With so many action packed and adventure activities on the Gold Coast – theme parks, waterparks, skydiving, jetboating – it really doesn’t need a ‘fuel injection’ , but each year in October thousands of petrol heads descend on the region for the Gold Coast Indy 300.
The four day event begins with practice and qualifying rounds on Thursday for the Porsche and Formula 3 events, continues with the V8 Supercars Challenge, culminating on the Sunday with the IndyCar Series Race. Promoted by tourism authorities as ‘96 hours of non-stop excitement’ the Gold Coast Indy 300 is 4 hot days and 4 cool nights of sensory overload – the smell of race fuel, the sound of cheering crowds, the feel of the roaring engines reverberating through your body, the feeling of excitement and tension of the traditional Ford vs Holden V8s… the taste of victory!
Even if you aren’t into Motorsports, there are plenty of Offtrack Events such as street parades, driver parades, family days, Miss Indy competition, Gala Ball and charity lunches plus bands and entertainment galore.
Accommodation can be scarce over this period – especially hotels inside the ‘race precinct’ between the Gold Coast Highway and The Esplanade. If you do find somewhere, expect to pay a huge premium for the convenience and the race views. You will also need to purchase an ‘On Track Accommodation Access’ ticket if you are staying in or visiting accommodation within the race precinct. All tickets are available through Ticketek Australia.
The local Surfside Buslines network offers reliable local transport so you can confidently stay anywhere along the Gold Coast coastline – from Rainbow Bay on the Queensland/NSW border up to Main Beach and The Spit. I like the area around Broadbeach as the beaches are safer and the streets not as crowded. There are a lot of family resorts and restaurants around the area, plus easy access to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
The Belle Maison Apartments are fantastic if you are travelling with the family or a group of friends. Located just 200m walk to the beach, the apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen and the resort boats a heated pool and spa, tennis courts, gym, sauna and even a billiards table in the guest lounge. A 3 bedroom apartment caters for 6 adults at around $60 per person per night.
Number one rule for booking hotels on the Gold Coast is book early as there is always something on – Indy 300, Schoolies, Magic Millions carnival, the nostalgic Wintersun Festival, Gold Coast Marathon, Triathlons, Surf LifeSaving Carnivals, Horse Racing. Something for everyone!