Rumble in the Jungle

Bindarri NP has long been the go-to location for my weekend trail run. I’ve run every section of these course & they are brilliant

– Andrew McDonald, Coffs Harbour local

Bindarri is awesome for trail running with waterfalls, lookouts and rainforest. These courses are fantastic.”

– Jayce Nixon, regular runner in Bindarri

“Bangalore Falls is amazing!! I love running in Bindarri – your up in the mountains, in dense rainforest yet it is easy to navigate your way around. Best running spot on the Coffs Coast.”

– Annabelle Swainston, Coffs Harbour local & 2022 Mountain Marathon winner

When?

Rumble in the Jungle will take place on Sunday 6th August 2023 (entries open late 2022)

The 2023 Rumble in the Jungle will feature a:

– 42km ‘Mountain Marathon’

– 30km ‘The Bushmans Range’ (New for 2023)

– 21km ‘Waterfall Wander’

– 8km ‘Ulong Fun Run’

– 1km FREE kids / family run

Located in Bindarri National Park, the event features fresh trails, waterfalls, lookouts and dense rainforest.

Rumble in the Jungle is named as runners will be crossing the crystal clear ‘Urumbilum’ River and Bindarri National Park is a dense rainforest jungle.

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Gumbaynggirr people of whose land the event will be held on. ‘Bindarri’ means ‘creek system’ in Gumbaynggirr Language.

Coffs Trail Runners Inc is an not-for-profit incorporated association organised by volunteers through a Committee and governed by a Constitution.

We take pride in the fact that we successfully organise low-key, low-cost races that are community focussed and feature epic courses. 

Thankyou National Parks & Wildlife Service for supporting Rumble in the Jungle, event approval and the fantastic ongoing maintenance of the environmental, cultural and recreational values of Bindarri National Park.

Thankyou Australia Ultra Runners Association for insuring and listing Rumble in the Jungle.

Thankyou Ulong Hall Committee / Cafe in the Valley for the use of the hall, camping and carparking, the landowner of 1990 Eastern Dorrigo Way and the landowner of Mt Wondurrigah for access to their property.

Thankyou Mountain Community Network for providing catering on the day.

Race Overview

Rumble in the Jungle takes places in the stunning Bindarri National Park. Hidden away in the mountains, Bindarri National Park is Coffs Harbour’s premier running destination. Long have locals enjoyed the rainforest, waterfalls and lookouts this area has to offer.

These four courses have been carefully crafted to share some of the best trails on the Coffs Coast. There is something for everyone with the:

  • 1km FREE kids/family run
  • 8km ‘Ulong Fun Run’
  • 21km ‘Waterfall Wander’ 
  • 30km ‘Bushmans Range’ (New for 2023)
  • 42km ‘Mountain Marathon’ 

Start / finish location is at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall at 13 Pine Avenue, Ulong.

Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall will be the event hub and features:

  • Parking
  • Registration
  • Coffs Trail Runners merchandise for sale
  • Toilets both public toilets and inside the hall
  • One hot shower for runners and campers to use
  • Children’s playground and oval
  • Undercover space for storage of equipment and bags
  • Full kitchen with fridge stove, microwave, sink and crockery 

Race Overview Map is here

Toilets will be located at the start / finish at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, Bangalore Falls Picnic Area (21km, 30km & 42km) and Bindarray Picnic Area (42km)

Race Schedule

Saturday 7th August 2023 

17:00 – optional pre-race bib collection and social dinner at Ulong Ex-Services Club

Sunday 6th August 2023

06:30 onwards – registration, race bib collection, parking and toilets at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall

07:00 – 42km ‘Mountain Marathon’ starts

08:00 – 30km ‘Bushmans Range’ starts

09:00 – 21km ‘Waterfall Wander’ starts

10:00 – 8km ‘ Ulong Fun Run’ starts

11:30 – 1km FREE kids/family run starts 

12:00 – presentation for all distances and enjoy a post-run feed thanks to the Mountain Community Network

Race briefings occur 10 minutes before the start of each race.

Presentation

Presentations will occur at 12:00pm. We may have additional prizes, including random draw prizes, at the presentation.

First place in all distances will have their name engrave on a handcrafted perpetual trophy. Special thankyou to Phil Viles for making these.

We will have medals for all finishers of all distances. Special thankyou to Brown and Hurley Trucks in Coffs Harbour who are donating the medals.

Getting There

Start at the Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall at 13 Pine Avenue, Ulong. 

From Coffs Harbour – recommended route

Approximately 45 minute drive. Sealed. Head out along Coramba Road and turn left up Eastern Dorrigo Way – a 12km windy sealed road climb.

Google maps link is here

From Dorrigo

Approximately 45 minute drive. Unsealed winding road. Take the Briggsville Road which is faster than going via Brooklana.

Google maps link is here

Free camping at the event

Free camping is available at the start and finish line on Saturday 5th August. When you register, indicate whether you will be camping or not.

Camping is informally located behind Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall on the grass. Campers will have access to the hall facilities including water, stove top, sink and crockery, fridge, toilets and 1 hot shower. Caravans are permitted.

Campers MUST be packed up before 6.30am as we need this area for parking.

42km Course

The 42km ‘Mountain Marathon’ takes in all the highlights of Bindarri National Park. With 1,600m of ascent / descent, the 42km course is a proper mountain adventure. You will be rewarded with stunning a waterfall, a lookout at the top of a mountain and picturesque crossings of the crystal clear Urumbilum River. 

Description

Starting at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, you will climb up Corfes Road that leads onto Range Rd in Bindarri National Park. An unmanned drink station will be located at 4km. At 7.8km, you will embark on a steep loop that descends 450m down a runnable Pine Rd to the eastern entrance of the park. A manned Checkpoint will be located at 11.7km at the bottom.

After the manned Checkpoint, you will cross one small creek crossing of the crystal clear Urumbilum River and pass the stunning Bindarray Picnic Area. After the second creek crossing, you will have to contend with a sustained 450m climb of Jersey Bull Rd. Keep your eye out for Koalas up this climb. 

Once back at the top, the steep loop will be complete. You’ll continue along Range Rd to another manned Checkpoint at 18km. From the 18km Checkpoint, you will embark on the second loop heading to Bangalore Falls Picnic Area. A 1km rainforest singletrack will take you to the viewing platform of Bangalore Falls – a fantastic photo opportunity. 

After Bangalore Falls, runners continue along Loudens Rd through to Urumbilum Creek Rd. At 25km, you will do an out and back to the top of Mt Wondurrigah where a large informal lookout is situated – views on a clear day extend to South West Rocks and over the Bellinger Valley. This out and back is private property and access is not permitted outside of race day.

After summiting Mt Wondurrigah, you head back down and along Range Rd passing a manned Checkpoint at 32.2km that completes the second loop. Runners then continue along Range Rd / Corfes Rd back to the finish at Ulong Hall.

Note: All roads are gravel or forest roads. Trail shoes are recommended as some of the roads are rough.   

Cost: $50

Cut off: 8 hours. Start at 07:00. Finish before 15:00

Checkpoints:

All checkpoints will be manned and will have water, coke, lollies and food.

  • Checkpoint 7.8km – junction of Pine Road and Range Road

  • Checkpoint 11.7km – junction of Pine Rd and Jersey Bull Rd

  • Checkpoint 18.4km – junction of Range Rd and Bangalore Rd
  • Checkpoint 32.2km – junction of Range Rd and Bangalore Rd

In addition, we will have a unmanned drink station at 4km and 38.2km (the turnaround point for the 8km course).

Mandatory Gear

Mandatory Gear will be checked at the registration desk and includes:

  • Snake bandage                                                    
  • Two portions of food (such as muesli bars)
  • Capacity to carry 500ml of water
  • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. Avenza maps, maps.me, guru maps etc) and Emergency+ App downloaded
  • Space blanket

Handcrafted perpetual trophy to men and women winners. 

Prizes are TBC.

There will be medals for all finishers of the 42km course.

Total ascent: 1,600m

Total descent: 1,600m

Strava route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

 

30km Course

The 30km ‘Bushmans Range’ is a brilliant long run that avoids all the steep hills of the ‘Mountain Marathon’ course whilst including classic highlights including  Bangalore Falls. 

Description

Starting at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, runners climb up Corfes Road that leads onto Range Rd in Bindarri National Park. An unmanned drink station will be located at 4km. Runners will continue along Range Rd, an undulating forest road surrounded by dense rainforest, to a junction with a manned Checkpoint at 9.6km.

From the Checkpoint at 9.6km, runners head down to Bangalore Falls Picnic Area and take a 1km rainforest singletrack to the viewing platform of Bangalore Falls – a fantastic photo opportunity. 

After Bangalore Falls, runners will divert from the 21km course and turn left down Loudens Rd through to Urumbilum Creek Rd. Once on Urumbilum Creek Rd, runners follow the main road back to a Checkpoint at 20km completing the loop.

30km runners do not go out and back to Mt Wondurrigah lookout.

Note: All roads are gravel or forest roads. Road shoes are generally fine,

Cost: $30

Starting time: 8:00am

Hikers are permitted.

Checkpoints:

All checkpoints will have water, coke, lollies and food and located at:

  • Checkpoint 9.6km – junction of Range Rd and Bangalore Rd
  • Checkpoint 20km – junction of Range Rd and Bangalore Rd

In addition, we will have an unmanned drink station at 4km and 26km (the turnaround point for the 8km course).

Mandatory Gear

Mandatory Gear will be checked at the registration desk and includes:

    • Snake bandage                                                     
    • Two portion of food (such as a muesli bar)

    • Capacity to carry 500ml of water

    • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. Avenza maps, maps.me, guru maps etc) and Emergency+ App downloaded

Handcrafted perpetual trophy to men and women winners.

Prizes are TBC.

There will be medals for all finishers of the 21km course.

Total ascent: 900m

Total descent: 900m

Strava route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

21km Course

The 21km ‘Waterfall Wander’ is a fantastic destination run with the highlight being the stunning Bangalore Falls. 

Description

Starting at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall, runners climb up Corfes Road that leads onto Range Rd in Bindarri National Park. A drink station (potentially unmanned) will be located at 4km. Runners will continue along Range Rd – an undulating forest road surrounded by dense rainforest – passing a Checkpoint at 7.8km before arriving at a junction with another Checkpoint at 9.6km.

From the Checkpoint at 9.6km, runners head down to Bangalore Falls Picnic Area and take a 1km rainforest singletrack to the viewing platform of Bangalore Falls – a fantastic photo opportunity. 

Runners will then retrace their steps passing the same Checkpoints again at 12km, 13.6km and the drink station at 17.6km (potentially unmanned) back to the finish at Eastern Dorrigo Community Hall.

Note: All roads are gravel or forest roads. Road shoes are generally fine,

Cost: $20

Starting time: 9:00am

Hikers are permitted.

Checkpoints:

All checkpoints will have water, coke, lollies and food and located at:

  • Checkpoint 9.6km – junction of Range Rd and Bangalore Rd
  • Checkpoint 12km – junction of Range Rd and Bangalore Rd

In addition, we will have an unmanned drink station at 4km and 17.6km (the turnaround point for the 8km course).

Mandatory Gear

Mandatory Gear will be checked at the registration desk and includes:

    • Snake bandage                                                     
    • One portion of food (such as a muesli bar)

    • Capacity to carry 500ml of water

    • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. Avenza maps, maps.me, guru maps etc) and Emergency+ App downloaded

Handcrafted perpetual trophy to men and women winners.

Prizes are TBC.

There will be medals for all finishers of the 21km course.

Total ascent: 650m

Total descent: 650m

Strava route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

8km Course

The 8km ‘Ulong Fun Run’ climbs up Corfes Road to the stunning rainforest entrance of Bindarri National Park.

Cost: $10

Starting time: 10:00am

Walkers are allowed.

No checkpoints. An unmanned drink station will be at the 4km turnaround point.

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The following Mandatory Gear will be checked at registration:

  • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. Avenza maps, maps.me, guru maps etc) and Emergency+ App downloaded

Prizes are TBC

There will be medals for all finishers of the 8km course.

Total ascent: 200m

Total descent: 200m

Strava route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

1km Kids/family run

New to 2023, we will be having a 1km kids / family run.

The kids / family run take place around Ulong Oval and the Hall at the start/finish line.

The idea is that while waiting for mum or dad to finish their big run, the other parent could do a walk/run with the kids 

Cost: FREE

Registration is on the day

Walkers are allowed.

There will be medals for all finishers of the 1km kids / family run