Event results are now available here and see the event write up here.

Rogaining Tasmania is running a 6 and 12 hour rogaine on Maria Island National Park on Saturday 19 November 2016.


Maria Island is a very scenic National Park off the south-east coast of Tasmania, with beautiful beaches, rocky mountains, abundant wildlife and a rich history.

Maria Aerial Shot


Maria Cliffs

Painted Cliffs

It is accessed by a half hour ferry trip from the small town of Triabunna. The island is in the shape of a figure eight, with two mountainous islands joined by a narrow isthmus. It is 20km in length, and 13km across at its widest. There are a number of 4WD and walking tracks on the island, but no vehicles, permanent inhabitants or shops.

Maria Map

The abundant wildlife is a big part of what makes Maria Island special. On a rogaine you will be certain to see Forester kangaroos, wombats, Bennetts wallabies, pademelons, and Cape Barren geese, and very likely to see a Tasmanian devil. Devils have been recently introduced to the island, with great success.

Tas Devil


Cape Barron Goose


Maria Island also has an interesting history – including Aboriginal visitors, two periods of convict settlement, agriculture, vineyards, and a cement works.


The ferry arrives at the World Heritage listed settlement of Darlington on the northern end of the island. Darlington has many intact buildings as well as ruins from the convict and industrial periods. The Hash House is in the Mess Hall – once used to feed 400 convicts. Bunk-room accommodation is available in the Penitentiary, built in 1830 to house the convicts.


Pleasant camping near the beach is also available.

A 1:33,333 topographic map has been specially prepared for this event. Serious rogainers note that the island is not the perfect location from a rogaining point of view, as the hash-house in Darlington is at the far north of the map, much of the eastern and southern parts of the island are too steep and scrubby to access, and several areas and routes cannot be used due to restrictions required by NPWS in order to conserve the natural heritage of the island. Thus the route planning challenge will not be as great as usual. Instead of a random scatter of controls, locations have been chosen to draw runners to the many and varied scenic places of the island (some rarely visited), and with surprisingly easy travel if heed is paid to vegetation mapping. Despite often using tracks, solid navigation and smart route choice will be rewarded. A small orienteering-style map of the Darlington area has also been created, and in addition to the usual widely-spaced rogaining checkpoints, there will be a number of low-value checkpoints at historic sites in the Darlington area, to encourage visits to these sites, and provide more interest for family teams. The island was last used for a rogaine in 1993.

12 hour or 6 hour?

We encourage all participants to consider entering the 12 hour event, and come back early if you don’t want to be out in the dark. It won’t get dark enough to require a torch until about 9pm. Unfortunately moonrise is not until 12:01am (Sorry, "Maria by Moonlight" was true until we had to change the date to avoid clashing with Triple Top and Point to Pinnacle). Everyone has to stay the night, so you might as well be out exploring the island, and you’ll see more wildlife at dusk.



The event has now sold out.

Due to the extra complication of getting on and off the island, the number of participants for this event is restricted to 120, and you will need to enter early to secure a bed in the Penitentiary or a berth on your preferred ferry crossing.

Cost to enter is the same for both events: $70 for adults, $60 for concession holders, $50 for juniors and $175 for families.

To qualify for the concession rate a competitor must be a full time student, 18 years or older, or the holder of a Centrelink pensioner concession card.  A family team consists of up to two adult parents or guardians together with at least one other family member under 18 years old.  If a family is spread over two teams, pay for two teams and contact the organisers for a refund after the event.  A team that has a member under fourteen years of age must also have a member eighteen years of age or over.   

The ferry costs $42 for adults and $32 for children aged 1 to 12 years.  A bed in the Penitentiary costs $15 per adut or $7.50 per child.  Camping is $7 per adult, $2.50 per child.  If you don't have a National Park pass it costs an additional $6 per person.  All these fees can be paid via the entry system.

Entries have closed as the event has now booked out.  One person can enter and pay for a whole team, but they will need to know the Date of Birth for each team member.  It is OK to enter seperately as an individuals if you know your team name.


Date Time What
Friday 18 Nov 3:30pm Scheduled ferry departs Triabunna
  5:30pm Charter ferry departs Triabunna
Saturday 19 Nov  8:30am  Charter ferry departs Triabunna
  10:00am  12 hour map provided
  10:30am  Scheduled ferry departs Triabunna
  11:30am  6 hour map provided 
  12:00pm  Start 12 hour 
  1:00pm  Start 6 hour 
  6:00pm  Hash House (HH) opens 
  7:00pm  6 hour finished 
  12:00am  12 hour finishes 
 Sunday 20 Nov 1:30am  HH closes 
  7:00am HH opens 
  9:30am  HH closes 
    Charter ferry departs Darlington
  11:30am  Scheduled ferry departs Darlington (FULLY BOOKED) 
  4:30pm Schedule ferry departs Darlington

Event information for competitors


December 1st saw competitors head to the Bangor farm to revisit an area previously used in 1998 & 2003 to compete in either the 24 hour, roving 15-hour event and 6-hour events.

The course saw those entered taking in scenic soaring coastal cliffs, beaches, historic monuments, broad acre paddocks, the occasional burnt out Hyundai Excel, and if they got your timing right, a cheeky stop for oysters and coffee.  The link to the event results is below.

Cliffs  Cows 

10 reasons you should attend the Pyrenees Ponder Australasian Rogaining Championship, 8-9 October 2022, Avoca, Victoria.

  1. You’ll help defend Tasmania’s grip on the Interstate Trophy (and make RT prez, Gary, very very happy).
  2. There’s a bus to and from the Hash House (HH) from Melbourne city and Tullamarine airport, making it super easy to get there. The bus will get you back in time to connect to flights home. Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas have flights on Sunday night to Hobart and Launceston, and Qantas has one to Devonport.
  3. For those coming from the Australian Orienteering Championships, the rogaine is following weekend and just over an hour’s drive away.
  4. You’ll get to experience the excitement of a massive rogaine event and meet rogainers from other states
  5. All 24-hour entrants receive a very cool technical t-shirt and 6-hour entrants receive a buff. Entry also includes food and water during and immediately after the event, as well as free camping at the HH before and after the event. Bargain.
  6. You can swap stories with fellow Tasmanian rogainers at Tullamarine on the way home. Just look for the group hunched over maps (and optional celebratory pints).
  7. It’s such a terrific environment that the Pyrenees is soon to become a National Park. Better still, the spur gully systems will be familiar to Tasmanians (unlike 2021’s foreign mallee scrub and dry rivers).
  8. It’s good training for the Midlands Muster Tasmanian champs, particularly for participants who have only experienced metrogaines.
  9. You can enter either the 24-hour championship event or the 6-hour event.
  10. You don’t need to be an expert, a pro athlete, or a serious competitor to enter. Rogaining is fun, friendly, and encourages participation from people of all ages, abilities and levels of ambition.

Entries are open now. Early entry ends 15 August. Late entry ends 30 September. What are you waiting for?


Tasmanian rogainers at the 2021 Australian Rogaining Championships in South Australia

 Tasmanian rogainers at the 2021 Australian Rogaining Championships in South Australia

Sandford Hall, Sunday 5 June 2016

(3 Hour option also available)

This event has been run.  Event results available here.

The 2016 Sandfrd MTBNav and FootNav-Bush event is for participants on either mountain bike or on foot.  The event offers the choice of five or three hours duration.

It is a Team event for two to five people where participants devise their own route to visit as many controls on the map and thus collect as many points as possible in the time available. Navigation is generally simple with course planning playing a greater part in the results.

The course area covers the roads, tracks and reserves in the Acton/Sandford area south-east of Hobart extending from Seven Mile Beach in the north to the South Arm Neck in the south and from Ralphs Bay in the west to Frederick Henry Bay in the east. A feature is the extensive Tangara Trail network.

Teams need to be self sufficient with food and drinks (although Lauderdale does offer coffee and cake if you go that way), and carry first aid gear. Because of extensive private property, the area offers limited route choice especially for walkers, and thus walkers are encouraged to give the bike a go. Riders may only ride on formed roads, tracks and paths, whilst walkers can go wherever access is legitimate. If you like mountain bike riding or extended walks, the event offers a different way for you to enjoy being out and about.

Assembly, start and finish are at the Sandford Hall on the South Arm Highway, 3.4kms south of the canal at Lauderdale.

  • 5 hour event: Maps available 8.30am, Start at 10.00am, Finish at 3.00pm
  • 3 hour event: Maps available 10.00am, Start at 11.30am, Finish at 2.30pm

There will be a compulsory briefing 15 minutes before the start of each event.

Light refreshments will be provided at assembly from about 2.00pm, with presentations at around 3.30pm.

Each control features a question to be answered from the multiple choices on the answer sheet. Controls have different point values between 10 and 90. Devising a route that is within the capabilities of the Team while maximising points collection is part of the challenge.

Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 1 June 2016 and can only be submitted and paid for online through webscorer.

Cost is $35 per person, $30 per person for pension card holders or full time students (aged 25 years or under) and $80 for a family.  Entry includes light refreshments afterwards.

There are no late entries nor enter-on-the-day for this event.

Enquiries may be directed to Brendan Hey at or on 62439637 (H).

3 Hour or 5 Hour Bike and Foot Navigation Event

Sunday 9 July 2017

The 3-5 hour Bike and Foot Metrogaine on Sunday 9 July 2017 is designed around the multitude of walking and MTB tracks and trails on the eastern and western shores of Hobart. This year the event starts and finishes at the Montagu Bay Scout Hall and covers the streets, hills and reserves in Howrah to Geilston Bay and Mornington to New Town. If you like bike riding or extended walks, the event offers an excellent way for you to enjoy being out and about and seeing parts of Hobart you may not have seen before.

It is a team event for between two and five people where participants devise their own route to visit as many controls on the map and thus collect as many points as possible in the time available. All teams have a choice of entering either the five hour or a three hour event.

Maps of the course showing the controls will be provided 90 minutes prior to the start and the navigation required will be generally simple with planning of the team’s choice of route expected to play a greater part in the team’s results.

Bike riders are restricted to riding only on formed roads, tracks, paths, and trails whilst walkers are not restricted. Persons with ebikes are welcome to enter but will be classified as an unofficial entry in the results.

Teams need to be self sufficient with respect to bike spares, and for food and drink, although there are plenty of options around the course for a coffee and cake stop. All riders must wear helmets and teams should also carry a first aid and mobile telephone for emergencies.

Light refreshments will be provided at the Montagu Bay Scout Hall “Hash House” after the event (BYO bowls, plates, cups and cutlery), with presentations for around 3.30pm.

 Any enquiries to be directed to Brendan Hey at or on 0458 150 719.


Entries close Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 11.59pm. Entries can be made through webscorer.

  • $35 for adults
  • $30 for concession holders (either a full time student 18 years or older, or the holder of a Centrelink pensioner concession card)
  • $20 for juniors (10 to 17 years of age)
  • Children under 10 years of age are free
  • $90 for families (consists of up to two adult parents or guardians together with at least one other family member under 18 years old) If a family’s entry is spread over two or more teams, pay using the adult’s, concessional holder’s and junior’s rates above and contact Brendan prior to event for a refund.

One person can enter and pay for a whole team, but they will need to know the Date of Birth for each team member. It is OK to enter separately, as an individual, if you know your team name.

Please note that a team with a participant under fourteen years of age must also include another participant eighteen years of age or over.

Event Start and Close Times

  8.30am  Maps are available for those in the 5 hour event
10.00am  5 hour event starts and maps are available for those in the 3 hour event
11.30am 3 hour event starts
  2.30pm  3 hour event closes, Hash house opens, light refreshments available
  3.00pm  5 hour event closes
  3.30pm  Presentations