The Watagan Mountains are West of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake. The event will be held near Heatons Lookout with spectacular views of Lake Macquarie and only 2 hours North of Sydney.
The Course traverses both Watagan National Park and Forests NSW areas. Entrants will experience fascinating rainforest, pristine creeks and friendly fauna.
Large areas of the flora open up into stands of spotted gum, turpentine and ironbark. There are stunning spurs and gullies with gymea lillies abound, banksias in the drier flats, and amazing bungalow palm forests in some creeks.
There are many unsealed roads, 4WD tracks and foot single trails criss-crossing the Course to allow easy access to different parts of the forest before careful navigation into checkpoints.
Bob Gilbert, an experienced Lake Macquarie Rogaine organiser, is the Event Co-ordinator once again.
Thanks to the dedication and technical know-how of Hamish Mackie, a quality 1:25000 topographic map with 10 metre contours has been produced. Tracks and trails have been field checked, and any map updates from the forest completed by experienced Mapper and Course Planner, Rob Vincent. The quality of the map and contours supports unambiguous, accurate navigation across the area, even through the deepest rainforested valleys.
Bob and Pam Montgomery are committed Vetters checking tagged checkpoint sites. Pam using map and compass, while Bob verifies with GPS technology (FORBIDDEN for use by competitors!), they have covered almost 100% of the Course so far.
This is a popular event on the Annual Rogaining calendar. Entrants have the option of either a 6 HOUR (with a 11am start) or 12 HOUR event (with a midday start). There will be user-friendly options and routes for Novices or family groups closer to the Hash House, while longer technical routes for the experienced, fitter competitors will provide challenges that are both navigational and physical.
No matter which route you choose to follow there are plenty of checkpoints boasting spectacular views!
As usual the event will host a tea and damper on the map.
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