The Events

The Australasian Championships are a 24 hour event – starting at 11am on Saturday 9th.  The Roving 15 hr (Non-Championship) event also starts at 11am on Saturday 9th but finishes at 10am on Sunday. Participants in this event can spend a maximum total of 15 hours at any time during the available 23 hours out on the course.

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) for a snooze before heading out again.  Our catering team will be providing soups, hot food and hot drinks to keep your team on the go. This fantastic catering will be available at either the Hash House or a separately located All Night Cafe.

When & Where?

The venue for the 2019 Australasian Rogaining Championships is St Helens, Tasmania. The event will be held on the weekend of 9 – 10 November, 2019.   The map includes the sleepy coastal township of Binalong Bay and the world famous “Bay of Fires” area, a mecca for travellers who love the outdoors.

St Helens is on Tasmania’s north east coast approximately 3.5 hours drive from Hobart and 2.5 hours drive from Launceston. Both these cities have domestic airports. St Helens is a fully serviced town with cafes, restaurants, banks, supermarkets etc. The organisers will be providing bus transport from Launceston to cater for the event but why not stay for a longer break and enjoy Tasmania? At this time of year car hire and accommodation can be readily booked in advance. For information on tourist destinations and self drive itineraries visit the Discover Tasmania website.

The Map & Course

This fantastic rogaining area has terrain ranging from steep areas with extensive granite outcropping to flatter, more subtle terrain that was historically utilised for tin mining. Teams will have the option of visiting the area’s incredible granite coastline.

The course will be set with a demanding navigational standard for the teams covering much of the course, but controls closer to the Hash House will cater for rogainers of all abilities. The 1:25,000 scale map shows fine contour detail and vegetation runnability derived from high-accuracy LIDAR topographic survey.

The area is classic granite spur-gully terrain which means some of the navigation will need extra attention!

A little bit of the map is shown here to raise your excitement levels!

The course setting and vetting team (Gary Carroll, Bernard Walker, Peter Tuft and Jeff Dunn) are highly experienced rogainers. The map has been specially prepared using ArcGIS Pro and OCAD 2019 software.

Bus Transport

The organisers have arranged bus transport between Launceston & Hobart and the Hash House. For safety reasons we strongly encourage participants to use this transport. Bus times have been selected that optimise the ability of participants to link in with flights to/from Launceston.

Friday 8th November
Bus 1
16:30 Depart Launceston
17:30 Depart Launceston Airport
18:00 Depart Perth (supermarket shopping option)
20:45 Arrive Hash House
Bus 2
15:00 Depart Hobart
18:00 Campbell Town (Coffee and supermarket shopping option)
18:45 Meet Bus 1 at Conara
Transfer to Bus 1 and travel to Hash House arriving at 20:45
Sunday 10th November
Bus 1
13:30 Depart St Helens
16:00 Arrive Launceston Airport
16:30 Arrive Launceston
Bus 2
15:30 Meet Bus 1 at Conara
Transfer and travel to Hobart
18:00 Arrive Hobart

Hash House

The Hash House will be open from 5 pm on Friday until after the event finishes.  There will also be an All Night Cafe which will be open from 6 pm Saturday till 6 am Sunday. For both sites we are using a commercial caterer whose offerings have been much appreciated at several previous Tasmanian events. Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast is being provided by our caterers as an extra service. Please see the Event Entry information.

Hot water for tea/coffee etc will be available throughout the Hash House and All Night Cafe opening hours.  You will need your own crockery and cutlery at the Hash House. Washing up facilities will be available at the Hash House whereas the All Night Cafe will provide recyclable crockery and cutlery. The Hash House is close to St Helens and Binalong Bay townships. Both places offer facilities (BBQs, restaurants etc) if you have your own transport and wish to eat out on Friday night.

The Hash House is located at an established camping area which is very scenic but has limited facilities. There will be plenty of water and toilets provided by the organisers but no showers or power. There are several public, coin operated hot shower facilities in St Helens – 9kms from the Hash House. These are located at 1 Marina Parade, 30 Quail St and 130 Tully St, St Helens.

The organisers will provide under-cover spaces (marquees), tables and chairs primarily for the use of interstate visitors. It would be great if as many participants as possible bring their own shelter, table and chairs.

Access to the campground is suitable for all vehicle types including campervans.

Weather and Climate, St Helens

 

Moon & Sun

Moon Rise: 16:33

Moon Set: 04:52

 

Sunset will be at approximately 20:00 and sunrise at approximately 5:45

Rogaining Rules

The rules for rogaining can be read at the Australian Rogaining Association website. The events will be held strictly in accordance with these rules.