CANBERRA.AUSTRALIA.MARCH 25-26

What to Expect

Walk for peace; dress up or carry a flag to identify the country you are representing. Be open to making new friends from all walks of life and all parts of the globe.

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There is a lot of information here, but we encourage you to take the time to read this page. It will answer many questions you may have and help to make your Aussie Peace Walk more enjoyable, meaningful and satisfying.

As you share the experience of walking together over the weekend, we encourage you to take the time to reflect. Please start conversations with other walkers, get to know each other and be ready to share just a little of yourself.

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Friday Pack Collection

Event packs will be available for collection between 12 noon and 6:30 pm on Friday 24 March 2023 at Albert Hall.

Lunch Orders

Volunteers from Canberra Zonta Club will take lunch orders on Friday for the weekend for all who wish to pre-purchase a lunch pack.

Check Your Registration Information

Please carefully check your Aussie Peace Walk registration to confirm the distances you are walking each day. Each distance has a different start time and 30 minute start windows. Make a note of your start times for Saturday – and your start times for Sunday. Both these pages contain detailed information on the walks.

You must not start before the designated start time because the checkpoints are manned in time for each event and you may miss a checkpoint.

Changes may also be made on the day. You must also sign in at the check-in desk at the start before your event each day.

Most participants are walking on both days of the weekend. If you registered to walk just one day, it is not too late to walk both days and earn the Aussie Peace Walk Two-Day Walker Medal. Just pay the difference for the extra day when you check-in. 

Also, if you feel you would like to change the distance you are walking, you can do so on the morning of the walk by notifying the volunteers at the check-in desk.

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Food & Drinks on The Weekend

A coffee carravan will be located at Albert Hall for those who enjoy a warming cup in the morning.

The Canberra Zonta Club will operate a cafe with food, coffee and tea throughout the weekend.

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House of Bubbles

Canberra’s popular House of Bubbles will be parked at Albert Hall for those who like to relax in style.

The Vintage Citroen van, enjoy this unique experience on Saturday 11am – 2pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm, so stay on and unwind with your fellow walkers, network and meet new friends as well as celebrate your achievements.

The House of Bubbles will have a range of options including bubbles, beer, wine and soft drinks as well as a limited supply of ‘Sparkling Sake’ a refreshingly cold, low alcohol drink served over ice – a perfect way to finish the weekend! 

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Stay COVID Safe

Although there are not COVID restrictions, we ask everyone to be mindful of your own health and the health of others. Hand sanatiser will be readily available.

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Inside Your Passport

You must carry your Event Passport each day you are walking. Volunteers will stamp your passport at each checkpoint on your route to provide proof that you completed the walks. This is essential for those claiming IML and IVV credits.

In Your Event Pack

Your event pack will contain your walking passport. Inside are small maps of each walk.

If you registered before the online cut-off time, your passport will be personalised with your name and details on the cover. On the back cover will be your emergency contact’s number and any medical information you provided in case the medical support team need it.

On the maps inside your passport, you will notice spaces for stamps. As you walk around the routes, your passport will be stamped at each checkpoint. 

2021 passports

Personalised Passports

Enter before the standard registration cut-off date and your passport will be personalised.

We ask that you hand the lanyards back after you finish your last walk so they can be used again next year.

Please keep your passport as a souvenir of the event.

Route Maps

If you want more detail than is available in the small maps in your passport, we offer a few options:

Saturday and Sunday route maps are available on the website, together with GPX files for you to download onto your smartphone or GPS device if you wish (instructions are provided here).

Using the GPX files on your phone will enable you to use the GPS functionality of your phone to tell you exactly where you are on the route at all times.

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Ring the Peace Bell

On Saturday morning, the Peace Bell will be set up with the striker for participants ceremoniously ‘bong’. Say a few words of peace and have a professional photo taken as a momento.

The photographer will be waiting to take a photo for you. They will hand you a card with a QR code on it. When you scan the code with your phone, you’ll get your photo directly on your phone.

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Parking

Free Parking is available nearby on Saturday and Sunday. Note: The parking within the grounds of the Albert Hall is reserved official vehicles only.

There is parking for hundreds of cars (blue marks on map) which should be ample. There is also parking along some streets on the weekend. There is also an underpass for pedestrians to go from the large carpark, under Commonwealth Avenue to Albert Hall.

Public Transport

The bus “Rapid Routes” (R4, R5 or R7) stop immediately in front of the Albert Hall (3 stops from the City and 3 stops from the Woden bus stations). For public transport, information visit Transport ACT

Check-in, Walking and the Finish

All walks start and finish at Albert Hall (the Control Centre for the event).

COVID check-in is NOT required for the 2022 Aussie Peace Walk.

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Check-In Before You Walk

Before you start walking your chosen distance, you must sign in so organisers know how many people are out on the walks at any time. You must also be signed back in when you finish. (We don’t want to lose anyone!)

This is a walking event with controlled start and finish time blocks. You are required to start within the designated start-block for your chosen distance. 

The Start

All the start times are available on the website for Saturday walks and Sunday walks.

Every event has a start window of 30 minuites. This means you can start anytime within that starting window.

You cannot start outside the timeframe because checkpoints may not be manned. Also, at the end of the start window, a tail walker will follow the last person to leave in each walk. Their job is to ALWAYS be the last to finish.

The tail-walker wearing a fluro vest will follow the last walker in each event and collect route marking arrows. When the tail-walker passes each checkpoint, they will know to pack up the checkpoint. 

DO NOT start after the tail-walker. DO NOT let the tail-walker pass you.

Late Entries

There will be late entries taken on the day at the check-in table. 

NOTE; if you want to do a late entry, please do so before the commencement of the walk you wish to enter.

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You can walk on the grass if you prefer

The routes on Saturday are almost all on paths. Comfortable running or walking shoes are recommended. Hard surfaces can be tiring on the legs, particularly for marathon walkers.

You may walk on the grass beside the path to make it easier on your feet and lower legs for the long distance walks.

Note that on Sunday, all walks go along sections of dirt trails and more sturdy shoes are suggested.

Watch out for cyclists

Beware of Cyclists

Canberra is an active city and there are likely to be cyclists or runners on the same paths used by walkers. Please keep an eye out for bikes. These are all shared paths and we don’t want any accidents.

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Weather

The event will go ahead regardless of the weather. Fortunately, the weather is usually good for walking at this time of year, with cool starts each day.

Sun protection is advised regardless of the temperature when you start your walk.

Saturday Routes

The Saturday routes around Lake Burley Griffin are mostly on paved surfaces, with some grass and trail sections on the first half of the marathon route. Walkers may choose to walk on the grassy verge if they prefer. 

REMEMBER: This is not a race! Walk at your own pace and rest when needed. Running is not permitted.

Please note there are no dogs allowed on significant portions of the routes on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday Routes

The Sunday routes can be challenging in places with some unpaved trail sections. Closed shoes are recommended for all walkers, and hiking poles will also be helpful if you usually use them. Water is available at each checkpoint, but we advise walkers to also carry water.

Remember, we will have tail-walkers removing the route signs and signalling when checkpoints can close. We do not recommend leaving the route because you may end up behind the sweep and get lost.

volunteers delivering water to checkpoints

Please stay hydrated.

Even if it is not hot, walking long distances caused loss of moisture. (You don’t have to sweat to lose moisture, every time you breathe, you expel moisture. It is easy to dehydrate.)

We suggest you bring one water bottle and some snacks if you think you will feel hungry. Snacks are a good idea if you are on a long walk.

We will have water available in 600ml bottles at each checkpoint.

Medical Support

We have a medical team stationed around the event for the weekend. The emergency number and information is on the back of your passport.

For more information, read Medical Support.

stopping for a snack

We will provide water and fruit at various checkpoints around the routes. You will also find coffee shops and cafes on some routes. Remember, the Peace Walk isn’t a race. Enjoy the day and stop for a snack if you’d like. (These boys pictured above did just that in 2021).

Bring a Snack

No food is provided on the routes, however, there are a few cafe’s that you will pass on some of the routes. 

21km walkers will walk along Kingston Foreshore past a number of excellent cafes and coffee shops. Stopping for a snack or relaxing coffee is a nice experience.

New IML members sign up

At Albert Hall

Tea, coffee and snadwiches will be available at Albert Hall, provided by the Zonta Club on Saturday and Sunday.

If bubbles and cheese plates are more to your thing, the House of Bubbles will be stationed at Albert Hall from 11 am on both days.

A coffee cart will also be parked at the start and later in the day at Albert Hall.

Checklist of things to bring with you

Event Passport in your lanyard

Sunglasses 

Sunscreen

Hat

Water Bottle

Snack (if required)

Jacket and/or Raincoat (hopefully not required)

Camera

First Aid requirements to suit yourself (eg asthma medication)

Money (for purchasing drinks, food, souvenirs, IML/IVV merchandise etc.)

IVV passports (if applicable – bring each day) 

IML passport (if applicable – bring on Sunday – or hand in for checking on Friday or Saturday if claiming a special award)

Finishing, Medals and Awards

All walkers will probably be finished by 4 pm on both days.

At the end of your walk each day, you need to report to the Control Centre to have your name checked off and collect the relevant awards.

  • All one-day walkers will get a certificate of participation.
  • All finishers of the Saturday Marathon will be awarded a Commemorative Marathon pin on Saturday on completion of their marathon walk.
  • All two-day walkers will be awarded the Commemorative Two-Day Walker medal after the completion of their second walk on Sunday.

Closing Ceremony

We invite all walkers to stay for a small closing ceremony at Albert Hall after the walk on Sunday.  

Special awards will be presented to some IML walkers and the grand team prize will also be announced.

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Prizes

Don’t forget that there are several participation and fundraising prizes to be won.

There are a dozen House of Bubbles prizes that will be given out to participants by volunteers for demonstrating enthusiasm, sportsmanship, getting into the spirit of peace and for community spirit.

There is also a fabulous team prize for the team that entertains the other participants, demonstrates great camaraderie and friendliness. This prize is for 12 people. So even if you only have a team of six, you could still take 12 people to enjoy the prize.

Plus, there is a fabulous 5-Star luxury weekend away prize to be won for an enthusiastic fundraiser. 

2021 photo competition winners

Photo Competition

Upload the best photos you take at the Aussie Peace Walk to your Instagram account with the hashtag #AussiePeaceWalk for a chance to win. 

Organisers will review all the photos using the #AussiePeaceWalk two weeks after the event to select winners. They will be looking judging based on three categories, Fun, Landscape and Nature.

See last year’s winning photos above.

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IML Walking Association (IML)

The IML is an international walking association with its own award system, and this event is an IML accredited event for those who walk the qualifying distance on both Saturday and Sunday. The minimum qualifying distance is 20km on both days. However, those who have turned 70 before 31 December 2021 need only walk a minimum of 10km each day. Proof of age may be requested.

Participation in this award program is ideal if you are interested in taking part in similar long-distance multi-day walking events in other countries. More information is available at the Control Centre or on our website.

If you are an IML walker, bring your IML Passports to obtain this year’s Rotary Aussie Peace Walk IML stamp after your walk on Sunday, between 1 and 4 pm. Walkers claiming special IML awards must present their IML passports to the IML desk by Saturday afternoon for checking.

On Sunday afternoon, IML Passports may also be purchased, as well as Australia Country Bars, and Medals and Pins for those who qualify. If you wish to buy an IML passport, please ensure you bring along a passport-sized photograph to paste into the passport.

Discover more about IML here.

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International Volkssport Verband (IVV)

The IVV has also sanctioned this walk as a multi-day event. The IVV is another international association, with its own award system, with numerous accredited IVV walking events around the world and in Australia. You do not need to travel internationally to earn IVV awards. For more information please visit our IVV counter or read about IVV on the website.

Australian IVV record books may be purchased at the IVV counter at the end of each day, with a heavily discounted starter kit available for new IVV walkers. The cost of each record book covers the cost of the IVV awards once earned.

One IVV stamp per day and a record of the actual distance walked, will be recorded in walkers’ IVV books. There is no additional charge for the IVV stamps for the Aussie Peace Walks on Saturday and Sunday.

If you require IVV stamps for any other walks you have completed in Australia, please bring $5/stamp and your IVV books for stamping on Friday afternoon before the AussieWalk Welcome Walk. 

Discover more about IVV events here.

What is The two-day challenge?

Everyone who completes the two-day challenge will get a special commemorative medal. 

The 2021 Aussie Peace Walk was held in commoration of the 100 years of Rotary service in Australia and New Zealand.  

A special medal was struck to commemorate the 1st Rotary Aussie Peace Walk on one side and the 30th Canberra Two-Day Walk on the other. 

Each of the Sunday walks will pass this point.

Sunday walks include 7km, 12km and 24km.

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You will walk past this point on Saturday in the 12km, 21km and 42km walks.

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