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International Visitors

Welcome to Australia and to the stunning Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Stretching for over one million hectares the Blue Mountains is an inspiring mix of rainforest, canyons, tall forests and heathlands, combining eight individual conservation reserves - Yengo, Wollemi, Gardens of Stone, Blue Mountains, Nattai, Kanangra Boyd, Thirlmere Lakes and Jenolan Caves Karst Reserve.

It is a nature lover's paradise with an abundance of colourful bird and animal life, the greatest concentration of eucalypt diversity on the continent, and landscapes ranging from rainforest to heathland.

The dramatic sandstone cliffs and rugged canyons are an adventurer's paradise. One of Australia's best network of trails provide numerous bushwalking and mountain biking opportunities. For the less intrepid a series of lookouts provide some of Australia's best views within easy access of car parking facilities.

Sydney International Airport is the closest airport to the Event. it is approximately 2 hours from Sydney to Katoomba where the event is based. Refer to the Travel section for further travel information including getting between Sydney and Katoomba by train or car and transport within Katoomba.

VISA FOR INTERNATIONALS

All international travellers must obtain a visa to enter Australia.
New Zealand citizens: New Zealand citizens entering Australia are issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV) on arrival, provided they meet security, character and health requirements.

Most European citizens, UK and USA citizens: You can apply for an electronic visitors visa eVisitor (subclass 651). You do this online and there is no fee. You must apply before you arrive in Australia.
http://www.border.gov.au

Chinese citizens: You will need to apply for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600)
http://www.border.gov.au
http://china.embassy.gov.au

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Official language for the event is English. Please contact us if you need the services of an interpreter.

BRINGING RACE FOOD & SPORTING EQUIPMENT INTO AUSTRALIA

Australia has very strict laws in terms of what you can and can't bring into the country. For a runner, this mostly applies to any dirt on your running shoes and your favourite race food. Simply make sure before you leave home that your running shoes and other sporting equipment is clean and free of dirt and weeds. It is fine to bring most types of energy gels, bars and energy drink powder into Australia as long as it is in it's original packaging and unopened. You should declare anything if you are unsure. There is no problem at all to declare things even if the item is disallowed from being brought into Australia. The issue you may face is if you don't declare something that is then found, in a random check of your luggage, to be prohibited. Declaring something means you will take only slightly longer to get through customs to exit the airport. Refer to the expandable section within this Australian Goverment website which relates to food, dairy products, meat products, nuts and seeds and other Items (biological specimens, dirt): Arriving into Australia.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

The organiser of the Event, AROC Sport, has public liability insurance cover. This does not include personal accident insurance for competitors. We recommend that you arrange your own personal accident insurance, ambulance cover and income protection insurance before participating in the Event to cover any unforeseen personal costs you may incur due to ambulance trips, medical expenses or time off work due to injuries sustained whilst participating in the Event. International participants should take out travel insurance that provides cover for ultra-trail running events. For information regarding costs of ambulance or helicopter rescue refer to the NSW Ambulance website.

POWER

Power is 240V. For detailed information on power and appliances click here









MOBILE PHONES / INTERNET ACCESS

Australia has a number of telephone carriers. International travellers can purchase a SIM card and insert this into their unlocked phone. We recommend that you purchase a Telstra SIM card. Telstra has the best coverage over the Ultra-Trail Australia course. You can buy SIM cards in many different stores including supermarkets, news agencies, petrol stations. You can buy SIM cards for just $2 and top up using pre-paid vouchers.

LOCAL TIME ZONE

Katoomba is on Sydney time which is:
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time between the first Sunday in April through the Australian autumn, winter and spring, to the first Sunday in October (GMT + 10:00)
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time between the first Sunday in October through the Australian spring, summer and autumn, to the first Sunday in April (GMT + 11:00)

WEATHER

Ultra-Trail Australia is held in autumn. Refer to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology website for the most accurate forecasts in Katoomba.