Gold Coast marathon action this weekend

Action hits the Gold Coast this weekend for the annual marathon, half marathon and affiliated events.

We know that not all backpackers like to get hot and sweaty, but you still might like to hang around to watch this fantastic event. Or you might feel inspired to run or walk yourself – the shortest events are the 5.7km and 10km.

Event highlights

* Sports and leisure expo at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre – a great place to pick up the latest products and get deals on apparel and equipment!
Thursday 28 June: 4pm to 8pm
Friday 29 June: 10am to 9pm
Saturday 30 June: 9am to 5pm
Free admission

* Air Asia Legends Lunch
Join Olympic runners, elite coaches and celebrities at this pasta and salad chow down at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
When: Saturday 30 June. From 12 pm, lunch served at 12:30pm.
Cost: $45.

* 10km challenge, 5.7km run, 2km junior dash and 4km junior dash all held Saturday 30 June

* Half marathon, wheelchair marathon and Airport marathon held Sunday 1 July – join in or cheer on the participants!

See for times and more details.


We have plenty of accommodation options if you’re coming to the Gold Coast. Here’s a selection:

Surf n Sun Beachside Backpackers
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Dorms/twins/doubles – All rooms have TV / ensuite and fans – Weekly rates available – 24 hour access – Free pick up – Tour booking desk – Free boogie boards – Internet

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (6) (ens) from $29.00 BOOK
Double from $76.00 BOOK
Trekkers Backpackers Resort
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SAVE $$$S ***FREE BREAKFAST***BYO DRINKS (NO BAR) ***$10 OFF CLUB CRAWL TICKETS WHEN YOU BOOK WIITH VIP Dorms ((Mixed & female only) / twins / doubles / singles. . Free Tea & Coffee all day & free shuttle bus – Ensuite rooms available – 3 Day & Weekly rates available – Free pick up from transit centre – Free shuttle to and from Surfer`s Paradise – Great Personal attention from friendly staff who care.

We can help you with all tours and book all the theme parks for you. You’ll find our original Queenslander charming and a warm welcome awaits all – so come and join the Trekkers family and book now.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (6) from $25.00 BOOK
Dorm (6) (F) from $25.00 BOOK
Twin from $60.00 BOOK
Double from $60.00 BOOK
Triple from $75.00 BOOK
Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort
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Dorms/twins/doubles – Family rooms – Ensuite rooms available – 24 hour check in – Free pick up – Ceiling fans – Tour booking desk – TV/video room – Internet access – FREE WIFI – Safe deposit – Free parking – FREE Sauna – FREE Tea and Coffee etc… etc…!!


Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (6) from $30.00 BOOK
Double/Twin from $84.00 BOOK

Tours and fun

And for those with time on their hands and a penchant for adventure here are some of the awesome packages to keep you busy! A full list is available here.

Australian Surfer – Surfers Paradise: Learn to Surf (2 hour lessons)
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Visit the beautiful Gold Coast beaches and experience the thrill of learning to surf with Australian Surfer, the Original Gold Coast Surfing School! Our instructors are travellers & offer Backpackers local knowledge and friendly service.

Address: Adrenalin Park, 11 Cypress Ave Surfers Paradise 4217

Paradise Jetboating Broadwater Adventure
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Combining exciting 360* spins, slides and drifts, “beach buzzing” and nose-offs around Wavebreak Is., past the mansions of Sovereign Is. and through the mangrove channels of the Aldershots. Then buzzing the beaches and shallows of South Stradbroke Is. all the way home. Departs on the hour 10am – 4pm Everyday! “More than just a thrill ride…its an Adventure”

Address: Jetty’C’ Mariners Cove Marina Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 4217

Gold Coast Whale Watch Cruises
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Experience the thrill of seeing majestic Humpback whales, from the spectacular Gold Coast, aboard our new $2 million catamaran. With 100% sightings you are guaranteed to see first hand what makes these creatures so special. We secure the best position, near Whale Alley, so you can get up close and personal and offer uninterrupted views from one of the three viewing decks or the air-conditioned saloon. `Australian Whale Watching` is the only company that uses an innovative hy hone – that allows you to listen to underwater whale songs. Not only will you see Humpback Whales, but more often than not, we also encounter dolphins, turtles and various sea birds. Over 18 years coastal and Broadwater experience.

Address: Marina Mirage `D Arm` 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 4217


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