If you’re running or watching on, you’re going to enjoy the bustle of an Australian run or marathon. Race along the famous Great Ocean Path past waterfalls, green national parks and the unspoilt Southern Ocean. Or follow top athletes or runners from around the world at the famed Marathon Gold Coast Airport, where thousands of fans converge on the track between Broadwater and Burleigh Heads. In August, you can race from the CBD in Sydney to Bondi Beach in the City of Surf, the largest in the country.
Sydney also holds an international racing event, with a competitive path for all-level competitors
International Marathon of Great Ocean Path, Victoria
In May, professional athletes from all over the world will test their stamina on this legendary Australian journey. Starting in Lorne and rounding off at Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road Marathon is flanked by a rainforest on one side and cliffs diving off into the ocean on the other. You will also discover the scenery of a semi-marathon extending from the River Kennett to the Bay of Apollo. Or take part in shorter running races, with a length of around 13 km or 6.5 km. The races run for two days, meaning you can warm up on a Saturday and run a half or full marathon on a Sunday.
Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Queensland
Don’t skip this big two-day festival, which draws thousands of foreign tourists and nearly 25.000 Gold Coast athletes every July. Join the cheerleading groups around the racetracks, where the festival is accompanied by entertainment and music. Or put on your personal marathon outfit along the lovely Broadwater Beach between Southport Broadwater Parklands and Burleigh Heads. Billed as Australia’s longest and flattest course, it would be perfect if you were to take the marathon for the first time, or if you tried to set a new record for yourself. The competition is open to families, activity athletes, wheelchair competitors and Olympic athletes. The event is also a semi-marathon and a 10km course.