Coopernook State Forest HQ, North Coast

Forest trails and creek crossings - perfect for an adventure dog

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2020 date!

Coopernook State Forest Headquarters, Mid-North Coast






















Welcome to the Dirty Dog Tail Run at Coopernook State Forest, just off the Pacific Hwy between Taree and Kew. Set amongst the scenic and serene eucalypt forest, you’ll have two course distances to choose from; a short course approx. 4km run/walk or a long course approx. 8.5km run/walk. Both courses offer stunning scenery and appeal to both the novice and more experienced trail explorer. All courses are clearly signposted and our awesome animal loving team will be cheering you on along the way. When you register simply select the distance you and your hound will complete.

How do I enter?
Taking part in the Dirty Dog Tail Run is easy! Simply click to enter the short course (approx. 4km) or the long course (approx. 8.5km). Your ticket will provide entry for one human and one hound. If you’ve got more humans or hounds that you’d like to bring along there are additional ticket options available so they can join you on this pooch-tastic-adventure!
Grab yourself an early bird rate of $30 for the short course (SC) or $40 for the long course (LC) up until the end of June. Prices go up slightly to $40 for the SC and $60 for the LC from July up until event day. Simply click on the button below for the course you want to complete and be part of the Dirty Dog Tail Run!



Doggy Bag


Every hound gets a

cool bag of goodies

Bark Buff
Dog Tag
Race Bib
Doggy treats
Refreshments on the course
Donation to Sweet Pea Animal Rescue



There are two distances; a short course approx. 4km and a long course approx. 8.5km trail walk/run. Both offer beautiful landscapes set amongst the lush eucalypt forest. When you register, simply select the distance that you and your hound will complete.

Wave starts
Wave starts allow humans and their hounds to enjoy the trails without congestion and make for a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. Wave starts will hold no more than 40 hounds and run every 30 minutes. When registering, simply select the wave time you’d like to be part of. You can always change this at a later date (if the wave you would like to transfer into still have available spots). For instructions on how to transfer your wave time, click here.

Location map and driving instructions
The Dirty Dog Tail Run will start from the Coopernook State Forest Headquarters,

just north of Coopernook (between Taree and Kew) on Forest Road, Moorland.
Estimated driving times from regional centres are as follows:

Port Macquarie: 43 mins
Taree: 28 mins
Forster: 48 mins

Newcastle: 2hrs 12 mins

If you require more information about the Dirty Dog Tail Run

visit the FAQ section on this website or email

Safety on the course
It's vital that all participants, both two and four legged have a safe and enjoyable experience at the event. To take part in the Dirty Dog Tail Run, all dogs must:


  • be fully vaccinated and registered 

  • have had a flea, worming and tick treatment based on the recommendations of the product used

  • be on a leash at all times

  • be reasonably fit and exercised regularly in the lead up to the event

  • be socialised and non-aggressive to people and other dogs

  • be wearing a collar with an identification tag

  • not be in season

The team at Dirty Dog Tail Run are passionate about creating  outdoor adventures for people from all walks of life, especially the 4-legged kind. Organisers have a combined 30 years experience in the events industry, specifically in outdoor experiences. The team have worked on a range of events from music and cultural festivals, sporting events, obstacle courses, theatrical productions, mutli-day adventure and expedition races and more.

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