General Information

General Information

Was the 2021 Sea Otter Australia postponed?

After reviewing the impact that the new Delta variant of COVID is having on communities across the country and the now normalised “go fast-go hard lockdown” response from state and territory governments, it’s clear that a Sea Otter event unaffected by COVID was highly unlikely.

The safety and welfare of our Sea Otter family is paramount, as is our desire to ensure that we deliver excellent value for the investments made by exhibitors, riders, sponsors and spectators alike. Unfortunately, we are no longer confident that this is realistic as a result of the new COVID variants.

Consequently, we decided to postpone the 2021 delivery of Sea Otter Australia to the weekend of September 29 – October 3, 2022. Visit this page for more information. 

How do I stay in the loop?

Where do the race and ride events take place?

The Sea Otter Australia action takes place at Stromlo Forest Park, Canberra, AUS.  Registered athletes should refer to race/ride pages for individual event details for the most accurate, specific location information.

What are the festival hours?

Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday, 29 September through Monday, 3 October, 2022.These hours include the Expo with one exception:  the Expo is only open on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival? I thought Sea Otter Australia was about racing!

Sea Otter Australia is a festival for anybody who enjoys or appreciates the bicycle, for any reason.That even includes a tot on a trike who’s only looking forward to a bike! This is a festival for tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings. It’s for Gen-Xers and Boomers and the Greatest Generation.

Whether a cyclist or a spectator, folks of all ages can share in the excitement and camaraderie. If you love the idea of being part of a cool scene with active people who all share a passion for bicycles—people who are all a part of the cycling community—come!

Sea Otter is for road and mountain bikers. It’s for commuter bikers and recreational cyclists, and, yes, the Sea Otter definitely draws the very best racers—both amateurs and pros!

What’s the cost of a Festival Pass? Any discounts?

Please refer to the shop page. Athletes will receive one Festival Pass with their registration. Do not order Festival Passes for athletes.

You’ll be happy to know that all children ages twelve and under also get a free Festival Pass. Be sure to write your child’s name and your contact phone number on the inside of the wristband.

Any activities for kids? What’s it gonna cost me?

Yes, this is a family event with lots of special activities for boys and girls ages twelve and under.  Please refer to our Kids Zone page. And better yet, most of those kids’ activities are free.

You’ll be happy to know that all children ages twelve and under also get a free Festival Pass. Be sure to write your child’s name and your contact phone number on the inside of the wristband.

A popular activity for kids is the Dynamic Motivation Clinics.

What are my options for lodging?

Camping right at Stromlo is a fun way to experience Sea Otter Australia! We are currently working with health officials in the hope that we will be able to provide a great camping experience at Sea Otter Australia. We recognize the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic in nature, and we will coordinate with local officials, health agencies, and event partners to adapt preparations consistent with the latest protocols. As we learn more, and open camping registration we will communicate updates. Please sign up for our newsletter.

For hotels and other lodging, check out our list of hotel partners. These provide special discounted rates to Sea Otter Australia visitors. Please refer to the Accommodation page of our website.

Where’s the schedule for all four days?

The 2022 Race and Ride Schedule can be viewed here: https://seaotteraustralia.com.au/full-event-schedule/

        The 2022 Festival Schedule is coming soon!

What’s the traffic like going into Stromlo?

Updated traffic information coming soon.

Is there any bicycle valet parking?

More details coming soon!

All MTB events include a complimentary weekend village pass. Can I get a discount for the price of the weekend village pass if I register for multiple mtb events?

“We have set the pricing for all MTB events to cover all MTB costs. Regarding the expo village access, we have essentially provided free access to expo village for the weekend at NO cost.”

We offer the Mountain Multi-Buy! When you register for 2 or more of ANY of our mountain bike events, you’ll get 10% off the total price including shuttle and expo passes. Feed that desire, the more you ride, the more you save! When registration is open, add this coupon code when you checkout: Mountain Multi-Buy

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Interested in camping at Sea Otter Australia? 

Camping is part of the Sea Otter DNA! Sign up here to stay in the loop.

We are currently working with health officials in the hope that we will be able to provide a great camping experience at the 2021 Sea Otter Australia. We recognize the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is dynamic in nature, and we will coordinate with local officials, health agencies, and event partners to adapt preparations consistent with the latest protocols. As we learn more, and open camping registration we will communicate updates in the coming months.