As we adapt to our new normal in a CoVID-19 world, there will be a number of changes to the regular running of The Great Aussie Hike. We are taking an extremely conservative approach to ensure that participants, event crew and volunteers remain safe. We will continue to revise our plans in line with the advice of the Chief Health Medical Officer, the Victorian Government and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and provide updates below.

Safety protocols will include:

CoVID-19 Safety Officer

Our CoVID-19 Safety Officers will ensure the approved CoVID-19 safety plan is executed, cleaning is maintained and social distancing adhered to. They will also monitor numbers at each site.

Race Buffs

All team members (walkers + support crew) will receive a race buff. These can be used as a face covering when in populated areas such as start, finish, Wellness stops or interacting with first aid / event staff.

Start Line

The start lines will be adjusted to fall within the guidelines at the time of the event. One scenario could be having each of your team depart one at a time to ensure social distancing on course and reduce numbers at Wellness Stops.

Hand Sanitiser

Will be available at each Wellness Stop for participants to use on entry and exit to the site.

Social Distancing

Social distancing will be expected and enforced at all times while on course and at each Wellness Stop.

Extra Cleaning

Additional cleaners will be employed to increase the frequency of toilet and surface cleaning at all sites.


There will be changes to the traditional chopped up fruit and bowls of snake lollies provided for participants at each Wellness Stop. Please plan to be self sufficient for all your food requirements. We will advise if the situation changes.

First Aid

All first aid stations will be manned by qualified professionals who will ensure very strict protocols are employed through the event. They will also support the CoVID-19 Safety Officer to help maintain the CoVID-19 safety plan at each site.


Additional toilets and hand washing facilities will be added at each Wellness Stop.

Support Crew

Should restrictions at the time of the challenge restrict the number of people we can have at each Wellness Stop, there will be time limits enforced for support crew to ensure fair access to the site and facilities for all teams. These guidelines will be implemented at the discretion of the CoVID-19 Safety Officer at each site.

Finish Precinct

Our finish precinct may look quite different to ensure that we are able to adhere to any restrictions or requirements that may be in place at the time of the challenge. Our main focus will be on ensuring we have a finish line for teams to cross and complete their amazing challenge – we’ll remain flexible with everything else.


Firstly, the team challenge will NEVER become a virtual event. The whole purpose of the program is to complete the challenge as a team, and cross the finish line together.

Given that the challenge occurs entirely outdoors and we can maintain social distancing by releasing one team at a time onto the course, we can avoid being a mass gathering and therefore it is easier to move ahead during periods of restrictions.

Should a situation occur where the challenge is unable to proceed on the advertised dates, we will postpone and transfer all registrations to a new date as provided by local stakeholders and authorities.

Remember with this type of event, there are other factors that may mean we have to re-schedule (like a bushfire, high speed winds, flooding), so we always have to prepare for multiple scenarios. We may also spread the challenge across three days to manage any extreme weather occurrences.