Gold is the highest level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

To complete your Gold Award you must complete 5 Sections of the Award:

You must be 16 years old to start on your Gold Award.

The time requirements for these Sections (if you have completed Bronze and Silver) are as follows:





Physical Recreation

Adventurous Journey

Time Requirement

All of these Sections for 12 months (52 weeks).

If you are a Direct Entrant (have not completed Bronze and Silver) then you must complete two Sections for 12 months (52 weeks) and 1 Section for 18 months (78 weeks).


Practice Journeys

Qualifying Journey

4 days, 3 nights

with 8 hours of purposeful effort per day (approx. 65 km).


At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

At least one hour per week for the number of months chosen

Once you have completed your Gold Award you will be invited to attend a Gold Award Ceremony to be presented with your Award by the Governor General.

Direct Entrant (Gold)

You can still do the Gold level of the Award if you have not completed Bronze or Silver. If you choose to do this you will be a Direct Entrant.

There are a few extra requirements for Direct Entrants:

For the Skills, Service and Physical Recreation Sections, you will need to complete 2 for 12 months and 1 for 18 months.

With the Adventurous Journey Section you will need to complete: - Bronze Training, Silver Training & Gold Training + 3 Practice Ventures before the Qualifying Venture.

Ideally they should be completed in the following order:

  • Bronze Preliminary Training
  • A Bronze Practice Venture which becomes your first Practice at Gold.
  • Silver Preliminary Training
  • A Silver Practice Venture which becomes your second Practice at Gold.
  • Gold Preliminary Training.
  • Gold Practice Venture (this is your third Practice Venture).
  • Gold Qualifying Venture.

If you have completed the Bronze Level of the Award, then you will be exempt the Bronze Training and one Practice Venture.

Talk to your Award Leader or contact us if you have any questions.

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