You won’t believe you can, but you will!
Very occasionally in life you get the chance to achieve something extraordinary; something that will inspire others and prove something to yourself. Oxfam Trailwalker is one of those rare opportunities. It’s an epic journey that changes lives forever – including yours.
Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the most inspiring team challenges in the world. You and three mates will journey through 100km of bush trail within 36 or 48 hours depending on the state. Some states now offer alternate distances – 50km or 55km within 24 hours. It’s not a relay. Your team has to start together, stick together and finish together — it’s tough, but with the right training and attitude you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. The feeling when you cross the finish line will be something you’ll never forget.
Oxfam Trailwalker is a life-changing experience and every step you take helps raise vital funds to support people living in poverty. You’ll be part of a global phenomenon where ordinary people achieve something extraordinary and make a lasting difference by supporting Oxfam’s work around the world. Oxfam works with local communities to help them create their own sustainable solutions to poverty. Together we are promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, teaching skills to grow food and advocating for their basic rights.
How did it begin?
Oxfam Trailwalker began in 1981 as a training exercise for the elite Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment in Hong Kong. It has since grown into one of the world’s ultimate team events with over 250,000 people taking part and $165 million raised in support of Oxfam’s work. Oxfam Trailwalker takes place in India, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, France, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia. Read more about Oxfam Trailwalker’s history in Australia and around the world.
Fundraising for a future free from poverty
Each team must commit to raising a minimum fundraising amount to support Oxfam’s work around the world. By raising money for Oxfam Australia you will be making a tremendous difference to people’s lives. Fundraising for Oxfam is a rewarding experience and can also be great fun!
Anyone can do it
Oxfam Trailwalker is all about teamwork — it’s a great way for friends to bond or for work colleagues to develop team spirit. Oxfam Trailwalker is challenging, but you don’t need to be a marathon runner or a professional athlete to do it. Whether you’re old friends, a group of mums or work mates, with training and the right mental attitude, just about anyone can do it!
Behind every great team is an even greater support crew
Helping each team through the event is a dedicated support crew, providing them with clothes, food, foot rubs and hugs. Support crews are the unsung heroes of the event and teams could not complete Oxfam Trailwalker without them! Learn about what makes a good support crew.
And behind every great event are the volunteers
Oxfam Trailwalker is a massive logistical exercise and each event needs around 700 volunteers to help make it happen. Volunteers work in various roles, from checkpoint co-ordinators and trail marshals to drivers and physiotherapists. Their dedication, hard work and enthusiasm play a pivotal role in making Oxfam Trailwalker a success. Find out more about volunteering at Oxfam Trailwalker.
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Oxfam Trailwalker around the world
Oxfam Trailwalker is a global phenomenon. Oxfam Trailwalker began in 1981 as a military training exercise for the elite Queen’s Gurkha Signals Regiment in Hong Kong. It has since grown into one of the world’s leading team endurance challenges.
In 2017 Oxfam Trailwalker took place in Australia, India, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, France, UK, Belgium, and Hong Kong and South Korea. Globally, the events have raised more than $210 million for Oxfam’s work in support of people living in poverty around the world.
Oxfam Trailwalker in Australia
Oxfam Trailwalker launched in Australia in 1999, with events in both Sydney and Adelaide raising more than $250,000. A Melbourne event replaced Adelaide in 2003, and in 2011 Brisbane hosted its first Oxfam Trailwalker. In 2013 the inaugural Oxfam Trailwalker Perth event took place in October. In 2014, Brisbane launched Australia’s inaugural sub-100km option with their 55km distance, and Perth hosted a 50km event for the first time.
Oxfam Trailwalker is Australia’s original 100km team challenge. Oxfam Trailwalker currently takes place in Melbourne (March), Brisbane (June), and Sydney (August). In 2018, almost 2,000 teams took part in Oxfam Trailwalker across Australia, with the support of more than 2,800 volunteers and 6,000 support crew members, and raised more than $6 million. Since 1999, more than 78,000 people have participated in the event and have collectively raised more than $89 million.
|Year||City||Fastest Time||Money Raised||Teams|
|2018||Melbourne (100km)||12hrs 13mins||$2.51 million||508|
|Melbourne (50km)||6hrs 41mins||(as above)||228|
|Brisbane (100km)||13hrs 25mins||$708,000||136|
|Brisbane (55km)||7hrs 50mins||(as above)||105|
|Sydney (100km)||17hrs 19mins||$2.10 million||325|
|Perth (50km)||8hrs 42mins||(as above)||73|
|2017||Melbourne||11hrs 25mins||$2.34 million||710|
|Brisbane (100km)||23hrs 27mins||$890,000||154|
|Brisbane (55km)||14hrs 58mins||(as above)||103|
|Sydney (100km)||18hrs 4mins||$2.98 million||442|
|Sydney (50km)||7hrs 8mins||(as above)||223|
|Perth (50km)||4hrs 57mins||$809,000||247|
|2016||Melbourne||10hrs 56mins||$2.52 million||690|
|Brisbane (100km)||11hrs 2mins||$785,000||139|
|Brisbane (60km)||8hrs 13mins||(as above)||1oo|
|Sydney||14hrs 31mins||$2.18 million||460|
|Perth (100km)||12hrs 56mins||$685,000||117|
|Perth (50km)||7hrs 53mins||(as above)||92|
|2015||Melbourne||10hrs 32mins||$2.43 million||710|
|Brisbane (100km)||13hrs 40mins||$920,000||165|
|Brisbane (60km)||8hrs 17mins||(as above)||117|
|Sydney||17hrs 19mins||$2.83 million||544|
|Perth (100km)||18hrs 22mins||$1 million||194|
|Perth (50km)||10hrs 23mins||(as above)||105|
|2014||Melbourne||10hrs 31mins||$2.7 million||781|
|Brisbane (100km)||12hrs 35mins||$663,000||207|
|Brisbane (50km)||7hrs 45mins||$377,000||109|
|Sydney||11hrs 22mins||$2.3 million||556|
|Perth||14hs 9mins||$1.2 million||369|
|2013||Melbourne||11hrs 20mins||$2.6 million||756|
|Sydney||12hrs 29mins||$2.1 million||479|
|Perth||10hrs 50mins||$1.5 million||369|
|2012||Melbourne||9hrs 51mins||$2.6 million||745|
|Brisbane||11hrs 53mins||$1.1 million||353|
|Sydney||12hrs 18mins||$2.9 million||543|
|2011||Melbourne||10hrs 23mins||$2.9 million||715|
|Brisbane||11hrs 58mins||$1 million||283|
|Sydney||12hrs 9mins||$3.3 million||550|
|2010||Melbourne||12hrs 29mins||$3 million||729|
|Sydney||12hrs 7mins||$3.3 million||497|
|2009||Melbourne||10hrs 35mins||$2.3 million||713|
|Sydney||13hrs 25mins||$3.2 million||510|
|2008||Melbourne||11hrs 26mins||$2.4 million||668|
|Sydney||14hrs 24mins||$3.2 million||519|
|2007||Melbourne||10hrs 44min (shortened trail)||$2.3 million||592|
|Sydney||12hrs 56mins||$3.1 million||502|
|2006||Melbourne||11hrs 40mins||$1.6 million||481|
|Sydney||12hrs 37mins||$2.2 million||446|
|2005||Melbourne||12hrs 39mins||$1.3 million||418|
|Sydney||11hrs 59mins||$1.6 million||430|
|Sydney||15hrs 17mins||$1.1 million||381|
|Sydney||12hrs 58mins||$1.1 million||343|
Australian team fundraising total: $89.8 million
You and Oxfam, tackling poverty together
At Oxfam we believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty.
We join forces with people who share this belief, to empower communities to build better lives for themselves.
That’s why we are there on the ground, not only to save lives in times of crisis, but also to develop lasting solutions.
Our work spans wide because there are many causes of poverty. That’s why we’re also in front of decision-makers, governments and corporations, and speak out on the big issues.
Together we are tackling poverty by changing minds, systems and lives.
Contributing to long-term development
We work with families and communities to equip them with the tools and resources to achieve their basic human rights. We fund long-term projects around the world and work in a range of areas, from water and sanitation to education and health, to bring about positive change in people’s lives.
Campaigning for change
Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. We urge governments and companies to change rules and practices that keep people in poverty, and we support communities to call for justice and take action.
Responding to emergencies
When communities are struck by disaster, they need help fast. Whether it’s an outbreak of disease, a natural disaster or a time of conflict, we respond swiftly to emergencies – providing life-saving aid, support and protection.
Right now, we’re responding to these emergencies. Once the immediate danger has passed, we work to help rebuild lives and reduce the risk of future disasters.
Oxfam Trailwalker now raises more than $7 million each year in Australia. Each and every donation made to our Trailwalker teams makes a significant difference to the lives of others. Find out more about the difference your team and the people who support you make.