Washpool World Heritage Trails – Sun 14 Oct 2018
T-shirts will be available for purchase after the events for $35.
Please report 30 minutes prior to start time for your event distance and pick up your bib.
52 km start 7.00am; 26 kms – 8.00am; 9 kms – 8.30am.
The Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks have incredible variety, from world heritage listed rainforests to clear rivers flowing through flowering high country heathlands, dramatic granite outcrops and wild river gorges. The area also features an extensive network of well formed trails to make it ideal trail running and great natural campsites.
This is definitely a bucket list event!
View photos of course and surrounds here then make your plans for a weekend away in October to fully experience these world class trails.
Whatever your favourite distance, we have a great course on some of the best trails in Australia. Entry cost has been kept low too to encourage local and regional participants. TRAQ/AURA members and non TRAQ/AURA members: 9km: $8/$10 – 26km: $22.50/$30 – 52km $45/$55).
There’s a short course of 9km including streams, granite cascades and a taste of rainforest on the Gibraltar side, a 26km course with a mix of flat and hilly sections and a little of everything, and an ultra option of 52km traversing the whole World Heritage Trail loop around both Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks!
On Saturday you can check out short trails near the Mulligans start/finish on foot or bike, explore Washpool’s rainforest and riverside trails, or just relax.
We encourage camping at Mulligans Flat, which has kitchen/toilet facilities and a great swimming hole. Only use one of the 15 official camp sites if you have two families with multiple tents. If you have one tent, please use the communal camp ground near the finish line and if that space is completely occupied, you can use the area near the start line, at Mulligans Hut itself. Make sure you use the toilets and not the bush and ensure you take all your litter with you.
For those who don’t want to camp out at the start, you can base your weekend at the historic town of Glen Innes, which is on the quickest and possibly nicer route from Brisbane to Washpool via Cunningham’s Gap. You will come through Stanthorpe and past wineries, which are great to visit. If you come via the coast, you might prefer cabins or camping at Jackadgery (the friendly Mann River Caravan Park), just before the national park starts, and drive the last section up the hill to the start on race morning, just be careful, it can be slippery there.
For anyone driving early in the morning, the Kangaroos will be out there!
Indicate your intention to camp when you do your online registration – which is required for this event.
Further 2018 information for runners will be emailed to all entrants
and is also posted on the website and Facebook.
You can meet other runners at the Mulligans Hut picnic area; allow time for driving in and setting up camp. Options include running or walking great trails which aren’t part of the race eg spot the Waratah on the Needles track; mountain biking is permitted on many trails eg Little Dandahra Creek; canoeing or inner tube floating down Little Dandahra Creek back to Mulligans.
Ultra course: Starts 7.00 in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway at Mulligans picnic area, proceeding anti-clockwise round the World Heritage Trail to finish back at the start (52km). This is a remote area and entrants should carry their preferred supplements. Water/electrolytes will be available at the three road crossings; drop bags will be taken to the first and second road crossing.
Medium course: Starts 8.00 in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway at Mulligans picnic area, out-and-back to Dandahra Crags then clockwise round 9km loop to finish at the start (26km).
Short course: Starts 8.30 at the Mulligans picnic area following the 9km loop trail beside streams, across cascades, through fern understory and rainforest back to the start (9km).