When do the Everyday Hero fundraising pages close?
Fundraising pages will stay open until 18 December 2016, But you are welcome to send through additional donations directly to Cancer Council NSW after this time.
When is Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk on and what time does it start?
The 11th Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk is on Sunday 30 October 2016. The course opens at 7:30am and closes at 4:30pm. We recommend that if you wish to complete the entire 28km course you start the walk before 11am.
When can I register for the event?
Registrations opened on 1st June 2016.
How much does it cost to enter this event?
To participate in the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk adults can register online for Early Bird $35 + BF / General Admission $45 + BF (incl GST) for standard registrations. Children under 12 years can participate free.
We recommend that you register online prior to the event to avoid long queues on the day. If you decide to walk on the day, you can simply register at any of the seven villages for $60 + BF (incl GST). Payments can be made by cash or major credit card.
All registration fees are non-refundable, and are not a donation to the Cancer Council. Please seek independent advice on your tax arrangements.
Select 'Register Now' from the top menu and follow the prompts. If you do need to register on the day we will be taking registration payments by cash and major credit cards but you may encounter long queues. Click here to register
Can I register to do the walk on the day?
Yes, however we highly recommend you register to participate in the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk prior to the day via the online booking system on this website. If you do need to register on the day we will be taking registration payments by cash and major credit cards but you may encounter long queues. Registration online prior to the day costs $35 + BF (Early Bird) or $45 + BF (Standard) for participants 12 and over (children under 12 are free) and registration on the day costs $60 + BF.
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.
What do I do if I have not received my registration receipt / ticket?
The registration receipt will have come from our ticketing agent, Ticketbooth. Please ensure you check your Junk Email Box as the confirmation emails may have been sent there by email filters. If you are still unable to find your registration receipt, please contact Ticketbooth to have it resent to your email. Click here
to contact Ticketbooth.
We will be emailing you event updates and information about the course in the lead up to the event. We also have a Facebook page
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What is an "Event Passport"?
It is an information booklet that you will collect at the village you choose to start at. The passport will include event and course information, as well as a course map. They will be pre stamped with your start point stamp, but you can collect a stamp at each following bridge and Village you pass through which signifies you have visited that particular point. It will also be your ticket to the free event buses.
Where do I go to redeem my Event Passport?
You can redeem your Event Passport and official wristband by showing your "Receipt" at the entry point at any of the seven Villages between the hours of 7.30am until 4.30pm.
What is the charity fundraising component of this event?
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 2016 is to fundraise over $750,000 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! Please note, whilst it is not compulsory to fundraise or donate we encourage you take a step towards the fight against cancer.
How much of the money raised will go to Cancer Council NSW?
You can help raise money for the Cancer Council NSW by making a donation online when you register. Cancer Council NSW volunteers will also be taking donations at the Villages on event day.
All registration fees are going to the Pedestrian Council of Australia (a not for profit for organisation which promotes walking, health and road safety) to manage and put on the event. The Pedestrian Council will also receive between 23% and 27.5% of the gross revenue from fundraising, depending on the amount fundraised. Cancer Council NSW will receive the remaining amount (between 72.5% and 77%) to fund its research, prevention programs and support services.
Can my friends sponsor me?
Yes, you can set up a fundraising page either when you register or using your registration details. Fundraising pages are free to build and are facilitated through our partner, Everyday Hero.
How will I know where the course is?
You need to collect your "Event Passport" when you register at one of the seven event 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. You can download the course map from this website to review prior to event day.
The course will follow a similar route to 2015, apart from changes between the Southern end of Sydney Harbour Bridge through to Barangaroo. Please see the New 2016 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. We will be tracking your progress through a stamp system so it is important that you continue in a clockwise direction while on the course. People walking in an anti-clockwise direction will be classed as non participants.
What is the level of difficulty of the course?
The majority of the course is an easy level walk. There are some small sections of the course behind Riverview and through Lane Cove that would be considered a medium level course.
Is this course accessible for prams and wheelchairs?
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 most assessable part of the course is starting just before Pyrmont Bridge, through to the Southern end of Gladesville Bridge.
The organisers suggest that participants who wish to use a stroller or pram have someone to assist them through their journey. In the case of wheelchairs, we suggest that the participant consult the map and investigate the various areas of the course where they would like to travel along. Unfortunately there are areas of the course that are inaccessible to persons in permanent wheelchairs, as these areas would be in normal situations.
The areas to consider are:
- Access to Sydney Harbour Bridge from the North (Milsons Point)
- Access from Sydney Harbour Bridge from the South (onto Cumberland St, The Rocks)
- Access from Barangaroo Village to Kent Street (Stairs involved, lift available)
- Access from Gladesville Bridge (northern end)
- Small set of Stairs after Figtree Bridge then onto a steep hill.
- Access to Gore Creek Reserve from the West (Steep and uneven Stairs down to bush track)
Please enquire at the Information Booth at the villages 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 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 at8.30am 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 - King St, opposite side of the road to Wollstonecraft Village (Brennan Park)
- River Rd, Greenwich - On Northern side of River Rd, opposite Greenwich Hospital
- River Rd West, Blaxland's Corner - On Northern side of River Rd, near William Edward St
- Burns Bay Rd, Linley Point - On Western side of Burns Bay Rd opposite intersection of View St
- Burns Bay Rd, Hunters Hill - On the north bound exit ramp to Church St, Hunters Hill
- Victoria Rd, Drummoyne - near Lyons Rd, outside the Drummoyne Post Office
- Victoria Rd, Rozelle - at Toelle St, Rozelle
- Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont - Pirrama Rd opposite Pyrmont Village, outside The Star
- Erskine St, King St Wharf - Erskine St, between Lime St and Shelley St
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 3 decisions points along the course giving participants different walking options in some areas. 1 route may be slightly shorter and more or less accessible.
What is a decision point?
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 Ave and Carranya
Rd to Warraroon Rd (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 Rd
onto River Rd, following course signs to re-join with the bushwalk route at
Gore St (accessible). Both routes are approximately the same distance.
You used to have a village located at Observatory Hill, What has happened to this?
Observatory Hill village has been moved to Barangaroo to utilize its fantastic new harbour side venue.
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; it's not a race and everyone will be a winner. 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 (1 at Easton Park, Rozelle and 2 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
The course and villages will be operational between 7.30am and 4.30pm event day only.
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 and sunscreen if it is sunny 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 there be Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk merchandise for sale?
This year there will be a limited range of Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk merchandise available for sale through the www.7bridgeswalk.com.au website. A great way to commemorate your walk but only while stocks last! See the merchandise tab for further details.
Will I receive a certificate for participating in the Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk?
No, by having your passport stamped at each Village and bridge that you walk through, you will have a keepsake of your experience on the day.
What should I do to prevent sunburn?
The decision to hold it in October is that, being Spring, the weather is at its best and we get the most number of walkers (and fundraisers). Sydney siders in general tend to be put off by winter weather and the later months clash with local sport grand finals, as well as the big footy finals. Additionally, with the switch over to daylight saving we manage to minimise the sun exposure in the earlier morning hours.
While it is indeed the case that UV levels are highest in the middle part of the day, there are many ways we can enjoy good Spring weather, while minimising the risk of sun damage. Cancer Council NSW recommends sun protection be used when UV levels are 3 (moderate) and above. This is pretty easy and you can get a lot more information at the Wollstonecraft hub during the walk. When you're out and about - e.g. participating in the 7 Bridges Walk, you can protect yourself by following the following sun protection measures;
- Wear lightweight clothing that covers as much skin as possible such as shirts with a longer sleeve, high neckline and collar, long pants/long shorts or skirt that comes to below the knees.
- Slap on a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style hat that protects your face, ears and neck. Generally baseball caps aren't recommended, as they don't protect the ears, cheeks or neck.
- Use SPF30+ or SPF50 broad-spectrum sunscreen on skin not covered by clothing. Follow the directions on the label and if possible put it on 20 minutes before going outside. Take sunscreen with you and re-apply every 2 hours. At Wollstonecraft we'll be selling small tubes that can be clipped to your belt or pocket and these are ideal for reapplication.
- Wearing slide on sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS1067 and that fit your face well will help protect your eyes from UV rays.
Prior to the walk you can check the UV levels in your local area a few days in advance at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart
or download the free SunSmart app.
You don't need to walk the entire route - many people just take in a couple of their favourite bridges. There are 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 if you want to get to a particular bridge and stay out of the sun, simply hop on a bus free of charge. 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.
There's also plenty of shade at the various bridge stops, so if you feel that you feel the need to get out of the sun, you have a few different options.
Questions regarding parking are check local street signs surrounding villages but they fill up quickly so it is suggested to catch public transport to the event.
Once again there are no road closures that will impact participants.
Where do I direct my queries regarding merchandise?
Any queries on your merchandise order should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 03 9036 3392.