The Cairns Adventure Festival, which includes Cairns IRONMAN and Cairns IRONMAN 70.3 is an action packed event in Tropical North Queensland from 5 – 12 June 2016. It’s outdoor adrenaline-fueled fun in some of Cairns and Port Douglas iconic locations. Thala Beach Nature Reserve sits smack in the middle of ít all and is perfectly located for competitors and supporters in Cairns IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3. The bike course runs right past our front door! With 58 ha of native forest and coconut plantation Thala’s guests set up a picnic and deck chairs in the coconut plantation and watch all the action minutes from their deluxe accommodation.
At the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is the new home of the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship. Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship is set in one of the world’s best tropical locations with a stunning coastal mountain backdrop. With arguably the most spectacular bike course in the world, competitors race up the Captain Cook Highway (now known as the Great Barrier Reef Drive) hugging the coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas. From reef to World Heritage listed rainforest, and a run along the stunning Cairns boardwalk, the race finishes in the heart of the Cairns. This race is hugely popular with spectators thanks to its glorious setting.
You don’t need to be a committed triathlete to enjoy the Cairns Adventure Festival, which attracts visitors and sports fanatics with varied interests. There are a number of events for the whole family held over 10 days.
Last year over 6,000 athletes travelled from all points across the globe to test themselves in triathlon, mountain biking, paddling and running events. There’s also family-friendly events for all ages. It’s no wonder that Cairns is developing a reputation as the Adventure Sports Capital of Australia as competitors from elite pros to novice newbies give it everything in one of Australia’s most popular tourism regions.
The festival kicks off with a number of events converging on Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas.
The RRR Mountain Bike Challenge is the longest running point to point mountain bike race in the country. Riders start on the Atherton Tablelands, ride the famous Bump Track with its near vertical descent. The route takes riders on a thrilling ride through rural farmland and lush rainforest before ending on the firm-packed sand of Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, which accounts for the three R’s.
The Coral Coast 5150 Triathlon has three event distances with the 5150, Sprint and Enticer events. Starting with a swim off Four Mile Beach, riders and runners then wind their way through the streets of Port Douglas. There’s ample opportunity for spectators to soak up the carnival atmosphere from the comfort of restaurants and cafes around town or down on Port Douglas’ famous Four Mile Beach.
Paddlers are not left out of the action with surf skis and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards, canoes and outrigger competitors paddling the Coral Sea from the Cairns suburb of Yorkeys Knob to Port Douglas – no easy feat!
Green Island is well known for the sparkling waters and fringing coral reef that surround the tiny coral atoll off the coast of Cairns. Green Island is the venue for Reef Swim. Dodging turtles in the water while snorkelers and divers lapped up the views of kaleidoscopic coral nearby, swimmers do a lap around the buoys on one of the prettiest ocean swim courses in the country.
Technicolour tutus dominate the Bright Night Run which is a 5km fun run for the whole family held on the Cairns Esplanade. It’s relaxed fun event that brings supporters, athletes, locals and visitors together in a festive atmosphere in glorious tropical surroundings.
But the signature event of Cairns Adventure Festival is undoubtedly Cairns IRONMAN and Cairns IRONMAN 70.3. Thala Beach Nature Reserve, 15 mins south of Port Douglas, is a keen supporter of this iconic north Queensland event and we look forward to welcoming travellers to rest, recuperate and recover in our nature-focused resort. Our deluxe eco-designed bungalows are set within 58ha of native forest. An onsite Massage Studio is perfect for post-Ironman recovery while Ospreys’ Restaurant, high on the hilltop overlooking the Coral Sea and rainforest-clad mountains serves delicious Australian inspired cuisine. Why not combine Ironman racing with relaxation and soak up Thala’s relaxed vibe on the beachfront.
Check out highlights from 2015 Cairn IRONMAN in the video below