Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival 2018

Sunday 28th October 2018

Four Mile Beach: 5 Esplanade, Port Douglas, Australia

Running, Distance running, 10K, 5K, Marathon, Half marathon


  • Steve Moneghetti Marathon - Individual Age group/open
  • Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Half marathon - Individual Entry
  • Newsport 10KM - Individual Entry
  • Calypso 5KM - Individual Entry
  • Star FM 2km Junior Challenge - Individual Entry
  • Star FM 2km Junior Challenge - Parents running with children


The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is rapidly becoming one of the 'must do' events on the Australian Running Calendar. Hosted in the tropical oasis of Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland on Sunday October 28th, the Festival offers some thing for everyone - the icing on the cake ... you get to recover right here in paradise.

Choose your distance ...

Dubbed "the worlds best adventure course" by Olympic marathon champion Steve Moneghetti, the diverse landscape of Port Douglas offers a combination of beach, road and trail running for all distances - enabling you, the runner to see this amazing area up close and personal. All distances start on the flat, compact sands of Four Mile Beach - some on sunrise and the colours of the sun rising over the Coral Sea sets the tone for the rest of the run. There are distances ranging from the grueling 42.195km Steve Moneghetti Adventure Marathon to a 2.3km Star FM Junior Challenge, it's the perfect opportunity to get a group of mates together or gather the family and come and Race, Stay and Play in Port Douglas. With two World Heritage listed sites in the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest right on our door step, there's no better place to come and stay.

Discounts are also available online through our accommodation partners, airport transfers, reef and rainforest tours as well as the current Early Bird discount of 25% valid until August 12th, 2018.

Event details and schedule


*Participants can collect race kits on behalf of other runners, simply provide their registration confirmation.

CAIRNS: Monday 22nd October on the Cairns Esplanade, Cnr of The Esplanade & Smith St. 3:30pm - 6:30pm.

PORT DOUGLAS: Saturday 27th October on the Port Douglas Esplanade from 9:00am - 5:00pm

RACE DAY: For emergencies only or last minute registrations only with pick up  a minimum of 1 hour prior to race brief.

Race Kits Include: Race bib and allocated (42km & 21km) or pre-purchased singlet / visor.


It is advised that participants arrive a minimum of 45mins prior to race start to ensure adequate time is allowed to walk from parking location, pre-race toilet stops and race briefing.

  • Marathon Start 5:30am - Briefing 5:00am
  • Half Marathon Start 6:30am - Briefing 6:05am
  • 10km Start 6:00am - Briefing 5:30am
  • 5km Start 8:00am - Briefing 7:45am
  • 2.3km Start 9:00am - Briefing 8:50am



While walking & running is permitted in all events, there are cut-off times to ensure the maximum safety for participants & volunteers. There will be a sweeper bike for all events that will remain with the final competitor.

  • Marathon - 7 hrs
  • Half Marathon - 3.5hrs
  • 10km -  2hrs
  • 5km - 1hrs
  • 2.3km - no cut off


A team of highly qualified doctors and nurses make up the St Johns First Aid team and are on course, at the finish line and on the Esplanade to assist runners injured or in distress due to illness. 

If you have a pre-existing medical condition please ensure this is recorded in your registration. If you have a pre-existing heart condition you must email a copy of a doctors certificate to say you are in good health to compete. These must be sent to with the subject Medical Certificate. 


Parking is available at Reynolds Park on the corner of Davidson Street & Blake Street in Port Douglas. Overflow parking is located at the Port Douglas Sports & Recreation Centre and the Community Centre on Mowbray Street.


Bags may be left at the Registration / Information Stand with the volunteer staff at own risk. Bib numbered tags will be attached to identify the bag. Please do not leave valuables in bags. PDEM & Volunteers take no responsibility for loss or damage to personal items left in the bags. All bags can be collected by 12:30pm on race day.


Organised by

Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Fest

PO Box 127, Port Douglas

Phone: 07 4099 4100

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