GOLD COAST Destination Guide

It’s time to come and play in Australia’s favourite playground! Splash in the surf, wander ancient rainforests, and give the koalas a cuddle – and race your bike with Rocky Trail! There’s so much to see and do, and the attractions of the Gold Coast bring smiles to people of all ages and stages, so bring the fambam, friends and partners along and make your race a long weekend getaway!

With exhilarating rides, exotic animals, and endless activities for all seasons, your Gold Coast holiday offers a full spectrum of interactive entertainment – from dazzling big budget theme parks to small, hilariously kitsch museums.


Rocky Trail Event Line-Up

Supported by City of Gold Coast, we have got something for everyone with THREE EVENTS being hosted across two back-to-back racing weekends.

  1. We start off in Nerang with a Rocky Trail Academy schools competition for the young shredders on the Friday to get their skills up.
  2. Stick around in Nerang for the whole weekend so that you can “Race the way you Ride” with the Fox Superflow!
  3. And then on the second weekend we go cross-country racing at Hinze Dam with our legendary Shimano MTB Grand Prix endurance race!

Rocky Trail Academy

Endurance, Speed and Tech Skills for School Age Kids Year 7-12

The Rocky Trail Academy presents the Gold Coast Schools MTB Comp for secondary school kids year 7-12. ​It’s is all about fostering the grass-roots development of the cycling sport. These events are part of our junior rider development program, which will be rolled out in the coming months.

Find out more…

Fox Superflow

RACE THE WAY YOU RIDE: this is friendly enduro racing without a tight schedule.

Ride up at your own pace. Drop in with your buddies on each other’s tyre or leave a space to pin. It’s about doing party trains, railing berms and SENDING IT! Be a Rocky Trail racer and turn up the volume in your mountain bike life at the Fox Superflow!

You can do up to five runs on each stage, the fastest one counts and there are no start orders, which means whatever category you’re in, you can ride together and still lock your own best race run in!

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Shimano MTB GP

This is cross-country endurance lap racing at its best!

With the Shimano MTB Grand Prix we are bringing back the spirit of Hot Rock cross-country racing to Townsville!!!

Race for four or six hours solo or in relay pairs. There are age-group and eBike categories. From the first time between the tape to people that have spent a lifetime training for power output, we have you covered when you line up at the Rocky Trail start line!

Find out more…

#rockytrailjourney: Gold Coast

Transport Information

Plane
Gold Coast Airport is located at Bilinga, a convenient 20 kilometres from Surfers Paradise and one kilometre from Coolangatta and northern New South Wales.

Gold Coast Airport is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Qantas, and flights are available from Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Cairns, Newcastle, Adelaide, Perth, and Townsville.

Short-term and long-term parking is available. Taxis or shuttle services are available and a number of rental car companies operate from the airport terminal.

Transfers
There are lots of options for organising coaches, minibuses, and transfers once you get to Gold Coast Airport. Find all the information you’ll need right here.

Hinze Dam
Advancetown is about half an hour’s drive inland from Gold Coast Airport, or if you’re coming from Brisbane, give yourself a little over an hour.

Don’t forget to read all about our top tips for how to travel with your bike!

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As always, please make sure to stay up to date with travel requirements and restrictions. At the time of writing, all of Victoria had been declared a COVID-19 hotspot by the Queensland government, and there were travel restrictions in place for anyone travelling from there (Victoria). Check up on all the latest information on the website:

https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/border-closing

For the latest Covid-19 information for travellers including health advice, the easing of restrictions and tourism activities you can experience during this time, click here.


Destination Inspiration

From everything to see and do, where to eat, and areas to stay – your perfect holiday ideas and inspiration awaits!


Accommodation Options

Nightcap Hotels

Email: info@nightcaphotels.com.au
Web: https://nightcaphotels.com.au/

With properties all across Australia, including three in the Gold Coast area, we are happy to introduce Nightcap Hotels to our Rocky Trail Family.

These hotels have a distinct focus on quality and affordability, providing comfortable accommodation and pub-style dining. You will feel most welcome as they can easily accommodate bike guests and encourage guests to leave their bike in their rooms!

Nightcap hotels are offering the following benefits across all of their properties:
– 10% off best daily rates
– 10% off food
– welcome drink
– parking (excluding Perth)
– strong WIFI

This offer can be used  at any location until 15 April 2022.

Book now by visiting nightcaphotels.com.au or by calling your chosen location directly (contact numbers are here) and use the code ‘ROCKY’ to grab these great deals!


Our top tips for #rockytrailracers

1.
Salute to the sunThere’s something magical about that moment the sky is lit with colour and the ocean reflects pretty pastels as the day begins. Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect place to sit and watch a golden, glowing sunset.
2.
Currumbin Wildlife SanctuaryThis Wildlife Sanctuary is a Gold Coast icon – immerse yourself in the wonder and natural beauty of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos, and cuddling koalas along the way.
3.
Miami MarkettaEvery Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Miami comes alive with street food from all around the world. Four onsite bars serve boutique wine and locally brewed beer, and their main stage hosts local blues, jazz, and roots independent artists. Open and free to the public from 5pm Marketta Street is the original and first street food market on the Gold Coast.
4.
Calories don’t count on holidays…Night bites, quirky cafes, hatted restaurants, street food, alfresco wine bars, and craft beer tap houses. The Gold Coast has no shortage of foodie hotspots!
5.
Awesome animal encountersGet the local’s guide on the top ten wildlife experiences to be had on the Gold Coast.
6.
Skypoint ClimbTake on one of Australia’s highest external building walks – Skypoint Climb takes place on top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and is 270 metres in the air! Admire the stunning 360 degree views of the region including the golden beaches, city skyline, and lush green hinterland.
7.
You gotta do a theme parkAdulting is hard, and the art of play is too often left to the kids. Theme parks are the perfect antidote for taking life too seriously, so lighten up and let loose on a rollercoaster or two!
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Spirits of the Red SandExperience the world’s oldest culture in true ancient story-telling style, complete with 3-course dinner and a meet and greet of cast and crew. Delivering a powerful storyline, this first-of-its-kind experience brings to life chapters of a true moving story.
9.
Get a great holiday dealCheck out the great deals and pick up an amazing offer on tours and attractions (as well as accommodation). Who says you have to break the bank?!
10.
Fun can be freeThink you need to spend big to have a good time? Think again. From the north to the south, get some ideas for how to experience this Queensland icon with little to no budget.

Need more inspiration? There is always so much happening on the Gold Coast – make sure you don’t miss out on all the big events!


INS(TA)PIRATION:
There are so many experiences that await,
here are just a few to get you started:

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