NSW OPEN - SILVER Pack&Paddle Back to Back 2021 (Click Register for More Dates)

NSW OPEN - SILVER Pack&Paddle Back to Back 2021  (Click Register for More Dates)

Event Phone: 02 8957 5428

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  • Open Silver Back to Back - Jan 2021
    January 11, 2021 - January 15, 2021
    7:00 am - 5:30 pm


Please find important information below about your adventurous journey


Note that bookings for this program OPEN program. If you miss this deadline and still wish to join the program, please contact us so that we can discuss on a case by case basis. This is to ensure we have appropriate group numbers and staff for the program that also accommodate COVID restrictions and protocols.

All participants who undertake the Award MUST also take part in comprehensive Preliminary Training as stipulated in the Award Handbook (further information below in regards to the Preliminary Training).


YouthAdvance pride ourselves on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys for all participants. Our qualified and highly experienced Program Coordinators and Guides will work with you through the required preparation and training prior to your first Adventurous Journey, then teach you skills like navigation and camp craft on your practice expedition, and finally assess your skills on your qualifying expedition.

Our staff do not lead from the front, they mentor and instruct from the back of the group to ensure that you and your group have the opportunity to work as a team and make sound judgements based on your training and our staff’s leadership. You’ll be required to take responsibility and make decisions for yourself while under supervision from experienced and qualified outdoor professionals.


YouthAdvance creates physically and mentally challenging expeditions for our participants. Each day, participants will hike up to 12 km carrying their pack and all their equipment. Students are encouraged to start training and develop their fitness in preparation for these physical requirements, including weekly walks carrying their pack and wearing their hiking boots/shoes.

All of our programs satisfy the time requirements of the Adventurous Journey stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJ’s lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge on the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories as well as new friends and new experiences.


YouthAdvance’s partner company Remote Safety Solutions is a leading remote area risk and emergency management specialist. Safety is paramount for all of our Adventurous Journey’s.

Emergency communication and first aid equipment along with satellite tracking will be carried by each YouthAdvance staff member while on the program. .


  • Transport to and from the venue;
  • All camping and national Park/State Forest fees;
  • Instruction and supervision from our experienced and qualified Outdoor Educators;
  • Group communication devices i.e. InReach, EPIRBs and satellite phones;
  • Group remote area first aid kit;
  • Preliminary Training;
  • On trip pre and post briefing;
  • Participant maps, map cases and compasses (1 per participant);
  • Canoe/Kayak, paddle and lifejacket.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Marramarra River and Views

This Silver Pack and Paddle Adventurous Journey will run out of Marramarra National Park, just north of Berowra NSW. Marramarra covers rugged bushland, with dramatic sandstone cliffs and a variety of natural habitats. Marramarra is a fantastic hiking spot to get in touch with the elements and out in the Aussie bush navigating a number of ridgelines, creeks and other terrain features.

With the program starting at the entrance to Marramarra National Park, the first leg is on foot and will take us out into the untracked ridgelines. With some challenging navigation and sections that will require teamwork, participants will be rewarded with stunning views across the leg forDay 3. The route will then go through the “Jurassic Park” region, so-called due to the old-growth sub-tropic flora and then up and around several Indigenous sites.

Day 2 will see participants to east, paddling downstream on the Marramarra Creek into the stunning sandstone cliff-lined valleys of Berowra Creek. While safe in the confines of the creek, participants will refresh their water safety procedures before heading out into the wider bay and camping on the water’s edge. Day 3 take the participants further south down Berowra Creek where we will explore shorelines in several locations and finishing the program on the beautiful Berowra Waters.


All participants must be dropped off to YouthAdvance HQ: Unit 31 42-46 Wattle Street, Brookvale NSW.

DROP OFF: 7.00 am, Day 1, at HQ.

PICK UP: 5.30 pm, Day 5, at HQ.

If you are going to be late, please let us know on +61 487 003 440 so we don’t depart without you. Please ensure you monitor traffic conditions and that arrangements are made for a prompt pick up of participants.

NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However,  in the event of unseasonably very bad weather, or if a weather warning is issued in the program venue, the expedition may be postponed to ensure the safety of our participants. You will be notified of this via email.

The below program rundown may alter slightly, however, the rundown, particularly drop off and pick up times, will be confirmed prior to each program.

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
7.00 am – Participants arrive at YA HQ 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp 6.30 am– Participants prepare breakfast, break camp 6.30 am – Participants prepare breakfast, break camp
7.15 am – Bus departs for Program Location 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am– Participants morning brief (P) 7.30 am – Participants morning brief (P)
9.00 am – Bus arrives at Program Location Start 8.00 am – Participants start Leg 2 Hike – planned route (P) 8.00 am – Participants start Leg 3 Hike – planned route (P) 8.00 am– Participants start Leg 3 Hike – planned route (P) 8.00 am – Participants start Leg 3 Paddle – planned route (P)
9.00 am – Participants take part in morning brief (P) 4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp 4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp 4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp 3.30 pm – Participants arrive at the designated finish point
9.30 am – Participants start Leg 1 Paddle – planned route (P) 4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) 3.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) 4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) 3.30 pm – Group debrief session (P)
4.30 pm – Participants arrive at camp 5.00 pm – Participants set up camp, prepare dinner and Practice trip debreif / Qualifiying breif 5.00 pm – Participants set up camp, prepare dinner and Night Session on weather 5.00 pm – Participants set up camp, prepare dinner and Night Session on trip preperation
4.30 pm – Group debrief session (P) / recap of  paddling and safety procedures session (P) 8.30 pm – Participants in tents 8.30 pm – Participants in tents 8.30 pm– Participants in tents 4.00 pm – Bus departs program location
5.00 pm – Participants set up camp, prepare dinner and Night Session on risk management 5.30 pm – Participants arrive at YA HQ
8.30 pm – Participants in tents

Average Purposeful Activity (P) = 8.5 hours


As this is a Back to Back and incorporates a practice trip, all registered participants will be required to complete the Online Preliminary Training work. To access and complete your Online Preliminary Training (OLP) you need to also register – https://www.youthadvance.com.au/courses/youthadvance-silver-practice-packnpaddle-marramarra/

The OLP is free and MUST  be completed prior to your AJ, if not completed you will NOT be permitted to board the bus for this journey. This training program is a generic training system that will cover off the following competencies in the online preliminary training session.

  • Understanding of the Adventurous Journey planned to be undertaken;
  • First aid and emergency procedures (relevant to the type of environment for the Journey);
  • Safety and safe practice;
  • Route planning and navigation (use of maps, compass/navigation aids or street/urban directories);
  • Camp craft/accommodation and hygiene;
  • Teamwork, problem-solving and leadership training;
  • Meal planning, preparation of food and cooking (options will be provided in the even of a total fire ban where cooking is not possible);
  • Environmental awareness and care;
  • Necessary equipment and how to use it;
  • Technical skills in the mode of travel (i.e. knot tying, tent repairs etc);
  • Observation and recording skills

During your first morning on program, you will have time to familiarise yourself with the maps and location of your AJ.


Your child using appropriate gear is instrumental in ensuring that they have an enjoyable and comfortable experience – we CANNOT stress this enough! If you are unsure whether your child’s equipment is suitable, please contact us for clarification.

Please refer to the following page for additional information on Equipment for Adventurous Journeys (Equipment Resources). If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs.

**PLEASE NOTE that at the moment with COVID-19, in order to mitigate the potential for spread of the virus, YouthAdvance will be providing single tents only and packs for hire per program and will maintain vigorous cleaning procedures between programs. Tents and packs are available on the hire equipment page so please either book in to hire one of ours or source your own. Further, unless participants reside in the same household or special provisions are given by parents and/or the school, there will be NO tent SHARING between participants. 


Each participant will be responsible for planning, supplying and preparing their own meals for the duration of the hike. At least one day’s emergency rations should be carried by participants.

Additional information on meals, including sample menus and meal planning will be sent to you following registration and is available here: (Meal Planning Resources). Pre-packaged meals are available for purchase at discounted prices for all YouthAdvance participants here: (Meal Purchases)

**Please be aware that there will be no stoves or pots available due to COVID-19. Students may choose to bring their own cooking equipment OR they can plan a non-cooking meal instead. 

All participants must start with at least three full 1 Litre water bottles (this will be in your kayak if a PnP). In dry weather periods, water can be difficult to source so this is a minimum amount. You are required to bring water purification tablets for this program.


In order to partake in this Adventurous Journey, you are required to seek approval from your Award Leader on the Online Record Book BEFORE you get on the bus. This is a requirement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and YouthAdvance will be strongly enforcing this moving into 2020.

Please us the following details as your assessor:

Assessor: YouthAdvance Guide

Phone: 02 8957 5428

Email: [email protected]

Assessor signoff will be completed in the ORB following your hike once your request assessor approval.

Award Leader signoff WILL NOT be completed until your AJ report has been submitted and uploaded into the Documents section of the ORB. Please ensure that you use the appropriate template.


Leading up to the program date, you will be sent a link to Operoo (CareMonkey) to setup a profile. If we do not have a profile that is up to date (within 2 months), your child will not be permitted to board the bus. Setting up a profile if you don’t have one should only take a few minutes.

We use Operoo (CareMonkey) to collect medical information about each participant. Please take the time to fill in this form accurately and honestly in each of the data fields. Accurate medical data is important in the event of an unseen medical emergency occurring while on the program.


Please select the “Register” button next to your preferred dates and follow the prompts.

Please note that the minimum number of participants for this program is 7. We will advise you if there are concerns about the program being postponed. 


If you have any questions, please contact our team at [email protected]