What is the WTF Mountain Bike Event?

This is your opportunity to explore the great Hinchinbrook region in North Queensland whilst on 2 wheels over the 24th – 26th of August 2017. This, the inaugural “Hinchinbrook Wallaman, TYTO, Fox” Challenge, is limited to 100 riders and will give those taking part the chance to visit and experience sites like Wallaman Falls, the biggest single drop waterfall in Australia. The 3 day event will commence and end at the remarkable TYTO Wetlands, a stones’ throw from the centre of Ingham. Whilst the days on the bike will be challenging the nights will be spent at the Wallaman Falls camp grounds, where riders can relax and take in the surrounding beauty and if mother nature plays its part and the skies are clear, experience an amazing light show.

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Day One

Tyto Wetlands to Wallaman Falls

The first morning riders will assemble at the TYTO Information and Wetlands centre for registration and assignment to their respective groups. After some formalities participants will immediately be introduced to the T  of Hinchinbrook WTF, TYTO Wetlands. The first few kilometres the trail meanders its way through the grassed paths of this regenerated wetland area. The TYTO Wetlands is named after the endangered Tyto Capensis Owl and is home to just over 27% of the Australian birds species. The wetlands is also home to many wallabies and rumour has it an elusive crocodile.

 

After leaving the wetlands behind the path will head west through canefields and cow paddocks. By mid morning hills will be well and truly on the agenda and the trail will skirt the ranges west of Ingham. After lunch the climbing starts and despite being an MTB event riders will follow the sealed range road ascending approximately 600 meters over the next 17km’s. The highlight of the first day will great you at the Wallaman Falls lookout, W of Hinchinbrook WTF, where you will get your first glimpse of Wallaman Falls. The falls are on Stony Creek in the Girringun National Park which is located within the UNESCO world Heritage listed wet tropics. The falls are Australia’s largest single drop falls at 268 meters high.

 

After a photo opportunity at the lookout it’s only a short trip to your accommodation for the next 2 nights. Some prefer 5 star accommodation but if the night is clear you will be treated to a night under more stars than you could possibly imagine.
If the days riding wasn’t enough to tire you out bring your sand shoes and make the trek down to the base of the falls, where you truly get an appreciation for power and beauty that Wallaman has to offer.
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Day One

Tyto Wetlands to Wallaman Falls

The first morning riders will assemble at the TYTO Information and Wetlands centre for registration and assignment to their respective groups. After some formalities participants will immediately be introduced to the T  of Hinchinbrook WTF, TYTO Wetlands. The first few kilometres the trail meanders its way through the grassed paths of this regenerated wetland area. The TYTO wetlands is named after the endangered Tyto Capensis Owl and is home to just over 27% of the Australian birds species. The wetlands is also home to many wallabies and rumour has it an elusive crocodile.

 

After leaving the wetlands behind the path will head west through canefields and cow paddocks. By mid morning hills will be well and truly on the agenda and the trail will skirt the ranges west of Ingham. After lunch the climbing starts and despite being an MTB event riders will follow the sealed range road ascending approximately 600 meters over the next 17km’s. The highlight of the first day will great you at the Wallaman Falls lookout, W of Hinchinbrook WTF, where you will get your first glimpse of Wallaman Falls. The falls are on Stony Creek in the Girringun National Park which is located within the UNESCO world Heritage listed wet tropics. The falls are Australia’s largest single drop falls at 268 meters high.

 

After a photo opportunity at the lookout it’s only a short trip to your accommodation for the next 2 nights. Some prefer 5 star accommodation but if the night is clear you will be treated to a night under more stars than you could possibly imagine.

 

If the days riding wasn’t enough to tire you out bring your sand shoes and make the trek down to the base of the falls, where you truly get an appreciation for power and beauty that Wallaman has to offer.
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Day Two

Wallaman Falls to Mt. Fox & Back

The second day of riding will consist of fire trails and some small climbs. This area was once littered with tin mines and evidence of the past is still visible with the occasional truck wreck or tin miners shack. Todays half way point will introduce the F of Hinchinbrook WTF, Mount Fox. This 560000 year old cinder cone volcano is the least known and visited of the attractions the Challenge will pass. Time constraints will not allow for participants to trek to the top and down into the crater so mark this as a must do when you return to the Hinchinbrook region.

 

After lunch Mount Fox will be put behind you and you will return to Wallaman Falls camp ground for the evening.
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Day Three

Wallaman Falls to Tyto via Great Walk

Considered the queen stage of the Challenge, riders will make an early morning departure from the campsite and make their way along the “Great Walks” path. It is here that your MTB skills will be really tested as you will descend 600m back down to near sea level in only 3km’s  via a fire trail. After reaching the bottom of the descent the path will again skirt the ranges. The track today will consist of creek crossings and you are sure to encounter a wide variety of wildlife. Today’s stage is the longest day in the saddle as you cover just over 100km’s and when the TYTO Wetlands come back into view you will be filled with mixed emotions. This tough day on the bike is over and for that many will be relieved but the realisation that the Challenge has now drawn to its conclusion will sadden most.
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Costs & Inclusions

The entry cost into the Hinchinbrook WTF is $500. Included in your entry fee is the following:

  • Breakfast , morning and afternoon tea for the 3 days.
  • Night meals for 2 days, Thursday and Friday.
  • Official Hinchinbrook WTF Challenge jersey.
  • Official Hinchinbrook WTF casual T-shirt.
  • All permits required for National Parks and wildlife.

  • Hydration and some electrolyte supplements, during the day.
  • Minor Mechanical Assistance – Punctures and alike. Due to the remoteness of the event be sure to pack spares as well.
  • Your very own “brand new” swag for use during the event. (swags will remain the property of Hinchinbrook WTF organisers).
  • Support staff.

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The Hinchinbrook Region

The Hinchinbrook Shire, situated in North Queensland covers an area of 2810km2. It is neighboured by the City of Townsville, Charters Towers Regional, Cassowary Coast Regional and Tablelands Regional Shires. The main town within the shire is Ingham, a town known for its sugar cane industry and its large population of Italian descendants.  The region has a wide diversity of attractions, ranging from Lucinda at the southern entrance to the iconic Hinchinbrook Channel,  Mount Fox, an extinct volcanic crater, TYTO Wetlands, to the jewel in the crown, Wallaman Falls. The Hinchinbrook WTF will utilise tracks and trails within this region, many of these running through National Parks and Wildlife land and are exclusive for this event and not available to Mountain Bike enthusiasts throughout the year.

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