Where to begin FAQ


The following section answers a lot of questions basic to rogaining.

What sorts of events are there?

Traditionally a rogaine was a 24 hour event.  Our championship events are still 24 hours – usually from midday to midday.

Our most popular events are 6 hours long.  We also have 8 hour, 12 hour and sometimes 15 hour events.

We have metrogaines in the suburbs and a CBDgaine in the city.  Metrogaines are often held in conjunction with cyclogaines.

In summer the weekly Suburban Adventure Racing series goes for one hour in the eastern suburbs.

Snogaines and paddlogaines are held occasionally.  During Covid19 virtual rogaines were developed and are still available.

Bush events over a weekend often combine several sub-events:  6hr & 12hr, 6hr day & 6hr night, 24hr & 6 hour, 6hr Sat. & 6hr Sun. are common combinations.

What equipment is needed?

Most rogaines have mandatory equipment that must be carried for safety.  Checks are made at the start of an event.    The list will be published in the Final Instructions for each event.

There more detailed suggestions in the Rogaining Equipment Checklist

What does it cost?

Entry fees vary between events. Adult fees apply to entrants over 18 years.

Junior fees apply to members under 18.  They are free if there is an adult in the team.  The lower fee applies where all team members are under 18.

Additional Late Fees apply after the late date which is usually the Wednesday 10 or 11 days before the day of the event.

The entry system calculates the amounts owed for the team entry.

For the Schools, Scouts, Cadets events all entrants pay a discounted fee. (ie an adult supervisor gets in at the discounted rate).

What are the team categories?
Teams are created in two or more categories.  One is based on gender, the other is based on age.
Mens M All the team are males
Womens W All the team are females
Mixed X Neither the team is all male nor all female
The age categories are assigned according to the date of birth on the event day
Under 23 U23 All team members under 23
Veteran V All team members over 40
Super veteran S All team members over 55
Ultra veteran U All team members over 65.
Open   The other categories do not apply
Other categories – you must tick the box on the entry form if these conditions apply to your team
Family F One team member looks to another team member as a parent, grandparent or guardian. Other non-related Rogainers can be in the team.
Novice N At least 2 team members doing their first Rogaine plan to participate in navigating
University Uni  Applies only in certain events
Team categories are assigned based on details provided when your team is entered. Please check that these are correct.
The results are published using the above codes.   e.g. Mixed Super Veterans is XSV
When do I enter?

Entries usually open about three weeks before the event.

Around 10 days before the event we keep entries open but charge a late fee.

Entries close some days before the event.  New team entries cannot be processed after this, or at the event.

Team changes can be processed until quite close to the event


How do I make changes to my team or withdraw?

You can make Team Changes by using the changes button until all team changes are blocked.  After that time Event Admin can make changes.

You can add team members, delete any or all team members, change details and change from one sub event to another (eg from 6hr to 12 hr).

If the changes result in additional fees, payment must be made before the changes are registered.  If a refund is needed it will be made to the card used for the initial payment.  Our volunteers will try to process these promptly. Our payment gateway says refunds take from 2 to 7 days to appear on your statement.

What is the refund policy?
What catering is provided?

On the bush events we provide water out on course at marked water drops.  Do not drink water from streams found on course.

We also like to provide something to eat at the end, particularly for the longer events.

For bush events we ask local service clubs to provide a sausage sizzle.

For the longer events we like to provide a meal with more choice but this depends on volunteers being prepared to contribute. We like to provide a gluten free option but we cannot cater for food allergies or intolerances.

Details are provided in the Final Instructions for each event.

When will the team lists be available?

Team lists and final instructions are posted on the website on the Tuesday before the event.

Final instructions include the directions for getting to the start of the event, and helpful information about the terrain and equipment to bring.

Team lists include your team number needed for the indemnity form and to check in at the event.

What are the rules?

The rules of rogaining are set by the Australian Rogaining Association.  They can be seen by following the link: Rules and Standards

Some rules we emphasise are:

  • Members of a team shall remain within unaided verbal contact of one another at all times whilst on the course.
  • All team members shall simultaneously approach to within 5m of each checkpoint for which points are claimed.
  • Competitors mustn’t rest within 100m of a checkpoint unless the checkpoint is also a water drop.
Where do I get the Indemnity form?

We require all team members to complete and sign an Indemnity form and hand it to Administration at team registration on event day. Download and sign before you register on the event day.

What is Biosecurity and why is it relevant?

Rogainers love the land we visit.  We try and leave no trace of our presence.  We take nothing but memories and any rubbish we find. We do not want to introduce pests and diseases.

Some rural communities are wary of visitors – we need to ensure we allay their concerns so we can continue to access the areas good for rogaining.


Visitors to rogaining areas can bring in destructive insects, invasive plants or diseases that affect the bush or farmland.

These can be introduced by dirt on shoes, clothing or equipment or on vehicles.


  • Check that your shoes, gaiters and socks are free of seeds and dirt before you leave home. Most animal diseases can spread in organic material such as mud on boots or other equipment.
  • Boot baths may be used at the start of some events.  You need to put both feet in and remain there for a few seconds.
  • Some areas of our maps are marked out of bounds for biosecurity reasons. Never enter an out of bounds area.
  • After the event thoroughly clean and dry your equipment and car.
  • Cats and dogs are not allowed at the Hash House or on course.
Why are we here?

To Learn and have a good time.