The State Championships will be held in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park based in the Oraparinna Station, 446kms north of Gepps Cross, Adelaide (approx. 5 hours driving time). It’s a full bush event, which means teams need to bring everything needed for camping. It is only 33kms from the Wilpena Pound resort which can offer accommodation or there is Rawnsley Park (46kms away) where cabins are available.
It’s a beautiful and wild country with stunning valleys, dry waterfalls and beautiful vistas, with minimal spinifex! The terrain is of gentle, open rolling hills, wide creek beds lined with ancient gum trees, secluded gullies and spurs with stands of callitrus pine. Wildlife abounds in the area, emus as well as red and grey kangaroos can be frequently seen wandering the countryside, a wide array of lizards including bearded dragons who have given their name to the event have also been seen sunning themselves on the rocks.
Choose from the championship 24-hour event (remember that nobody makes you stay out for the full 24-hours, you can stay out as long or short as you want), or the shorter 12-hour roving event. For novices or those newly venturing into the bush, there will be training on how to read and understand the map, and how to navigate using your compass. Just ask at Admin when you register.
Hot meals will be served for Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch (vegans and gluten free will be catered for). BYO all other food and drinks, including extra water for yourself.
Further accommodation option: Willow Springs (get in touch with them directly) is on the corner of the map, so ~30mins drive to the Hash House (start/finish/campsite).
See you up there!