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Transport

Whether you drive and park, catch a bus or tram, get dropped off or walk if you are staying close by, it’s important to plan how you’ll get to and from the race precinct. Please ensure you arrive at least one hour before your race.

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G:link

Saturday 30 June

Services will operate on a 7.5 minute frequency from 4:30am – 7:30am. From 7:30am, services will operate as per the regular weekend schedule. Free travel to and from the Race Precinct (Southport Station) will only be available to registered participants between 4:30am – 1pm. Display your race number when boarding. Standard Translink fares apply to non-registered accompanying persons. Services now run from Broadbeach South to Helensvale.

Sunday 1 July

Services will operate on a 7.5 minute frequency from 4:30am – 3pm. From 3pm, services will operate as per the regular weekend schedule. Free travel to and from the Race Precinct (Southport Station) will only be available to registered participants between 4am – 3pm. Display your race number when boarding. Standard Translink fares apply to non-registered accompanying persons. Services now run from Broadbeach South to Helensvale.

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Bus

Saturday 30 June

Normal Gold Coast bus services on Surfside Buslines will be in operation with standard fares to be charged.

Sunday 1 July

To the Race Precinct

There will be a free shuttle bus for registered participants to the Race Precinct on Sunday 1 July which will run on the ingress departing from 4:30am – 7am. Buses will be stationed on Cavill Avenue and Beach Road in Surfers Paradise running in conjunction with the G:link. Buses will depart when full. All inbound buses will terminate at the Southport Mall, a brief stroll to the Race Precinct. During peak operating times, this service will be exclusive to participants. In order to ensure all participants arrive with adequate race preparation time, the following will apply:

  • Entrants are required to present their race number when boarding the bus.
  • If demand warrants, priority will be allocated according to race start times.
  • Participants are encouraged to allow adequate time for travel and are advised that during peak times the shuttle bus service will be near capacity.

From the Race Precinct

Please note that there will be no return southern bus service from the Race Precinct. Please use the G:link or make other arrangements.

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Charter coach

Coaches can drop off and pick up runners on Scarborough Street just north of the intersection with the Nerang Street Mall (out the front of Gold Coast TAFE). It is a five minute walk to the Race Precinct down the Mall. An alternate zone is east of Australia Fair Shopping Centre on Marine Parade. It can be accessed from Scarborough Street, then onto Short Street, then a left onto Marine Parade.

Car

Drop Off Zone

The Drop Off Zone is on Davenport Street (north of Windmill Street). Vehicles are to access Davenport Street via Nerang Street and exit via Nind Street (westbound). The Drop Off Zone is a five minute walk to the Race Precinct along Nind Street (eastbound).

Parking

People with a disability parking permits may use the VIP car park at Carey Park in front of Australia Fair Shopping Centre.

Car Park Saturday 30 June Sunday 1 July
P1 Australia Fair Shopping Centre (east side) Open from 4am
0-3 hours free
Fees apply after 3 hours
Open from 4am
0-3 hours free.

Fees apply after 3 hours
P2 Carey Park, Marine Parade Limited parking available
Free until 9am
$1.90 per hour
Not available
P3 Mal Burke Car Park, Hicks Street Free until 9am
$1.90 per hour
Free
P4 Athol Patterson, Suter Street Free until 9am
$1.90 per hour
Free

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Broadwater Parklands Car Park (Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Car Park)

The Broadwater Parklands Car Park in Southport will be fully closed from 5am Monday 18 June through to 5pm Thursday 5 July.

Tow Away Zones

Parking restrictions will apply on the course and vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. Refer to event signage for these locations.

Pedestrian crossings

Pedestrian crossings on the Gold Coast Highway to access the Race Precinct will be located at Ada Bell Way (one crossing), Marine Parade (one crossing), Nerang Street (one crossing & two crossings south of Nerang Street), Nind Street (one crossing) and North Street (one crossing).

Boat Ramps

Access to boat ramps along the event course will be restricted during the race weekend. Please refer to the road closure summary for details.

Charter Boat

Duffy Down Under at Mariner’s Cove Marina in Main Beach is offering participants and their supporters charter boat transport to the Race Precinct. For more information contact Duffy Down Under (07) 5532 6123 or Nitsa 0412 399 183.

Where: Duffy Down Under, 60 – 70 Sea World Drive, Shop 5, Main Beach QLD 4217

When:

  • Saturday 30 June, service starts at 5am
  • Sunday 1 July, service starts at 4:30am

Departures: Every 10 – 15 minutes

Travel time: 7 – 10 minutes

Cost: $10 one-way or $15 round-trip. All money payable to the skipper of your vessel.

Road Closures

To ensure the safety of participants, volunteers and spectators, police-controlled road closures will be in place from Paradise Point to Burleigh Heads.

Saturday 30 June

Roads will be closed from 3:30am and will progressively reopen as events are completed. All roads are scheduled to reopen by 11am.

Sunday 1 July

Roads will be closed from 3:30am and will progressively reopen as events are completed. All roads are scheduled to reopen by 2:30pm.

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Travel tips

If you live in affected suburbs or need to access these suburbs during the Gold Coast Marathon weekend, please consider these travel tips:
  • Add additional time to your journey in anticipation of delays.
  • Due to this event, traffic in Southport and surrounding suburbs will be heavily congested.
  • Avoid travelling along the Gold Coast Highway between Southport and Broadbeach as heavy traffic delays are expected from 7am to 12pm on Sunday 1 July.
  • Use either Benowa or Currumburra Roads when travelling north and south.
  • Use Ferry Road and Scarborough Street to access parking in Southport.
  • Use Olsen Avenue and Oxley Drive to enter/exit Labrador, Runaway Bay and Paradise Point.
  • Use Tedder Avenue as the main thoroughfare to get to The Spit on Sunday 1 July, as it will be under police direction.
  • If coming from Brisbane or the north along the Pacific Motorway (M1), use Nerang-Broadbeach Road to access Surfers Paradise or any suburbs further south.
  • Access across the course will be permitted under the direction of traffic controllers and police when deemed safe.

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