Event Information

The Far North Queensland Gran Turismo and Great Northern 6 Pack both start in Cairns on Saturday 2 September 2017.  The rides run concurrently, and jointly visit Mena Creek, Innot Hot Springs and Atherton.  Six Pack riders finish in Cairns on 7 September, while Gran Turismo riders complete their final ride of 600km on Day 7 and 8 before finishing in Cairns on 9 September 2017.


Getting to Cairns – Cairns is readily accessible by air, with both domestic and international terminals located about 6km from the city.  The start/finish area on Cairns Esplanade is about 6km from the airport.



Pre-ride registration and dinner – Pre-ride registration will take place on Friday 1 September 2017 at the start/finish area at the Salt House on the Cairns Pier (Cairns Esplanade) from 4.30pm until 7.30pm.  Participants can collect their information packs and lighting checks will be conducted.  Enjoy a pre-ride meal on the foreshore, watch a tropical sunset and have a chance to meet other riders.


Pre-ride accommodation – Pre- and post-ride accommodation is available from the Harbourside Holiday Inn for a discounted rate for Audax riders.  This motel is on the Cairns Esplanade and has views to the ocean.  It is an easy walk or ride along the esplanade pathways to the city centre.  It is 4.5km from the airport and a short ride from the starting location.  The Holiday Inn has a restaurant and bar, and a pool with views across the foreshore.  Bicycles are permitted in motel rooms and free car parking is available next to the motel for the duration of the event for motel guests (at owners risk).  Participants can book pre-ride accommodation directly through Holiday Inn and indicate that they are Audax participants to claim the discounted rate (email –sales.cairns@ihg.com). One nights post-ride accommodation is included in the registration for Gran Turismo riders on their return to Cairns at the conclusion of the 600km ride (9 September 2017).

Start and finish locations – The Far North Queensland Gran Turismo and Great Northern 6 Pack will start on at the Cairns Pier (Cairns Esplanade) at 6.30am on Saturday 2 September 2017.  The 6 Pack will finish in the same location, and the Gran Turismo will finish at the Holiday Inn (Cairns Esplanade).


Accommodation en-route – Accommodation has been pre-booked in Mena Creek, Innot Hot Springs and Atherton.  In each site, there are shared cabins (riders will be allocated to cabins) or camping in tents provided (air matress provided, BYO linen and sleeping gear).  Or riders can bring their own tents or organise their own accommodation.  Choose your preferred accommodation option for each location while registering.

Cabin configurations vary, and will include double beds, single beds and bunks, with two to six riders per cabin.  Most have shared bathrooms and some have kitchenette facilities.  Riders will be allocated to cabins by the Ride Organiser.  Bikes will be typically be stored outside each cabin, so bring a bike lock.

Accommodation has been pre-booked for Gran Turismo riders for the 600km ride at Mt Molloy Hotel and at the Holiday Inn in Cairns on Saturday 9 September 2017.


Gear Transport – Riders’ personal gear (and camping gear if required) will be transported between locations in a vehicle provided by the ride organisers.  A limited number of seats are available in vehicles for riders having a day off, or otherwise needing a lift between venues.


Event jersey – Orders for the event jersey are now closed.


Weather –  September is normally the most beautiful time of year in Far North Queensland.  The wet season has finished, the storm season is yet to begin, and the daily temperatures are generally pleasant.  Some mornings and evenings on the Tablelands can be a bit cool, but light jumpers and jeans will suffice.  Any rain that does fall will be warm, so raincoats are rarely worn.  Most riders are comfortable in arm warmers and a gilet, which are stripped off by mid morning .  Sunscreen is a must.


Meals – All breakfasts are provided, as well as most evening meals and snacks during rides.  (For full details, see “The Rides”).  Please note any special dietary requirements while registering, or contact us as info@fnqgranturismo2017.com


Gear Storage – Bike boxes and extra luggage that riders do not need during the series can be stored in Cairns.  Bring your extra gear to the pre-ride registration area on Friday 1 September 2017.  It can be retrieved on Thursday 7 September 2017 (following the Great Northern 6 Pack) and Saturday 9 September 2017 (following the FNQ Gran Turismo).


Safety – Lighting inspections will be undertaken during the pre-ride registration on Friday 1 September 2017.  Audax lighting rules and reflective garment rules will be in place for riders in the GT series or riding any 200km ride.

Helmets are compulsory in Queensland for all cyclists.  Check the full version of Queensland Road Rules for Cyclists.


Sightseeing options

Cairns has a myriad of possibilities for visitors, including day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree World Heritage Rainforest and Kuranda Skyrail.  Extend your trip and enjoy !

Mena Creek – Access to Paronella Park is included in the registration.  Mena Creek is close to Mission Beach and the Cassowary Coast.  Stop off at Mamu Tropical Skywalk on the way up the Palmerston Highway.

Innot Hot Springs – Innot is 100km from the Undara Lava Tubes, and has ready access to historic Woodleigh Station for tours of a working cattle property.

Atherton – Too many amazing options – Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine, Tinaroo Dam, the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour, Yungaburra, the Curtain Fig Tree.  Go hot air ballooning, ride the country’s best mountain bike trails, ride the Atherton Rail Trail, check out the rainforest, enjoy local coffee, chocolate and tropical fruits.

Anything else ???   We want you to enjoy a relaxed and trouble-free series.  Please contact the ride organisers if you have any special requirements or other questions.

Contact us:  info@fnqgranturismo2017.com