Renowned as one of the toughest triathlons in the country, the Dirt & Dust Triathlon from Friday, 17 April to Saturday, 18 April 2020 is part of the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival.
Although it isn't the longest triathlon in Australia, past competitors say that it is the toughest sprint triathlon they have experienced. Starting with an 800m swim through muddy water and thick reeds, participants continue on to a 25km bike ride into a strong headwind, taking them back into town where the 5km run begins and ends. With temperatures close to 40 degrees, the bitumen is hot, the creek water is warm, and the wind pushes you backwards - draining you mentally as well as physically.
More than 400 competitors converge on Julia Creek for the triathlon on the Saturday morning, doubling the population of the town, before spending the rest of the weekend putting their feet up or going wild.
See also the Adventure Trail Run held over the same weekend.
Juniors - Friday:
4-6: 10m + 500m + 100m
7-9: 75m + 2km + 500m
10-12: 150m + 3km + 1km
13-15: 300m + 4km + 2km
Seniors - Saturday:
800m + 25km + 5km