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Spring into the best trail running events in Australia

23 Aug 2021

Trail running is one of the best ways to combine physical fitness with the great outdoors. And, once you've got yourself a decent pair of shoes and a hydration pack, hitting the trails is free! 

Trail Running events are a great way to stay motivated, become part of a community and build up your trophy cabinet. They’re also perfect for discovering Australia’s amazing national parks, forests and coastlines.

Check out  this state-by-state list of some of Australia’s best trail running events this Spring. Australia’s trail running season is about to hit its peak!

QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | NSW | ACT | WA

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QLD

The Great Pyramid Race

September 2, Gordonvale QLD

Great Pyramid Race QLD   082021 ja

The MSF Sugar Great Pyramid Race is an extremely tough event that takes place outside Cairns every year. Essentially a race up Walsh’s Pyramid, the whole thing began with a wager between two cane farmers over who could run up the 922m peak the fastest. The full distance is only 12km end to end but the terrain and elevation make this a challenge for even experienced runners.

Robbie McEwen Nerang Trail Runs

September 18, Nerang QLD

This is a multi-sport event held in combination with former pro-cylist Robbie McEwen’s Grand Fondo cycling event which runs over the Saturday and Sunday around Nerang National Park. A great community weekend and a beautiful network of trail to discover not far from the beaches of Queensland’s world-famous Gold Coast.

Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Marathon

October 3, Kurunda QLD

Karanda to Port Douglas   Black Mountain   QLD 082021 ja

Taking you through native rainforest, open eucalyptus forest, pine plantations and over picturesque creeks of the Mowbray National Park, this famous race can be performed solo or in a team and includes the pyramid-shaped Black Mountain.There is also a 17km Bump to Beach option.

White Rock Trail Festival

November 28, White Rock Conservation Estate QLD

White Rock Trail Festival   QLD   082021 ja2

If you’re looking for a friendly introduction to the sport, this event is for all levels. Held inside the White Rock Conservation Estate by the White Rock Warriors Running Club there are three distances to choose from and medals for all entrants!

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SA 

Cobbler Creek Trail Run

September 5, Cobblers Creek Recreation Park, SA

Cobbler Creek   SA   082021 ja

A new event on the Trail Running SA schedule for 2021, Cobbler Creek offers three distances (25k, 16k and 10k) along single track that includes plenty of fast, easy sections and moderate elevation. Watch for ‘roos as you climb Porosa Hill and enjoy views to the coast on the way back down past the old Teake ruins. A great way to explore Cobbler Creek National Park.

Yurrebilla Trail Ultra Marathon

September 26, Belair Railway Station, SA

Yurebilla Ultra Trail   the long run   SA 082021 ja

This is a well-known event among the SA trail community. Never more than 12km from Adelaide’s CBD, the entire run offers stunning views, amazing gorges, waterfalls and loads of wildlife. Check out experienced international runner David Byrne's review of the event here.

Mt. Crawford Trail Run

October 10, Mount Crawford SA

Mt Crawford  advernturerace   SA 082021 ja

The Mt Crawford Trail Challenge has four distances on broad tracks through the native woodlands and pine plantations of Mt. Crawford Forest. Featuring magnificent scenery, beautifully designed trails, kangaroos, koalas and birds, the longer courses have expansive views from Mt. Pleasant summit, and the extra-long course visits Mt. Crawford summit.

Heysen 105 Trail Ultra Marathon

October 23, Rocky Creek SA

Heysen Trail 105   SA   082021 ja

This has quickly become an iconic trail running event that traverses a 115km section of the 1200km-long Heysen Trail. Runners can experience the best of trail running conditions across distances from 11km up to the full 115km. Multiple national parks form the course with abundant wildlife and wide open spaces making this a truly Australian experience.

Kuipto Forest Trail Run

November 7, Prospect Hill MTB Trail Head, Kuitpo

Kuitpo Forest   Sa   082021 ja2

Run through an amazing mix of scenic pine plantations and native bush that make up Kuipto Forest. Enjoy single track that meanders through the forest and lookout for kangaroos and wallabies resting in the shade. Kyeema Conservation Park is also a spectacular slice of native reserve.

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TAS

Flinders Island Running Festival

September 3 - 5 - Flinders Island, TAS

Flinder Island Running Festival TAS   082021 ja

Flinders Island is a special place to run. Beyond rolling farmland hills there’s a world of natural wonders to explore, from pristine coastline to the rugged mountain ranges of Strzelecki National Park. With four different runs to choose from, this is a real community weekend that also coincides with Father’s Day, making it the perfect excuse to spend some quality time in nature.

Bridport 10+ Fun Run

October 24, Bridport TAS

This is an annual fun run held on the Bridport Walking Track in Tasmania. Circumnavigating the Village by the Sea, competitors can run, walk or jog through the river-forest track, along the Wildflower Reserve and finally over the stunning foreshore of Bridport. A great family day out!

Triple Top Mountain Run

November 14, Near Sheffield TAS

Triple Top Mountains   TAS   082021 ja

Not an event for the faint-hearted, this 19.7 km course takes on the three Tasmanian peaks Mt Claude, Mt Van Dyke and Mt Roland before finishing at Claude Road Hall. With over 1,100m of elevation, and almost 1,000m descent over the final 5km, runners will need to conserve their energy for the end! 

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VIC

Surf Coast Century

September 11, Anglesea Vic

Surfcoast Century   VIC   082121 ja

This is an iconic ultra-marathon event that takes place annually along Victoria’s most famous stretch of coastline and through a diverse range of incredible landscapes. With distances up to 100km available, runners can perform individually or as a team. Entries are currently open for this magnificent event but please check their website for updates in the lead up to the run. 

Macedon Range Trail Runs

September 26, Macedon Range VIC 

Part of Victoria’s Trailsplus Mountain Trail Series, Mt. Macedon is one of the highest peaks in the beautiful Macedon Ranges, which are about 70km northeast of Melbourne. Distances range up to the 50k ultra marathon and runners can expect to run through a blanket of fog and experience beautifully scenic mountain trails.

Surf Coast Wonderfalls Trail Run

October 16, Cumberland River VIC

Wonderfalls Trai Run   VIC   082021 ja

Set in the majestic mountains behind the seaside town of Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, this run offers scenic mountain trails with challenging single trails that pass multiple waterfalls on the longer distances.

GSER100 - Great Southern Endurance Run

November 12 -14, Harrietville VIC

GSER100  VIC   082021 ja

This 100 mile endurance run is like no other in the southern hemisphere. Taking runners on a journey through the rugged and picturesque mountains of the Victorian Alps. Three distances of 28km, 50 and 100 miles are on offer for solo and team competitors. 

Goldfields Trail Run Festival

November 21, Bendigo VIC

Goldfields Trail Series   VIC   082021 ja

Part of the TreX Cross Triathlon Series, this is an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family. Based in the heart of Victoria's Gold Rush Country, these courses challenge runners with a diverse array of terrain, from the natural beauty of Crusoe Reservoir to the challenge of Big Hill inside Bendigo Regional Park.

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NSW

Beach to Brother

September 26, Port Macquarie NSW

Beach 2 Brother   NSW   082021 ja

The Beach to Brother Running Festival offers competitors the chance to compete in the full marathon, a half-Marathon, a 10km dash, a 5km fun run, or a team relay marathon finishing at the peak of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park.

The Great North Walk Ultras

November 20, Patonga NSW
GNW Ultras   VIC   082021 ja

The Great North Walk is a 250km walking track that runs between Sydney and Newcastle. Organized by the Terrigal Trotters Running Club since 2005, the Great North Walk Ultras consists of five separate categories from 25km to the 100km ultra.

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ACT

Grapest 5K Run

September 11, Lake George Winery, ACT

Grapest 5k run   CAN   082021 ja

Combining fitness and fun, this is a 5k or 10k run/jog/walk that takes you through some of the best winery estates in Australia and ends in a ‘wine waddle’ cooldown and tasting session. After that there’s live entertainment and prizes for the ‘grapest’ outfits! Who doesn't love a dress up?

Black Mountain Run Up and Power Walk

October 19, Canberra ACT

Black Mountain   ACT   082021 ja

Part of a series held on the third Tuesday of every month, this 2.6km run or walk starts from Clunies Ross Streetin Canberra to the summit of Black Mountain. The event is free, and is organised by the Australian Mountain Running Association.

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WA

Mighty Jarrah Trail Run

September 18, Dwellingup WA

Mighty Jarrah Trail Run   WA   082021 ja

Explore some of Western Australia’s finest trails through the forests of Dwellingup between Bunbury and Mandurrah. Held in combination with the Dwellingup 100, WA’s premier 1-day 100km MTB event, there are 3 distances to choose from including a 6km doggie dash!

Denmark Half Marathon

September 26, Ocean Beach WA

Denmark Half   WA   082021 ja

Starting and finishing at Lights Beach, three distances including a 2km kids fun run take on the challenging but spectacular WOW and Mundabiddi trails. Expect plenty of hills and views of the south coast. Free for members of the Denmark Running Club.

Feral Pig Ultra

November 6, Mundaring WA

Run among the beautiful trails of the Bibbulmun Track in the Perth Hills there are distances to suit all levels - solo and in teams. Including the fantastic Darling Range jarrah forest and some of the area's local orchards, each 25km lap includes about 500 meters of elevation. 

Wildflower Festival of Running: Pinnacles Desert Run

November 13-14, Namburg National Park WA

Wildflower Festival of Running   WA   082021 ja2


Featuring two days of running including the Turquoise Coast Half Marathon along the coast on the Saturday, the Pinnacles Desert Run has something to suit all levels. Distances range from the half-marathon distance of 21.1 km down to 5km through Namburg National Park

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For more Australian trail running events near you, check out Running Calendar and remember to ensure that any event complies with the latest health advice.

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