18 - 19 May 2019
We searched the country for the best place to build what would be Australia's most challenging, stunning and prestigious 100km trail running event. The breathtaking trails located in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park of Australia was the obvious choice. Starting in 2008 as The North Face 100 and Marathon Pairs, the 50km was introduced in 2013. Year 2016 saw an expansion of the event and a name change to Ultra-Trail Australia with a substantial increase in the entrant numbers in the 100km and 50km and the introduction of the UTA22, Scenic World UTA951 (Furber Stairs Time Trial) and Event Expo. Ultra-Trail Australia has captivated runners locally and internationally and it has quickly grown to become one of the most talked about endurance events in Australian history.
Free Event Shuttle BusesOn the Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a free Event shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Katoomba town centre and Scenic World / KCC.On the Saturday there will also be a free Event shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Leura and Scenic World.Please use these buses as much as possible to limit event traffic. Refer to the bus timings and Event bus stops in the bus maps below. The buses will be on a continuous loop during their operating times. It is approximately a 10 minute ride from The Carrington Hotel to KCC / Scenic World and approximately an 18 minute ride from Fairmont Resort to Scenic World. There will be adequate numbers of buses to get everyone to and from Scenic World / KCC at the peak times on Friday morning, Friday evening and Saturday morning. The four Leura buses will all begin at Fairmont Resort at 5am Saturday. If you are starting in one of the first three start groups in UTA100 or UTA50, it is recommended that you be ready to catch one of these early buses so as not to miss your start time.Only one of Bus Stop 4A / 6A or Bus Stop 4B / 6B will be in operation at any one time. Bus Stop 4A / 6A will operate from Saturday 5am to Saturday 9:15am. Bus Stop 4B / 6B will operate at all other times. It is a 900m walk from Bus Stop 4A / 6A to Scenic World. Note that Bus Stop 4A / 6A is located at the Explorer Bus Stop within the Scenic World bus bays (directly beside the event portaloos).Parking at Scenic World/KCCDue to the number of people involved with the event, parking will be very limited at Scenic World / KCC. It will be paid parking only at the main event carpark on KCC oval at the following times so people can guarantee themselves a car parking spot:On Friday morning for UTA22 runners and spectators to park near Scenic World and catch buses to the start line at Queen Victoria HospitalOn Friday evening for the 100km and 50km race check-in and race briefingThere will be no parking at the main event carpark on Saturday before 9:15am due to road closuresPlease do whatever you can to limit the number of cars associated with the event at these times. The goal is for as many people as possible to take the free event shuttle bus service between Katoomba town centre and Scenic World (Refer to ‘Free Event Shuttle Bus’ section below). If you are staying outside of Katoomba and need to drive, think about parking in a street close to one of the event bus stops and taking the bus. Otherwise please car pool, take a taxi, or walk if staying in nearby accommodation. The following two parking options are available at Scenic World / KCC:1) Main Event CarparkThe main event carpark is on dirt and grass on KCC oval on the corner of Cliff Drive and Violet Street and directly opposite the start / finish area at Scenic World. This is paid parking all day Friday. During this time, parking will only be available to cars with a special pre-purchased parking pass.A limited number of parking passes are available for pre-purchase until sold out. There are 2 different pre-purchased parking passes available:UTA22 Parking Pass: (for parking Friday 6:30am to Friday 3pm): $15. Note: Cars must exit carpark by 3pm Friday. To remain in the carpark after 3pm Friday, you must also purchase a Friday Afternoon Parking Pass as listed below.Friday Afternoon Parking Pass (for parking Friday 3pm to Friday 8pm): $15. Note: To also park in the carpark prior to 3pm Friday, you must also purchase a UTA22 Parking Pass as listed above.Note there is no parking available at the main event carpark on Saturday before 9:15am due to road closures.Parking passes will be available to purchase from mid March 2019.Each pre-purchased parking pass will give multiple access to KCC oval carpark at any time during the relevant paid parking period. At all other times outside of 6:30am Friday to 8pm Friday, the parking is free on KCC oval (with no parking available on Saturday before 9:15am). Parking passes will be emailed immediately on purchase and must be either printed out or displayed on a mobile device upon arrival to the carpark during paid parking periods. The parking marshals will hand you the relevant ticket to display in your vehicle while you are parked. This ticket will also be used for re-entry to the carpark during paid parking periods.The entrance to KCC oval parking area is via 113 Cliff Drive and the exit is onto Cliff Drive at the corner of Violet St and Cliff Drive.2) Limited carparking at Scenic WorldThe Scenic World multi-storey carpark has 220 free car parking spaces. It can be used at most times during the week when there is space available. However cars must not park in The Scenic World multi-story carpark on Friday morning for the UTA22 as that will mean normal visitors to Scenic World have no place to park. It will also not be available on the Saturday morning due to road closures which will block access to the carpark. It will be available again for parking after 9am Saturday.Parking restrictions For Saturday morning, refer to ‘Saturday Morning Road Closures’ section below. For all other times: In normal dry conditions, parking will not be permitted at any time on the streets surrounding KCC and Scenic World (no parking on Violet St, Oak St, Kamillaroi Rd, Acacia St, Cedar St, Fern St, Cliff Drive, Ficus St, Peckmans Rd or Neale St). In wet conditions where the oval has limited use and during paid parking periods, only cars with pre-purchased parking passes will be directed to park around the streets. Obey all marshals and ‘No Parking’ signs. Also take note of NSW General Parking Rules if parking on any other streets. Local traffic police will be doing checks and issuing fines for any illegal parking.
SpectatorsSpectators add a great vibe to the event are more than welcome to come and watch the event. It provides a great boost to be cheered as you run through a crowd. Spectators are also welcome to attend the Event Expo, Film Festival and any of the other festivities.The most accessible places to see the event are:ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 100The Start at Scenic World and the 3.9km mark where runners return past Scenic World (from 6am for first 100km start at 6:20am)On foot along the first 3.9km of the route off to the side of Cliff Drive (not on Cliff Drive) between Violet St and Narrow Neck Road while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (5am to 9:15am).On foot along Cliff Drive between Violet St and Katoomba Falls Rd (3.9km to 4.9km) while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (from 5am and 9:15am). After 9:15am, Cliff Drive reopens to traffic and all spectators must be off the road by then.Between the 6.2km to 6.4km mark where the route goes through the Scenic World boardwalks in the valley (access via Scenic Railway only –no access for spectators via Furber Steps). Scenic Railway will run from 6:15am and tickets must be pre-purchased from the online event shop.Checkpoint 3 (Megalong Valley -Parking for 1 support crew vehicle per runner only which must have a support crew parking sticker)Checkpoint 4 (Katoomba Aquatic Centre -Parking for 1 support crew vehicle per runner only which must have a support crew parking sticker)Fairmont Resort Water Point (Fairmont Resort, Leura)Checkpoint 5 (Queen Victoria Hospital, Wentworth Falls -Parking for 1 support crew vehicle per runner only which must have a support crew parking sticker)The Finish at Scenic World (100km runners finishing from 3:10pm)ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA 50The Start at Scenic World and the 5.9km mark where runners return past Scenic World (from 6:10am for first 50km start at 6:32am)On foot along the first 5.9km of the route, but not including Glenraphael Drive, as runners make their way out and back along Cliff Drive while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (5am to 9:15am).On foot along Cliff Drive between Violet St and Katoomba Falls Rd (5.9km to 6.9km) while this section of Cliff Drive is closed to traffic (from 5am and 9:15am). After 9:15am, Cliff Drive reopens to traffic and all spectators must be off the road by then.Fairmont Resort Water Point (Fairmont Resort, Leura)The Finish at Scenic World (50km runners finishing from 10:40am)UTA22The Start at Queen Victoria Hospital, Tableland Road, Wentworth Falls. Note there is no vehicle access to the start on Friday morning. Spectators must buy a seat on the event bus which will run from Scenic World to Queen Victoria Hospital returning to Scenic World after the race start (spectator bus tickets must be pre-purchased from the online event shop).The Finish at Scenic World (UTA22 runners finishing from 10:40am)SCENIC WORLD UTA951 (FURBER STEPS TIME TRIAL)The Start just above The Scenic Railway lower station (access via Scenic Railway only –no access for spectators via Furber Steps) Scenic Railway will operate from 6:15 am on Saturday (Special price spectator tickets for Saturday must be pre-purchased from the online event shop).The Finish at Scenic World (Scenic World UTA951 runners finishing between between 9:50am and 10:10am on Saturday
VolunteersJoin the volunteer crew for an intimate experience of this iconic event. We have something for everyone, from being the first to greet thousands of participants, cheering them on as they take on the course, or handing out their hard earned finisher gear as they cross the finish line. Whatever you do as a volunteer, you’ll be at the heart of it all, creating life-changing experiences for everyone – including yourself.