Take up the Challenge
Get ready for adventure! The Operation Flinders Challenge is set for the 7th & 8th October 2017 and is your chance to have fun, get fit and support a great cause. All funds raised from this event will solely support the Operation Flinders Foundation, helping transform the lives of young people "at risk".

Choose your distance
Designed as an endurance event, the Operation Flinders Challenge gives you the choice of 15, 57 or 85km distances to tackle in teams of two, three or four. The event also provides you with the opportunity to complete the trail as an individual for the 15km distance.

Where it all happens
Starting at 7.00am at the Morialta Conservation Park in the beautiful Adelaide foothills, you'll walk or run through the stunning Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Ranges, taking in some of Adelaide’s most scenic trails (including the spectacular Heysen & Yurrebilla). You will then return to Morialta looking back to further spectacular views of Adelaide as you conquer your challenge.  

Get Involved
So grab your friends, family or workmates and take up the challenge together. Push your limits and join the fun and join in on Adelaide’s premium adventure event.
As well as being a brilliant physical test and team endurance event, the real challenge is to raise much needed funds for the Operation Flinders Foundation.

Your Fundraising
The Operation Flinders Foundation runs an eight-day program for young people at risk in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Field exercises achieve the primary objective of Operation Flinders by placing participants in a remote outdoor environment where self-discipline, teamwork, co-operation, leadership and trust are intrinsic to survival. They face challenges as individuals and as part of the team and the program has a proven ability to bring about life-changing experiences for the participants.

When you register you are able to build your own easy online fundraising page via Everyday Hero. Ask your family, friends and colleagues anywhere for a donation by emailing the web link. Each donation is recorded on your page along with messages of encouragement from your supporters.

Challenge Morialta

Morialta Map

Starting from Challenge Central, this testing 15km course weaves its way through the Morialta Conservation Park. The first section of the course takes you up to Kookaburra Lookout and then onto Second Falls and Third Falls. Through spectacular scenery, the course makes its way to the Moores Rd ridgeline, then winds its way down Fox’s Dam Track and then back up the infamous Chapman’s Track – a steep challenge! After this effort you’ll be rewarded with scenic views over the city of Adelaide as you head along Rocky Hill Track then down the descent back to Challenge Central. With a total ascent of almost 600m over the 15km course, this is a perfect way to challenge yourself, while raising money for a worthy cause!

 Morialta Elevation

Challenge Mount Lofty

Mount Lofty Map

The 57km Challenge follows the course of the 15km Challenge Morialta event and then makes its way towards the highest point in the Mount Lofty Ranges – the Mount Lofty Summit. This course is part of the Heysen Trail, passing through the native bushland of Horsnell Gully and up through Cleland Conservation Park, providing frequent vistas over Adelaide and the Hills. After the ascent to Mount Lofty, the trail returns back to Morialta, where you can celebrate your achievements at Challenge Central. With a total elevation gain of over 2000m over the 57km, this event is for those who are looking to challenge themselves and have an epic day supporting Operation Flinders.

 Mount Lofty Elevation

Challenge Mylor

Mylor Map

This 85km course is for those who are up for a true physical endurance challenge, winding your way through spectacular Adelaide Hills landscapes from Morialta, through Mount Lofty, and onto Mylor. After some challenging ups and downs in the first part of the course, and then a steep descent from Mount Lofty, the course levels out on sealed roads and park tracks towards Mylor. Although passing near towns and populous areas, the course still retains a rural feel as you pass through the bushland of Cleland Conservation Park, Mount George Conservation Park, Bridgewater and Mylor Conservation Park, reaching the Mylor township before heading back to Challenge Central in Morialta. This course has a total ascent of over 2500m over 85km. Much like the Operation Flinders treks for the young participants, this is an ultimate challenge of determination and teamwork testing both mental and physical capabilities, while raising money to help youth at risk.

 Mylor Elevation

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