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Getting to the start line

Critical Information for all competitors and supporters

NO parking, NO stopping and NO drop off at or near the Race Start at the Explorers Tree, nearby streets or the highway. Any runner associated with a vehicle contravening this request will be immediately disqualified. (This is to protect your life, the lives of others and to ensure the continuation of this event).

Race day parking and shuttle buses to race start

Safe and secure parking is available for all competitors and supporters at the Katoomba Christian Convention Car Park at 113 Cliff Drive (corner of Violet Street), Katoomba 

Starting at 5:30am a fleet of shuttle buses will operate continuously from Scenic World Car Park (just across road from the Katoomba Christian Convention Car Park) to the Race Start until the final wave starts.

After all runners have started buses will be available at the Race Start to take supporters back to the car park or to the Race Finish at Jenolan Caves.

Please refer to the Bus Guide for more detailed information on all buses.

Please move quietly and respect our residential neighbours when arriving and leaving the car park.

After the last shuttle bus has returned any supporters to the car park it will be locked down and will be patrolled by security.

All buses from Jenolan Caves back to Katoomba will proceed to this car park for competitors and supporters to collect vehicles. The gates to this car park will be locked at 7:00pm so please ensure you have collected your car by then.

In previous years we found that many runners arrived at the car park between 6:00am and 6:30am and this caused a challenge in available space on the buses. We strongly request that you plan your schedule to arrive at the car park at least 100 minutes before your scheduled wave start time (eg Wave 1 @ 5:20am), especially if you need to collect your bib.

For those runners staying in central Katoomba or catching a train to Katoomba you will have two options as below. Either way you will need to have collected your bib the day before at the Carrington Hotel or organised for a friend to collect it for you with a signed approval form.

  1. Walk to the start, about a 30 minute walk, there is a footpath all the way to the Explorer tree

  2. Walk to a shuttle bus pick up point outside the Katoomba YHA at 207 Katoomba Street. This service will also start at 5:30am and will have a bus dedicated in a loop service.

Runners staying at Jenolan Caves House

For all runners staying at Caves House on the Friday night please email with the following details

  • Runners Name

  • Runners Bib #

  • Number of any spectators that will also be catching bus to the start


The race day buses to the start will depart at 5:00am on Saturday morning. Please ensure you get there before 5:00am as we will not be checking names off and the buses will depart promptly. Preference will be given to Wave 1 and 2 runners on the first bus to depart.

Based upon the email details above we will be setting aside the registration kits for Caves House based runners. If these are not collected from the Carrington Hotel on the Friday we will then have them available for collection at the start line when your bus arrives.


You can then collect any merchandise ordered at the finish line after the race.


If you are staying at Caves House and do not email us, and do not collect your bib on the Friday, then your bib won't be available at the start line as it will be with all other bibs at the KCC Car Park

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