Major Events
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Aug 2018

Important information for upcoming events

Get set Sunshine Coast for 2 weekends of bumper sporting action on Sunday 19 August and Sunday 26 August.

19 August - come down and watch elite marathon runners and our local community compete in Australia’s most loved running events – the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon.

26 August – the Sunshine Coast will be on show with the annual world-class IRONMAN 70.3 event.

Information on changed traffic conditions and how best to access the areas are detailed below.

This year the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon (19 August) and IRONMAN 70.3 (26 August) will be held a week apart. This unique situation is a result of the IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast event being scheduled earlier to avoid a clash global IRONMAN events.

Council and organisers of both events gratefully appreciate the community’s understanding of the situation and patience regarding changed traffic conditions. Both events contribute and deliver significant economic and community benefits for the Sunshine Coast and showcase our destination to a wide audience.

For more information 
Event Hotline:  +61 (0)7 5445 1711

Mooloolaba Closures (19 August)

  • Brisbane Road – Amarina Ave to Foote St*
  • Brisbane Road – Foote St. to Mooloolaba Esp
  • Mooloolaba Esplanade – Brisbane Road to Buderim Mooloolaba Road
  • Beach Terrace

* Emergency vehicles and local traffic access to Foote Street and Parkyn Pde.

Alexandra Headland Closures (19 August)

  • Alexandra Parade – Buderim Road to Okinja Rd*

*A slip lane is available on Alexandra Parade from Pacific Terrace to Okinja Road travelling north to Maroochydore; note this is a slip lane at 40km/hour.

  • Boolarong Crescent
  • Alexandra Pde – Okinja Rd to Sixth Ave (South bound only)


  • Mandin St
  • Edward St – Mandin St to Mayfield St
  • Mayfield St – Juan St to Alex Pde.

Cotton Tree Closures (19 August)

  • 5th Ave – Melrose Pde to Beach Pde
  • Melrose Pde – Sixth Ave to fifth Ave
  • Beach Pde – Fifth Ave to Sixth Ave
  • Kingsford Smith Pde – Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue


  • 6th Av – Aerodrome Rd to Memorial Ave
  • Melrose Parade – Sixth Avenue to Alexandra pde
  • Memorial Av – King St to Alex Pde
  • Beach Pde  – Sixth Ave to Alexandra Pde
  • Kingsford Smith Pde – 6th Ave to Alex pde
  • Alexandra Parade
  • Cotton Tree Parade
  • The Esplanade, Cotton Tree

Maroochydore Closures (19 August)

  • Bradman Avenue – Yinni St to O’Connor St*
  • Duporth Avenue – Ball St to O’Connor St.**


  • Duporth Avenue** – The Esplanade (Cotton Tree) to Ball St.
  • Ocean Street – Roundabout to Duporth Ave
  • Picnic Point Esplanade

*A detour is in place via Broadwater Ave.
**A slip lane is available on Duporth Ave from Beach Rd to Ball St travelling north; note this is a slip lane at 40km/hour

Course Management
The course will be manned by QLD Police and a specialist road management company, along with volunteers.  Road closures and detours will be in clearly shown; please follow all directions given by the event management team. 
Public Transport
All buses within this area will be redirected between 4am and 1pm on Sunday, August 20.  Services will operate, with small changes.  For more information please visit

Race Day Parking
Parking for the event is available directly opposite the event precinct on Mari St, Alexandra Headlands.  Access to Mari St can be gained from a left turn from Pacific Terrace on Alexandra Parade and following a slip lane especially designed for this event. A gold coin donation is asked for upon entering, with all proceeds going directly to the Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club.

Alternatively, parking is available at Mooloolaba State School which is within walking distance to the event precinct. This parking will be open from 5am race day and will include a $10 parking fee upon entry. For the location of the school please click here.

For more information visit or phone 1300 761 384.

Parking available

The Wharf Carpark OPEN ENTIRE EVENT   
 Brisbane Rd Carpark OPEN Mon 20th - Sat 25th CLOSED Sun 26th: 5.30am - 11.30am 
 Mooloolaba State School OPEN Fri 20th - Sun 26th: 5.11am - 3.00pm

FREE Shuttle Bus service

Mountain Creek High School to Mooloolaba (River Esplanade)
 Saturday 25 August: 8.00am - 6.00pm
 Sunday 26 August: 4.30am - 8.30am; 12.30pm - 5.30pm


 Monday 20 August    
 Charles Clarke Carpark Carpark 4am Mon 20th - 5pm Thurs 23rd
 Tuesday 21 August    
 Esplanade Carpark Carpark 4am Tues 21st - 5pm Tues 28th
 Thursday 23 August    
 Beach Terrace Carpark 4am Thurs 23rd - 5pm Mon 27th
 Beach Terrace All 4am Thurs 23rd - 5pm Mon 27th
 Mooloolaba Esplanade Brisbane Rd - Beach Tce 
(Local access for deliveries only 
9pm Thurs to 9am Fri)
4am Thurs 23rd - 7pm Mon 27th
 Sunday 26 August    
 Buderim Avenue Mooloolaba Esp - Sunshine Motorway 4.30am - 11.30am
 Walan Street Venning St - Brisbane Rd 4.30am - 11.30am 
 Mooloolaba Esplanade Venning St - Buderim Ave 4.30am - 3.00pm 
 Venning Street Mooloolaba Esp - Walan St 4.30am - 11.30am 
 Brisbane Road Walan St - Mooloolaba Esp  4.30am - 11.30am
 Sunshine Motorway Yandina Coolum roundabout - David Low Way 5.00am - 11.15am
 Sunshine Motorway (southbound) David Low Way - Maroochydore Rd 5.00am - 11.15am 
 Sunshine Motorway (southbound)
Maroochydore Rd - Mooloolaba Rd  5.00am - 11.15am 
 Alexandra Parade Buderim Ave - Pacific Tce 4.30am - 2.30pm 
 Alexandra Parade (southbound lanes) Pacific Tce - Parker St 4.30am - 2.30pm 
 Aerodrome Road (southbound lanes) Parker St - Wirraway St 4.30am - 2.15pm
 Sixth Avenue (southbound lanes) Aerodrome Rd - Memorial Ave 5.00am - 2.15pm 
 Melrose Parade Sixth Ave - Alexandra Pde 6.00am - 2.15pm 
 Alexandra Parade Melrose Pde - Cotton Tree Pde 6.00am - 2.15pm 
 Cotton Tree Parade Alexandra Pde - Fourth Ave 6.00am - 2.00pm 
 Duporth Avenue The Esplanade (Cotton Tree) - Beach Rd 6.00am - 1.45pm 
 Ocean Street Duporth Ave - Beach Rd 6.00am - 1.45pm 


5.00am - 11.15am
 Buderim Avenue   1.00am - 11.30am
 Douglas Street   1.00am - 11.30am
 Alexandra Pde/Aerodrome Rd (southbound)   1.00am - 2.30pm
 Sixth Ave
Aerodrome Rd - Beach Pde 1.00am - 2.30pm
 Melrose / Alexandra / Cotton Tree Pde Sixth Ave - King St 1.00am - 2.30pm
 Melrose / Alexandra / Cotton Tree Pde Duporth Ave 1.00am - 2.30pm
 Duporth Ave First Ave - Ocean St 1.00am - 2.30pm
 Mooloolaba Taxi rank Relocated Venning St
(in front of Mantra Hotel)
4am Sunday 10th - 3pm Sunday 10th

Other Major Events

In 2018 the Sunshine Coast continues welcome a large number of sporting, lifestyle and music events, reinforcing the region’s reputation as being a destination of choice for major events.

In total the Coast will host over 50 state, national and international major events and will welcome over 130,000 guests, many of who will stay on after the event and enjoy the beautiful surrounds.

To make event guests’ stay as enjoyable as possible, council encourages the community to take part in the events, say a friendly hello and lend a helping hand. 

View the What's On Events Calendar to find out what is happening and when.

Find out more about Major Events Sponsorship