Washpool World Heritage Trails

Sunday 24 March, 2024

(Event sold out and waitlist is full) 

Overview

The Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia which are World Heritage Listed and forms part of the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world.

The Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks encompass some of the most diverse and least disturbed forested country in NSW with stunning landscapes of granite boulders, expansive rainforests, tall trees, steep gorges, clear waters and magnificent scenery over wilderness forests.

The area also features an extensive network of well formed trails to make it ideal trail running and great natural campsites.

This event is listed and insured by AURA and supported by National Parks & Wildlife Service.

About Coffs Trail Runners

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-cost races that are community focussed and feature epic courses.

Find more information on Coffs Trail Runners here

Our Green Commitment

The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) Green Charter seeks to encourage the trail running community to join forces, working together to reduce the environmental impact of our sport. It lists practical step[s event organisers can take to be more eco-responsible.

We are proud to support and align to the ITRA Green Charter. Steps we are taking to reduce our environmental footprint are found here: Coffs Trail Runners x ITRA Green Charter

Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks are part of the World Heritage Listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and part of the Australian National Heritage List.

The parks encompass some of the most diverse and least disturbed forested country in NSW with stunning landscapes of granite boulders, expansive rainforests, tall tree, steep gorges, clear waters and magnificent scenery over wilderness forests.

We ask that runners during the event or training:

  • Do not disturb wildlife
  • Stay on existing track to avoid soil erosion
  • Do not litter or an automatic disqualification will occur
  • Be eco-responsible where possible 

Event Schedule

Saturday 23rd March 2024 – optional

2:00pm onwards – optional free camping at walk-in undesignated sites at Mulligans Campground Group Site opens

4:00pm to 6:00pm – optional bib collection, social catchup and chit-chat, see the course maps, ask questions of past finishers and Event Director at the picnic shelter at Mulligans Campground

Sunday 24th March 2024

6:30am – Bib collection for all distances opens at the picnic shelter at Mulligans Campground

7:00am – Start of 50km Ultra (briefing at 06:50)

8:00am – Start of 25km (briefing at 07:50)

9:00am – Start of 9km (briefing at 08:50)

9:00am – 50km Ultra course cut off at 9km checkpoint is 2 hours.

1:00pm – 50km Ultra course cut off at 35km checkpoint is 6 hours.

4:00pm – 50km Ultra course closure (9 hours total)

Instead of medals, for 2024 all finishers will receive upon finishing, if they would like, one new Washpool cap that has been tested and is great for running.

The top three men in all distances will receive an engraved tankard.

The top three women in all distances will receive an engraved wine glasses.

Presentations occur immediately after the top 3 men and women finish in each distance.

Camping & Accommodation

Camping is optional and located at:

  • Free undesignated walk-in sites in the Mulligans Campground Group Site (recommended and do not require booking) at the finish line and has kitchen, shower and toilet facilities, a great swimming hole and BBQ facilities 
  • SOLD OUT. 20 Designated sites Mulligans Campground (recommended and requiring booking through NPWS website) at the finish line and has kitchen, shower and toilet facilities, a great swimming hole and BBQ facilities 
  • 17 Designated sites at Bellbird Campground in Washpool National Park (30 minute drive to start) with toilets, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Book through NPWS website
  • 3 Designated sites at Coombadjha Campground in Washpool National Park (30 minute drive to start) with toilets, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Book through NPWS website
  • 8 Designated sites at Boundary Falls Campground in Gibraltar Range National Park (30 minute drive to start) with toilets, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Book through NPWS website

Alternate accommodation can be found at Glen Innes or the Mann River Caravan Park

Getting to the start

All distances start at the Mulligans Hut in the Gibraltar Range National Park.

Gibraltar Range National Park is located off the Gwydir Highway approximately 1.5 hours west of Grafton or 1 hour east of Glen Innes.

Google Maps link to start

Where possible, runners are requested to carpool as parking is limited at Mulligans Hut.

50km Ultra

Key Information

The 50km Ultra starts at the historic Mulligans Hut and mostly follows the remote Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage Trail in an anti-clockwise loop.

Runners go through a variety of landscapes including iconic Tree Fern Forest Walk and beautiful singletracks along Coombadjha Creek in Washpool National Park.

Entry fee for the 50km Ultra: $50\

Course cut off at 9km checkpoint: 2 hours

Course cut off at 35km checkpoint: 6 hours

Total course cut off: 9 hours

Total ascent & descent: 1,250m

2 ITRA Points and part of the ITRA National League

Male 50km Record: Tait Hearps 3:49:31 (2023)

Female 50km Record: Hannah McRae 4:40:18 (2017)

Checkpoints & Drop Bags

All checkpoints will be stocked with water, coke, lollies, chips, bananas and watermelon:

  • 9km – Gwydir Highway eastern crossing. Course cut off at 9km checkpoint: 2 hours.
  • 15km – Moogem Bridge. Water point only

  • 35km – Gwydir Highway western crossing. Course cut off at 35km checkpoint: 6 hours.

  • 44km – Mulligan Drive crossing eastern side.

Please note that for environmental reasons we are a ‘cupless’ event and there will be no disposable drink cups available at Checkpoints.

Drop bags are optional and arrange on race day at bib collection at the picnic shelter at Mulligans Campground.

Drop bags cannot be bigger than a Woolworths Chiller Bag and must be clearly labelled with your name and bib number.

Drop bags locations:

  • 9km – Gwydir Highway eastern crossing
  • 5km – Gwydir Highway western crossing (same drop bag as at 9km)

50km Schedule

Saturday 23rd March 2024 – optional

4:00pm to 6:00pm – optional bib collection, social catchup and chit-chat, see the course maps, ask questions of past finishers and Race Director at Mulligans Hut Group Camping Area

Sunday 24th March 2024

6:30am – Bib collection opens at the picnic shelter at Mulligans Campground 

7:00am – Start of 50km (briefing at 6:50am)

9:00am – course cut-off at 9km checkpoint (2 hours)

1:00pm – course cut-off at 35km checkpoint (6 hours)

4:00pm – course closure (9 hours total)

Mandatory Gear

Mandatory Gear will be checked at bib collection and must be carried:

  • Snake bandage

  • 500 calories of emergency food (e.g. 4 x muesli bars)

  • Capacity to carry 1 litre of water

  • Fully charged mobile phone with Capra app and 50km course downloaded (preferred) or carry a charged phone and the 50km Race Map that you print

  • Space blanket

Washpool World Heritage Trails

25km 

Key Information

The 25km course starts at Mulligans Hut and follows the trail out along Little Dandahra Creek to Mulligans Drive.

Runners go straight at the Mulligans Drive crossing onto Surveyors Creek Track / World Heritage Walk and do an anti-clockwise loop, passing the turnoff to Dandahra Crags on the way back to Mulligans Drive.

Runners then run back on the same track they went out on that follows Little Dandahra Creek before turning left over a small bridge and completing the 9km course in a clockwise direction.

Entry fee for the 25km is $25

Total ascent & descent: 470m

1 ITRA Point and part of the ITRA National League

Male 25km Race Record: Mike Carroll 1:48:29 (2018)

Female 25km Race Record: Clare Palmer 1:58:19 (2016)

Checkpoints

All checkpoints will be stocked with water, coke, lollies, chips, bananas and watermelon:

  • 6.6km – Mulligan Drive crossing eastern side
  • 14km – Mulligan Drive crossing eastern side

Please note that for environmental reasons we are a ‘cupless’ event and there will be no disposable drink cups available at Checkpoints.

25km Schedule

Saturday 23rd March 2024 – optional

4:00pm to 6:00pm – optional bib collection, social catchup and chit-chat, see the course maps, ask questions of past finishers and Race Director at Mulligans Hut Group Camping Area

Sunday 24th March 2024

6:30am – Bib collection opens at the picnic shelter at Mulligans Campground

8:00am – Start of 25km (briefing at 7:50am)

Mandatory Gear

Mandatory Gear will be checked at bib collection and must be carried:

    • Snake bandage
    • 250 calories of emergency food (e.g. 2 x muesli bars)
    • Capacity to carry 1 litre of water
    • Fully charged mobile phone with Capra app and 25km course downloaded (preferred) or carry a charged phone and the 25km Race Map that you print
    • Space blanket

    9km 

    Key Information

    The 9km is a looped course.

    It starts at the historic Mulligans Hut and follows the iconic Tree Fern Forest Walk besides streams, across cascades, through ferny understorey and rainforest.

    Entry fee for 9km is $10

    Total ascent & descent: 240m

    Male 9km Record: Keelan Birch 40:17 (2021)

    Female 9km Record: Katie Porra 46:52 (2017)

    Checkpoints

    There are no Checkpoints on the 9km course

    9km Schedule

    Saturday 23rd March 2024 – optional

    4:00pm to 6:00pm – optional bib collection, social catchup and chit-chat, see the course maps, ask questions of past finishers and Race Director at Mulligans Hut Group Camping Area.

    Sunday 24th March 2024

    6:30am – Bib collection opens at the picnic shelter at Mulligans Campground

    9:00am – Start of 9km (briefing at 8:50am)

    Hikers are permitted to enter the event.

    Mandatory Gear

    Mandatory Gear will be checked at bib collection and must be carried:

    • Snake bandage
    • Fully charged mobile phone with Capra app and 9km course downloaded (preferred) or carry a charged phone and the 9km Race Map that you print