OPEN NSW Gold Prac or Qual Hike Jan 9 -14

OPEN NSW Gold Prac or Qual Hike Jan 9 -14

Event Phone: 02 9170 4655

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  • OPEN NSW Gold Prac or Qual Hike Jan 9 -14
    January 9, 2023 - January 14, 2023
    7:30 am - 2:30 pm





YouthAdvance prides itself on developing challenging and rewarding adventurous journeys (AJs) for all participants. Our qualified and highly experienced program co-ordinator and guides will work with you through the required preparation and training prior to your first AJ, and beyond. They will teach you skills including 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 the trails carrying their pack and all their own equipment. Participants 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 AJ stipulated in The Award Handbook by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition, we strive to make our AJs lots of fun as well as imparting knowledge about the Australian bush to help our participants make lasting memories, 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 AJs.

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, radios and satellite phones;
  • Group remote area first aid kit;
  • Preliminary training (online or face-to-face);
  • On trip pre and post briefing;
  • Participant map, map case and compass (1 per participant)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW – Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales

Venturing off the Snowy Mountains Highway, between Tumut and Cooma, to discover this remote but rewarding corner of Kosciuszko National Park and discover Kosciuszko’s wild northeast corner. Lace up your hiking boots then set off amongst the treeless plains, snow grass valleys and mountain woodland, many of the slopes surrounding the high plains are covered in bright wildflowers in spring. Explore the limestone gorges, caves, waterfalls and the various huts that highlight this area’s rich colonial heritage.

After spending the night at Cooinbil Hut Campground, we set off east around the mountain to the ruins of Harris hut, heading to Harris Waterhole continuing to Nichols Gorge Walk, exploring caves along the way. Following Blue Waterholes Trail to camp at Pockets Hut for the night. Day 2, we head off-track up to the Gurranglorambla Range, taking in the views of the day 3 hike and surrounding mountain ranges. Coming down to Sally Tree Creek, skirting around the sensitive marshland to Old Currango Campground. Day 3 takes us east as we tackle a 330m elevation and scrub to the top on White Hill to enjoy lunch and take in the views. Making our way down the hill to the southwest to Port Phillip Gap, passing Ghostgully campground following an old horse trail to camp at Millers Hut for the evening. Day 4 we exit Millers Hut via Port Phillip Trail and Mosquito Creek Trail. Stopping off at Hainsworth Hut for a quick morning tea break. Continuing on, we cross McPhersons Creek and conquer Skaines Mountain. Enjoy a well earned lunch before the home stretch down to Cooinbil Hut.


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 YouthAdvance HQ.

PICK UP: Approx. 2.30 pm, Day 6, at YouthAdvance HQ.

If you are going to be late, please call 02 9170 4655 and press #2, and leave a message, so we don’t depart without you. Please ensure you monitor traffic conditions and that arrangements are made for a prompt drop off and pick up of participants.

NOTE: The expedition WILL NOT be postponed because of forecast “unsettled” weather. However, in the event of unseasonably bad weather, or if a severe 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.

Please be aware that the program rundown may alter slightly, particularly drop off and pickup times, and these will be confirmed prior to each program via email.

Day 1 YA HQ to (overnight) Coonibil Hut, Long Plain (morning tea at Goulburn and lunch at Cooma – participants expense)
Day 2

Coonibil Hut to (overnight) Pockets Hut

Day 3

Pockets Hut to (overnight) Old Currango Hut

Day 4

Old Currango Hut to (overnight) Ghost Gum Gully

Day 5

Ghost Gum Gully to Coonibil Hut

From Coonibil Hut the entire group will drive to Cooma and camp overnight at the tourist park in town. The group will cook a bbq dinner which will be provided by YA. Participants are asked to bring a small backpack to leave on the bus with a change of clothes, toiletries and towel to use at Cooma.

Day 6 Cooma to YA HQ (breakfast in Cooma and lunch Goulburn – participants expense)


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.

The full list of gear required can be found here – Equipment List

Please note the following items are mandatory and will be checked by guides on the morning of departure:

  • Sleeved shirt (for walking and paddling in) – no singlet tops
  • Waterproof Rain Jacket & Pants (preferable Gortex – no ponchos or wind breakers);
  • Sleeping bag suitable to the season of the year:
    • Winter – minus 5
    • Shoulder Season & Summer – zero rating;
  • Sleeping mat;
  • Second set of clothes stored inside waterproof bag (thermal top and bottom)
  • First aid and blister kit
  • 3L of water (3 x 1L water bottles)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Stove & Gas Bottle

For additional equipment, please refer to the following page on equipment for AJs (Equipment Resources). If you are hiring equipment, your order MUST be completed 5 days in advance of your programs. Please email [email protected] to hire equipment.


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 here: (Meal Purchases)

NOTE: Pots and stoves are available for hire – please email [email protected]

All participants must start with at least three full 1Litre water bottles. 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.


As this is a NSW Open program, registered participants who are completing their PRACTICE AJ, will be required to complete the Online Preliminary Training work. To access and complete your Online Preliminary Training (OLP) you need to use this link –

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 AJ 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 further time to familiarise yourself with the maps and location of your AJ.


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 2021.

Please use the following details as your supervisor for your practise and assessor for your qualifier:

Supervisor/Assessor: YouthAdvance Guide

Phone: 02 8957 5428

Email: [email protected]


Supervisor and assessor sign-off will be completed in the ORB following your hike.

Once you have completed your qualifying journey award leader sign-off will occur when your AJ report has been submitted and uploaded into the documents section of the ORB. Templates are available on our website under the “Resources” section of your school or Open Award page.

REGISTER FOR AJ NOW – Please select the “Register” button at the top of this webpage and follow the prompts.

Please note that the minimum number of participants for this program is 10. We will advise you if there are concerns about the program being postponed. 


Please note that terms and onions apply to this booking page. By processing this registration you acknowledge that you accept the Terms & Conditions.


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



Kosciuszko National Park spoils you with snow sports, walks and mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains. Go camping, explore caves or climb Australia’s highest mountain.