Your registration fee covers your participation in the event and the costs of managing and putting on the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk event. It does not include a donation to Cancer Council NSW. The target for 2017 is to fundraise over $615,000 which will go towards research, prevention and support services to those affected by cancer. You can donate online when you register, or make a donation at one of the Villages on the day. You can also ask friends and family to sponsor you for a donation by emailing around the link to your own fundraising page. Each donation is recorded on your page and is helping in the fight against cancer!
How much of the money raised will go to Cancer Council NSW?
100% of money raised goes to Cancer Council NSW. You can help raise money for the Cancer Council NSW by setting up a fundraising page when you register. Cancer Council NSW volunteers will also be taking donations at the Villages on event day.
All registration fees are going to Cancer Council NSW.
Can I donate to Cancer Council NSW on the day of the event?
If you wish to donate to Cancer Council NSW on the day, you can do so by cash at all Villages and on all Bridges, while most Villages will also accept Visa and MasterCard.
Can my friends sponsor me?
Yes, simply send them the link to your Everyday Hero fundraising page.
When do the Everyday Hero fundraising pages close?
Fundraising pages will stay open until December 2017. You are welcome to send through additional donations directly to Cancer Council NSW after this time.
How will I know where the course is?
You need to collect your Event Passport when you register at one of the seven Villages on event morning. The Event Passport will contain important event information as well as a course map. There will also be event signage and volunteer course marshals along the route to point you in the right direction. The course will follow a similar route to 2016. Please see the Course Map.
Do I need to walk in a certain direction?
Yes, the course is set up for you to walk in a clockwise direction only to assist in safely managing the flow of walkers. People walking in an anti-clockwise direction will be classed as non-participants.
What is the accessibility and difficulty of the course?
In organising this event we have made every effort to ensure the course is as accessible as possible. Unfortunately due to the nature of some of the terrain, it is difficult to make the course completely accessible for everyone. The main areas to consider (where the only access is via multiple steps) are:
- Access to Sydney Harbour Bridge from the north (Milsons Point)
- Access from Sydney Harbour Bridge to the south (onto Cumberland Street, The Rocks)
- Access from Hickson Road onto Kent Street - set of stairs but one lift available
- Access from Lower Fort Street to Pottinger Street, Millers Point
- Access from Gladesville Bridge to the west
- Access from Figtree Bridge, then onto a steep hill via stairs
- Steep hill in Riverview Street just after Burns Bay Reserve
- Access to Gore Creek Reserve from the west (steep and uneven stairs down to bush track)
We suggest that participants who wish to use a stroller or pram or are in a wheelchair, have someone to assist them through their journey and investigate the various areas of the course where they would like to travel.
The part of the course best suited for wheelchairs starts at Pyrmont Village (Pirrama Park) accessible via Light Rail, and finishes at Rozelle Village, where you can join the free bus at Bus Stop 8. This part of the course is graded an Easy Level Walk.
The north side of the course from Hunters Hill Village through to Milsons Point Village is considered to be a Medium Level Walk and includes a number of hills. Please enquire at the Information Booth at each Village for more information as you make your way around the course.
What if I can't walk the entire 28km, is there transport available?
This event is for everyone so you can start and finish wherever you like. When you register online you will need to nominate which of the seven Villages you would like to start at. For your convenience, event partner Transport for NSW is providing frequent free event buses to run in both directions around the course to transport you between Villages or back to your starting point. All you need to do is show your Event Passport. Check the event map inside your Event Passport for bus stop locations. You can also stop at the closest Village and enquire at the Information Booth for local transport information.
Where are the bus stops located?
The free event bus service provided by Transport for NSW will run from Milsons Point in both a clockwise (c) and anti-clockwise (a) directions around the course, so look out for a bus stop on either side of the road. You can also check the event map inside your Event Passport for bus stop locations. The first buses leave Milsons Point at 8.30am and the last buses leave at 4.30pm. Buses will run approximately every 20 minutes in the morning and every 15 minutes in the afternoon.
- Milsons Point - Outside Milsons Point Village on Alfred St South outside Milsons Point Train Station
- King St, Wollstonecraft - Opposite side of the road to Wollstonecraft Village (Brennan Park)
- River Rd, Greenwich - On northern side of River Road, opposite Greenwich Hospital
- River Rd West, Blaxland's Corner - On northern side of River Road, near William Edward Street
- Burns Bay Rd, Linley Point - On western side of Burns Bay Road opposite intersection of View Street
- Burns Bay Rd, Hunters Hill - On the northbound exit ramp to Church Street
- Victoria Rd, Drummoyne - near Lyons Rd, outside the Drummoyne Post Office
- Victoria Rd, Rozelle - At Toelle Street
- Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont - Opposite Pyrmont Village, outside The Star
- Erskine St, King St Wharf - Between Lime Street and Shelley Street
Is there more than one way to walk the course?
In some cases, there are different ways of navigating through areas of the course which may be slightly shorter than the mapped Seven Bridges Walk route. The Seven Bridges Walk route has been mapped out to provide participants with a safe pedestrian route through all areas whilst seeing some of the best parts of Sydney. There are three decision points along the course giving participants different walking options in some areas. One route may be slightly shorter and more or less accessible.
What are the decision points?
There are three points on the course where the course splits and you have to choose which option you would like to walk:
- Decision point at Iron Cove Bridge
Choice of either walking the path underneath both bridges, which leads (via stairs) to the historic Iron Cove Bridge. You will then join the normal route on the other side of the bridge on Victoria Road (Canada Bay). Or you can use the ramp leading to the newer Iron Cove Bridge (accessible for prams & wheelchairs) and join the normal route on the other side of the bridge on Victoria Road (Canada Bay).
- Decision point at Riverview Street/ Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview
Choice of either taking the bushwalk track through Tambourine Bay Reserve (mobility restricted) or to continue along the footpath via Flaumont Avenue and Carranya
Road to Warraroon Road (accessible). The bush track is approximately 300m longer.
- Decision point at Lane Cove Village
Choice of either taking the bushwalk track through Gore Creek Reserve
(mobility restricted) or continue along the footpath by crossing Northwood Road
onto River Road, following course signs to re-join with the bushwalk route at
Gore Street (accessible). Both routes are approximately the same distance.
You used to have a village located at Barangaroo, what has happened to this?
Barangaroo is unavailable due to the construction of the City and Southwest Metro. We have created a new Village at Waterfront Park, Pyrmont.
Why do I have to finish in a Village?
This is the point at which you registered and started so to fully complete the 28km course you must finish where you started. If you don't finish at your started Village you cannot receive your completed stamp.
I didn't feel like eating the food on offer in the Villages. Can I go to a local café and then rejoin the walk?
Yes, we encourage you to experience local cafes and takeaways in the communities we pass through.
No. The Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk is purely a walking event and does not accommodate any running. There are no road closures for this event so everyone is to abide by normal pedestrian road rules. With everyone on footpaths abiding by the road rules and potentially a lot of people walking the course, trying to run through the crowd and across roads is going to be dangerous to you, other participants and the general public.
Am I permitted to ride my bike, skateboard or rollerblades etc in this event?
No. This is a community event celebrating walking and supporting Cancer Council NSW. There is plenty of time to comfortably complete the course so there is no need to be riding a bike, skateboard or rollerblades etc. Due to the hazardous and dangerous nature of bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and any other moving equipment, people with any of the above will not be considered as participants in the Seven Bridges Walk.
Will the event be cancelled if it is raining?
No, the event will not be cancelled should the weather be wet. We do, however, advise that walkers bring wet weather gear should the weather forecast be for rain.
Will water be available throughout the course?
Yes, at each of the seven Villages there will be water stations for you to fill your own drink bottles. There will also be food stalls at each Village where you will be able to purchase cold drinks. As this is not a competition you are able to leave the course for a break, lunch or to fetch a drink at anytime and rejoin the course at a later time. There are also three transient drink stations around the course (one at Easton Park, Rozelle and two in Lane Cove).
How long do you think it will take?
For a fit and active person to walk the course at a continuous brisk pace it will take about 4.5 to 5 hours. For someone with a moderate fitness level and/or stopping for breaks along the way it could take 6 - 8 hours. Each Village will have a map showing where you are and the distance to the next Village. Distances will also be noted in the Event Passport. If you are attempting to complete the entire course, we strongly recommend that you start prior to 11am in order to finish before the 4.30pm course and Village closure.
What should I bring with me on the day?
You MUST bring the "PDF Ticket Print Out" (emailed to you) or your Smart Phone Ticket (sent via SMS if selected) that you will have received upon registering in order to receive your Event Passport and wristband, and therefore access the free event buses. We also recommend that you bring a hat, sunscreen, and wet weather gear if it is likely to rain. Bring plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including footwear, to participate in the walk.
Yes, dogs are welcome on the day, but must remain on a leash at all times, and please clean up any mess they make. Please note that dogs will not be permitted on the event buses.
Will I receive a certificate for participating in the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk?
Your Event Passport is your special keepsake from the day. Make sure to collect your stamps at each of the seven Villages as you pass through.
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Is there parking available?
There will be no designated parking available for the event, only local parking. We advise you to check local street signs surrounding Villages but they fill up quickly, we suggest using public transport to go to and from the event.
Will there be Seven Bridges Walk merchandise for sale?
This year there will be a limited range of Seven Bridges Walk merchandise available for sale
. It's a great way to commemorate your walk, but only while stocks last! The sale of merchandise is not for the benefit of Cancer Council NSW.