A$300 – A$1,000

Hells Bells Adventure Race 2018

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Hells Bells has a proud history of annual races in SE QLD and is one of the country’s longest running 24hr adventure races. It draws competitors from all around Australia and internationally. It is a tough event and the highlight of many competitors calendars.

Date: 11-12th of August 2018
Location: Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia
Duration: 24 hour event
Team size: 2 person, 4 person (A1 Registered Teams)
Part of the Adventure 1 Australian Adventure Racing Series

Hells Bells is a non-stop 24hr adventure race involving trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and other adventure disciplines. Mixed, Male or Female teams of two must navigate their way unsupported through an arduous 120+km course that is only revealed to them hours before the race.

Fairy Bells adventure race is run at the same time as Hells Bells. It covers about half the distance (about 70kms) but teams have the full 24hrs to complete it. The legs are challenging, but with the additional time available to complete the half course, teams have a greater chance to reach the finish line. The race is designed as a stepping stone to Hells Bells and longer races and is perfect for teams doing their first adventure race. The Fairy Bells course is interwoven through Hells Bells and covers some of the same terrain.

Each year a new and exciting course is developed. Courses are normally linear with teams often transported to the start line and finishing back at race HQ.

The base disciplines of each year’s race are Trekking, Mountain Biking, Kayaking and Navigation. Depending on the locations other adventure disciplines may be incorporated. Hells Bells competitors can plan for approximately 25-35km of trekking, 55-80km of mountain biking, and 15-25km of kayaking. Fairy Bells is approximately half of these distances.

The winning Hells Bells teams are estimated to take 16-20hrs to complete the course. The winning Fairy Bells teams are expected to take 8-12hrs, sometimes longer. All teams for both events have up to 24hrs to complete the course.

Athletes will need to be self sufficient and prepared for anything as the course and mixture of disciplines on the day will only be revealed hours before the start of the race.

WARNING: Expect this to be tough – this event is only for those who can race and complete a hard core challenge. Race support will be given with water stations on the course but you will be expected to carry your own water and nutrition for long sections of the course!


Hells Bells:
2 Person Team Early Bird (before 6 July): $500 per team + GST
2 Person Team Standard: $550 per team + GST
Adventure1 4 person Team Early Bird (before 6 July): $1,000 per team + GST
Adventure1 4 person Team Standard: $1,100 per team + GST

Fairy Bells:
Early Bird (before 6 July): $300 per team + GST
Standard: $350 per team + GST

3 Categories

  • Mixed (Minimum 1 female team member)
  • Female (All female team members)
  • Male (All male team members)

* Note: all team members must be 18 years or over.

What do I get for my money?

  • A high quality adventure racing course in a new location including awesome disciplines
  • On-site search and rescue teams for emergency first aid
  • Logistics for the unsupported aspect of the race
  • All race maps for your team
  • Kayaks for the event
  • Special discipline and equipment (depending on the discipline)
  • Official race vest during the event
  • Race pack with goodies and event prizes (dependant on sponsorship)
  • Post race meal
  • up to 24 hours of the arduous and memorable adventure racing!

It is our aim to provide you and your team the best quality event we can. Admittedly, it isn’t cheap to enter, but neither is it cheap to run an adventure race of this scale, in a new location each year, especially when the event goes for up to 24hrs hours straight!

Adventure 1 Series

We’re also pleased to announce that Hells Bells it will be part of the new Australian Adventure Racing Series, Adventure 1. For the first time, all participating Hells Bells teams will accrue points towards becoming Australia’s first Adventure Racing Team Champions.

Adventure 1 will test teams of four athletes across four unique races from 24 hours to five days in duration, including of course Hells Bell on August 11-12. It’s free to register for Adventure 1 and the premier mixed team place getters and category winners will share in a prizemoney purse of $10,000.

For more information, check out www.adventure1.com.au

Cancellations and Refunds

Entry cancellations can be made up until 2 weeks before the event. A refund (less 25%) will be made. Refunds or transfers will NOT be given after this date. The cancellation policy is strict.

In the event of an “act of God” (fires, floods etc), organisers will attempt to re-schedule the race. No refunds or transfers will be made if you are not able to attend the re-scheduled date. Organisers reserve the right to cancel the event if no suitable date or alternative course can be found to re-schedule.


The event organisers have a public liability insurance policy to the value of $20 million. This however is not personal accident insurance for you! It is recommended you have your own personal accident insurance.

Rules, Mandatory Equipment and Logistics

All competitors will be required to have the Mandatory Equipment contained in the link below. All entrants agree to the General Waiver as part of their ticket purchase (you will be prompted as part of your ticket purchase) and agree to abide by the Rules for Adventure Racing as outlined below.

Race Schedule

Interstate and International teams arrive

8:00am: Bike drop – location TBA
9:00am: Race Briefing (compulsory all)
- Registration / Course handout
- Boxes, paddles, PFDs submitted
- Transport to start (if required)
11:30am: Race Start

11:30am: Official Race Finish
11:30am – 12:30pm: Presentations


There will be prizes awarded to 1st in each category, as well as random prizes drawn post race.

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