The JLF Trek SA 2018

About the Event




In May 2018 The JLF Trek will cover 76km of SA's premier walking track - the Heysen Trail - through the iconic Barossa Valley to raise awareness and essential funds for bowel cancer prevention. Our two-day event will see you hiking in and around Kapunda, Bethany and Mount Crawford. 

Challenge yourself to get fit, have fun with friends and meet new people while enjoying the camaraderie and experiencing an adventure in the great outdoors. Our trekking event ends with a celebration party at the finish line, with food, drinks and music.



The registration fee is $250 per person. 

Registrations close on Monday 16 April

Fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non tax-deductible. 



Day 1: Marrabel to Kapunda (41km)

Bus departing from: Kapunda Harness Racing Club, 41 Hancock Rd, Kapunda 

Bus loading: 5.55am - 6.05am SHARP

Bus depart: 6.10am SHARP

Start to Checkpoint 1 - 11km
CP1 to Checkpoint 2 - 11.5km
CP2 to Checkpoint 3 -  12km
CP3 to Finish - 6.5km


Day 2: Mt Crawford to Bethany Reserve (35km)

Bus departing from: Bethany Reserve, 324 Bethany Road, Bethany

Bus loading: 5.50am - 6.00am SHARP

Bus depart: 6.05am SHARP

Start to Checkpoint 1 - 6.5km
CP1 to Checkpoint 2 - 11.5km
CP2 to Checkpoint 3 -  12.5km
CP3 to Finish - 4.5km

* The location and distance between checkpoints is approximate. Changes to the route or checkpoint locations will be communicated prior to the event.

* Bethany Reserve will be the location for the finish line celebration party on the Saturday afternoon!





Safety throughout The JLF Trek is our number one priority. At the event briefing you will be told everything you need to know about safety including all the emergency and checkpoint procedures and any last-minute changes to the route and bus departure details. 

You will be required to collect your Event Pack at the briefing. This will contain your JLF cap, hike guide and your event bib number. * You will not be permitted to take part in The JLF Trek without your bib. 



Thursday 17 May 2018



Nuriootpa Soldiers Memorial, 46 Murray Street, Nuriootpa.



Event Pack collection 5.00 - 6.00pm

Event Briefing 6.00pm – 7.00pm



On event days, coaches will transport you to the start line each day. Car parking will be available at the bus departure locations listed below:

Day 1:

Coach departing from: Kapunda Harness Racing Club (41 Hancock Rd, Kapunda) to transport you to the start line at Marrabel. 

Bus loading: 5.55am SHARP

Bus Depart: 6.10am SHARP


Day 2:

Coach departing from: Bethany Reserve (324 Bethany Road, Bethany) to transport you to the start line at Mt Crawford. 

Bus loading: 5.55am SHARP

Bus Depart: 6.10am SHARP

* Exact time and location of bus departure and meeting points may be changed and will be communicated prior to the event. 

* If you pull out at any of the checkpoints during the event, you will be transported to the finish line.



You are responsible for making your own accommodation arrangements and we recommend you stay in either Kapunda or Tanunda for the duration of the event and make your own way to the bus departure locations each day as listed above. 

For information and accommodation options, please contact the Barossa Visitor Centre on 08 8563 0600 or book online at here



Fundraising is an essential element of The JLF Trek and we encourage you to strive for an individual fundraising goal of $500. 

We ask you to aim high because every dollar helps prevent bowel cancer and allows us to continue the important work we do to save lives. 

Please note, the registration fee does not apply to your fundraising commitment. 


JLF Trek Social Media tiles 

We have created Facebook banners and Instagram tiles for you to use on your own personal pages. These could also be used as email signatures.

Make sure you share and get the word out there that you are taking part!

Click here to download.


Where does the money go? 

We rely on the generosity of donors to fund a number of important initiatives that raise awareness about bowel cancer and the importance of early detection. 

A small portion of all donations covers our administration costs. For more information, please refer to our Annual Review published on our website. 


View the Fundraising Guidelines here



Compulsory items you need to carry

  • Your JLF cap & BIB (fixed to outer clothing or backpack) 
  • The hike guide provided in your Event Pack 
  • A backpack or the like for first aid items
  • Wet weather gear (light weight rain coat or poncho) 
  • A water bladder or water bottle 
  • Basic first aid e.g. bandages, blister pads, band aids, anti inflammatory gels, sun screen, pain relief and insect repellent 
  • Emergency space blanket (available from St John for $5.00) in the case of injury 
  • Personal medication eg EpiPen, Ventolin etc 
  • Food/snacks e.g. nuts, protein balls etc


What we recommend 

Please work out what’s best for you and make sure you are comfortable – it’s a long way! 

  • Walking shoes, trainers or boots with grip that are worn in 
  • Cotton t-shirts or singlet 
  • Warm woollen jumper or polar fleece 
  • Wet weather gear (light weight rain coat or poncho) 
  • Spare socks and shoes if conditions are wet 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Vaseline / Body Glide for your feet 
  • Small hand towel for any creek crossings 
  • Plastic bag for wet clothing
  • Small torch, compass, matches and whistle 


Am I fit enough to do The JLF Trek? 

The JLF Trek is an endurance event that is not for the faint-hearted. It will challenge you physically and mentally. Whether you complete the distance or not, it’s a rewarding experience that will fill you with a huge sense of achievement. 

Please make sure you prepare well in advance and get your body used to long distance walking on varying elevations and surfaces. If you have a pre-existing injury or illness, you should seek medical advice before commencing the hike. 

You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with news, recommended hikes, training tips and more. 



Who can enter? 

The JLF Trek is open to anyone over the age of 14, however children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 


How do I register? 

Every participant needs to register and set up an individual fundraising page. In this process, you will be asked to create a username and password so you can login to your profile and make changes to your fundraising page, set up a team, join a team or leave a team you have joined. 


How do I login to my profile? 

  1. Go to 
  2. Enter your username and password and select ‘sign in’ 


How do I start a team? 

You can start a team throughout the registration process OR you can do this at a later date by logging into your profile.


Steps to set up your team:

  1. Nominate yourself as the Team Manager and tell your friends you are setting up the team and inform them of the name of the team. 
  2. Login to your profile 
  3. Under the ‘registration field’ select ‘start team’ 
  4. Enter the team name, upload a team photo and words for the team fundraising page. 
  5. Select using the drop down box whether your team will be fundraising as individuals or as a team (see explanations below).


How can I join a team? 

If the team you want to join has been created by the Team Manager, you can login to your profile using the steps above and under the ‘registration’ field, select ‘join team’. From here, select the team you would like to join from the drop down list.


There are two ways you can fundraise as a team:


Fundraising as individuals: 

Each person within your team will have their own individual fundraising page within your team page. Each team member’s fundraising tally will combine to show the team total on your page as a whole.


Fundraising as a team: 

Fundraising can only be done as a whole team and displayed on the page as one team tally. Please note: Donations will not appear against individuals tallies and cannot be split. 


Can I get a refund or is the registration fee transferrable? 

No. The Registration Fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and not tax deductible. 


What can I expect at the checkpoints? 

You will be greeted by our friendly event staff and volunteers where you will be required to sign in before moving through the checkpoint. 

Morning tea: Fruit, coffee & tea, cake, water

Lunch: Simple sandwiches, Vita-Weat’s, Rice Cakes, fruit, water

Afternoon tea: Something sweet, fruit and Go Natural protein bars water

  • St John will be on hand to assist with First Aid 
  • While we do the utmost to cater to a wider variety of tastes and dietary requirements, the checkpoints are run by volunteers and designed to be a quick stop! 
  • A number of portable toilets will be at each checkpoint. Please be patient while you wait your turn as due to the locations of the checkpoints we can be limited to the number we can have at each site.


Do I have to complete the whole distance? 

You can select to hike one or both days during the registration process. During the event, if you are unable to complete the distance for any reason, speak to event officials at a checkpoint and you will be transported to the finish line. 

Do not continue past a checkpoint if you have any fitness or health concerns or are worried about your ability to continue to the next checkpoint. 


Are there time restrictions? 

For safety reasons, all participants must finish the day’s hike in daylight hours, therefore must pass through the third checkpoint by approximately 3.00pm each day. You will be advised of the precise cut-off times prior to the event. Once this checkpoint is closed you will not be permitted to continue. 


Where do I find the latest weather conditions? 

Please be prepared to hike in sunshine and rain. It can be very cold in the morning and during the day if it has been raining. Keep an eye on local weather forecasts on 


What about meals? 

You will need to make arrangements for dinners and breakfast each morning. Please note that buses can leave very early in the mornings so make sure you eat before you leave or take something for breakfast to eat on the bus. 


What happens at the finish line on the last day?

You will be treated to a catered celebration at the finish line on Saturday. This runs from early afternoon once you cross the finish line and closes by 7.00pm. Your family and friends are welcome to attend and they will have the opportunity to purchase tickets prior to the event. 


What if I have dietary requirements? 

Please let us know when you register if you have dietary requirements and we will try to accommodate where possible. 


What about insurance? 

While we undertake all measures possible to ensure your safety, you are responsible for your own health and wellbeing in the lead up to and during the event. Make sure you have relevant health insurance and ambulance cover. 


Will my mobile phone work? 

Mobile coverage is not always reliable due to some remote locations we visit. We ask you to download the Emergency+ app, which will provide your GPS location in an emergency. 


What do I do if I need help? 

For your safety, we ask that you always hike with at least one other person. Our support crew will be able to assist at the checkpoints and will also act as sweep walkers to assist anyone in need along the trail. We also have a command centre that can be contacted in the event of an emergency. 


What facilities are on the trail? 

Facilities on the trail are basic at best. There are very few campsites or rest spots along the way that have toilets or water tanks. 


Is alcohol permitted?

Alcohol is not permitted on the trail or bus transport.



Recent Donations

From Amount Message
Kirsten Charity Trust $2,000
Fundraising $45 Fundraising
Lynch Meyer Lawyers $200 Well done Phil! From Sam Burford and the Partners and staff of Lynch Meyer Lawyers.
Optus $1,590
Phil Walsh $106 Special effort MD!


Name Total
Happy Seekers $49,076
The Appila Girls $16,346
Phill Pike $10,200
Agony of De Feet $8,839
Name Total
Phill Pike $10,200
Anna Roussos $7,460
Richard Hough $4,831
Kylee Roberts $3,594
Morry Canala $3,525
Name Total
Happy Seekers $49,076
The Appila Girls $16,346
Agony of De Feet $8,839