Australian & Queensland Mountain Running Championships

Welcome to the 2019 Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Championships at Camp Mountain. This event on 15 September is the selection Race for the Australian Mountain Running Team 2019, which will compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina (Villa La Angostura) on 15 November 2019.


The Australian and Queensland Championships are Athletics Australia and Queensland Athletics events, organised by the Trail Running Association of Queensland. The World Mountain Running Championships are an IAAF event. 


The Junior Championships distance m/f is approx. 8.3km and the Senior / Open Championships distance is approx. 13.3km. 


The course is all runnable (as opposed steep technical uphill courses) and therefore provides for a fast race at maximum effort.

 Race Day Information

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Sunday 15 September 2019


Bellbird Grove, via Mt Nebo Road (10min drive from The Gap)

Race Start

Entry Fees and conditions

The 13.3km course incorporates the Queensland Mountain Running Championships for the ‘Open’ category, this distance aligns with the Australian and World Mountain Running Championships distances. Minimum age is 20 and the distance is not suitable for walkers; we expect you to be able to run at least all of the flat and downhill sections.

If you fall into a Masters category (over 34) you can opt to run in the 13.3km Open race, but then you forgo the chance to medal in the 8.3km Masters Championship Race.

The 8.3km includes the U20 and Masters Queensland Mountain Running Championships, but it is also open to 20 – 34 year olds as a non-championship run. This distance requires you to be at least 16 years old and is suitable for walkers; this distance should leave you enough time to reach the finish line before darkness falls.

The categories you are eligible for will automatically pop up for you. when you register.

No registrations will be taken on the day.


Race Day

The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove about 200m up the main fire break.

Time Table

The timetable will be available early July 2019


Hydration and Nutrition

Make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated and have enough energy to run this race.

Water and sports drink are provided at the top of the mountain and water only at the 6.7km mark (1.6km and 2.4km mark for the 4km course). There is also water and sports drink available at the finish line.

Post race refreshments:

Fruit, morning tea and / or other refreshments are included in your entry fee. If you are not a competitor you can purchase light refreshments for a few dollars.

We hope to have the local Girl Guides from Walton Bridge, The Gap assisting us in the catering this year. Please bring some spare change to buy their yummy Guides biscuits.

Rachid will attend with his mobile coffee facility so that you can buy coffees before and after the race.

Getting there

It’s about a 10 minute drive from The Gap. After about 7 minutes take the right hand turnoff to Bellbird Grove. From there it is about 2 – 3 minutes to the Bellbird Grove picnic area.

Please try to carpool, to save the environment, make room for other people who visit the area and to minimise the traffic on the busy Sunday Mount Nebo Road.

If you want to carpool, please indicate this when you register for the event – there is an option to do so. TRAQ will share your details with like-minded others in your area.

If you take the 385 bus to the last stop (The Gap Park N Ride) and you would like to get a lift, please indicate at your registration that you would like to car pool.

Race Start

Course Details - please visit again for updates by Early July

The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove about 200m up the main fire break. Bellbird Grove is part of D’Aguilar National Park and is a very popular picnic and recreation area.

Don’t be mislead by the (for many) shortish distance; this is a fast course with an average ascent and descent of 10%, on which you can really push yourself, so you can make it as tough a race as you would like to make it.

If you want to take it easy and you are not chasing medals, enter the non-championship race, which is 8.3km. It is a great outing over the top of Camp Mountain and down again. Enjoy the national park with the bird song, bush and great city views along the way. Minimum age is 16 years old.


The 13.3km course is the same as the 8.3km course, with the 5km loop over the top of the mountain run twice.

Total elevation/descent: 600 -700m


The 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old) leads up the mountain for 1.5km after which it turns right at the fork in the road. At 3km there is a steep ascent to the top of Camp Mountain on the Samford side. Once at the top (4km) you take the forestry track that runs parallel to the picnic ground and the road. You will continue to run about 150m alongside the road before descending back down to the finish line.

Total elevation: 350 – 400m


marshals and volunteering


If you cannot run, but would like to be involved and be part of this great event, please contact Hubertien – details in the general information section below.

Jobs include registration, parking, marshalling, checkpoints, water station, catering, timing, stand by 4WD.

First Aid

There are two paramedics in attendance, one at the start / finish Line and one at the top of Camp Mountain. Furthermore, there are self help first aid kits available at various points on the courses and at the start / finish line.

General Information and Contacts

Please pick up your race bib from the registration table at least 30 minutes before your race starts.

Please carpool.

Don’t leave any litter behind, take all litter with you.

As this event is conducted in a National Park you are not permitted to bring in domestic animals.

Hubertien Wichers, Camp Mountain Trails Challenge and Queensland Mountain Running Championships Organiser

Please email me for further race enquiries: