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Logistics – Charters Towers

Getting to Charters Towers Region

Charters Towers is a beautiful inland town located approximately 130kms south west from Townsville, approximately 480kms north of Emerald and 250kms east of Hughenden and is known as the gateway to the outback.

There are three major highways that transect the region, and they are:

  • The Lynd Highway (north – south through Greenvale and Charters Towers);
  • Flinders Highway (east – west through Mingela, Charters Towers, Balfes Creek, Homestead and Pentland); and,
  • Clermont Highway, also known as Gregory Developmental Road (north – south from Charters Towers through Belyando Crossing).

The major tourism routes of the Great Inland Way and Overlander’s Way, which includes these the abovementioned major highways, intersect at Charters Towers and include sights and scenes as vast at the ochre coloured outback to the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea and a diverse range of historical and natural wonders.

 

Getting to Big Bend HQ area

Big Bend is accessed off the Gregory Development Road about 28km north from Charters Towers. There is a small road sign indicating the turn (on the right when heading north).

Some of the camping areas can be accessed by 2wd vehicle however the campsites further in may require 4wd to access.

There is a small creek crossing  which can turn into a raging torrent after heavy rain. There is some sandy sections and it is a bit windy so 4wd is required. You could get a camper trailer in, however there are some tight bends and boggy sections so use your discretion.

View directions to the Big Bend turn off from Charters Towers in google maps

 

Unloading Kayaks/ Kayak transition Area

there will be a separate area for bikes and for kayaks.

The Bikes will be closer to HQ and the Kayaks will be at the Rivers Edge.

You can drop off kayaks the day before the event or the morning of the event. Stop in at the HQ area for up to date directions before taking your boat through to the kayak loading area.There is a small creek crossing  so a bit of clearance is recommended. There is some sandy sections and it is a bit windy so 4wd is ideal. We will have a trailer you can tie your boats onto and we can drop them at the kayak start area for you, Saturday and early Sunday before the race… No kayaks will be accepted after 7:00am on the trailer.

 

Transition Area for Bikes- there will be a separate area for bikes and for kayaks.

The Bikes will be closer to HQ and the Kayaks will be at the Rivers Edge.

 

Where to Stay/ Accom

Camping at Big Bend – There is a small creek crossing  which can turn into a raging torrent after heavy rain. There is some sandy sections and it is a bit windy so 4wd is required. You could get a camper trailer in, however there are some tight bends and boggy sections so use your discretion. we expect a few athletes to be camping right in the action so if you are up for it join the gang. -Note no toilets or showers on campsites.

Accom There is plenty of Accommodation back in Charters Towers from Caravan Parks & Cabins to Hotels/ Motels

We have a quick link to heaps of options for you Here 

 

Hire of Kayaks and Bikes

 

Kayak Hire “”Racing skis” –  Joel Savage Adventurethon, has some various single kayaks/ skis that are suitable for flat and rapids use

Racing ski’s, PRS, Paddle Crazy and other styles a good mix of speed on the flats and durability in the rapids. Fitted with Trailing rudders!

Cost to Hire $60 each, you can come down and paddle them as much as you like the day before to get ready, fitted and comfortable.

life jackets and paddles are available on request.

Book 0447496489 info@adventurethon.com.au (limited stock)

 

Kayak Hire “”Stable and Sturdy” –  Hans Preuss (Riversea Kayaking Townsville) has a Fleet of FINN Affinity kayaks which are stable and adjustable to a wide variety of paddlers from short people to taller and heavier paddlers.They are stable from the get go and ideal for on the flats and durability in the rapids for those happier to sacrifice a little bit of speed for comfort…ideal for a first time paddler or someone who hasn’t done a lot

Fitted with Trailing rudders! includes life jacket and paddle to use.

Cost to Hire $50 each, Fitting can be the morning of event

Hans 0402 394 268  (limited to 8 kayaks only in stock)

 

Bike Hire

various Mountain bikes available (S-L adult sized)- limited stocks

$50 Each for the race, access to the Bike day before for practice/ setup  is ok.

helmets supplied or you can BYO helmet, slime is in the tubes

Any popped/ leaked tubes will be charged at $10 per tube

Book 0447496489 info@adventurethon.com.au (limited stock)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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