2021 Australian Rogaining Championships
The event map covers beautiful Mallee country only 3 hours drive north of Adelaide, with a complex creek network, deep erosion gullies and spurs, fabulous views from the hilltops and absolutely no spinifex!
The weekend offers two events in one: The 24-hour championship and a family/novice-friendly 8-hour event.
While you’re in the area, explore some of the local attractions such as the Burra mine site. Known in South Australia as The Monster Mine, in the 1850s it was the largest mine in Australia, and produced 89% of the world’s copper. Grab a Burra Heritage Passport Key from the visitor centre and visit some of Burra’s historic places or, on the drive out to the rogaine site, stop at Cobb and Co Corner to grab a selfie in front of the Midnight Oil House. Stay a few days in the Clare or Barossa Valleys and soak in the region’s best wines and food.
About the event
The Australian Rogaining Championship is a 24-hour event, starting at midday on Saturday, 29 May 2021. The championship event will conclude at midday on Sunday, 30 May. The non-championship event is a straight 8-hour event also starting at midday on Saturday, 29 May and finishing at 8pm on Saturday, 29 May 2021.
The challenge is to amass as many points as possible by visiting checkpoints of varying value in the time available. However, your team can always come back to the event centre (Hash House) at any time for a snooze and a feed before heading out again. Our catering team will be providing soups, hot food and hot drinks to keep your team on the go. The catering will only be available at the Hash House. Water and fruit drops will be provided at numerous locations in the event area covered by the provided map.
The venue for the 2020-21 Australian Rogaining Championship is within the Goyder Council, at Bri Glen Springs approximately 80kms north of Burra and 25kms east of Whyte Yarcowie.
The Hash House site is approximately 250kms from Adelaide. Depending on road congestion allow approximately 3.5hrs driving time to reach the Hash House from Adelaide airport.
Burra, located in South Australia’s mid-north, is a significant SA tourist attraction and would be a suitable location for those requiring accommodation pre- and post-event. The town is fully serviced with supermarkets, a bakery, cafes, service stations and a hospital, and is approximately 75 minutes’ drive from the Hash House.
Another local township with full services is Jamestown, located approximately 50kms from the event site to the west. Travel time is approximately 60 minutes from here to the Hash House.
Limited services are also available at Hallett, Whyte Yarcowie and Terowie on the Barrier Highway (A32).
Driving on country roads – a caution
Kangaroos are prolific on South Australian country roads and all competitors are urged to avoid driving at dawn or dusk. If this cannot be avoided, please allow for extra travel time to drive slowly and with care.
The Map and Course
The course will be set at a high navigational standard. However, easier control locations and possible route choices for family teams and 8-hour competitors have been factored in.
This area is classic South Australian spur/gully terrain featuring significant (dry) water courses, open sheep grazing country and native Mallee, with numerous hilly ranges requiring special attention.
The final map will be printed on A2 Teslin waterproof paper at a scale of 1:40,000 showing 10m contour detail. Each competitor will be issued with a map. A full size non-waterproof paper map will be provided to each team to assist with course planning and/or as a souvenir.
Team scoring will use the Navlight electronic scoring system. Each team member will be provided with a Navlight wrist band. All team members must tag the Navlight punch at each control for the team to be awarded points for that control.
The setting team of Jenny Casanova, Zara Soden, Mark Corbett and Steve Cooper are all highly experienced rogainers (and orienteers). They have all set numerous events in SA as well as competed locally, nationally and internationally. The map has been prepared using Ocad 11 software based on local landform shapefiles.
Bus transport between downtown Adelaide, Adelaide airport and the Hash House has been arranged on Friday, 28 May 2021, with the return journey on Sunday afternoon.
Bus departure times from the Adelaide locations are based on the Hash House arrival time of between 5pm and 6.30pm. As such, we urge participants flying into Adelaide to plan their flights to arrive at the Adelaide airport prior to 1pm Friday, 28 May 2021.
Bus departure from the Hash House on Sunday afternoon will be at approximately 2.00pm, with expected arrival time at Adelaide airport approximately 5.30pm.
The Hash House will be open from 1pm on Friday, 28 May until the event finishes and results are announced on the Sunday. Friday night dinner and Saturday morning breakfast will be provided by our caterers as an extra service. Please refer to the Event Entry Information below. While the Hash House is open, hot water will be available (with tea/coffee/Milo) depending on current Covid-19 Health restrictions. You will need to provide your own crockery and cutlery. Washing up facilities will be provided.
The Hash House is a full bush setting with no facilities. It is suitable for all forms of camping and all vehicle types, including camper-vans and trailers. Portable chemical toilets will be provided, but no showers or power will be available.
A marquee with tables and chairs primarily for the use of interstate visitors will be provided, however, it would be greatly appreciated if as many participants as possible bring their own shelter, table and chair.
Camping at the Hash House site will be available on the Sunday night for those wishing to extend their stay.
The Administration Centre will be open at the event site from 5pm to 8pm Friday, 28 May to address last minute team changes, queries and the processing of extra meal services.
The centre will re-open from 8am Saturday, 29 May with map handout at 9am. Further details of the schedule will be provided with the Final Instructions that will be emailed to all entrants and posted on-line two weeks before the event.
Event Entry Details
Participants will be required to pre-enter via the South Australian Rogaining Association (SARA) event registration portal. This is a six-step process where team member details and product purchase requirements are entered. The final step confirms the entry and takes you to the checkout for payment options.
The entry fee is the same for both the 24-hour championship and 8-hour non-championship events.
Standard Entry Fee
Child: Free (under 9 years old on 28 May 2021, must be in a team with two paying members)
Concession: $110.00 concession rates are available for:
- Full time students 9 years or older
- Holders of a Centrelink Pensioner Concession card
- Holders of a Commonwealth Seniors Health Care card
The entry fee includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch at the Hash House.
No entries accepted after midnight Sunday, 9 May 2021 (approximately 3 weeks prior to event).
Extra services that can be purchased with your initial team entry or added at a later time include:
- Bus – Downtown Adelaide to Hash House one way – $35
- Bus – Adelaide Airport to Hash House one way – $35
- Bus – Hash House to downtown Adelaide one way – $35
- Bus – Hash House to Adelaide Airport one way – $35
- Friday night meal – $25 ($15 for child under 10 years old)
- Saturday breakfast – $10
- Supporter Meal Package – $40. Includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch at the Hash House. This is included in the registration fee for competitors.
Team changes for teams that have already been entered can be self-serviced through the registration portal, until one week before the event. Go the Event Entry tab and click ‘Edit Team’. If you need to cancel any extra services or need a refund, please contact the treasurer.
Event merchandise can be purchased prior to the event through the SARA website – go to BUY tab. Please allow 4 weeks for delivery. Currently this portal is closed as the logo is being updated.
Full refunds (less fees if applicable) will be available until the close of standard entries. After that date, the refund amount will be at the organiser’s discretion and allow for pre-ordered services, food and facilities.
If the event has to be cancelled due to circumstances outside of SARA’s control (fire, flood, pandemic etc), a refund will be made to the maximum extent possible after allowing for unavoidable costs incurred.
In the event that Covid-19 border restrictions prevent a team from competing or impose significant quarantine restrictions entering SA or returning from the event a full refund will be made available.
For additional information contact the Event Coordinator Craig Colwell
Please share your GPX route! You can upload these on the Rogaine-Results.com website.
To upload the track you need to be using a laptop/pc then click on the team name and then there is a new tab "upload route" where the route can be uploaded (wait for the route to be uploaded). This is a brand new feature of the website from Greig Hamilton (bonus points for NZ?) so if you come across any issues please let him know.