XPD – Rivers of Gold

10 Editions in the Making

Rivers of Gold

XPD 11th Edition

The 2021 edition of the XPD Expedition Race is themed “Rivers of Gold”. From the 18-24 July adventure racing teams from Australia and around the world will step back in time to follow the legendary 1870s Cape York gold rush of the Palmer and Hodgkinson Rivers.

This gold rush was described as “one of the wildest, most lawless and most dangerous gold rushes the world has ever seen. It was characterised by mountainous terrain, hundreds of kilometres of jungle track, violent aboriginal people, a dry season in which a man could die of thirst and a wet season that could wash away entire settlements to leave stranded men to starve to death”.

The Adventure Race

as much an expedition as a race

After starting on Turquoise ocean, sheltered by Great Barrier Reef, teams will come ashore and be confronted by the formidable Rainforests of the North. They will journey through boulder-strewn rivers, lush forest, and misty waterfalls, to cross the Great Dividing Range at over 1,000+m in altitude.

Flowing West to the Gulf of Carpentaria are the remote Outback Australian “Rivers of Gold”. Bold teams will paddle these flowing and turbulent waters, mountain bike vast open spaces and hike over ancient landscapes, in search of the ultimate but elusive… XPD Gold!

Palm Cove

Race Headquarters, Australia

Palm Cove is a quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. The town will host the modern day adventurers of the 11th Edition of XPD.

Teams arriving at the Cairns Airport on Friday the 16th July 2021 have the option of a transfer to the event headquarters at Palm Cove. A gateway to the Cape York of Australia, the town is a vibrate tourist destination with average July temperatures of 17-25 degrees Celsius.


XPD is Australia’s own expedition length adventure race

Teams of four competitors from around the globe trek, mountain bike, and kayak for three to six days in this world-renowned expedition. These adventurers race day and night over a 500km course pushing themselves to the ultimate limits of human endurance. All team members complete all sections of the course and they must never be separated by more than 100m. Learn More Here



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