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Walkabout Creek Trails Race – 10 July 2016

Walkabout Creek Run – 9.3km – The Gap – Sunday 10 July 2016

Please find the Walkabout Creek Trails Race 2016 results here.

Awesome action shots from the Walkabout Creek Trail Race on the weekend can be viewed and purchased here: GeoSnapShot. Thanks Matthew and Scott for the awesome shots

Registration: here. Results from last year: results. Become a member here.

Individual TRAQ Member$25.00

Individual Non TRAQ Member $30.00

Welcome to the second running of the Walkabout Creek Trails Race. It is a beautiful course around the Enoggera Reservoir on SEQ Water land within the d’Aguilar National Park.


In recent years, this area has been developed for recreation purposes, which allows us to organise this race that finishes at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre. It is fantastic to have access to this beautiful area only 15minutes away from the Brisbane CBD at The Gap.

The course is fairly short at 9.3km and suitable to most runners from the fast runner who would like to have a nice hit-out to people who are new to trail running or to those who would like to have a nice social run with friends. However,  you need to be 16 years or older. If you are between 16 and 18, you need to have your parent/guardian to sign the waiver.

If you would like to register as a TRAQ member, make sure you are a current financial member. Membership is only $17.50 and if you are already a Qld Athletics member the fee is $7.50. Become a member here.

There are two waves, 5 minutes apart. The first wave is the fast wave, the second wave the slow wave. The first 3 males and females over the lines get the placings, so if you want to be in the running for a place, make sure you enter in the first wave. If the first wave is booked out, contact me, Hubertien on 0404 922 577 or, to get a start in the first wave.

group start

The race starts at the Enoggera Dam Wall, inside the gates of SEQ Water, which is just behind the Park ‘n Ride at the end of The Gap. Whilst the finish line is only 700m away, the course leads all the way around the reservoir for 9.3km to finish on the ‘beach’ of the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre. The course covers a variety of flatter sections, steep hills, broad fire trails and single tracks.

At the finish line we’ll have a nice morning tea waiting for you, which is included in the entry fee and there is coffee available for purchase from the Green Tree Frog Cafe

Please bring along the family and some extra picnic, because Walkabout Creek is a great area to explore, take a walk, or just hang out near the finish line to see you run the trails from across the water when you have about 2km to go. Once the presentations are done and morning tea is finished, visit the Wildlife Centre with its wombat, platypus, sugar gliders, rain forest birds, snakes and many other animals. Have a look here! There are lots of interesting things to do and see for children. Of course, make sure your children are being supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Top of hill

Summary: Registration: here.  Become a TRAQ member here.

Event date: Sunday 10 July 2015 8:00 am, registrations open from 7am (you need to enter online though!)

Event distance: 9.3km

Garmin course link – here  Strava map link – here

Start: Enoggera Dam Wall (SEQ Water), The Gap

Getting there and Parking: The Gap is about 15 minutes drive from the CBD.

Drive out to The Gap along Waterworks Road towards Mt Nebo and turn left just before the Park ‘n Ride at the end of The Gap and park inside the SEQWater gates, which is about 200m from the start line.

Bussing it: consider taking the bus (385), which stops at the bus depot of The Gap Park ‘n Ride, which is right where you want to be, a mere 300m walk to the start line.

Finish: the ‘Beach’ at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife centre, which is also the Head Quarters for this part of d’Aguilar National Park.

Finishers’ bags: A vehicle/trailer is provided at the start line to carry your finishing gear to near the finish.

Return to parking: 700m walk.

Number of participants: 150

Checkpoint: about ½ way: at this checkpoint your bib number will be recorded and there will be a self-help first aid kit.

Hydration and Fuel: There is no water or sports drink provided along this course, so if you are not sure about your hydration requirements carry at least 500ml of water. Also, make sure you are properly hydrated and fuelled at the start of the race.  Please take enough supplies with you to last you for the duration of the run, but take your litter with you.

Course familiarisation: The course will be marked, but please make sure you read the course information so that you know where you are going. TRAQ may organise a training run 2 weeks out from the race, so keep your eye out for this on the web page and on Facebook.

Garmin course link – here  Strava map link – here

First Aid: Qualified First Aid person at start and finish, self-help first aid kit at the ½ way check point.

Catering: Morning tea, water and sports drinks are provided to participants and volunteers. Coffee may be purchased from the Green Tree Frog Cafe.

If you have any questions, please give me a ring on 0404 922 577

I hope you will have a great time!

Hubertien, Walkabout Creek Trails Race Organiser and TRAQ President

Washpool World Heritage Trails report 2013

I trust you enjoyed your visit to Washpool and Gibraltar Range national parks. It was a great year for the Warratahs, but the dryness they respond to meant smaller wildflowers were rarer along the trails. It was ideal weather for running, cool and no humidity, so times were fast and five new records set; only Ben Duffus’s 1:56:17 for the 25km is still standing. Click here for results

Continue reading Washpool World Heritage Trails report 2013

Lake Manchester Trails – Final results

View final results here: Results 2013 (any corrections to:

Chantal Brockman close to the 22km finish

Lake Manchester was full to the brim this year, with cool misty weather for running and sunshine afterwards. The weather held out after the thick morning fog lifted to reveal a beautiful day that proves once again that winter in Brisbane is truly wonderful.

A good day had by all with 226 runners finishing their distances; there was an excellent crowd of supporters and spectators too, bringing the runners home. First off at 8am was the long course, twenty two testing kilometres up beside the lake and around the remote hill at the far end, complete with four river crossings. This year’s clear winner was Ben Duffus in a record time of 1:39:04, 12 minutes up on James Flittner in 1:50:57, then Amiel Boullemant in 1:52:14. First woman home was Hube Wichers, well known on the national mountain running scene, in a new record time of 1:58:18 with a clear lead back to Rina Hill in 2:10:43 and Narelle Coutts in 2:13:15.

On the short course both men’s and women’s winners shone, with Caine Warburton setting the standard on the new 5km course in 20:55 and Gabby Wehr aged just 12 first woman for the third year in a row in 22:26. Nathan Powell (21:15) and Boston Nugent (21:47) placed second and third among the men, and Richelle Hill (22:45) and Eliza Buzacott-Speer (25:08) were the second and third women over the 5km course.

Remember all race entrants receive one free digital photo from Dreamsport Photography and there are very reasonable prices for individual images, packages and prints as well as race certificates. Photos are usually online to view 2-3 days after the event. Watch for the results at or follow the editing progress on Facebook at

A big thanks to our TRAQ volunteers on and before the day; Annette Cubitt, Andrew Rowlands, Sharon & Tony Weir, Marita Eisler, Andrew Barron, Ian Javes, Guy and Alison Mcleavy, Chris Glover, Paul Wynne, Chantal Brockman, Nic Moloney and Rob Ware. Without them we wouldn’t be able to have events like this in Queensland.

Thanks for joining us and hope to see you at the Lake again. It’s a great place for a training run come picnic – Greg Waite and Andrew Rowlands, organisers
PS: A very special thanks to Greg Waite, who without your help and guidance over the last couple of years, I wouldn’t be able to know what I know so that I can assist you all next year to have a fun run without having to worry about where you will end up – Andrew Rowlands