NSW Rogaining Association

"Your Guide to Rogaining in NSW"


These now show the leg distance and speed values for each team.  The NavLight punch at control 41 failed to record the time of each visit.  A rough estimate of the times has been inserted to allow the Route Map to function.

Route Map

View the route taken by any team.  Find out how!


Reports ...

  1. Bob Gilbert, co-ordinator
  2. Harry Goyen
  3. Report & photos by Pierre Francois
  4. A "Very Serious Report" by Alan Scott & Teresa Price
  5. The Biggest Loser Award

Co-ordinator's Report

The 22nd Annual Lake Macquarie Rogaine enjoyed good weather conditions as the 325 competitors tackled the typical steep and thick vegetation of the Watagan Mountains. The 94 teams in the 6 hour event were led home by team 28, David Ellis and Paul Olsen who scored a very impressive 910 points. The 41 teams in the 12 hour event were confronted with what appeared to be a gettable 1850 points on offer. However the experienced Watagan rogainers realised that this course represented some subtle challenges and that you would earn all your points with careful planning and tough physical work. Andrew and Nicole Haigh, who are developing a reputation as being king (and queen) of the mountain took out the event with 1450 points, closely followed by Ronnie Taib and David Williams on 1330 points who edged out Mike Hotchkis and Alec Deslandes also on 1330 by 4 minutes.

Thanks must go the course setters Peter & Robyn Charlton and Bert Van Netten who once again set a challenging and interesting course in a difficult area. Many competitors provided positive feedback about their enjoyment from the event. Once again the Cardiff scouts, Sylvia Burgess, from T & D, Cooranbong SES and BWRS contributed to a smooth and trouble free event.

Many thanks to Belinda McLean for her efficiency and organisation of the administration. On the day help from Sam Howe, Ian Dempsey and Jackie Matthews was much appreciated.

Harry Goyen, a former administrator of this event and now 84 years of age competed in the 6 hour event with his grandson.. Two years ago Harry spent 6 months in hospital recovering from complications after a simple medical procedure and it was a miracle that he survived and even more remarkable that he could enter and complete the 6 hour course at this event. Read his report here.

Congratulations to all competitors and to all the volunteers who helped in making another Lake Macquarie Rogaine successful.

Bob Gilbert

Description of event

The 22nd Annual Lake Macquarie Rogaine returned to the top of the mountain at the Old Mill Picnic area in the Olney State Forest of the Watagan Mountains.  Once again the event was supported by Lake Macquarie City Council as part of the Lake Macquarie Games.

The Watagan Mountain is west of Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake and only two hours north of Sydney. The area used was mostly in the Watagan National Park with beautiful rainforest, pristine creeks, friendly fauna and an extensive track network that allowed competitors the option of avoiding some of the navigation through dense vegetation.

This popular event is always an opportunity for novice competitors to gain experience in rogaining or night navigation while providing a challenge for the more experienced rogainers.

Celebrating our Volunteers  -  Peter and Robyn Charlton

We are a father / daughter rogaining team from Lake Macquarie and together with our family have been involved in rogaining for 19 years. We enjoy the quality time together competing and setting rogaines. The volunteer jobs we have done have been parking supervisor, Hash house helper, Tea and Damper coordinator through to course setting and vetting.

We have met many wonderful people with years of rogaining experience that we share stories and adventures with (including the legendary Bert VanNetten). The fun part of setting and vetting a Lake Macquarie Rogaine is finding all the places a competitor should not go. The really fun part is finding the remote spur with stunning views or the beautiful creek bed that few footsteps have trod in. Sharing your finds with fellow rogainers is just as fun as competing. 

For general information about this event, contact  ...

Bob Gilbert
phone: 02 4952 1967
email:  bj.gilbert@optusnet.com.au

For entry or results related matters contact ...

Belinda McLean
phone: 0408 120 007
email:   admin@nswrogaining.org

Birds eye view of the course

Here is a bird's eye view of the western part of the course provided by Thomas Bisshop. The hash house is just out of view on the bottom right. Checkpoint 45 is mid right, 25 and 26 are top right. The road up the middle of the photo is the southern boundary of the dark green area on the map.

Click on the photo for an enlargment.

Who could enter?

Like all NSWRA rogaines, anyone could enter. You had to make up a team of between 2 and 5 people. If you were under 14 years of age on the day of the event you had to have an adult in your team.

By entering this event you became a member of NSW Rogaining Association unless you were already a member of another state rogaining association. Your membership will last for 12 months from the date of this event.

What did it cost?

Full  $57
Concession  $40
Child under 14 years   Free

This event offers a "Concession" rate. It will include ..

  • Anyone between 14 and 22 years of age
  • Full time students
  • Unemployed
  • Pensioners

Our refund policy is here.

Competition Categories

This event offered the normal age/gender based categories plus the 'Novice" and "Family" category.   See the  " Competition Categories "  page for more details.