CHALLENGE RATING: “Occasional hills, stairs, short technical sections”
Come with us on a group trail running adventure through one of the largest conservation reserves in the Ballarat region. Situated an hour and 40 minutes drive west of Melbourne, we will follow the winding trails through Enfield State Park. Enfield State Park is the traditional country of the Wathaurung people to whom it holds social, cultural and spiritual significance. The waterbodies, distinctive natural features and places of ecological value within this area are likely to have high Aboriginal cultural heritage sensitivity.
Our forest trails will be lined with Narrow-leaved Peppermint, Broad-leaved Peppermint, Manna Gum, Swamp Gum and Yarra Gums and home to plenty of wildlife including Koalas, Swamp Wallaby, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, and Short-beaked Echidna.
The Enfield State Park was the scene of intense gold mining activity during the 1850s and 60s, and the life and fate of the miners is reflected in the place names of Misery Creek and Surface Point. The latter was a Chinese settlement established in the 1860s and evidence of this include round mining shafts and a memorial.
Our tour distances are a 28km 561m figure 8 or 12km 250m loop which start and finish at Surface Point Picnic ground. Our tour takes in Bald Hills, Mt Misery, Mt Cockatoo, Firth Gully, Mt Misery Creek and a 12km aid station with water refills, cold coke, chips, watermelon and lollies. Toilets are located at our start, finish and 12km points.
The trails are mainly hard packed single trails with management access tracks and 4wd tracks. We have paces suitable for all running abilities. We run the flats and downs at your comfortable pace and where safe to do so. We usually hike the climbs at our paces, although runners are welcome to run to the tops of the hills and wait for regroups or double back from the top to get some extra elevation gains.
We have something for everyone on this run which will be lead by our experienced, fun loving trail running tour guides.
For bus transfers the bus will leave at 6:00am from our pick up and drop off point from the tourist bus bays on St Kilda rd opposite Hamer Hall and the State Theatre. Free weekend parking is available on Birdwood avenue around The Tan and along Sturt and Wells streets in Southbank. It is a 5 minute walk to the bus pick up point. We will stop for toilets, coffee and food on our way there and back.
We have a secondary pick up and drop off point 6:30am at Mcdonalds Cnr Ballarat Rd &, Westwood Dr, Burnside VIC 3023.
8:30am start at Surface Point Picnic Area, Misery Creek Rd Enfield VIC 3352. Enter Via Colac – Ballarat Rd.
What to bring:
A minimum of 1 litre drinking water. If you would like to hire a hydration vest with filled water bottles please add the product to your cart.
Good condition trail running shoes
Running sports wear to suit the weather
Any snacks you would like between aid stations
Any emergency medications you may need
What your guides will cover:
Navigation and tour flagging
Customer first aid response (all guides first aid trained and carry first aid kits, with further first aid supplies in van)
Regroups and head counts
Radio comms and group coordination
Emergency response via mobile phones, satellite phones and personal locator beacons
Jelly snake and vegan jelly distributors
In run toiletries
Customer snake bandages
Aid station supplies with water refills, cold coke, chips, watermelon and lollies at 12km.
Sunscreen, hand sanitiser, wet wipes.
We strongly recommend having air ambulance cover for this run and all trail runs, due to costs and access difficulties in these remote and rugged locations.
Our tour details, safety notes, weather advice and course GPX/KML files will be emailed out a few days before your tour date.