MD ARA Queensland Series & Family Adventure Challenge
Ipswich, SE Qld
Sunday 25th October, 2015

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

The Queensland round of MD ARA takes place in spectacular Ipswich with Race HQ based at the picturesque grounds of Kholo Botanical Gardens just 40mins west of Brisbane. This is one of the most popular events of the series, so don't miss out!

Hardcore, Raw & Explore Courses SOLD OUT


ABOUT IPSWICH

Ipswich, Queensland's oldest provincial city, is an alluring blend of heritage charm, metropolitan sophistication and expansive green spaces. Early colonial buildings stand proud in the city centre, lovingl restored Queenslanders perch on hills and quaint townships dot the surrounding countryside.

Just 40 minutes west of Brisbane and an hour from the Gold Coast, Ipswich combines rich heritage with the energy of being the hub of today's growth region in South East Queensland.

Whether you’re looking for family friendly fun, outdoor adventure, adrenalin action, pure indulgence or a glimpse back to bygone days… come and Discover Ipswich

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ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation in Ipswich

Ipswich, Queensland's oldest provincial city, is an alluring blend of heritage charm, metropolitan sophistication and expansive green spaces. Early colonial buildings stand proud in the city centre, lovingly restored Queenslanders perch on hills and quaint townships dot the surrounding countryside. There are many accommodation options to suit all tastes.


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RACE HQ

f the Brisbane River. The gardens, with  large open spaces and meandering boardwalks through bushland and sub tropical rainforests, are an idyllic location for Race HQ. Covered barbecue areas, waterlily pond and lush vegetation are perfect for a Race base where competitors can bring the entire family to enjoy a day of adventure.

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DIRECTIONS

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TRAVELLING TO IPSWICH

Ipswich is only 45 minutes by road from Brisbane City, 1 hour from the Gold Coast and 1 hour from Brisbane Airport. 

By Road
Ipswich is located at the nexus of five major arterial roads allowing for easy access.

  • From the East: The Ipswich Motorway links Ipswich to Brisbane.
  • From the West: The Warrego Higway (Highway 54) links Ipswich to major regional centres including Toowoomba, Roma & Charleville.
  • From the North: The Brisbane Valley Highway (Highway 17) links Ipswich to major regional centres including Esk & Kingaroy.
  • From the South: The Cunninghan Highway (Highway 15) links Ipswich to major regional centres including Warwick & Stanthorpe, along with the New England Highway from New South Wales.
  • From the South-East: The Logan Motorway links Ipswich to the Gold Coast and Pacific Highway from New South Wales, along with the Gateway Motorway from Brisbane Airport & Sunshine Coast.

By Train
The Brisbane Citytrain network provides regular connections from Ipswich to Brisbane and connections to the Gold & Sunshine Coast rail lines. For more information about train timetables and fares go to www.translink.com.au

By Bus
Daily bus connections are available from the Brisbane Transit Centre in Brisbane. For more information contact the Brisbane Transit Centre on (+61 7) 3236 2020.

By Air
Ipswich is easily accessible from the Brisbane International & Domestic Airports. Ipswich is 60 minutes drive from the Airports or you can choose to take a bus or the Airtrain.

Airtrain:

Airtrain is the quick and easy way to transfer from the domestic and international airports.  Sit back in air-conditioned comfort and take the express pathway to Brisbane before changing at Roma Street or Central Stations for your journey through to Ipswich.  For more information visit: www.airtrain.com.au

Airport Bus Services:

Airport West operates a door-to-door airport bus shuttle service to/from Brisbane Domestic and International airports as well as the Brisbane cruise terminal.  Bookings are essential and must be made 2 full working days prior to the service being provided.  Bookings and payment can be made by contacting the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre on +61 7 3281 0555 or via email on info@discoveripswich.com.au

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FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY IN KHOLO GARDENS: 11am to 2pm

The Family Adventure Challenge is run in conjunction with the Qld Series event. Teams will tackle a short fun adventure challenge within the Kholo Gardens Reserve.

 

What's the Family Adventure Challenge?

The family adventure challenge is open to all comers. Teams of two to four will be issued a map including a number of check points within Kholo Gardens. Teams must visit the check points on foot and then return to Race HQ to finish.

Plus Some Added Adventure...
Some check points will include some short, fun adventure challenges which teams can choose to tackle. These will include both mental and physical challenges. Teams will discover on the day exactly what awaits them on the course and choose which challenges they wish to take on.

About Kholo Gardens
Riverside Drive, Pine Mountain

The family adventure challenge will be based at beautiful Kholo Gardens located on the banks of the Brisbane River. The gardens, with  large open spaces and meandering boardwalks through bushland and sub tropical rainforests, are an idyllic location for a family adventure. Covered barbecue areas, waterlily pond and lush vegetation provide a perfect setting for this fun, family event. .. 

Event Details

  • Team Size: 2-4 Person Teams
  • The Course:The course is run on the tracks and trails within Kholo Gardens. It will include approx 2 to 3km of walking/trekking plus adventure activities. It will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes for teams to complete. All equipment for the adventure activities is provided and operate on a 'challenge by choice' basis.
  • Times: The course will be open from 11am to 2pm. When entering choose a time you would like to start the event:
    • 11am to 12:30pm
    • OR 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Minimum Age: The family adventure challenge is open to all comers aged 5 years and up.
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Entry Closure: On Line Entries close 5pm Wednesday prior to the event. 'On the Day' entries will be available and do incur an additional $10 per person administration fee. Cash Only Please
  • Registration: Register at Race HQ in Kholo Gardens during your allocated time:
    • 11am to 12:30pm
    • OR 12:30pm to 2pm

  • Equipment: Running shoes, sportswear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, mobile phone, pen and a sense of adventure. All other equipment is provided.

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TIMETABLE

  TIME ACTIVITY
  06:45am Hardcore Course Registration Opens
  07:15am Hardcore Course Registration Closes
  07:45am Hardcore Pre-Race & Safety Brief at Race HQ - All teams and team members must be present
  08:00am Hardcore Event Starts
  08:30am Raw & Explore Course Regsitration Opens
  09:00am Raw & Explore Course Registration Closes
  09:15am Explore Course GPS Brief
  09:30am Raw & Explore Pre-Race Course & Safety Brief at HQ - All teams and team members must be present
  09:45am Raw & Explore Course Start
  11:00am Family Adventure Challenge Registraiton Opens
  14:00pm Family Adventure Challenge Registration Closes
  13:30pm Catering Starts
  14:30pm Course Closes - All teams must be back at Race HQ by this time
  *14:30pm Prize giving - This is an estimated time only. Prize Giving will start when all, or the majority of teams have finished

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PARKING

Parking will be located in the car park areas within Kholo Gardens. Please follow signs and marshals directions on arrival.

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FACILITIES

Facilities include:

  • Portable and Drop Toilets
  • Jungle Bean Coffee Van
  • BBQ
  • Parking on Site

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CATERING

Catering on the day will include:

  • Jungle Bean Coffee Van
  • BBQ

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MOUNTAIN BIKE HIRE

Have Fun Tours

Catch up with John & the team at Have Fun tours if you're looking for mountain bike hire in South East Qld or if you're looking for some great mountain bike tours in spectacular areas. .

Mountain Bikes can be hired for just $40 per day. HIre includes a helmet and the team at Have Fun Tours have all bike sizes available. 

Bikes will need to be collected from the Sunshine Coast. Please call John for details

Pre-booking is essential:
Tel: 0419 795586 or check out the website at www.havefuntours.com.au

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