Checkpoints

Along our trail we have Checkpoints and volunteers whose main functions are to record the progress of teams, to provide a safe location for participants to rest, to distribute basic food and water provisions, to provide essential first aid and medical support, and to act as a base for communications and emergency services if required.

These provisions vary between checkpoints so please utilise the guide below to ensure that you are well prepared for event weekend. There will be coffee vendors with some snacks at the support crew checkpoints but these vendors cannot be available around the clock, so please have a contingency plan in place and do not rely on them as your main source of sustenance.

What’s at each checkpoint?

All checkpoints have:

Check-in/Check-out
Every team needs to go to the check-in desk when they arrive at a checkpoint, and must also go to the check-out desk just before they leave. This is so that at all times we know how many walkers are on each section of the trail.

Drinking water
Drinking water and hot water is available at all checkpoints, though no hot water is provided at the start. Please note  that Oxfam Trailwalker is a ‘disposable cup free’ event. To minimise our impact on the environment, we please ask that you bring your own reusable cups.

Tea/coffee and hot water
Tea and coffee facilities will be available at every checkpoint (except for the start line). We understand the need for caffeine or a comforting cup of tea during an event like this – please bring your own reusable cup to avoid disappointment. There will be no disposable cups available!

Toilets
Basic toilet facilities (no showers) are provided at all checkpoints (mostly portaloos).

First aid
There will be first aid at every checkpoint. Do not hesitate to request the support of this essential service no matter how big or small you believe your concern is.

Additional provisions at checkpoints:

The Start Line – Maryvale Road

Drinking Water
Toilets
Coffee Vendor (limited times)

Checkpoint 1 – Moores Road
(closes at 3.30pm Friday 16)

Check in/ Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking Water
Toilets
First Aid

Checkpoint 2 – Pillbox Track
(closes at 10pm Friday 16)

(No support crew access)

Check in/ Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking Water
Sandwiches with spreads (assorted)
Bananas
Toilets
First Aid

Checkpoint 3 – Woodhouse Activity Centre
(closes at 3am Saturday 17)

Check in/ Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking Water
Support Crew Access
Toilets
First Aid

Checkpoint 4 – Carrick Hill
(closes at 11am Saturday 17)

Check in/ Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking Water
Support Crew Access
Volunteer Allied Health professionals (limited times)
Camping area – BYO tent
Toilets
First Aid
Phone charging station

Checkpoint 5 – Karka Pavilion
(closes at 4.30pm Saturday 17)

Check in/Check Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking water
Camping area – BYO tent
Support Crew Access
Toilets
First Aid
Phone charging station

Checkpoint 6 –Blackwood Primary School Oval
(closes at 8.30pm Saturday 17)

Check in/Check Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking water
Volunteer Allied Health professionals (limited times)
Support Crew Access
Toilets
First Aid

Checkpoint 7 –O’Halloran Hill
(closes at 2.30am Sunday 18)

Check in/Check Out
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking water
Coffee Vendor (limited times)
Support Crew Access
Toilets
First Aid

The Finish – Glenelg
(closes at 8am Sunday 18)

All friends and family welcome, though parking is off site.

Check in
Tea and Coffee facilities
Drinking water
Support Crew Access – strongly encouraged
Coffee Vendor (at limited times)
Toilets
First Aid
Your Oxfam Trailwalker moment of glory

Support Crews

Each team must have at least 1 support person in order to participate (Event Rule 17). Your support crew is vital to ensure you are supported along the trail, both physically and mentally! Check out our support crew guide for more information.

It is possible for support crew to meet their teams at checkpoints 3, 5 and 6, they should also be on call all weekend for Oxfam or the team to contact if required.

All friends and family are however welcome at our beautiful finish line to join in the celebration.

Allied Health support volunteers

A limited number of physiotherapists, massage therapists and podiatrists will be on duty throughout the event. They are volunteers, so we do not guarantee they will be on duty at all times advertised above. We are very grateful for the support of our Allied Health Volunteers and hope you are able to show your thanks during the event. While the volunteers will try to help you with whatever ailments/injuries you have, to help you determine which queue you should be in, here is a guide to which service best suits your needs:

Physiotherapists: muscle soreness, minor adjustments, massage, strapping and taping

Podiatrists: foot and ankle pain, taping (remove), blister treatment, strapping and taping

Massage: massage, minor strapping, stretching, muscle cramps

If you have any more questions – check out the FAQ section of the website.