closed path, we had to navigate our way on the rocks at the edge of the sea. After falling in the water a couple of times we continued our walk. Due to the rain, we didn’t stop for lunch but made it to Manly Wharf in just over three hours.

Overall, the Silver Practice Expedition was a very fun and memorable opportunity that we all enjoyed very much.

 

Hannah Cabot, Zara Cabot and Holly Boyd