What is Oxfam Trailwalker?
Oxfam Trailwalker is an inspiring and challenging event that changes lives, 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. You and three mates will journey through 100km of bush trail within 36 or 48 hours depending on the event. Some states now also 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. Read more about the history of Oxfam Trailwalker here. On this page you’ll find the answers to all the big Oxfam Trailwalker questions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please contact the Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney or Perth Oxfam Trailwalker staff.
- Register your team
- Manage your team
- The trail
- The Start
- During the event
- Event sustainability
- Event rules
- Contact Trailwalker
Why has the trail been changed for Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2019?
We listened to your feedback and after many years of the same trail we decided to update the trail as requested by you, our dedicated Oxfam Trailwalker’s. We believe the new challenge will appeal to past and new Trailwalker’s alike and we anticipate high demand for the 2019 event.
Where is the trail? What is the trail like?
This years Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne will be 100km and will start at Emerald Lake and finish in Fairfield Park. Please check out the Melbourne trail section of the website where you’ll find a trail overview, trail breakdown, distances and maps to download. Each section of the trail has a difficulty rating that has been developed using the Australian Walking Track Grading System and is graded from its hardest component.
Why is the 50km event not running this year?
There are no plans to introduce a 50km event to the Melbourne Trailwalker 2019 event this stage. Oxfam Trailwalker is always a logistically challenging event to deliver and in considering the delivery of a whole new trail, the suitability of a start venue for a 50km start and the level of engagement we have had with more than 10 councils, land holders and supporting stakeholders along the new trail, we have this year decided to focus solely on the 100km event.
Will the 50km run the following year, in 2020?
This year’s event in March 2018 was the first year we had a 50km event in Melbourne, and in 2019 we are dedicating the trail to 100km walkers. While there will be no 50km event in 2019, Oxfam Trailwalker has not yet made a decision as to whether there will be a 50km event in 2020.
Why is Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2019 trail 36 rather than 48 hours?
Across all of the Australian Oxfam Trailwalker 100km events we have identified over 90% of all event finishers complete the challenge within 36 hours, indeed the average completion time nationally is around the 29.5 hours mark. With that in mind and assessing the cost of event delivery over the additional 12 hours, cost of traffic management, additional equipment hire costs, event venue hire costs etc it is more cost effective to deliver the event within 36 hours catering for the overwhelming majority of participants. Indeed many other Trailwalker’s around the world give 100km event participants anywhere between 30 and 48 hours to complete the 100km trail.
Why are there 5 start waves for Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2019 instead of the usual 4?
The nature of the new trail means there is some single track sections early in Section 1, which means we need to stagger the starts and randomly allocate equal numbers of teams to each start time. This is an effort to reduce congestion and minimise our impact on the environment. Please note, while every effort has been made to reduce the amount of congestion in the first section, due to the nature of the trail, a small amount of congestion is unavoidable. To ensure the safety of all walkers, we ask all teams to please be patient.
Why do the start times span most of Friday morning at Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2019?
The nature of the new trail means there is some single track sections early in Section 1. With sunrise only being at approximately 7.30am on Friday 29th March for walker safety with significant numbers of walkers it is in the interest of safety we maximise the opportunity of daylight early Friday morning. In addition to this we also have to be respectful of the community of Emerald, with significant additional event traffic as a result of Oxfam Trailwalker 2019, the alignment of peak hour, school run times and some road crossing management by event participants Oxfam has had to manage event start times to also minimise disruption.
What are the start times for Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2019?
There will be 5 start waves in 2019. The start times will be 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am and 11am. All events have a Start Time Competition, which allows teams that hit a certain minimum fundraising threshold in time to choose their own start time. This will be communicated to you via email, blogs, and the Oxfam Trailwalker Facebook pages. If you are unable to win the start time competition start times are allocated randomly 2-4 weeks prior to the event. Your start time will appear on your teamspace 2-4 weeks prior to the event. Once allocated, start times cannot be changed due to the planning, resources and infrastructure critical to ensuring the event starts on time.
Brisbane, we’ve tweaked your trail!
We’ve made a few changes to the 2019 trail between Check Point 6 and the Finish. Your 2019 trail has a new finish line and if you check this link you will also find
a few other changes we’ve made between Check Point 6 and the Finish. We hope you like it!
Please make sure to read through the rest of the FAQ’s as there’s some important changes regarding fees and minimum fundraising
Sydney, your trail has had no major trail updates this year!
Please make sure you read through the rest of the FAQ’s on this page as there are some important changes regarding registration fees and minimum fundraising.
Welcome packs will be sent to you shortly. Please start fundraising already. Most of the materials included, and more are available online Oxfam Trailwalker start kit. If you have any specific questions about the event in the meantime, please contact the Oxfam Trailwalker staff.
Register your team
Registration for all states 100km event options is $700 per team ($175 per person). Registration for Sydney & Brisbane sub-100km event options is $500 per team ($125 per person). Team registration fees are non-refundable and non-tax deductible, as they directly cover event operational costs. Registration fees are paid by credit card via our secure payment facility at the time of your team’s registration by the team leader. It is important to note that your team place is only secured once your payment has been received by us.
The registration process is started by the team leader and is broken down into two stages: (1) team leader registration and (2) team member registration.
Stage 1: Team leader registration The team leader will commence the registration process by paying the registration fee and entering the team information, including: 1. Team information:
- Team name
- Estimated finish time (The average time taken by teams to complete Oxfam Trailwalker ranges from 12-16 hours for sub-100km to 28–32 hours for the 100km.)
- Team category (The industry you are mostly representing. If none are applicable, choose ‘Family & Friends’.)
2. Team leader’s personal information, including contact details, phone number(s) and emergency contact information. 3. Team member information x 3, including full names and a unique email address for each team member. 4. Payment details. You will be required to pay the registration fee by credit card via our secure payment facility. 5. Terms and Conditions. You must read and accept (tick) that you have read, understood and acknowledged our terms and conditions information for the event. (Past participants: this section is in lieu of the team filling in a paper waiver).
Stage 2: Registration to be filled out by team members Once the team leader has completed the team registration section, each team member will then receive an email with a link to register their details. The team leader will also receive a copy of each email that goes to the team members. Each individual team member is responsible for completing the following details: 1. Personal information (team member’s details) including contact details, phone number(s) and emergency contact information. 2. Terms and Conditions. You must read and accept (tick) that you have read, understood and acknowledged our terms and conditions information for the event. The team leader will receive a confirmation email for every team member that completes their part of the registration process. Once all three team members have completed their registration process, the team place is finalised and secured. The team leader will receive an email confirming the team’s spot for Oxfam Trailwalker.
Note: Your team place is not secured until all team members have confirmed their personal details online. Team members have two weeks to complete the registration process or your preliminary team place may be forfeited and made available to another team.
Be aware that your start time will be randomly allocated unless your team is a winner of the Start Time Competition (Example of last year’s start times and competition).
From 2019 all fundraisers commit to raising a minimum of $400 per person (that’s $1,600 per team) to participate in the event. Teams must have $1,600 showing on their Teamspace by the Friday prior to the event week to be eligible to participate. Teams that fail to do so will be unable to start the event without the prior approval of the event organisers in accordance with event rule #4.
On the registration form we’ll ask for your team’s estimated completion time, and your best guess is a-ok. The average time teams take to walk is 12-16 hours for sub-100km, and 28-32 hours to complete 100km. Once you’ve started training you may get a better idea of how long it will take your team to finish the event, and you can check out the Team Time Calculators in the Training section below to work out the details.
Manage your team
Each trail has multiple checkpoints along the way, which will be staffed by event volunteers for the entirety of the event. Basic provisions including cold and hot water, toilets, and first aid are always available at each checkpoint. Some checkpoints will have additional facilities or resources including basic food provisions and/or support crew access. You will receive all the details of checkpoint operations, including closing times, in your map book and in the final safety briefing prior to the event. Some of the trails may have bush checkpoints where due to their ‘deep in the bush’ location’ they are more remote and there is no support crew access available. The bush checkpoints will have first aid, toilets, basic food provisions as well as hot and cold water available.
You should start training as soon as you decide to take part in the event. No matter what your base fitness level is right now, every participant should train regularly in the lead-up to the event. We highly recommend training on the trail and at least once at night (when possible). However, simply walking to and from work and getting km under your feet will assist you in being successful on the event. Training should be stress free and fun. Take it slow and build on your walks as you go along. Refer to our Training and Preparation guide for a comprehensive guide for beginner, intermediate and advanced participants.
The average time teams take to walk is 12-16 hours for sub-100km, and 28-32 hours to complete 100km. However, each team’s time will vary depending on their speed and goals. Oxfam Trailwalker legend, Christopher Turner, developed the Team Time Calculator to plan his team’s event and has shared it with us. Use this Team Calculator to work out how long each section should take you, to plan your rest stops with your support crew and to estimate your finishing time.
We firmly believe anyone with the right training, preparation, attitude and commitment can complete Oxfam Trailwalker. Of course, you should consult your doctor or specialist for the right advice relative to your personal fitness level and health.
We do our very best to keep you up to date on the latest trail conditions with blogs, Facebook posts and via email. However before heading out on the trail please visit the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the national parks website in your state for any important updates. If you are out training on the trail and you notice something amiss (ie fallen trees, swollen creeks, landslides), please call or email us to let us know.
From 2019 each team must show the minimum $1,600 fundraising requirement on their Teamspace by the Friday before event week in order to participate. However your Teamspace will remain live for several weeks after the event until Celebration Night, so you can continue to actively fundraise after the event.
From the moment you register for Oxfam Trailwalker you are fully supported with your fundraising and training by our team. As a registered participant, you will receive your very own fundraising Teamspace webpage, a variety of fundraising materials to collect donations at work and events, and a comprehensive online Fundraising Guide jammed packed with tips and tricks to maximise your fundraising efforts. You’ll also have access to our Oxfam Fundraising Coordinators,who are full of fundraising knowledge and can help you develop a fundraising plan suited to your team. We have no doubt you’ll be able to reach and surpass your fundraising goal. Visit our online fundraising resources for more information.
Your Teamspace is the hub of your Oxfam Trailwalker experience. You can use it to post team updates, reach out to your social networks, promote your team fundraising activities, share your Oxfam Trailwalker journey and check out your fellow teams. All four team members will receive individual log-in details and have access to their Teamspace once registered.
Easy! You can simply make an online donation to your Teamspace using a personal card and bank the cash. Make sure you choose “Make the receipt out in my organisation’s name” and put the name of your fundraising event in the ‘Organisation’ field when filling out the donation form. Please note, you will not be able to use this bulk event-fundraising donation as a personal tax deduction, and receipts will not be issued from Oxfam to any individual who made a cash donation.
If you receive a cheque donation, please make sure the cheque is made out to Oxfam Australia, then mail us the cheque including a note with the donor’s name, email and postal address, and your name, team name and number. We will process the donation, allocate it to your team’s fundraising page, and send your donor a tax receipt.
All online donations will instantly receive an electronic tax receipt. If you receive an offline donation of $2 or more, and the donor would like a receipt, we recommend that you make the donation online on their behalf, inputting their name and email address in the donation form. Alternatively, they can call 1800 088 110. We no longer issue paper donation receipt books.
Oxfam Australia is part of a global movement of dedicated people working hard to fight poverty and injustice. Oxfam Australia has been working with communities for more than 60 years to provide people with the skills and resources to help them create their own solutions to poverty. We do this by investing in long-term projects, responding to emergencies, and campaigning for change. Oxfam Trailwalker now raises more than $6 million each year in Australia. Each and every donation made to our Oxfam Trailwalker teams makes a significant difference to the lives of others.
Each event will have multiple starts with an equal number of teams allocated to each start time. Start times are staggered to spread participants out along the trail, to reduce congestion and minimise our impact on the environment. 100km events all start on the Friday morning of event weekend, while sub-100km events all begin on Saturday morning.
Start times are allocated randomly 2-4 weeks prior to the event. You will receive an email notifying you of your start and check-in times, and procedures for the Start line. Once allocated, start times cannot be changed due to the planning, resources and infrastructure critical to ensuring the event starts on time. All events have a Start Time Competition, which allows teams that hit a certain minimum fundraising threshold in time to choose their own start time. This will be communicated to you via email, blogs, and the Oxfam Trailwalker Facebook pages.
During the Event
There will be some areas of each trail where mobile phones may not have reception. We highly recommend that teams carry phones connected to at least two different network providers to increase the chances of having reception along the trail.
Some teams do and some teams don’t. The decision is entirely up to your team and your agreed event strategy. If you are planning on an estimated finish time of more than 30 hours, it may be in your best interest to get a few hours sleep. We also recommend you don’t sleep for more than a few hours at a time, as it can be difficult to get moving again after a long sleep.
Oxfam Australia’s vision is of a fair world in which people control their own lives, their basic rights are achieved and the environment is healthy and sustained. As the organisers of Oxfam Trailwalker in Australia, we are committed to minimising our ecological footprint and we ask participants, support crews and volunteers to take appropriate actions to minimise their environmental impact during the event.
We endeavour to do our best to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. We have made a commitment to measuring our environmental impact so that we can ensure we make positive improvements year after year. We will annually review the results, and then implement best-practice strategies to further protect the very environment we use for our Oxfam Trailwalker events.
What we are doing
All the tea, coffee and chocolate supplied by Oxfam at the checkpoints meet the Fairtrade standards and principles.
At Oxfam Trailwalker events you will find volunteers who are helping to implement our environmental strategies at the checkpoints. During the event every checkpoint will have a designated waste station with both rubbish and recycling bins. All teams, support crews and volunteers are asked to make use of these facilities and discard their waste responsibly. We also ask that all walkers and support crews practice a “pack-in, pack-out” mentality and take their rubbish with them whenever possible.
Park authorities and our environmental partners are involved in the planning of the event to ensure the chosen trails are suitable and environmental impacts are minimal. Each year, Oxfam Trailwalker conducts an environmental impact assessment on each trail pre and post event.
Wherever possible, Oxfam Trailwalker seeks the support of local business, schools and organisations to ensure the local community benefits from the event. All leftover perishable food is donated to local charities.
Oxfam Trailwalker promotional materials are printed on recycled paper with vegetable-based ink. We also use recyclable or biodegradable cups, cutlery and crockery, and all signage is reusable. The vests worn by staff and volunteers during the event are sweatshop-free and locally made.
What you can do
Our overall principals are to reduce, reuse and recycle, but we can’t do this without a little help from the participants and support crews. There are a number of simple steps you and your team can take to help us care for the beautiful environment you experience in this extraordinary event!
Ditch the disposables! We have amazing Trailwalker KeepCups for sale at prep nights, briefing night, and at the start line on the morning of your event. You can buy four in different colours for each walker on your team, or get matching ones for your support crew as a token of your appreciation (for their food, massages and hugs along the trail). Ask your support crew to use reusable containers, mugs, plates and cutlery. Ditch the cling wrap, foil, zip lock bags and individually-wrapped items. Use a reusable drink bottle or hydration pack and fill up at each checkpoint.
Don’t go bush bashing! To reduce your impact on the environment, stick to the trail, especially in boggy sections; avoid handling overhanging and surrounding foliage; and avoid standing on tree roots. Adopt a ‘take in, take out’ policy when on the trail to ensure that you don’t leave any rubbish behind. Take it one step further and pick up all the rubbish you find.
Leave the car at home and use public transport where available to get to the trail. If a car is necessary, try to car pool with your team mates or other Trailwalkers.
Make sure your waste goes in the correct bins at our checkpoint waste stations on event weekend.
Wear old, warm clothes that you no longer require over your event gear to the Start. All discarded clothing will be collected and donated to charity.
Take care not to pollute the environment and natural water supplies. Bury all bodily waste and toilet paper in holes 15cm deep and at least 100m from water, camps and tracks. Consider using a human waste disposal kit to take your waste with you, kits are available from some outdoor stores.
After the event, put your printed materials and event bibs in the recycling (unless you would like to keep them as a souvenir!). All Oxfam Trailwalker materials are printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable inks.
The event rules are in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved and to ensure the ongoing viability of the event. We ask that you read and understood the rules prior to the event.
- All team members must be aged 18 or above.
- At the start of the event, each team must have four members.
- Oxfam Australia reserves the right to alter the trail without notice and/or cancel the event in consultation with, and under the direction of, emergency services agencies and major event stakeholders or landowners. If the event is cancelled, participating teams have the option of requesting a 50% refund of their registration fee.
- From 2019 teams must raise a minimum of $1,600, in addition to the non-tax deductible, non-refundable and non-transferrable registration fee to participate in the event. Teams must have fundraised at least the minimum $1,600 by the Friday of the week before the event to be eligible to participate. Teams that fail to do so will be unable to start the event without the prior approval of event organisers.
- Oxfam Trailwalker is a challenging team event. Adequate time is necessary for training and fundraising before undertaking it. Therefore, substitution of all four team members is not permitted. If changing a team member before 5pm on the Monday of the event week: teams must notify the organisers by submitting a completed Change of Team Member form available on the website. If changing a team member after 5pm on the Monday of the event week: teams must submit a completed Change of Team Member form at the Start and pay a $30 late-change fee. No substitutions will be allowed to a team once the team has started the event.
- The provided identification event bibs must be worn at all times during the event.
- All team members must stay together between checkpoints and must check in and out together at each checkpoint. Staff at checkpoints will not check in or out incomplete teams that have members who have not been accounted for.
- Any participant who is injured or exhausted must be brought to the nearest checkpoint by their team-mates for assistance. If the injury is serious, follow emergency procedures.
- Under no circumstances are individuals to be left unaccompanied. If a team member becomes seriously injured and cannot be moved, one person must stay with him or her while the others seek help.
- Participants wishing to withdraw during the event must first report to the nearest checkpoint. Remaining team members cannot continue until the withdrawal of the team member has been reported. If, for any reason, a participant has to leave the event urgently, the Event Safety Coordinator must be called via the number printed on the event bib as soon as possible.
- In order to withdraw, a participant must complete a retirement certificate at one of the checkpoints. A team with less than four members cannot continue without a copy of the retirement certificate. This must be presented at each remaining checkpoint.
- If two members of a team have withdrawn, the remaining two members must accompany another team between checkpoints. This is to ensure that all event participants travel in groups of at least three people for safety reasons. This does not mean that team members join the other team — each team will retain their identity, team number and bib colour throughout the event.
- If teams decide to leave the trail or checkpoints to sleep, or for any other reason, they must do so from a designated checkpoint. Upon checking in, the entire team must inform the Checkpoint Coordinator of their intention and an estimated return time. Failure to do so will result in the team being reported missing and a search will be initiated. The team must return to the same checkpoint to resume the event.
- Teams that fail to depart a checkpoint by the nominated closing time will be withdrawn from the event and will be advised not to proceed. Teams that disregard this advice proceed at their own risk. The closing times are calculated on the basis that there would be insufficient time remaining to complete the event.
- A team’s finishing time will be recorded as the time the last member of the team reports to the check-in desk at the Finish. Oxfam Trailwalker is a team event and no individual time will be recorded.
- Only complete teams of four finishing within the offical event time will be eligible for official ranking.
- Every team must have a support crew and must be self-sufficient. The support crew is responsible for providing teams with their food, water and changes of clothes during the event. Please ensure your support crew is suitably briefed.
- Teams are strictly forbidden to meet their support crew at any location along the trail except the checkpoints. Any team found breaching this rule will be disqualified.
- Any team or participant who ignores road crossing instructions from marshals faces risk of disqualification.
- Do not litter. Participants and support crews must respect the environment and local neighbourhood by using the litter and recycling bins at the checkpoints.
- Dogs are not permitted on the trail or at checkpoints. Smoking is strictly forbidden on the trail and at checkpoints.
- Teams are asked to respect residential and local parking regulations. Support crews not obeying instructions from parking marshals risk their team’s disqualification from the event.
- Participants must keep noise levels to a minimum when walking in residential areas during training and the event.
- Teams must carry a minimum of two mobile phones, preferably on two different networks.
- Each team must carry at least one first aid kit at all times containing, as a minimum:
- a compression bandage
- a triangular bandage
- strapping tape
- sterile dressings
- antiseptic wipes
- assorted blister treatments
- four thermal blankets (one per team member)
Additional first aid supplies must be kept with your support crew. Prescription medication and painkillers are your team’s responsibility.
- All fundraising activities undertaken by participants must adhere to the relevant state government regulations.
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