As we are currently just tweaking the route for 2020 Adelaide Coastrek, the following are may be useful from the 2019 event. Stay tuned .....
The 60km route begins with a soft sand beach (approx. 1.5km), and at least one potential water crossing (piggyback anyone?).
The next 20km follows narrow undulating bush trails with spectacular views! We highly recommend ankle gaiters and sand resistant shoes to keep out sand and debris.
There are very limited access points for the first 20km of the 60km event route. Your support crew can only meet you at the following points in the first 20km of the 60k route:
- Waitpinga Camp Ground (3km mark)
- carpark at the end of Kings Beach Rd 17km mark)
- Rosetta Head (20km mark)
Important note for 60km training along the Heysen Trail: There is no water available along this section during training and phone signal can be a problem. Take a minimum of 3L in your pack and a first aid kit. The Ridgeway Hill trail section at Newland Head which starts at the 4km mark (between Waitpinga Campground and Newland Hill Walking trail) is not maintained all year round, and we suggest during training to stick to the well marked Heysen trail instead.
30km route (and 60km second half)
The 30km route and 60km second half of the route from Victor Harbor to Goolwa is about 50% footpath/trail and 50% sand. This section is fairly flat, so the sand is the challenge here. Be sure to wear ankle gaiters and sand resistant shoes.
There are very few water and toilet stops along the entire route. You must refill your water bladder EVERY TIME you see a water refill station (at the LUV Stops), even if you think you have plenty left. During training these water points will not be available, so ensure you take extra with you for training on the route.
The delightful village of Port Elliot is part of the route to ensure you make up your kms. Be sure not to miss this section.
The final section from Middleton to Goolwa South will be very dark for those finishing after sunset. Remember to bring your head torch, even if you expect to finish in daylight.
Please note: All Coastrek routes are subject to change. We attempt, at all times, to adhere to the advised route. As we are immersed in nature, however, there may sometimes be circumstances beyond our control (tides, fallen trees/branches, other safety aspects as advised by local councils) that require us to slightly alter the route. In any such cases these will be clearly marked and identified on event day.