The trusty Coast Track in the Royal National Parks was once again the venue for the first Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journey this year. Late May saw our largest ever cohort of some 43 intrepid Bronze walkers, accompanied by five staff, meet early one Thursday morning at Cronulla Wharf for the short but scenic boat ride across Port Hacking to Bundeena. From here, after a short briefing from Mr Pain, Duke of Ed Coordinator, we set off.
We had quite incredible weather, the last of the warm days before the cold hit for winter – there wasn’t even a cloud in the sky! So walking was a pleasure, aided also by the $9 million of track improvements that we were amongst the first to experience. We made good time to Wedding Cake Rock where we stopped briefly for morning tea before pushing on to the beaches of Big and Little Marley.
Our lunch stop was at Wattamolla, where we took off our packs and relaxed in the shade. Before long it was time to push on to Gaire, where we found the water that had been previously dropped off for us. After refilling our bottles, we pushed over the last hill and got into camp.
After a great night’s sleep, we packed up and summited the hill to the Otford fire trail. After a few cheeky two minute noodle stops we arrived at Otford Railway Station, where we met the train home.