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Topical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival

 6 November 2016 

The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is the largest marathon and running event in Tropical North Queensland, attracting over 5,000 participants and spectators from all around Australia and 13 different countries. Held annually in Port Douglas, the Festival is the only running event located on the fringe of two world heritage listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. From Four Mile Beach to the trails of the rainforest and back through the streets of Port Douglas, this is a race to mark on your calendar.

Where else can you run on the most spectacular course in Australia, stay on for an extended holiday and play on the most iconic natural wonder in the world, the Great Barrier Reef. So join us in paradise and Race, Stay and Play!

74km Ultra Marathon
42.195km Marathon
21.095km Half Marathon
10km
5km
2.3km Free Kids Run

Come for the run, stay for a holiday!

Event Dates

6 November 2016
6 November 2016

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $30 - $280 Price varies depending on which distance you choose to run. Spectators free.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Restaurant - Licensed

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Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

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Bustard Downs

Mount Carbine, Mareeba Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25 - 275
Bustard Downs is a 200 acre organic beef farm offering Outback Farmstay Bed and Breakfast Guesthouse accommodation, self-contained authentic Farm Cottages and Caravan and Camping. The property is owned and run by an Australian family. Bustard Downs is the perfect place to find an Outback Bush experience in Tropical North Queensland. Close to Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Daintree, Mareeba, Julatten and the Atherton Tablelands. Driving north to Cooktown and Cape York? This is a natural Retreat for Eco-travellers, bird watchers, swimmers, animal and nature lovers. The organic Farmstay Guesthouse provides personalised hosted accommodation. Rooms take in mountain views, private gardens and feature king size or twin single beds with 100 per cent cotton linen, perfect for the Tropics. Breakfast hampers and barbecue dinner packs feature fresh local produce simply presented for self-catering. Supplies are from the farm and local Tableland growers. They use and source organic and bio-dynamic produce where possible. Farmstay guests enjoy exclusive use of the owners private 20 metre swimming pool. The self-contained Farmhouse and Cottage are for the independent traveller located above the Mary Creek. The caravan and camping area is rarely crowded and has a great social communal fire place.

Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$290 - 480
The Peninsula Boutique Hotel is perfectly positioned at the beachside end of Macrossan Street overlooking pristine Four Mile Beach and the sparkling Coral Sea, less than a two minute walk to the village centre, shopping,restaurants. Spacious modern tropical, light and contemporary designed one bedroom fully air-conditioned suites, with large private balconies, 28 ocean view, 6 pool view. Lift access to upper levels. Doors fully open enabling the outside and inside areas to become one. The discreetly concealed kitchenette offers everything you need. The ensuite bathroom features separate walk-in shower plus relax in the large two person bath with aromatherapy oils and candles. Enjoy the heated freshwater pools and spa/jacuzzi. Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel represents a unique concept in holiday accommodation - the comfort and facilities of a hotel with the friendliness and personal service that only a small property can provide. Indulge at Hi Tide Beach Cafe and Restaurant with its innovative cuisine and cocktail bar. When it's time to explore the reef and rainforest or embark on a day of adventure their tour desk staff are there to assist you plan the best experiences to suit you.

Daintree Valley Haven

Daintree, Cairns Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$154 - 185
A peaceful 30 acre rainforest hideaway at the end of a beautiful valley, surrounded by Daintree National Park, 8 km beyond Daintree Village. Ideal for couples, honeymooners and birdwatchers. Three modern, private self-contained B&B bungalows overlook rainforest, exotic tropical fruits trees, dam, tropical gardens and easy walking trails. Two have Queen beds and convertible sofa for a third guest, one has a King/Twin plus sofa. Not suitable for children under 12. Air-conditioned and insect-screened, they have ensuite bathroom, well-equipped kitchenette and private verandah overlooking water and rainforest. A complimentary daily breakfast basket includes tropical fruits, home-made jam and yoghurt and local tea and coffee. Self-cook meals and drinks are also available. Designed for couples or a maximum of three adults the bungalows are perfect for that romantic getaway or a quiet interlude during a busy holiday. It's a haven for birdwatchers and nature-lovers with over 130 species of seasonal birds, plus abundant tropical butterflies and other wildlife. 'The Shed' provides barbecue, jacuzzi, books, games, dartboard, DVD player with wildlife discs, small library and Free Wifi. Far from the city hustle and bustle yet within a short drive of Daintree Village, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and the Atherton Tablelands.

Niramaya Villas and Spa

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$550 - 1000
Niramaya Villas and Spa consists of 37 luxury self-catering villas all with their own plunge pools set on 15 hectares of manicured tropical gardens. Complete with 30 metre wet edge resort pool, restaurant and lounge, day spa, tennis court, practice golf hole, sauna and gym. Niramaya Villas are set apart from all other Port Douglas properties. Architecturally designed for all your senses, with one, two, three and four bedroom villas available. Each Villa has been designed Balinese style, with interconnecting pavilions. The main living pavilion features a soaring ceiling and bi-folding doors, creating a beautiful indoor/outdoor living space with an abundance of natural light. Every villa includes parking for one vehicle, laundry, outdoor entertaining area, barbecue, kitchens equipped with Miele appliances, a selection of cable television channels, an entertainment system, complimentary wifi internet and its very own private plunge pool heated to 28 to 30 degrees Celsius during the tropical winter. Niramaya Villas and Spa is luxurious and intensely private. A short stroll takes you to the coconut fringed sands of Four Mile Beach - and leads all the way to the chic village of Port Douglas where the region's famous cuisine, culture and character awaits.

Executive Retreats - Shangri-La

Newell, Douglas Area
From AU$595 - 595
Executive Retreats offer a selection of award winning architecturally designed holiday retreats in the Port Douglas area, Tropical North Queensland. Choose between trendy holiday homes and Balinese inspired beach villas on absolute beach front, luxury lifestyle and spa retreats on secluded, private acreages and chic apartments and townhouses in the heart of cosmopolitan Port Douglas. An Executive Retreat is essential for your next escape to paradise! Indulge and succumb to a qualified massage therapist as they unravel your stresses...or let five star chefs tantalise your taste buds with exotic culinary delights. All this can be arranged in the privacy of your Executive Retreat. Charter a boat to the reef or perhaps a helicopter to a spectacular rainforest setting. Indulge in the 'Art of Tropical Living' at Shangri-La, the ultimate in rainforest escapes. If you are looking to seriously escape to a safe haven then this is your Shangri-La with the majestic Daintree Mountains as your vista. This home appeals due to it's very special ambience and solitude. It becomes your own sanctuary. Luxurious and spacious, a relaxing and unforgettable holiday for a family, friends or honeymooners to hideaway. A holistic retreat to rekindle the soul.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$199 - 724
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is a deluxe family-owned eco and wildlife retreat on 58 hectares of native forest adjacent to secluded Oak Beach. Conveniently located 45 minutes drive north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Port Douglas, Thala sits atop a headland with stunning ocean and mountain vistas. Thala is the ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Thala has proudly achieved the highest accreditation of eco-certification through sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity. 83 deluxe eco-style bungalows are built on stilts within the forest canopy. All bungalows enjoy ocean, mountain or forest views from large private decks. Two natural rock pool-style swimming pools blend into native forest. Paths wind through rainforests and woodlands, connecting with secluded coves and beaches, passing through habitats for endemic birds, wildlife and flora. Osprey Restaurant offers panoramic views across the Coral Sea and World Heritage-listed forests that clad the coastal ranges. Guests enjoy complimentary guided nature tours by on-site rangers including tree planting, stargazing, coastal discovery, wildlife and nature walks, bird and butterfly walks. Their completely organic 650 tree coconut plantation is home to a unique coconut odyssey tour highlighting the extraordinary qualities of the 'tree of life'.

Sweetwater Lodge

Julatten, Mareeba Area
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From AU$295 - 295
Sweetwater Lodge, Luxury Atherton Tablelands Accommodation, offers guests a unique Australian holiday experience in the cool tropical climate of Julatten, in Queensland's Tropical North. Sweetwater consists of two luxury, private, and spacious self contained retreats set on160 acres surrounded by a beautiful mountain range just one and a quarter hours north of Cairns International Airport or 25 minutes from Port Douglas. The beautifully presented, architect designed, self contained holiday retreats each accommodate two people in a luxurious king bed. The retreats are finished to a very high degree of comfort with absolute attention to detail. Unique features of the accommodation include a well equipped al fresco kitchen situated on the verandah overlooking the mountains and an indoor/outdoor shower. The property boasts a range of habitats including a beautiful private rainforest walk, a permanent freshwater creek offering numerous swimming holes, which meanders through the property, wallabies, platypus and other marsupials together with an abundance of birdlife. A bush barbecue facility on the edge of the creek is the perfect place in which to relax and watch the sun go down. Sweetwater is a slice of nature's paradise. A warm welcome awaits you.
From AU$299 - 1059
Located in one of the most internationally acclaimed locations in Australia on Four Mile Beach, Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa has been designed with the utmost luxury and relaxation in mind. Set amidst a tropical oasis in Tropical North Queensland, this spectacular resort blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape; luxuriously designed with oriental accents and sandstone pillars that are echoed throughout the resort. With 130 beautifully appointed studio rooms and elegant two and three bedroom apartments, this magnificent resorts also features stunning villas with exclusive plunge pools and luxury swim-out apartments and an impressive penthouse with roof-top spa and barbecue area, separate living and dining, relaxing spa bath and furnished private balconies. As a guest to this beautiful resort, enjoy exclusive access to an array of recreation facilities including; an expansive lagoon pool, five-star Day Spa with couples room and Vichy shower treatments, 18-hole Championship Links-Style Golf Course, gymnasium two bars and on-site restaurant. Sophisticated, stylish and indulgent, this luxurious tropical hide-away is the perfect destination to restore, relax and re-energize the mind, body and soul - ideal for families, couples and holiday makers alike.

Ramada Resort Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$120 - 270
Ramada Resort Port Douglas provides you with a spacious, comfortable and picturesque hotel experience nestled within a pocket of Melaleuca rainforest just a short walk to world-renowned Four Mile Beach. The natural surroundings of the resort are complimented by a natural colour scheme throughout all rooms and apartments, as well as effective plantation shutters for your use. The resort's picturesque rainforest gardens are quite unique. A central feature is the tropical lagoon style pool complete with waterfall and swim up bar providing guests with the ideal setting to relax and unwind. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Tree Bar and Grill overlooks the pool and provides a relaxing and casual dining experience. Spacious, well-appointed rooms, and modern resort facilities make Ramada Port Douglas the perfect choice for a Tropical North Queensland getaway. Port Douglas is one of the most beautiful tropical regions on earth - the only place on the planet where two World Heritage listed areas meet: the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. A spectacular one-hour drive from Cairns, this laid-back and sophisticated coastal village offers visitors a large selection of exciting tours, cruises, adventure activities and world-class restaurants, making it the perfect holiday destination.

Serenity Port Douglas: Luxury Beachfront

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$355 - 495
With so much choice of accommodation in Port Douglas it pays to be discerning! Serenity Accommodation Port Douglas is a newly renovated immaculate holiday home situated on much sought after Garrick Street, just 20 metres from the world renowned four mile beach and located just a few minutes walk from all the popular cafes, bars and boutique shops of the Port Douglas strip. This Villa boasts a temperature controlled private pool, private tropical outdoor dining area and direct access to the beach and all with a brand new renovation. This three bed three bath house is amongst Port Douglas finest. If you like the photos you see here, wait until you see their website! Click on the weblink above for more photos, a virtual tour, blogs and get to know them by clicking on their 'Our Story' tab on their website.
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