IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship Cairns Tour Experience
IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship, Cairns offers tropical paradise racing featuring the sport’s most spectacular bike course.
IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship, Cairns offers tropical paradise racing featuring the sport’s most spectacular bike course. The Tri Travel tour begins on Thursday of race week with athletes and spectators arriving in to one of the world’s most iconic tropical locations. Each day our experienced tour leaders will assist athletes and spectators with race week logistics.
The Tri Travel tour of IRONMAN Cairns is based in beautiful Palm Cove, the location for the IRONMAN swim start. We chose Palm Cove as this area is the best spot for race day as it takes away an early morning drive from Cairns (you can use your own bathroom on race morning too – big plus!), allows easy access to ride the best part of the bike course on Friday morning and makes bike drop off a breeze – all while staying in the best part of Cairns. The resturants and cafe’s are great here too!
The 2020 tour begins on Thursday of race week with athletes and spectators arriving into Cairns and being transferred to Palm Cove by our tour buses. Our tour leaders take care of all the logistics, so you can have your best race experience possible!
Tri Travel Cairns Accommodation
Tri Travel arrange all travel and accommodation solutions for our athletes. The best race accommodation, to suit all budgets, is available in convenient event locations for athletes and their families.
Cairns IRONMAN Tour
Tri Travel provide a comprehensive race week tour, making sure our athletes and their families enjoy all the activities and functions on offer in the Ironman event schedule. Tour members can choose to partake in as much or as little of the itinerary as they wish. Course orientations are provided by our experienced tour leaders who offer valuable advice and tips to help our athletes on race day.
Let Tri Travel take care of all the ‘little’ things, so you can do what you came to Cairns to do – race your best!
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s natural wonders. The city is renowned for its relaxed, tropical climate and laid back ambiance. With islands, rainforests and stunning reefs on its doorstep your post-race options are limitless. Immerse yourself in the rainforest, discover iconic Aussie wildlife and ancient Indigenous culture or relax on palm fringed beaches.
The IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship is held during the Cairns winter, but don’t let that fool you. The weather offers welcoming temperatures 26 °C (79 °F) for an average high and 18 °C (64 °F) for an average low.
Cairns Airport is an international airport with direct flights to 20 international and 44 domestic destinations, handling more than three million passengers each year.
The direct international destinations include Japan, New Zealand, China, Singapore, Guam, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.
Tri Travel can arrange all your transfers and accommodation needs for your stay in Cairns. Contact us at [email protected]
Starting on Palm Cove Beach, the first leg in your Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns journey will have swimmers complete a 1 lap, anti-clockwise course. Starting from the beach in a Rolling Swim Start, please make sure you seed yourself according to your ability.
Cyclists exit Transition 1 (T1 – Palm Cove) and head out along Cedar Road onto the Captain Cook Highway turning left and heading south for 250m to the southern turnaround before heading north. Note: at the southern turnaround IRONMAN athletes must merge across IRONMAN 70.3 athletes in order to make the turn. Please be aware of other cyclists around you during this process. Athletes continue up the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas, taking in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and seaside rainforest that Tropical North Queensland and IRONMAN Cairns is famous for. Cyclists will head into Port Douglas via Old Port Road and Port Douglas Road, where crowds will be cheering you on. Cyclists will turn left onto Port Douglas Road before making a U-turn prior to Ulysses Street. Cyclists will then make a second U-turn along Port Douglas Road prior to the Barrier Street intersection and return to the Captain Cook Highway via Old Port Road. The undulating, and winding course will take athletes back to Palm Cove where you will start Lap 2 at the southern turnaround. Once cyclists have arrived back in Port Douglas they will follow the Captain Cook Highway south, past Palm Cove and through Smithfield, down Sidlaw, Dunne and McGregor Roads before turning onto Yorkeys Knob Road and rejoining the Captain Cook highway down into Cairns CBD and into Transition 2 (T2 – Fogarty Park, Cairns).
Runners will exit Transition 2 (T2 – Fogarty Park, Cairns) to commence the first of 4 laps which begin by heading south towards the Ports North Marina, Cruise Liner Terminal and Hemmingway’s Brewery. Runners then proceed back past the finish line venue and Esplanade Lagoon and continue north through the parklands adjacent to Cairns Esplanade as far as Airport Avenue. Athletes then complete the first lap returning through the parklands to the Esplanade Lagoon. Now is the time for all athletes to enjoy the experience of running through the vibrant ‘hub’ of the Cairns Esplanade, one of the most popular destinations, for both tourists and locals, in Cairns. Run past the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, where many locals spend a sunny day, take in the impressive site of Mount Yarrabah across the water, and enjoy the atmosphere along the Esplanade. Unfortunately for athletes, you will have to settle for one of the aid stations on course, rather than stopping to enjoy a ‘cold one’ as you finish up the last few laps of the race, but the energy and support of all the spectators in the area should help to carry you through to the finish line. If you have friends and family supporting you on the day, this is where they need to be to catch all the action of the final leg of your Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns journey.
Athlete Information Guide
We ask that all participants please take the time to review this carefully before race weekend. Please note this is the only form of race briefing available
The Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship. Athletes from all walks of life swam, biked and ran across 226km to achieve their dream of crossing the IRONMAN finish line.
Our location and race knowledge allows us to secure some of the best accommodation covering all budgets.
Full Course Orientation
With our team of course experts, we make sure you understand all the key parts to the race.
Full transport and Logistics
From the moment we meet and greet you at the airport, through the whole tour experience, we provide the best quality transport and logistics.
Catered training sessions on the entire course.
Bike support and access to mechanics and bike shop.
Race Week Event Access
Transport and reserved seating to the welcome dinner and presentation nights.
So you're looking your best ever! We make sure you're decked out in some cool Tri Travel gear.
It's nice to have some structure and plan, especially when you're about to do the race of your life! Don't miss out on any of the functions and activities in race week.
Nutrition and Hydration advice
Each location has its different environment and requirements. We have the location and course knowledge to support your plan.
Race Day Strategy Advice
There's always last minute nerves leading into race day. We are there to keep you on course.
Race Day Gear Advice
Through our merchandise partners, we are there for guidance, support and advice for all your gear needs.
Free time for you and your family/ friends
It's not all go go go, we allocate plenty of time to relax and enjoy your tour experience with friends and family. Join as much or as little of the itinerary that you need.
Highly experienced team
All our tour leaders are there to deliver an awesome experience. Nothing is too much to ask.
Tri Travel Functions
Our group breakfasts and dinners are always a laugh and some fun. Get to know other like-minded athletes and their families.
Through our partners we offer comprehensive bike insurance.
Pre and Post Travel
Looking to holiday before or after the race? We provide full travel solutions.
Let Tri Travel find the best flight options to suit your needs.
Through our partners we offer discounted travel insurance.
The Tri Travel Difference
The little things that make your experience unique with us.
- Create life time friends
Connect with like-minded athletes. Who knows, we might have another marriage proposal on your tour!
- Money can’t buy experience
This is often a once in a life time experience for you and your entourage. We make sure you make the most of your time at the event.
- No limits, no judgements
Ask all the questions you need to prepare yourself for the race. We have all the answers.
- Network with the Pros
We have hand selected the best for you. They are here to support your race.
- Jokes are for free
We have fun on our tours, and you’ll take away memories that last a lifetime.