IRONMAN Cairns Tour Experience

IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship, Cairns offers tropical paradise racing featuring the sport’s most spectacular bike course. 

Start Date 9.6.19
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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.

Cairns Triathlon Travel and 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!


The Place

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 city was named after William Wellington Cairns, the former Governor of Queensland. Initially Cairns served as a base for miners heading for the goldfields to the west. It later developed into a railhead and major port for sugar cane exports along with other miners, gold and agricultural products. In more recent times it has flourished as Australia’s premier tourism destination hosting visitors from across the globe in its world heritage listed environs.


The festival is 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.

How to Get There

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]

Six Super Things to Do

IRONMAN Cairns DestinationCairns and Surrounds

Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef – a spectacular of coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the oceanfront energy of the Cairns Esplanade and markets. Go white water rafting or drift above the stunning tablelands in a hot air balloon. Walk the mystical and ancient rainforests with the aboriginal traditional elders.

IRONMAN Cairns DestinationGreat Barrier Reef

You can swim, snorkel, dive, jump, fly and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space. It stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastland has an abundance of marine life that is sure to amaze. Find nemo, swim with the minke whales, dive with the massive potato cod or cruise the shallows with a sea turtle.

IRONMAN Cairns DestinationPort Douglas

Port Douglas is a one hour drive north along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia (your ride course). Home to golden beaches, exclusive resorts, and world class restaurant dining,the quiet former fishing village of Port Douglas is both sophisticated and relaxed and the perfect place to escape and unwind.

IRONMAN Cairns DestinationKuranda

Surrounded by magnificent rainforest, the picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda, 25 kms northwest of Cairns, is called the ‘Village in the Rainforest’. The Djabugay aboriginal people have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years and their culture continues to thrive today. Pack a picnic and take a stunning hike through the National Park.

Cairns Skyrail CablewaySkyrail Cable Way

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over the region’s Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

IRONMAN Cairns DestinationCairns Lagoon

Escape the heat in the Esplanade Lagoon, on the Cairns foreshore beside the race course, a huge saltwater swimming lagoon where kids can enjoy the sandy edges, build sand castles and play in shallow water. Escape the sun by retreating into the cool cafes and bars of the city or spend some time in the boutique shops and art galleries. You will meet people from all over the world.


Cairns Ironman Finish
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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.

Cairns IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship

What's Included?



Our location and race knowledge allows us to secure some of the best accommodation covering all budgets.

Full Course Orientation

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

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

Bike Support

Bike support and access to mechanics and bike shop.

Race Week Event Access

Race Week Event Access

Transport and reserved seating to the welcome dinner and presentation nights.

Merchandise Pack

Merchandise Pack

So you're looking your best ever! We make sure you're decked out in some cool Tri Travel gear.

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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

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

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

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

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

Highly experienced team

All our tour leaders are there to deliver an awesome experience. Nothing is too much to ask.

Tri Travel Functions

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.


Bike Insurance

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.

Travel Insurance

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.
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Runner Sunset



Thursday June 6

Today the Tri Travel team will come together at various times at the Cairns International Airport. The experienced Tri Travel team will greet you and take you to your hotel in Palm Cove.



5:00pm Easy Run with the Tri Travel team

The team will meet at 5pm for a 30-minute run along the Palm Cove foreshore to loosen up the legs after a long day of travel.


6:00pm Team get together – an excuse to watch the beautiful sunset

After a quick shower following the run, our team will re-group for a pre-dinner drink and talk about the plans for the next few days.

Cairns Ironman Bike



Friday June 7


7:30am Swim Course Orientation Race Registration

The team will meet for an easy 15-minute swim on the Ironman swim course.


11:00am Easy bike ride

The tour leader will take you for an easy ride of 40 minutes over part of the bike course showing you the key section of the course.


2:00pm Drive into Cairns for race registration

The tour bus will take athletes and spectators into Cairns for Race Registration to collect your race day bags and kit bag items. There will be time to look through the expo as well.

Cairns Ironman Bike Course



Saturday June 8


9:00am Bike and Kit Bags check-in

Today athletes will go into Cairns to drop off their run bags and have a final look at the expo.


Once back in Palm Cove you can relax and rest before taking your bike and bike bag across the road from your hotel to check-in.


5:00pm: Easy Run

If you are feeling nervous and want to stretch the legs, the tour leaders will meet at 5pm for an easy run of 15-minutes.

Cairns Ironman Finish



Sunday June 9

Cairns Ironman Race Day

After a great night’s sleep (ha) it is now time to reap the rewards of all your training and sacrifice. Ironman day is here.


It is now time to walk across the road, have a final check of your bike, add your race day nutrition and get ready for the swim. We will see you at the finish line.


Spectators in Palm Cove at 9:00am

Once the swim is complete the tour leaders and spectators will walk to the main road to watch the athletes make the second turnaround point of the bike ride.


Spectators to Cairns at 12:00pm

At 12:00pm the team will travel to Cairns to prepare for the end of the bike ride and the finish.


Return home after the race

After the race athletes will collect their bikes and bags and meet the bus back to Palm Cove. A time table will be available allowing athletes to choose the best time for their return.

Cairns Ironman Start



Monday June 10

8:30am Tri Travel breakfast followed by Hawaii Roll Down Ceremony at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri La

At 8:00am the team will meet for the Tri Travel breakfast (venue to be confirmed).


Once breakfast is over we will then make our way to the Ironman Hawaii Roll down which starts at 10:30am at the Shangri La Hotel.


1:00pm Awards Function

Once the Ironman Hawaii ceremonies are complete we will make our way to the Awards function at the Salt House, Cairns before returning to Palm Cove

Cairns Ironman Athlete



Tuesday June 11

Today we say farewell and take you back to the Cairns International Airport for you to continue your travels or return home – as an Ironman!

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