Who can Participate

Who can participate?

Rogaining is open to anyone physically able to walk on bush tracks and across country. How far and how fast is up to you and your team. Young or old, age is no handicap to enjoying the challenges and rewards of participation.

How fit do I need to be?

Although Rogaining is a competitive sport, you can participate at the level that you are comfortable with. If you can walk steadily for 6 hours, you can do a 6 hour event.

For longer 12 and 24 hour events you can plan to take breaks, either on the course, or if practical, by returning to the Hash House.

Enter shorter events (3 hour, 6 hour) and gain experience and confidence. Enter longer events (12 and 24 hour) to challenge yourself and for night navigation.

Except for the Minigaine, all Rogains are Team Events. A team is 2-5 people who travel together and look after each other.

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Children are welcome on Rogaines. Rogaining is an excellent family pursuit, offering contact with the natural environment, socialising with like-minded people, camping, and the challenges of route planning and cross-country navigation as well as healthy ‘App free’ exercise.

Children under 14 must be in the company of an adult. NSWRA emphasises entrant self-sufficiency and this applies to supervision of children. Want to know more, or ask us about this? Send us an email here, and make contact with event organisers.

What Sort Of Events Are On Offer?

Our Event Calendar offers a range of events, generally in the cooler months. View the NSWRA Calendar here...

Below is a list of typical events you can expect each year. Costs are indicative only. Fee concessions exist for students, children and unemployed entrants. Membership of the NSWRA is extended to entrants for the remainder of the calendar year in which they enter their first event.

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The entry fee includes maps, and a meal after all events 6 hours or longer. In addition, during 24 hour events hot food is provided continuously from sunset until the end of the event.

NSWRA Typical Yearly Calendar of Events

Event When and Cost Where
Minigaine 3 hours March $30-$40 Location: Suburban bushland and streets Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong
Metrogaine 6 hours April $40-$60 Location: Suburban bushland and streets Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong
Autumn Rogaine 6 & 12 hour events May $60-$80 Location: State Forests and National Parks within 2-3 hour drive of Sydney. Camp before and after the event.
Paddy Pallin 6 hour June $60-$80 Location: State Forests and National Parks within 2-3 hour drive of Sydney. Camp before the event. The biggest field of entrants of all NSW events.
Lake Macquarie 6 & 12 hour events August $70-$90 Location: Bushland in the Watagan Range, west of Lake Macquarie. Camp before and after the event.
NSW Championships 8 & 24 hour events September $80-$100 Location: State Forests and National Parks within 2-3 hour drive of Sydney. Camp before and after the event.
Socialgaine 6 hour November $40-$60 Location: Suburban bushman and streets Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong

Other Events

Other organisations also offer Rogaining type events. Each state and territory provides a full calendar. ACT events are often accessible for NSW residents and NSWRA members are eligible to compete interstate. Look at other State and Territory websites here.

Each year one State or Territory puts on The Australian Rogaining Championships. It is listed in the NSWRA Calendar. If you have Rogained in NSW you are eligible to enter.

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