Join us for a spectacular one day coastal trek over 28ks - from Otford lookout to Bundeena beach through the Royal National Park with ocean views of Wedding Cake rock, Figure 8 Pool and more.
You (and your team of 3 friends) will be supported by experienced guides from Sydney Coast Walks, with lunch at Wattamolla Beach and refreshments provided along the way with a special end celebration at Bundeena.
Can't quite make the whole 28K? This year we're introducing the Last Leg - join your friends for the final 10K from Wattamolla beach to Bundeena.
Register as an early bird before August 30 to receive your welcome pack and commit to a fundraising target of $3,200 per team ($800 per person) and you will be helping raise vital funds for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to transform cancer treatment for all Australians through discovery, research and uncompromising care.
The course is challenging but a once in a lifetime achievement, you'll remember forever. Every step you take, every dollar you raise will make a real difference to the patients we see each day.
Register and rally your team today!
Follow these easy steps to join today:
Step 1: Pay registration - Early bird $50 per person - offer ends August 30
Step 2: After registering you will be prompted to Create your team - think of a great name!
Step 3: Email your friends asking them to join you - with your special password.
All team members must register and choose to "Join a team".
Step 4: Share your page and start fundraising!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
How much is registration?
Register before August 31 for the Early Bird discount of $50 (which includes your registration pack) or $35 (no pack); after then the standard registration fee of $65 (with pack) or $50 (no pack) applies. Your registration pack is a Lifehouse canvas tote with a Lifehouse polo shirt, lanyard, map and other goodies. All members of your team must register.
What is the fundraising minimum?
All walkers are committed to raising a minimum $800 per person (that's $3,200 per team of 4). Teams must reach their goal the Friday prior to the event in order to be eligible to participate. As a registered participant you will receive your very own fundraising web page to share with family and friends and encourage them to support you. Our fundraising team are here to help with fundraising tips so please do not hesitate to reach out. We have no doubt you'll reach your goal and even surpass it.
Do I need to walk as a team?
Walk With Lifehouse is a team trek of 4 people per team - (but you can have more if you like with the minimum $800 per person remaining the same). If your mates aren't ready yet, you can still register and get them to join your team at a later date.
How do I get to the start at Otford Lookout?
If you are participating in the full 28k course there is a 6.29am train from Central Station which stops at Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Sutherland, Waterfall and Helensburgh to arrive at Otford at 7.28am.
If you are coming from the other direction there is a train from Wollongong at 6.40am which arrives at Otford at 7.15am. There are some car parking spots at Otford Lookout however do plan to be dropped off as we end in Bundeena and it’s a long trek back to pick up the car.
What can I expect on arrival?
If travelling by train you will be greeted at Otford train station by one of the Sydney Coast Walk guides to walk with you to the start of the trek at Otford Lookout (about a ten min walk).
We will gather on the grassy verge at Otford Lookout for the briefing by Tara and Ian Wells from Sydney Coast Walks and a welcome from Lifehouse before setting off shortly after 8am.
What time and where does the Last Leg start?
The Last Leg sets off from Wattamolla Beach at 12.30pm. You'll be briefed by Sydney Coast Walks Guides, given a snack pack to set you on your way. You'll be able to meet up with your friends at Bundeena around the same time.
What should I wear?
A light long sleeve top with layers if it’s cool in the morning, singlets are not advisable if it’s very hot; shorts or light long pants plus a hat. It’s not recommended that you buy new shoes for the walk unless you have had time to wear them in. Wear your most comfortable shoes – trainers are fine – it is not necessary to wear hiking boots. Buy good quality socks designed for long walks or running which have the ability to wick away moisture and have extra padding. It is your best defence against blisters
What should I take?
If you’re in a team a small backpack shared between you is the best way to carry anything. There will be refreshment stops along the way but you should bring water in a refillable bottle or a camelback so you are able to take frequent sips along the way. Some snacks like muesli bars, nuts, fruit are helpful. A small first-aid kit containing ibuprofen, blister pack, Band-Aids, antihistamine cream for any stings or bites and sunscreen. Change of socks, or light rain coat or poncho depending on the weather.
What are the track conditions like?
You will be walking over some uneven ground, some soft sand, timber steps and natural stone steps. Some prior training with bush or beach walking will help strengthen your ankles and leg muscles. Always walk at your own pace and if you can minimise your rest stops on the day as it can be even harder to get going again. There isn’t a toilet at beginning of the walk (if travelling by train there will be one on the train). There are toilets at the morning tea break at Garie Beach (about 2hrs), at Wattamolla Beach and at the end in Bundeena. Caught short? remember to use good bush toileting practice and go off track and nowhere near a water source.
Will there be refreshments?
There will be muffins and fruit at the start and muesli bars, snacks available throughout the day. There will be morning tea at Garie Beach, a lunch pack at Wattamolla beach (or snack pack for those starting the Last Leg) (from our friends at Pop Up Picnic) with more food and drinks at the end at Bundeena Beach. Remember to bring your own refillable water bottle and nuts if you feel the need between stops. If you have any specific dietary needs or allergies it’s recommended you bring enough snacks with you and also let us know any dietary requirements upon registration.
What if I need medical help?
All guides and volunteers have first aid packs to help with blisters, stings, ibuprofen for pain. In the unlikely event of a medical emergency we will have the Lifehouse transport bus at road access points at Garie Beach, Wattamolla Beach at the Bundeena Beach at the end. Walk at your own pace and if you are a recovering patient or currently going through treatment please seek the advice of your oncologist before committing to the trek.
How do I get home?
Why would you want to leave? At the end zone there will a celebration with snacks and drinks and we hope you can hang around for a bit. Ideally you will have someone to meet you at Bundeena at the end of the trek. There are ferries from Bundeena to Cronulla on the hour with the last one at 6pm. From Cronulla the trains run every 15mins into the city or every hour to Wollongong.