Washpool World Heritage Trails

When?

The 13th Washpool World Heritage Trails will be held on:

Sunday 26th March 2023

For 2023, this event will be organised by Coffs Trail Runners and include 50km, 25km an 9km distances.

Race Overview

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.

Now listed by AURA and supported by National Parks & Wildlife Service

General area map is here

Race Schedule

06:30 – Registration opens

06:50 – Race briefing for the 50km Ultra

07:00 – Start 50km Ultra

07:50 – Race briefing for the 25km race

08:00 – Start 25km race

08:50 – Race briefing for the 9km race / family outing / walk

09:00 – Start 9km race / family outing / walk

Getting There

All events start at the Mulligan’s Hut Picnic Area in the Gibraltar Range National Park off the Gwydir Highway.

We recommend camping at Mulligans Hut Camping Ground, which has kitchen / toilet facilities and a great swimming hole.

Booking for all campgrounds needs to be done via the National Parks and Wildlife Service website. Alternate accommodation can be found at Glen Innes or the Mann River Caravan Park.

National Park fees are $8.00 for 24 hours per vehicle. Please bring the correct change and pay as you enter at Parks’ information stands.

50km Course

The 50km course starts Mulligans Picnic Area in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway and proceeds anti-clockwise round the remote World Heritage Trail to finish back at the start.

Checkpoints & Water:

  • Checkpoint 1 – 9km (water, coke, lollies and food)

  • 15km (water point only)

  • Checkpoint 2 – 35km (water, coke, lollies and food)

  • 44km (water point only)

One drop bag can be taken to Checkpoint 2 at 35km. Arranged on the day.

Costs: $50

Mandatory gear:

  • Snake bandage

  • Two portions of food 

  • Capacity to carry 1 litre of water

  • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. maps.me, guru maps etc)

  • Space blanket

Total ascent: 1,400m

Total descent 1,400m

Strava route here

Route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

Downloadable map here

25km Course

*COURSE CHANGE FOR 2023*

The 25km course is now a loop. It is approximately 1km shorter than the old course.

It starts at Mulligans Picnic Area and goes out along Little Dandahra Creek. You will now cross straight at Mulligans Drive onto the newly upgraded Surveyors Creek Track. Runners will then run anticlockwise around the World Heritage Walk passed Dandahra Crags and bak along Little surveyors creek before going clockwise around the 9km course back to the start.

Water point:

  • 6.6km

  • 14km

Cost: $25

Mandatory gear:                                                     

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

  • Capacity to carry 1 litre of water

  • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. maps.me, guru maps etc)

  • Space blanket

Total ascent: 470m

Total descent 470m

Strava route here

Route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

Downloadable map here

9km Course

The 9km course starts at Mulligans Picnic Area and goes besides streams, across cascades, through ferny understorey and rainforest back to the start in a loop.

Cost: $10

Mandatory gear:

  • Snake Bandage
  • Charged phone with offline navigation maps (e.g. maps.me, guru maps etc)

Total ascent: 240m

Total descent 240m

Strava route here

Route here

GPX file here

Google My Maps here

Downloadable map here