5000k Club

We pay tribute to those who have completed the ultimate Australian adventure!

Trekking the entire length of the Bicentennial National Trail is an incredible achievement.  Whether on foot, with horses or on a bike, the self-reliant distance trekker who completes this epic journey in the spirit of the trail founders belongs to an elite group of people worthy of special recognition. We pay tribute to those who have earned the right to belong to the ‘5000k Club’!

Horse riders who complete the trek may be eligible for membership of the Long Riders’ Guild

(If anyone is missing, please let us know)

2015

Kathryn Holzberger and Preston Stroud. Cooktown to Healesville with horses.

kathryn and preston

Vincent Brouillet. On a bike.

Vincent Brouillet

Vincent Brouillet

Carol Geraghty and her sons Ned and Jacob. Healesville to Cooktown, Carol on foot and the boys on horses.

Carol Geraghty and her sons Ned and Jacob

Carol Geraghty and her sons Ned and Jacob

2013

Belinda Ritchie. With horses Clincher, Trump and Rube, Healesville to Cooktown.

Belinda Ritchie

Belinda Ritchie on the road with her horses 2013

Ben Dyer. On foot, Healesville to Cooktown.

Belinda Ritchie and Ben Dyer

Belinda Ritchie and Ben Dyer meet up at Jenolan Caves

2012

Richard Bowles. Ultra marathon runner. First person to run the Bicentennial National Trail, Healesville to Cooktown

Richard Bowles with Colin Kemp

Runner Richard Bowles meets walker Colin Kemp.

2006

Max Watkins. Cooktown to Healesville with donkey Storm.

2005

Roderick MacKenzie. Cooktown to Healesville by bike.

2004

Robert Kiel. Cooktown to Healesville on bike.

Christian Strobel. Cooktown to Healesville on bike.

 2003

Therese Hanna. Healesville to Cooktown with horses.

2001

Martin Gibson. Cooktown to Healesville with bike.

Dyane Sabourin and Geoff Grundy with daughters Angela and Serena. Cooktown to Healesville with 12 horses.

2000

Troy Skaleskog, Greg Poynter, Matt Bailey. Healesville to Cooktown with bikes.

David Waugh and Rebecca Burtt. Healesville to Cooktown on bikes.

Urs Marquardt and Karin Heitzmann. Cooktown to Healesville on horses.

1999

Ed and Maria Van Zelderen. The first riders both directions  Cooktown to Healesville and back to Cooktown with horses 10,000 km!

Geoff Daniel. Healesville to Cooktown with horses.

1997

Peter Spotswood. Cooktown to Healesville with horses.

Colin Kemp. Cooktown to Healesville. First hiker to complete the Trail.

1994 – 1995

Gabrielle Schenk.  Cooktown to Healesville with horses.

Ian Padgham. Healesville to Cooktown with horses.

Darryl (Doc) Eckley and Robyn Surry. Healesville to Cooktown.

1991 – 1992

Arlene and Sharon Christopherson. First horse riders south to north (Healesville to Cooktown).

Anthony Mair and Melissa Weeks.  Healesville to Cooktown with horses.

1989 – 1990

Sharon Muir Watson and Ken Roberts. First to complete the Bicentennial National Trail, with horses, Cooktown to Healesville. Read of their epic adventue in Colour of Courage.

Sharon and Ken Roberts near Toowoomba

Sharon Muir Watson and Ken Roberts near Toowoomba

Recollections

… facilities will be minimal to encourage the trail user to develop bushcraft skills and to minimise the intrusion into the environment.

BNT Leaflet

1988

It was created with the USA’s 3,500-kilometre Appalachian Trail in mind, but this one, over five million footsteps in length, is the longest in the world. … The Appalachian trail cost more than $95 million; this one just $200,000 in

Celebration: Australia's Bicentenary in Pictures

1989

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