Frequently Asked Questions

General Info

What is the John Hughes Big Walk?

The John Hughes Big Walk was developed by the Rotary Club of Mosman Park in 1996. Each year thousands of walkers raise money and since 2006, funds from the event have been shared between Rotary Projects and PMH Foundation.

This fantastic event encourages people of all ages and abilities to exercise together and enjoy the surroundings of Perth.

Through this great community event, the Rotary Club and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation partnership has raised $1.9 million for the Children’s Hospital in the last eight years.


Who are the charities?

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, formerly Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, receives 100% of all donations and fundraising from the Big Walk to help sick kids in hospital.

The balance of the proceeds from registration fees, sponsorship, merchandise and food sales are shared between the Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation:
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official fundraising body for the Perth Children’s Hospital, providing funds for research, medical equipment, expertise, specialist services, capital projects and education.

Since the Foundation was established in 1998, they have granted in excess of $60 million. Almost one quarter of the medical equipment currently at the children’s hospital has been purchased by the Foundation.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation relies on the generosity of the WA Community to achieve fundraising goals and strive to make a real difference in child and adolescent healthcare in WA.

Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe:
Rotary is a world wide association dedicated to providing humanitarian service, building goodwill and peace in local, national and international communities.

Rotarians, both men and women, are from a variety of professional, business and vocational backgrounds, united by Rotary’s encouragement of the highest ethical standards.

The Rotary motto is “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”

The magic of Rotary is it allows ordinary people to do extraordinary things!

The Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe meets at the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, McCabe Street, Mosman Park every Monday at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm dinner meeting.

For further information please contact John Law on 08 9203 8887 or email


What date is the Big Walk and what time does it start?

The John Hughes Big Walk is being held on Sunday 13 November 2016. The start times are:
15km – 8.00am
11km – 8.30am
6km – 9.00am


Where does the course go?

There are three distances – 15km, 11km & 6km. You can walk, jog, stroll or run any of these distances. All distances start and finish at Burswood Park, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood (entry off Great Eastern Hwy via Resort Dr or Bolton Ave). Download the Course map


Entry Info

How do I enter?

Enter online now.
Online entries will close at 4pm Friday 11 November 2016.

In person
Drop into Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, Level 1, 68 Hay Street, Subiaco (corner Hamilton St) to enter.
Open Monday – Friday, 9am till 4pm
In person entries close 4pm 4 November 2016.

On the day
Register on the day at Burswood Park from 7am.
Please note: entry fees on the day are higher (see below)


Technical Issues / Need Help

If you are having trouble registering or accessing and personalising your fundraising page, please contact the everydayhero helpdesk at or ring 1300 798 768. Please leave a message if directed to do so, the team will respond to your query.


How much does it cost to enter?

Registration fees (prior to event day)
Adult $25
Child (under 16yrs) $10
Child (under 5yrs) FREE
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $50 – each additional child is $10

Registration fees (on event day)
Adult $35
Child (under 16yrs) $15
Child (under 5yrs) FREE
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $80 – each additional child is $15


Can I enter more than one person on the entry form?

You may choose a family ticket and enter each family member on the one entry.  For individuals, each participant must complete a separate entry form to accept the event terms and conditions. Family tickets are entitled to one entry into the car draw.


Can I transfer or refund my entry fee?

Registrations can be transferred from one entrant to another by written request. Please email  Please note: Refunds will not be issued.


Can I enter on the day?

Yes. Registrations on the day can be made in person at Burswood Park from 7am. Please note increases in entry fees on the day:

Registration fees (on event day)
Adult $35
Child (under 16yrs) $15
Child (under 5yrs) FREE
Family (2 adults + 2 children) $80 – each additional child is $15

If you register on the day, be sure to fill in your entry into the prize draw and place it in the prize barrel near the stage. You could win a new car!


Can I run?

Yes! You can run, but please be courteous of other participants as most people will be walking.


Can my children ride a bike/ skateboard/ roller blade alongside me while I walk/run?

No. For safety reasons, the use of bicycles, skateboards, roller blades/skates, scooter or any other similar mode of transport is not permitted for any event with the exception of prams and wheelchairs.


Are dogs and other pets allowed on course? 

No, for safety reasons dogs and other pets are not allowed on any part of the course. If your dog is responsible for tripping or hurting someone, you could be liable. Leave the pooch at home please.


Are there any rules for young children?

Children who intend walking or running the course must do so under the supervision of their parent or a guardian and be a registered participant (if over 5 years).



How do I enter as a team?

It’s easy to create or join a team through the online registration process.


Is there a minimum or maximum number of participants in a team?

There is no minimum or maximum number of participants that can be included in a team. The largest team wins a prize, so get recruiting!


Can we enter as a team if team members are walking different distances?

Yes! The registration process will allow you to nominate different events as appropriate for each team member.


Do I need to pay the entry fee at the time of registration if I am a member of a team?

Yes, you must pay at the time of entry.


How do I join a team if I register as a family? 

You can join a team after you have registered as a family by clicking on the ‘Join Team’ button on the right hand side of the screen.  This can be seen once the family fundraising page is created and is on the right hand column of the page.  The fundraiser can choose to leave the team also.

When the fundraiser requests to joins a team, the team leader accepts them into the team and then the individual page link is displayed on the team page.


Event day

What time do I need to arrive?

It is recommended that you arrive at Burswood Park approximately half an hour before the start of the event. There will be a fun warm up 15min prior to the start of each event.


Where can I park?

Free parking is available at Burswood Park, adjacent to the Big Walk start/finish line. Please follow signs on the day.


What public transport is available?

Trains run frequently on the Perth to Armadale/Thornlie lines, stopping at Burswood (please make sure the train you board is not an express service).

Buses run hourly along Great Eastern Hwy.

For exact train and bus times please visit or call 13 62 13


What should I wear?

  • Your Big Walk T-shirt (if you purchased one)
    • Well fitting walking/ running shoes
    • Comfortable clothing
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Bring a rain coat if wet weather is predicted


Where can I get a drink?

There will be drink stations serving water at the start area, throughout the course and at the finish.


Where do I go if I need to go to the toilet?

Portable toilets are in several locations close to the start area and along the course.


What is the delay in times between the different events?

The first event, 15km walk will start at 8.00am followed by the 11km walk at 8.30am and the 6km walk at 9.00am. This rolling start will ensure all participants finish around the same time (between 10am-10.30am). All walkers should be finished by 11am.


What’s on once I’ve crossed the finish line?

Once you have crossed the finish line, you will be able to enjoy a complimentary piece of fruit and water. Then wear the kids out some more, with the FREE entertainment in the Bear Fair or sit back and enjoy the live entertainment on the main stage. Presentations, including the John Hughes car draw will commence at 11am. Food and drinks are also available for purchase from one of our vendors.


Do I need to be present to win the car?

No. If the winner is not present on the day we will contact them to let them know they have won.



How do I enter to win a new car?

Individuals and families are automatically entered into the prize draw to win a new car and other great prizes.  A family ticket is treated as one unit and is entitled to one entry into the prize draw.

If you register on the day, be sure to fill in your entry into the prize draw and place it in the prize barrel near the stage.

How do I win highest fundraiser?

Highest fundraiser prize goes to the individual (not the team) who raises the most money before the cut off date. Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation will have the final say.



I’ve got a problem with my fundraising page.

Just contact Everyday Hero Hotline on 1300 798 768.


I’ve got a problem with registering online.

Just contact the Big Walk Hotline on 9489 1100 or email and we will help you through the process.


I have a question that hasn’t been answered in these FAQs.

Just contact the Big Walk Hotline on 9489 1100 or email


What are the event Terms and Conditions?

Please see our Terms & Conditions page