FAQs - Walking Stars 2021

General enquiries

How do I register a team?

Creating a team is a great way to bring family, friends or colleagues together to have fun and spread hope for a cancer-free future. You can create your team when you register for Walking Stars. A team can also be created after signing up from your fundraising dashboard.

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee covers your entry to the event, bib and event and administration costs.

How many people can I have in a team?

There is no limit to the number of team members, the more the merrier! Invite your friends and family to shine bright with you and experience this unique Melbourne event. 

I’ve already registered but I want to join a team

There are a few ways to join an existing fundraising team:

  1. When registering for Walking Stars, select ‘Join a Team’, search for the team name, and select the team you wish to join.
  2. Ask the team captain (the person who created the team) to invite you via their team dashboard.
  3. Search for the team here, click on the team page and select ‘Join Us’. If this button is not showing, ask the team captain to change their settings to 'allow anyone to join team' in the team dashboard.

Can I register at the event?

The best way to guarantee your entry to the event is to sign up online before 11.59pm on 2 December 2021. Entries on the day of the event will be accepted up until 7pm (one hour prior to the start time) if the event has not reached capacity.

Can I register multiple people during the registration process?

Yes, when completing the registration process there is an option to ‘Invite and Pay’ for other people.

When will I receive my bib/event kit?

Event kits will be posted to you before the event date. If you don't receive your welcome kit in time or register in the week of the event you will need to collect your kit at the registration desk on event day.

Can I transfer my registration to a friend?

Yes, if you decide not to participate in the event your registration fee can be transferred to another person. Please let us know the details of the person you are transferring your ticket to within 48 hours of the event by emailing walking.stars@cancervic.org.au or calling 1300 65 65 85.

I’m having trouble registering

If you have any queries about your registration or the event, please contact our Supporter Care team on 1300 65 65 85 or via email at walking.stars@cancervic.org.au

I don’t want to take part in the event, can I donate to Cancer Council Victoria instead?

Absolutely. If you can’t attend the event this year we will miss you, but you can still make a donation towards a cancer-free future here by credit, debit card or PayPal. Alternatively, you can search for a Walking Star to support here.

How do I download and use the Walking Stars App?

The Walking Stars app will launch in October and is free to all registered participants. The app will help you track your training and connect you with other Walking Stars!

Once the app launches, you will be sent a unique ticket code to connect the app with your fundraising page. More information about the Walking Stars App can be found here.

Covid information

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in the event?

In line with the Victorian Government’s Covid-19 requirements, all participants (12 years and 2 months and over) must be fully vaccinated or hold a medical exemption in order to participate in the physical event. Please ensure you have your proof of vaccination status or exemption saved to your phone when you check in to the event.

If you have already registered and will not be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption by 4 December, please contact walking.stars@cancervic.org.au to transfer your ticket to the virtual event.

Will there be COVID-safe measures in place for the event?

Cancer Council Victoria is committed to providing the safest possible event for our participants, volunteers, staff, spectators and the community. More information about our COVID-safe plan can be found here.

What will happen if the Kings Domain event is cancelled due to COVID-19?

If the event is cancelled due to COVID-19, participants will be offered the option to join a virtual event at no additional cost. Your registration fee will be transferred to the physical Walking Stars 2022 event. Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided in these circumstances.

Kings Domain - Event Info

When does the event start?

Your night to shine kicks off from 6pm on Saturday 4 December. Come on down to the village at Kings Domain with your friends and family to enjoy the atmosphere, food and beverages.  Remember to wrap yourself in fairy lights, douse yourself in glitter and shine bright to make it a night to remember!

The walk starts at 8pm and you must complete the course by 2am. More details about the program will be provided closer to the event date.

What time does the event end?

You must complete the course by 2am.

Getting there

We recommend taking public transport to the event. The CBD location means there are plenty of public transport options available, and services will operate 24 hours over the weekend. If you are driving to the event, please arrive early to secure a car spot as parking may be limited in the CBD.

Where can I find the course map?

The course starts and finishes at Kings Domain. Along the 21km course, you will get to explore Melbourne’s iconic laneways and landmarks under starlight. The course map can be found here.

Can I bring my children to the event?

We love having a crowd of supporters cheering on our Walking Stars, but please note that children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the event and the 21km walk can finish quite late in the evening, although you will be finished no later than 2am.

Will there be ATM facilities available?

Unfortunately, there is no ATM at the event. The closest ATMs are at Flinders Street Station, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Arts Centre.

Will there be food and drinks at the event?

Yes, there will be food and drink vendors at the start and finish line to help fuel your walk. Water stations will also be available throughout the course to keep you well hydrated. This year we've been able to secure the following food and drink vendors.

At the Walking Stars Village:

  • Felafel off the Truck - homemade falafel bowls, Tabouli salad cups, felafel wraps, middle eastern pizzas
  • Amazing Calamari – salt & pepper calamari, homemade Greek salad & hot chips
  • Mr Yes Mr No – hummus bowl, Thai BBQ chicken, Melbourne fusion croquettes w/salad, skin on potato chips
  • Roberta's for New Order Events - Italian themed toasted sandwiches, gluten free and vegan cannoli’s along with changing Italian sweets & coffee
  • Barrel of Beans – coffee cart

At the Docklands Pit Stop:

  • Port Phillip Cafe "Off with the Ferries" - Offering muffins, toasted wraps, small cakes, biscuits, chips, lollies, soft drinks, espresso coffee, pre-made juices. OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT ONLY
  • Artisan home made ice-creams

Also, you'll be able to enjoy the ANL container art exhibition "Life Below Water" that has been set up on Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. The exhibition aims to raise awareness for the protection of marine biodiversity throughout Oceania. 

Is the glitter used at the Glitter Bar environmentally friendly? 

Absolutely. Walking Stars has only ever used biodegradable and eco-friendly glitter at it's event. We use our trusted supplier, Glitterazzi who will be at the Walking Stars event.   

"Glitterazzi only uses glitter made from a special form of eucalyptus cellulose rather than polyester. It is the only glitter available on the market that is proven independently to degrade into harmless substances in the natural environment. It's not only biodegradable but also compostable." 

Will there be medical support available along the course?

Yes, there will be plenty of medical assistance available throughout the course and the village.

I have raised $350 and haven’t received my t-shirt? When will I receive it?

T-shirts will be posted to you before the event date. If you register after 12 November 2021, you will need to collect your t-shirt at the event. If you are participating virtually we will endeavour to express post it out to you however please keep in mind current postage delays with Aus Post

I've raised $1000 or more and am a VIP SUPERSTAR! What does that mean?

Congratulations! You are one of our VIP Superstars and have raised over $1000! This means you get some pretty cool perks, including.

  • Express check in at our VIP area in the Registration tent
  • Access to the exclusive VIP Lounge at our half way pitstop, where you can refuel with a mocktail, bliss ball and wellness shot!
  • Exclusive VIP access to our Glitter Bar
  • A VIP pack which includes - One $20 food and drink voucher to be used at any foodtruck in the village, a yellow wristband so that everyone knows you're a VIP AND a ticket for FREE PARKING at the Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM). To redeem your parking all you need to do is:

    1. Enter the ACM car park and push the 'ticket' button for an entry ticket (do not nominate credit card as an option)
    2. Take the entry ticket and drive into the car park
    3. We'll give you a pre-paid ticket at the registration tent
    4. Use the pre-paid ticket to exit the ACM car park at the ticket boom gate

Do I have to walk the whole 21km?

Most people are able to walk the 21km course over the six-hour time limit. However, if you find that you can’t make the whole distance, you can choose to stop whenever you need. If you are concerned about completing the challenge, please talk to your doctor beforehand.

Can I complete the course by running?

We want all our Walking Stars to be safe, shine bright and have fun as they complete the course. There is no running at this event, so slow down and enjoy the night as we light up Melbourne!

Can I volunteer for the event?

Yes please! We need volunteers to assist with event logistics, act as motivators on the course and support thousands of Walking Stars! You can register to volunteer here.  Please note that due to this being a night-time event, all volunteers must be 18 years or older.

What will happen if the Kings Domain event is cancelled due to bad weather?

If the event is cancelled due to bad weather, participants will be offered the option to join a virtual event at no additional cost. Your  registration fee will be transferred to the physical Walking Stars 2022 event. Unfortunately, refunds will not be provided in these circumstances.

Will there be medical support available along the course?

Yes, there will be plenty of medical assistance, including first aid officers with vehicles and a bicycle emergency response team, available throughout the course and the village. If you need them please make yourself know to either them or a staff member or volunteer.

Virtual Event

How do I complete the virtual 21km walk?

If you can’t make it to our in-person event you can still walk with us virtually by completing your 21kms at any time on 4 December, or spread the distance out over a few days.

Use the Walking Stars app to track your walk around your neighbourhood, local parks or trail. Please remember to check the current government health orders before planning your walking course.  


Why do I need to fundraise?

Every day in Victoria, 98 people are diagnosed with cancer.

Walking Stars aims to do two things: spread hope for a cancer-free future and raise vital funds to help make that a reality.

There is no fundraising minimum for Walking Stars, but every dollar you raise can have a life-changing impact on cancer patients and those around them.

Where does the money raised go?

The money you raise will support Victorians affected by cancer. Our support services are free and are only possible thanks to our generous supporters, like our Walking Stars.

Here’s how your fundraising can help:*

  • $60 can help give 30 schools an information guide to use when someone is affected by cancer.
  • $100 provides a free wig for one person experiencing cancer related hair loss.
  • $250 can help us deliver cancer screening education to Aboriginal Health Workers in remote and regional communities.
  • $360 pays for the collection and processing of three blood samples that will enable us to discover more about how cancer develops.

*Note: Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Funds are used to support programs including, but not restricted to, the ones described here.

How can I start fundraising?

When you register to become a Walking Star, you will receive your very own fundraising web page, which you can share with your family and friends to ask for support.

One of the best ways to kickstart your fundraising is to donate to yourself and set the tone for the rest of your supporters.

Then, send an ‘ask email’ from your fundraising page, or share your page on your social media accounts via the icons on your fundraising page.