FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

REGISTRATION

Visit our registration page here and follow the instructions. Fill in the registration form via the link for the correct distance you would like to cover.

Challenge costs can be found here.

Make sure you follow the steps listed on the registration page.

Anyone in the team can fill in the registration form and make payment.

HOWEVER, The team captain should register first and create the team.

Teams purchasing individual tickets will be prompted to join their team during the registration process.

While registering the team members have the option to find their team details after the captain has registered the team. Join the team and individually pay their registration fees.

Or

The per-person price will be different between teams. There are multiple options as to how your team will complete the course. Some teams will form a relay, others will have some team members walking the full distance, and others just playing a support crew role.

Therefore, the simplest way to set up the registration system is to:

  1. determine what amount each team member will pay.
  2. team members transfer money to the team captain.
  3. the team captain makes one payment on behalf of the team.

For this option contact us on hello@greataussiehike.com.au

There will be no compulsory fundraising component to The Great Aussie Hike 2022.

Refer to our fundraiser tab on the registration platform.

Are you an individual looking to join a team? Are you a team looking for extra members?

Check out the team vacancy page to read through the message board or add your own listing.

Refer to our steps on how to register.

If the problem persists please email hello@greataussiehike.com.au

We will collect a list of information (including medical details) for all team members at the end of February, 2021.

With the requirements for CoVID-19 Safe Events still evolving, there maybe additional information we require. We have therefore made the decision to collect further details closer to the team challenge so that participants do not have to go through the process twice. It also allows the most up-to-date medical information to be supplied.

Registrations are made as a team. Therefore if you have a team member who can no longer participate, as a team you need to find a replacement.

If the whole team would like to withdraw, there is no refund (refer to terms and conditions).

Check that your captain has finished their registration first, then you should be able to join their team.

Each team member will have to register themselves to get their registration dashboard.

Contact us via email and we will add you to your team.

hello@greataussiehike.com.au

Your bib can be collected at the check-in desk next to the start area before your challenge.

Please bring an electronic copy of your registration details.

This is likely due to your team name already being used. Please alter your team name with an additional number in the unique url square that is highlighted.

REFUNDS / CANCELLATION

If you can no longer participate, as a team you need to find a replacement member.

If the whole team would like to withdraw, the registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable in the event of voluntary cancellation by teams or individual participants for any reason.

(Refer to terms and conditions).

In the event that the Team Challenge is cancelled, Teams will have the option for the Registration Fee to a) be carried over to the next year’s Program in full; or b) 100% refunded.

Teams will still be able utilise the training program.

Note: Full refunds due to cancellation do not include any 3rd party fees that may have been charged.

Once registered for a team challenge we will not be able to refund the registration fee for another distance.

Please email hello@greataussiehike.com.au for further details.

TEAMS

We have a team vacancy board that you can register for. This will allow people looking for an extra team member to connect with you.

All participants for 100km, 57km, and 43km must be aged 18 years or over.

For the 30km program, participants must be aged 13 years or over. Participants aged 13-17 can only participate in a team that has a minimum of two people aged 18 years or over. One of whom must be the team captain unless permission is granted by the event director.

As the title suggests, it is a leadership role and you are the point of contact for your team:

  • You will help set up the team and get registered.
  • It’s important that you then support all your team members and
  • Help them stay connected and complete the training program.

We’ll also be providing you with activities to help the mindset of your team, which you can complete while on the longer walking sessions together.

Closer to the team challenge:

  • It will also be your responsibility to ensure all your team members complete required documentation (such as medical information forms), have the compulsory equipment, and are ready to participate.

We understand that circumstances change, so are making it really easy to resolve these issues within your team.

Once you have found a replacement, just have the team captain email the details of the team member retiring along with the new team member to hello@greataussiehike.com.au.

Make sure you include the team member’s full name, email address, and mobile number.

Day 1: Friday, April 01, 2022

– 100 km, 43 km, and workplace challenge.

Day 2: Saturday, April 02, 2022

– 57 km, and 30 km

– 100 km continued for day 2.

We are able to accept half teams if you are happy to be grouped with another half team (for safety reasons).

Also if you need a larger team just send us a message.

Please email hello@greataussiehike.com.au

Each team has to maintain an average speed of 4-6 km/hr.

The 30 km teams should finish the challenge in 10 hours.

Suggested time at wellness stops is 30 minutes maximum.

For the 43km, 57km, and 100km distances, strictly no more than four members per team on course for each section unless pre-arranged with event directors for additional team members to be added.

Additional walkers will result in immediate disqualification.

Should a team member need to retire during the Team Challenge, they must be brought to the nearest Wellness Stop (where possible) for assistance.

If the team member cannot be moved, one person from the team must stay with them while the remaining team members seek help.

Under no circumstances is a team member to be left unattended.

To access the rules of the challenge click here.

Should you have any further questions pertaining to the rules of the challenge please email hello@greataussiehike.com.au

Your team will be provided with a radio.

It is a requirement that it is carried by the team on the course at all times. The team will accept responsibility for any lost, damaged, or unreturned equipment.

We love fur babies, but no animals are allowed to accompany walkers on the course including at Wellness Stops.

This is a requirement of Parks Victoria.

WORKPLACE CHALLENGE

We have flexible options for workplace teams. Contact us about how to build a team that suits your workplace and staff’s needs.

Please email hello@greataussiehike.com.au

Teams will train together to complete a 30km walk and long lunch.

With a focus on the evidence-based benefits of exercise in nature, human connection, and goal setting.

Once you have a team you can share the link and ask your staff to join.

If you need any assistance in setting up a team for your workplace, please email hello@greataussiehike.com.au

Our start line is in Cape Schanck. There are a few accommodation properties in the area.

30KM

Your team needs to have 4-6 members to participate in the 30km challenge.

Support crews are not part of the 30km challenge. Participants will carry their own supplies, with water refill stations along the course.

You can park your car at the finish line at Moorooduc & catch the shuttle bus to the start in Crib Point. We suggest car pooling as parking is limited.

Participants are required to pre-book a shuttle bus ticket to access this option.

43KM

Your team must have at least 5 members.

Out of which 4 members will walk each course section with the other member acting as the support crew.

The start is at Cape Schanck and the finish is at Main ridge.

See course sections for more information.

57KM

Your team must have at least 5 members.

Out of which 4 members will walk each course section with the other member acting as the support crew.

The start is at Red Hill and the finish line is at Moorooduc with stops in Somers, Crib Point, Hastings & Tuerong.

See course sections for more information.

100KM

Teams of 6 with 4 walkers on course each section and 2 support crew members. Rotate to suit your team.

For examples of different team options click here, or make your own.

You can alternate the role of team members for each section.

We have a course elevation for each section and some examples of how to plan your team relay for each section. Click here

On day 1 your team will need to complete 43km which has 5 sections, and on day 2 your team will complete 57 km which also has 5 sections.

Click here for details on the course.

You must consult your doctor or a professional health practitioner about your participation.

SUPPORT CREW

Yes, all teams except for 30 km are eligible to have a support crew.

Each team leader will be allocated a Support Crew bib for each Checkpoint with Support Crew access.

Only the support crew with an assigned bib are permitted to enter the wellness stop.

TRAINING

A training program will be provided that caters to all fitness levels.

Upon completing registration, you will receive access to the training program that caters to all fitness levels.

General details on the training program can be found via our website.

As the 43km, 57km and 100km challenges are based around a relay team the fitness level required is dependent on how much you are able to contribute. The sections range from 5km to 15 km along the journey, so set yourself a goal and surprise yourself.

By undertaking the training program you will be improving your mental and physical well-being.

The Great Aussie Hike is an endurance event. It is important to condition your body accordingly.

The program is developed as a combination of cardio, strength, and mobility sessions. This combination ensures that you develop the fitness levels required to walk long distances and that you build the strength in your joints and muscles to continue when fatigued. This is also very important to help with injury prevention as well.

It is important to remember that for those planning to walk the entire course, there is a huge mental component to completing the distance. The ability to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Conditioning your muscles and joints with strengthening and mobility training sessions will mean that you can walk further before the aching and pain become so great that you have to retire.

The program doesn’t require you to have any level of fitness before you begin.

If you are beginning with a low level of fitness, the amount of time before the team challenge date is the most important factor. Choose your distance accordingly or consider whether a relay team is a better fit instead of covering the entire distance if you have limited time. It’s also important to be committed to the training program and complete as much as possible.

If you already have a mid to high level of fitness, the time it will take you to prepare will be shorter.

We have a training program guide and youtube videos to help you on your journey.

LOCATION

The Mornington Peninsula is 75 minutes from the CBD.

We have limited parking on both days at the start line. We recommend that you carpool or get dropped off at the start lines and the support crew use your vehicles to travel between wellness stops.

The 30 Km challenge has parking at the finish line at Moorooduc, with shuttle bus to the start in Crib Point. We still suggest car pooling as parking is limited.

– Participants are required to pre-book a shuttle bus ticket to access this option.

The startline for Day 1 Friday, April 1, 2022, is Cape Schanck Lighthouse, and the finish line is The Old Apple Shed, Main Ridge.

The startline for Day 2 Saturday, April 2, 2022, is Red Hill Rail Trail, Red Hill South and the finish line is Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc.

The 30 Km challenge will start at Cyril Fox Reserve, Crib Point and finish at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc.

Wellness stops are at the start of each section of the course.

Day 1 starts at Cape Schanck Lighthouse (100Km, 43Km & WPC)

  • Wellness stop 1: Lightwood Camping Area NOT ACCESSIBLE TO SUPPORT CREW.
  • Wellness stop 2: Blue Range Estate Wines
  • Wellness stop 3: Arthurs Seat Picnic Ground.
  • Wellness stop 4: TBA.

Day 1 ends at Old Apple Shed (Main Ridge).

Day 2 starts at Red Hill Rail Trail. (57Km & 100Km)

  • Wellness stop 1: Coolart Homestead.
  • Wellness stop 2: Cyril Fox Reserve. (Startline for 30Km)
  • Wellness stop 3: Ted Harris Reserve NO ACCESS WITHOUT SUPPORT CREW CAR PASS.
  • Wellness stop 4: Bittern Reservoir

Finish Line: Devilbend Natural Features Reserve

30 Km Challenge only: We have a shuttle service for day 2. You can park your car at the finish line at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, 159 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc.

You will need to catch the shuttle bus to the start line in Crib Point. Participants are required to pre-book a ticket to access this option.

As the challenge winds across the Mornington Peninsula, accommodation can be found at Safety Beach, Dromana, Red Hill, Cape Schanck, or Western Port.

TRANSPORTATION

30 Km challenge only: If you are not being dropped off and picked up, we have a shuttle service for the 30 Km challenge. You can park your car at the finish line at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, 159 Graydens Rd, Moorooduc. And catch the shuttle bus to the start in Crib Point. Carpooling is suggested as the parking is limited.

30 Km participants are required to pre-book a ticket to access this option.

It is expected that the longer distances (100km, 43km and 57km) have their own vehicles that are used by the support crew to travel between wellness stops.

WELLNESS STOP

Wellness stops are at the start of each section of the course.

Day 1 starts at Cape Schanck Lighthouse (100Km, 43Km & WPC)

  • Wellness stop 1: Lightwood Camping Area NOT ACCESSIBLE TO SUPPORT CREW.
  • Wellness stop 2: Blue Range Estate Wines
  • Wellness stop 3: Arthurs Seat Picnic Ground.
  • Wellness stop 4: Pig and Whistle tavern.

Day 1 ends at Old Apple Shed (Main Ridge).

Day 2 starts at Red Hill Rail Trail. (57Km & 100Km)

  • Wellness stop 1: Coolart Homestead.
  • Wellness stop 2: Cyril Fox Reserve. (Startline for 30Km)
  • Wellness stop 3: Ted Harris Reserve NO ACCESS WITHOUT SUPPORT CREW CAR PASS.
  • Wellness stop 4: Bittern Reservoir

Finish Line: Devilbend Natural Features Reserve

Our wellness stops will provide opportunities for your team to rest and refuel.

You will have:

  • a water refill station and Aqualyte to re-hydrate.
  • an opportunity to purchase food and drink from local community groups or onsite businesses.
  • access to Allied health service partners such as podiatry, massage and physiotherapy practitioners, a stretch station, first aid, and our cheer squad.

Click here for more information.

There is to be absolutely NO SMOKING anywhere on the course, at the Wellness Stops, start or finish precincts.

In case of emergency (eg – serious injury, breathing difficulty, bushfire) you must all 000.

If you have a non-urgent medical issue, please contact the First Aid Team first (contact number on your bib) and they will assist.

All participants and support crew.

Team members acting as support crew will be required to wear their race bibs at all times when entering or remaining within Wellness Stops and must adhere to time restrictions (not more than 30 minutes) at each site.

Yes, we keep an eye on how you’re travelling, provide support, answer your questions and ensure your spirits remain high.

A 30-minute time limit at each Wellness Stop will be enforced at locations where there is limited parking space.

Parking is available at all wellness stops where access is allowed. Parking is limited in some of these stops and require a Car Pass (provided to your team before the event).

Please refer to the course details with wellness stops.

COVID-19 SAFE PLAN

We have a Covid-19 Safe Plan in place. We will continue to revise our plans in line with the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government, and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

We have a detailed guideline of the safety protocols for COVID-19 that will be in place on our website.

The advice of the Chief Health Officer and Victorian Government will be implemented for participants, and event crew as per our COVID-19 Safe Plan.

The start line will possibly have a staggered start for teams and hand sanitisation stations on entry and exit. Social distancing will be expected and enforced by our Covid Safety Officer.

Temperature checks and questionnaires will be required to be completed by all participants, staff, and volunteers.

Participants may have to collect their own medals, teams may have to leave the site shortly after being cheered by our crew after crossing the finish line.

There will be changes to the access of the Support Crew at Wellness Stops to ensure there is a minimum of 4m2 per person at each location.

EVENT DAY

Arrival times will be updated closer to the event. They will be expected to be around sunrise on both days for the 100km, 43km and 57 km. While the 30 km challenge will start mid to morning on the second day.

Every team is different and we expect you to have an average walking speed of 4-6 km/hr.

e.g. A 30 km team has 10 hours to finish their walk.

This is an all-weather event.

In the event of inclement weather, there will be necessary measures to provide some respite from the elements.

Shelters will be located at all Wellness Stops.

All participants must wear appropriate fitness attire to suit all weather conditions.

Refer to our required equipment guide for compulsory items you and your team will require to complete the challenge.

Participants must have their event bib on at all times, and it must be visible from the front to allow your details to be accessed in the event of an emergency situation.

You will find Smiles, toilets, meeting points, water, registration desks, and sponsor activities.

We will email you a detailed safety briefing a few days prior to the event. Followed by a online briefing prior to the challenge.

In case of emergency (e.g.: serious injury, breathing difficulty, bushfire, etc.) you must call 000.

If you have a non-urgent medical issue, please contact the First Aid Team first (contact number on your bib) and they will assist.

We have first aid at all our wellness stops.

For the 30km participants, we suggest travelling light as we won’t have any storage rooms available on site.

The 43km, 57km, 100km participants will have their support crew vehicle to store and transport extra items that are not required for that section.