Event Guide

All you need to know about getting around at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600



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Opening Hours

Gates will open to the public at the following times across the weekend:

Event Access

Friday, 19 October - 8:00am to 5:30pm

Saturday, 20 October - 7:15am to 5:45pm

Sunday, 21 October - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Supercars Membership Early Entry

Your Supercars Membership hard card will gain you early gate entry at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600. Just flash your hard card at Gate 1 and you’re in 30 minutes early!

Transport and Parking

For all traffic changes during event week – including a full list of road closures - please click HERE.

The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 is run on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

The track is located at the Northern End of Surfers Paradise, 20 kilometres north of Gold Coast Airport along Gold Coast Highway.

From Brisbane travel 85 kilometres south of Brisbane Airport along the Gateway Motorway, then Pacific Motorway, then Smith Street Motorway.

Transport Options

The best way to travel to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 event is by public transport as parking is limited in areas surrounding the event.

Customers who are in possession of pre-purchased event entry ticket or hold official accreditation passes to the GC600 event can travel free to and from the event on the G: Link Trams, Surfside buses and Queensland Rail City Network trains from Friday 19 October 2018 until Sunday 21 October 2018 (inclusive).

Free travel is also available for children under the age of 12 who are accompanying an adult holding an event ticket or accreditation pass. Free travel is only valid for the date shown on the ticket or official accreditation pass.

Children must download a ticket to ride public transport with an accompanying adult on the Friday 19th Oct.

Children do not require to download a ticket on the Saturday or Sunday if they are accompanied with an adult.

Click HERE to download.

Kids 12 and under can travel for free on certain public transport services when they are with an adult who is in possession of a valid entry ticket.

Plan your public transport journey with the TransLink Journey Planner available from the TransLink website or by calling TransLink on 13 12 30.

Light Rail

Turn up and go! Light Rail services will increase during the event and will take you straight to the event gates. If you are travelling from the South, the closest Station to the venue is Surfers Paradise North, approximately 600 metres from Gate 6 (see precinct map).

If you are travelling from the North, the closest station is Main Beach, the closest entry is Gate 2, the underpass (see precinct map).

If you are travelling to the concert from the event, the closest station is Broadwater Parklands.

The best option to move between the race precinct and the concert is via the pedestrian bridge on the Gold Coast Highway (Sundale Bridge).


Queensland Rail trains run at regular intervals and with bus connections from the Helensvale Station linking to the G:Link.


Free travel is not available on Airtrain, ferries or bus services outside of the Gold Coast.

Airtrain are offering all guests travelling to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 event a discount code for travel on Airtrain and Tram from Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast for $60 return.

Use the promotional code GC600.

Valid from 17-24 October.

Gold Coast Cabs & Limousines

There are two designated taxi drop off and pick up zones situated at the southern end of Staghorn Avenue (in Surfers Paradise) opposite the QT Gold Coast in Surfers Paradise and at the Northern end of Cronin Avenue in Main Beach.

Bookings can be made by calling 13 10 08 or visiting the website www.goldcoastcabs.com.

Ride Share (Uber/OLA)

There will be designated ride share drop off and pick up zones north and south of the GC 600 precinct. SOUTH - Southern side of Palm Ave.

NORTH - western side of Rankin (between Hughes Ave and Lennie Ave)

Vehicle access and parking restrictions

If you choose to drive to the event be aware that major events can cause traffic delays.

Make sure you plan your journey accordingly and prepare for any delays or restrictions that may be in place.

If you are coming by car, please be aware the parking in the surrounding areas is limited to 2 hours and this will be strictly enforced.

Parking in Paradise Waters and Budds Beach is limited to local residents and businesses only.

We suggest you take public transport.

Park and Ride Parking is available at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Parking only $10 per day.

Jump straight on to the light rail for free with your pre-purchased event ticket via the Broadbeach North Station and right to the Gate at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

You can park your car at the park ‘n’ ride facility at the Helensvale train station, catch a bus to the Gold Coast University Hospital G:link station and jump on a tram that will transfer you straight to the event gates.

Active Travel If you are staying or live locally, you can walk or ride your bike to the event and use the cycle parking located at G:link stations.


Fly direct to the Gold Coast and spend less time travelling and more time enjoying your stay.

Gold Coast Airport welcomes international services from Osaka, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Auckland and Christchurch.

Direct flights are also available from a number of domestic destinations such as Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Launceston, Melbourne, Mount Isa, Newcastle and Sydney.

Airlines include Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways, AirAsia X, Scoot, Air New Zealand and Airnorth. For information on flights to and from the Gold Coast, visit goldcoastairport.com.au.

From the Airport

The Gold Coast Domestic & International Airport is located just 20 kilometres south of Surfers Paradise. There is a conveniently located information desk at the airport to assist you in getting to your destination.

The route 777 bus departs from the Gold Coast Airport daily travelling north via Burleigh Heads and terminates at the Broadbeach South Light Rail Station/Bus Interchange.

Passengers will need to transfer onto light rail and exit at Southport Station to access the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. For more information on connecting services, visit TransLink.

Helicopter Transfers

Looking for a fast way to get to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600? Bookings can be made by calling Gold Coast Helitours on 07 5591 8457, or email at info@goldcoasthelitours.com.au

For more information visit www.goldcoasthelitours.com.au.

Accessibility Information

Dedicated accessibility viewing platforms are attended by volunteers throughout the event and allow access to those patrons and one (1) companion.

These areas are located in stands 10 and 18. Please refer to the Event Track Map and Accessibility Map.

You can view the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Accessibility Map HERE.


This covered stand is located at the entrance to Macintosh Island on the main straight and has been extended in 2016 to allow for an increased capacity. Entry is by trackside admission however; you must book in order to avoid overcrowding. There are also accessible toilets located behind the stand.

The best access is via Gate 2 on Commodore Drive and there is an accessible drop-off zone on Commodore Drive with limited parking.


Specially designed grandstand with easy accessibility and great views down to turn 5 and up along the back straight! This stand has TV screens added for your viewing pleasure and is located on the beachside only 250 metres North of Gate 6. Entry is by Trackside admission however; you must book in order to avoid overcrowding.

The best access is through Gate 6, with a disabled drop-off zone and limited parking just South of Gate 6 on the Esplanade.


Companion Cards are accepted at this event for general admission tickets and access to the wheelchair accessible platforms.

If a companion card ticket is required, then the companion card must be presented at the time of booking and also carried with the disabled person when attending the event.

To book companion card tickets please call 132 849 or visit any Ticketek outlet.


Drop Off Zones and Parking

There are two disabled drop-off zones which are located:

  • West – Commodore Drive – Paradise Waters, heading North
  • South – The Esplanade – South of Staghorn Avenue

There is limited disabled parking in the above locations, in order to utilise this parking you must have a current official Government issued Disabled Parking Pass.


There are a number of wheelchair friendly toilets in the precinct.

Locations are:

  • Directly behind the Pit Building (Council Toilets)
  • Ferny Ave & Main Beach Parade North of S18 (Council Toilets)
  • Macintosh Island (North end directly behind Stand 10)
  • Macintosh Island (near to Club 600)
  • Narrowneck Beach near Stand 18


Official Charity



Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is the state’s peak aquatic rescue authority and is one of the largest volunteer-based community service organisations in Australia.

Our organisation encompasses several diverse arms – lifesaving services, community education, membership services, surf sports, fundraising and commercial training – but they all contribute to one overarching purpose.

Queensland’s mainland coastline stretches more than 6,000km and there are more than 780 accessible beaches along that expanse. There are more than 30 million visits to our public waterways every year.

WHY WE EXIST - Surf Life Saving Queensland is built on a fundamental principle: to save lives.

OUR VISION - Zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters.

For further information on how you can get involved and support Surf Life Saving Queensland please go to – www.lifesaving.com.au

Other FAQs

First Aid

QAS will be operating a number of first aid facilities around the circuit. Refer to Track Map for locations.

Food and Beverage

There are a number of food outlets to choose from located around the event precinct.

Patrons may bring in limited quantities of food and drink for personal consumption. No alcohol or glass is permitted to be brought into the precinct.

Alcoholic beverages are available for sale from the numerous bars and licensed outlets located throughout the venue. Bars will operate from 10am daily.

Liquor licensing laws prevent patrons from bringing their own alcohol into the venue. No glass is permitted.

Official Race Program 

The official program will be sold at the Ticketek Box Office, Paddock Box Office, Supercars Program Store and Official Supercars Merchandise Store in Merchandise Alley for $10 each.


The Queensland Police Service (QPS) will be established within the event precinct and will be conducting roaming patrols throughout the days of the event.

Tune in on Track - On Track Commentary

Tune into 101.7FM during the event to hear the commentary of racing action and what's happening on and off the track.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are available for sale from the numerous bars and licensed outlets located throughout the venue. Bars will operate from 10am daily.

Liquor licensing laws prevent patrons from bringing their own alcohol into the venue. No glass is permitted.


Supercars has chosen to permit smoking at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 event, therefore understands its obligations to ensure smoking only occurs within a Nominated Outdoor Smoking Place (NOSP). It is noted that smoking is prohibited other than in a Nominated Outdoor Smoking Place (NOSP). Failure to comply is an offence and penalties apply. ref s26VL of the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998.

Supercars will ensure a sufficient number of NOSPs are made available and are sized in accordance to match anticipated crowd density. All NOSP will be clearly labelled and readily recognisable. It is noted in section 26VL of the Act, all NOSP established by SCA as the Major Event Organiser is an area where:

(i) Smoking is permitted; and
(ii) Food or drink is not to be consumed
Definition of Smoke - To hold or otherwise have control over an ignited tobacco product, herbal cigarette or loose smoking blend, or inhale through a personal vaporiser.

Please refer to the Track Map – for all the Nominated Outdoor Smoking Place’s at the Event.

Restricted Items and Inspections

To ensure compliance with the Conditions of Entry and clause 23, Supercars may, at any time, require a Patron to open for inspection any vehicle, bag, basket or other receptacle, or turn out their pockets.  Patrons who fail to comply with such a request may be refused entry or directed to leave the Event.

  1. Patrons must not, without the prior consent of Supercars, have in their possession at the Event, or bring into the Event any:
  1. alcoholic beverage (unless purchased at the Event);
  2. glass bottle or glass container (unless purchased at the Event);
  3. beverage container with the manufacturer’s seal broken (unless purchased at the Event);
  4. chair, lounge, bench or stool, other than a folding chair or folding stool;
  5. clothing bearing any racist, indecent or obscene language or images;
  6. prohibited or controlled weapon, firearm, or any dangerous goods;
  7. animal, other than an assistance dog;
  8. whistle, loud hailer, horn or bugle;
  9. flare, firework, laser pointer, or distress signal;
  10. public address system, electronic equipment, broadcast equipment or similar device which may interfere with broadcast equipment or similar device being used by SCA or other persons authorised by SCA in connection with the Event;
  11. drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
  12. vehicle including any golf buggy, bicycle, skateboard, roller skates, roller blades or scooter;
  13. item the possession of which does not have an ordinary and reasonable use by a Patron at the Event and which may be used to damage or deface property, buildings or any part of the area used for the Event (including without limitation any spray paint), disrupt or interrupt the Event, hinder, obstruct or interfere with any driver taking part in the Event, adversely affect public safety, excavate any part of the area used for the Event or erect any structure;
  14. item in such quantity that a reasonable person could infer that the item is to be used for commercial purposes;
  15. goods or tickets for the purpose of sale or commercial distribution to Patrons;
  16. camera lenses with a physical length greater than 400mm or any other item which might reasonably obstructs the view of any other Patron; or
  17. photographic, video or audio recording equipment SCA reasonably considers may be used in breach of clause 25, which may include (without limitation) audio recorders, camera tripods, selfie sticks, monopods or any digital recording equipment.