Race Details


Saturday 15 May 2021

ENTRY FEE View entry fees
DISTANCE & ELEVATION 50.3km with 2400 +/- elevation gain
START TIME 6:32am – 8:02am
START LINE Scenic World, Violet St and Cliff Dr, Katoomba NSW. View start line map
BUSES There will be a free shuttle bus service to take runners, support crews and spectators between Katoomba town centre and Scenic World / KCC. Find out more on the transport services page. 
FINISH LINE Scenic World, Violet St and Cliff Dr, Katoomba NSW. View finish line map
ENTRY INCLUSIONS Race entry, race pack, finisher medal and buff, finisher certificate, fully stocked checkpoints, drop bag service, on-course medical support and assistance, course photography.
MINIMUM AGE 18 years of age on race day
CUTOFF PACE REQUIRED (min/km) 18:00/km
EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER 4 hr 25 min (10:57am)

The following age divisions for both male and female will be used for the results (age on day of race is used to determine your division):

  • Open (18-29 years)
  • Veterans (30-39 years)
  • Masters (40-49 years)
  • Super Masters (50-59 years)
  • Grand Masters (60-69 years)
  • Supreme Masters (70+ years)
  • 5 fastest male and females receive a trophy
  • 3 fastest men and women receive free entry to the following year’s event
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each division
UTMB logo en Finishers of Ultra-Trail Australia 50 will gain 2 qualifying points towards The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®.

All information subject to change



The UTA50 course traces the second half of the UTA100 course, and does not lack for the beauty or stunning landscapes of its longer counterpart.

You’ll start and finish at Scenic World in Katoomba and be heading down the Giant Stairway into the lush Leura Forest before you know it.

The spectacular Wentworth Falls is the next highlight after around 25km, before cruising down the epic Kedumba Pass.

The only way is up from there, culminating with those infamous 951 steps and the finish line!



UTA21 50km map FA2



TOPO - Overview

TOPO - Legs

GPX for Training

GPX for Race Day

GPX Waypoints

Use the GPX for Training route to avoid the out of bounds areas of the course prior to race day.

Course is subject to change


path 7

39% Tracks

Walking tracks, single track

Tracks 6

43% Tracks

Fire roads, dirt roads

road 6

18% Road

Bitumen roads







Start Scenic World 0km   Yes
Water point Fairmont Resort 17.2km 12.33am Saturday No
Checkpoint 1 Queen Victoria Hospital 28.7km 3.38pm Saturday Yes
Checkpoint 2 Emergency Aid Station 41.2km N/A No
Finish Scenic World 50km 10.47pm Saturday Yes

*The cut-off times are for leaving the relevant checkpoint. If you miss the cut-off then you must follow the directions of officials. Please note that in bad weather conditions, cut-offs may need to be brought forward during the event.

Checkpoints are generously stocked with:

  • Lollies
  • KODA Nutrition Electrolyte drink (pre-mixed) and gels
  • Water
  • Fruit
  • Bakery goods
  • Hot water, tea, coffee, soup
  • Toilets

The order of the checkpoint offerings will be:

Food > Fruit > Drinks

Please note we are a cup-less event. In an effort to cut down on waste, we will have no drinking cups at checkpoints. You will need to carry a cup or hydration pack with you. Limited stock of cups and hydrations packs will be available for sale at the event expo, but we encourage you to purchase one in advance and use it in your training.

Signs will be placed 200 metres before each checkpoints and exit signs will indicate the distance to the next checkpoint.

First Aid will be available at each checkpoint, Fairmont Resort Water Point, the Emergency Aid Station and the finish. There will also be roving first aid crews on the course.

There will be port-a-loos at the start, all checkpoints and the Emergency Aid Station. There will be flushing toilets at Fairmont Resort Water Point and the Finish.


Drop Bags

A drop bag service will be available which allows you to have your own personal supplies (gels, food, change of socks, shoes, shorts, lubricant, etc.) available at checkpoint 5 or at the finish.

Your bag needs be closable and soft and a reasonable size. Cool-bags from the big supermarkets are perfect! In line with our commitment to sustainability please don’t use plastic bags or plastic boxes – these will not be accepted. One drop bag per runner is allowed for each locations.

Finish line drop bags can be left in the designated area near the start line at Scenic World on Saturday morning.

Drop bags will be returned to the drop bag marquee near the finish area at Scenic World within 4 hours after the relevant checkpoint cut-off time. Collect by showing your race number. Any drop bags not collected by midday on the Sunday will be disposed of.

  • Please don’t use glass bottles/jars
  • Clearly mark your drop-bag using permanent marker pen with:
    - Surname,
    - race number
    - Location (i.e. checkpoint or finish line).
  • Drop bags will be lined up numerical order. Any bags without or clearly written/visible with a name and race number, will placed at the end of the number range.
  • Only the runner can collect their drop bag at the drop bag locations. Once each checkpoint drop bag is finished with it must be taken to the used drop bag pile.
  • There is a drop bag service for runners without a support crew. Runners may use a mixture of support crew and the drop bag service.

left bag drop smile

spectators high five finisher smiles