Often you don’t want to be stopped in your tracks while running, but the Lost World Trail Festival gives you all good reason to. The views on the trails in the Lost World Valley make this a must-do event on the trail running calendar and will have even the most experienced of trail runners stopping in their tracks.
With three distances on offer (7KM – 14KM – 20KM) taking you along the bush tracks rising from the valley floor to rewarding mountainous views, there’s a trail for you, whether you label yourself a seasoned trail runner, weekend warrior or you’re just starting out.
So, lace up, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Lost World Trail Festival.
When is it?
We’ll see you at the start line on Sunday 22nd August 2021. Set your alarm and be ready bright and early for race bib collection at 6:30AM. This will be followed by a warm welcome from our festival ambassador Karen Barrett at 6:50AM to get you fired up.
The morning skies are clear and the air is crisp in August; yep, be ready to breathe in that fresh Scenic Rim air.
You’ll be briefed with everything you need to know about the course 10 minutes prior to the starting gun.
20KM Trail Run: 6:50AM
14KM Trail Run: 7:15AM
7KM Trail Run: 7:35AM
Just make sure you register to run before 18th August.
Haven’t registered yet? Register here.
Where is it?
The Lost World Valley is a little-known pocket of the Scenic Rim in Queensland, boasting with spectacular scenery. Nestled at the foothills of the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, the Lost World Valley is overlooked by the dramatic razorback mountain and Lamington plateau.
While it may be a scenic 90-minute drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, you’ll feel like you’re world’s away when you arrive.
All running trails begin and end at Worendo Olive Grove, Darlington. Just look for the tall group of Olive Trees and you won’t miss the start line.
Following the trails, you’ll be taken on a journey through mostly private property, abundant with native flora and fauna, as well as livestock.
Feeling lost? Find us on a map here.
Where to stay
If you’re not committed to make the early morning drive or want to make the most of the magic of the Scenic Rim, there’s accommodation of all sorts from camping to quaint cottages and farmstays.
Find out about all the accommodation the Lost World Valley has to offer here.
Stay nearby and you’ll be guaranteed some extra Z’s to get you ready for race day.
After running through this magical wilderness, trust us, you’ll be planning a trip back here in no time too.
What to bring
Your running shoes – our experienced trail loving team recommend a shoe that provides grip, stability and quick drainage if you decide to forgo the bridges for a creek crossing along the course.
Water bottle – all runners must carry their own bottle, we recommend a minimum size of 500ml to refill at our water stations along the way.
Something warm – here in the Lost Valley, you’ll find us in the winter months often huddled around a campfire. Bring your winter warmers to wear before and after the race.
As always, don’t forget your typical essentials including a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to stay sun safe while exploring the trails.
And we won’t blame you if you bring your GoPro along for the run to capture all the breathtaking action.
Along the trails, our aid stations at 3.5km intervals equipped with Trail Brew Sports Drink to help keep you going. If you’re bringing your own energy foods on the run, keep these wrappers and deposit them at our water station bins.
On site, have some change on hand so you’ll be able to refuel after the race with a bite to eat and caffeine from our onsite food vans.
Make the most of the journey
There’s always something new to discover in the Lost World Valley where the ancient tangled Gondwana Rainforests, lush pastures and wild rivers lead to off-the-track surprises.
When you unplug here in the Lost World you can access privately-owned walking tracks and secluded rock pools for fishing, swimming and picnics.
Stop by the charming villages, meet the locals or fill your picnic basket at this foodie paradise with local produce from the farmgates, craft breweries and the boutique wineries.
Take the steering wheel and follow the Lost World Circuit Drive. The drive incorporates the rich farming and dairy heritage of the Kerry Valley, the lush green pastures of the Lost World and the rugged Lamington Gorge, where Christmas Creek flows from mountain springs deep in the wilderness end of Lamington National Park.
Find everything the region has to offer here.