Red Bull Defiance

Red Bull Defiance returns to Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia in 2020. Building on the rich legacy from Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand, this one of a kind adventure race covers unique ‘rainforest to reef’ terrain in the tropical cassowary coast region.

The Cassowary Coast is an undiscovered gem of Queensland that stretches from Cairns to Townsville. The coastline is bordered by the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef with Mission Beach in the centre. Mission Beach is the closest access point for the Great Barrier Reef, less than 40km offshore. But unbelievably it’s likely you won’t have to share your snorkelling or diving spot with any other boats.

There’s plenty for the adventurous at heart; white-water rafting down the Tully River and skydiving over the reef and rainforest. Red Bull Defiance is made up of six key stages spread over 2 days. There are also mystery disciplines that test the teams skills and courage. Each day has a run, bike and water-based activity as its core activity, but the relative difficulty of each is different on each day.

There is no doubt that day 1 is the most physically demanding in terms of endurance and how teams ‘race’ day 1 will have a profound impact on how competitors feel for day 2. The course navigates through stunning and varied terrain, taking in rainforest and coastal environments. Those teams that make it to the finish will be able to reflect on the challenge; the intensity and the reward of completing an epic 2 day adventure race against a backdrop of the Cassowary Coast of North Queensland.