Start / Finish / Checkpoints


The start and finish of the race is at Scenic World on the corner of Violet St and Cliff Drive, Katoomba. Refer to the Travel section for information on getting to Katoomba. Also refer to the Event Parking / Event Buses section for information on getting to and from Scenic World during the event week.

Scenic World will be selling coffee from a van early on Saturday morning. Food will be available for purchase from Eats 270 within Scenic World from 9am Saturday through Saturday night and all of Sunday.

The Runners Lounge will be in full swing for the finish of the race on Saturday right through to Sunday morning. This is located within Scenic World in the Eats 270 dining area. Here you will find beanbags, carpeted floor to stretch, meals and drinks to purchase and a large screen showing the finish line LIVE. This is especially good when it starts getting cold outside. The Runners Lounge is open to all runners, support crew and friends and family.

Showers are available at the CMS Conference Centre just 50m from the finish line. You need to bring your own towel and toiletries.


There will also be two other basic points on the course providing very minimal sustenance. These include:

  • Water point at Fairmont Resort at 69.4km with water, salt, chips and lollies only.
  • Emergency Aid Station at 91.2km with water, salt and lollies only.

    First Aid will be available at each checkpoint, Fairmont Resort Water Point, the Emergency Aid Station and the finish. There will also be roving first aid crews on the course.

    There will be port-a-loos at the start, all checkpoints and the Emergency Aid Station. There will be flushing toilets at Fairmont Resort Water Point and the Finish.


    There is a drop bag service for runners without a support crew. Runners may use a mixture of support crew at some checkpoints and the drop bag service at other checkpoints. The drop bag service should not be used for any checkpoints that your support crew will definitely be in attendance. Drop bags can be useful for extra food, gels, body lubricant, spare socks, clothing, batteries and spare headlamp at the checkpoints and for warm, dry clothing and footwear at the finish. Drop bags will be taken to the following locations:

  • Checkpoint 3 (Six Foot Track)
  • Checkpoint 4 (Katoomba Aquatic Centre)
  • Checkpoint 5 (Queen Victoria Hospital)
  • The Finish (Scenic World)

    One drop bag per runner is permitted for each of the above locations. Drop bags must be closable and SOFT (Woolworths/Coles Cool Bag is strongly recommended). Plastic bags/garbage bags and hard plastic boxes will not be accepted. Checkpoint drop bags must be less than 20 litres in volume and less than 10kg in weight. The finish drop bag can be as large as needed. Drop bags must not contain any glass bottles and any liquids must be limited and if included, must be securely contained. Valuable items should not be left in drop bags.

    All drop bags must be clearly marked with surname, race number and checkpoint location (ie CP3, CP4, CP5 or FINISH). Write on the drop bag with a thick permanent marker pen rather than trying to attach a label that may be ripped from your bag in transport and handling.

    Checkpoint drop bags must be delivered to the checkpoint trucks at Race Check-In on the Friday evening between 4:30pm and 6:30pm or between 7:15pm and 8pm. You must not leave checkpoint drop bags prior to 4:30pm Friday as they need to be placed directly into the correct checkpoint trucks and the trucks will not be on site until after that time. It is the responsibility of the runner to ensure checkpoint drop bags are placed into the correct checkpoint trucks on the Friday evening. All checkpoint drop bags must be in by 8pm on the Friday evening.

    Finish drop bags should be left in the designated area near the start line at Scenic World on the Saturday morning.

    At each drop bag location, checkpoint staff will line up drop bags in race number order. Any bags without a name and race number written clearly, securely and easily visible will not be able to be placed into order. Only the runner can collect their drop bag at the drop bag locations. Once each checkpoint drop bag is finished with it must be taken to the used drop bag pile.

    Drop bags will be returned to the drop bag marquee near the finish area at Scenic World within 4 hours after the relevant checkpoint cut-off time. It is the responsibility of runners to collect their drop bags from Scenic World. Any drop bags not collected by midday on the Sunday will be disposed of.


    There is a 28-hour limit to complete the full 100km course. If you complete the course in under 20 hours you will receive the Ultra-Trail Australia 100 bronze belt buckle. If you complete the course in under 14 hours you will receive an exclusive Ultra-Trail Australia 100 silver belt buckle. The winning solo male and female will receive the Ultra-Trail Australia 100 gold belt buckle. Your start group start time will be used to determine your race time and hence your belt buckle award.

    The following cut-off times are for leaving the relevant checkpoint. If you miss the cut-off then you must follow the directions of officials.

    Please note that in bad weather conditions, cut-offs may be need to be brought forward during the event.

    Also if the first start group is delayed for less than 5 minutes the cut-off times will remain the same as those listed. If the first start group is delayed for more than 5 minutes, the cut-off times will be adjusted by adding 1 minute to all cut-off times for every minute over 5 minutes that the start is delayed.