On 23 March, 14 eager Covenant students set off from Cronulla Wharf, bound for Bundeena. This was the beginning of a 26km long hike, which was soon to present itself to be fun, painful, tiring and enjoyable.
As part of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, we were required to take part in a practice hike. This year the Bronze hikers walked along the Royal National Park Coastal Track, from Bundeena to Otford.
With heavy packs on our backs we set off and started along the track. After about 20 minutes the majority of the group got lost, and so we map read and backtracked and continued back on the right track. Stopping at Little Marley for morning tea, we walked on until reaching Wattamolla waterfall, where no water actually fell! We stopped for lunch and had a swim.
After lunch, we walked to Eagle Rock, where we had a break. We then continued on until we finally reached the campsite, some arriving at 6.30pm, others arriving 1-1½ hours later.
Our time at the campsite involved setting up our tents, cooking and eating our food. Some people also experienced being awakened during the night by deer pushing against their tents.
The next morning, we all left the campsite at about 9.30am, after organising our possessions and putting our somewhat lighter packs on to continue the walk. Some of the walkers went on the fire trail, and some on the coastal track. Those on the coastal track experienced climbing multiple stairs to reach the lookout, which was very tiring. We met up with the fire trail walkers soon after. We then walked to the Otford train station and took the train home.
Overall the walk was a great time, with many new experiences and lessons to be learnt for future walks.
Daniel Robinson (Year 9 )