News

Happy trails in national park

Ben Duffus crosses the line at last year’s Washpool/Gibraltar Range trail run. Photo: Contributed
Ben Duffus crosses the line at last year’s Washpool/Gibraltar Range trail run. Photo: Contributed

WASHPOOL and Gibraltar Range national parks will play host to the Trail Running Association of Queensland next weekend when more than 100 people take to the trails as part of the annual fun runs.

TRAQ has been staging the runs in the region since 2009 as part of its yearly schedule.

Event organiser Greg Waite said it was decided to include the run after taking time out to explore the area.

"Before we included the Washpool/Gibraltar run we came down and camped for a few days," Waite said. "Me and a few other members of TRAQ had a bit of a look around and really liked the trails.

"We only had a smallish number the first time we did it but it's been steadily increasing in the years since."

TRAQ has offered three courses for the day - a 9km fun run, 25km for the more competitive runners, and a testing 50km course that covers the entire heritage trail.

All three courses will start and finish at Mulligan's Hut.

Waite was surprised at how quickly the Washpool/Gibraltar run was added to the calendar.

"Usually we have a bit of trouble finding places that are suitable for trail running," Waite said.

TRAQ, a Queensland-based organisation, is encouraging locals who wouldn't normally think of themselves as serious runners to have a go.

"It's easy to enjoy your time on the trails when there's so much around you to see," Waite said.

"The NPWS has done a great job with their newest short-loop track from Mulligan's Hut campground. This is one of the best short trails anywhere in Australia."

Runners must register for the runs, with entries closing on Saturday. For more information, visit http://runtrails.org/articles/events/washpool.

Washpool World Heritage Trails

  • When: October 21
  • Where: Mulligan's Hut, Gibraltar Range National Park
  • Cost: $5 for the 9km run, $25 for 25km run and $35 for the 50km run

Topics:  gibraltar range, national park, washpool reserve




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Maclean, murder and Huck Finn - the story of Ken Done

Artist Ken Done tells his story in his new book, A Life Coloured In, including a chapter on the time he spent growing up in the Clarence Valley.

Artist's new book reveals colourful times on the Clarence River

Rebels fan banned for 12 months after brawl

Rebels Luke Welch during the first grade rugby league match between the South Grafton Rebels and the Sawtell Panthers at McKittrick Park South Grafton on Sunday, 10th April, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

Instigator of post-match brawl not welcome at Group 2 fixtures

GIG GUIDE: Dave Strauss hits the Village Green

Popular soloist Dave Strauss will bring his diverse, dance-friendly repertoire to the Village Green on Friday night. Expect to hear everything from Coldplay to Creedence, Ben Harper to Bruno Mars, Alex Lloyd to AC/DC.

Full guide to the weekend's entertainment in the Clarence Valley

Latest deals and offers

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Broncos prepare for Sharks

Defensive training session at the Broncos

Tough defensive session in preparation for Sharks game.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances