Gold Coast is hosting the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast between 12-16 September 2018. More than 5,000 of the world’s best elite and age group triathletes will be heading to the Gold Coast for the final race of the 2018 season.

Athletes from 46 nations will be competing at Southport Broadwater Parklands, the site of the highly successful ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast and home to the 2009 ITU World Championships.

Athletes will be competing in categories of Elite, Under 23, Junior and Elite Paratriathlon as well as the U23/Jnr Mixed Team Relay and Age Group – Standard and Sprint Distance.


Broadwater Parklands at Southport will serve as the event venue for World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 2018 and has all the facilities necessary to support world class sporting and cultural events.

What does it cost:

The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 2018 is a free event for spectators. There is no entry fee into the venue or grandstands, and you can watch the races from several strategic and picturesque spots on the Gold Coast.

The main venue where all the action will take place is at Mitchell Park, Broadwater Parklands. At Mitchell Park you can locate:

  • Event Information Centre
  • Sport & Lifestyle Expo (including the Official ITU World Triathlon Merchandise Store)
  • Age Group Transition
  • Elite (Elite, Junior, U23, Mixed Relay, Paratriathlon) Transition Finish Line
  • Sprint Distance Swim Start
  • Elite Swim Starts

Parade of Nations and Official Welcome

The opening ceremony on Wednesday 12 September 2018 will feature the Parade of Nations. All Athletes will be parading within their National Federation into the venue.

Date: 12 September 2018

Time: 5 to 8.30pm


Wednesday 12 September 2018

Gold Coast Open Aquathlon will start from 1 to 3.30pm. All the action can be viewed from the Venue at Mitchell Park. The swim course, run course and finish line will take place within the venue. Spectators can cheer the athletes out on course and the best place to do so is at Cafe Catalina located just past the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Thursday 13 September 2018

Races taking place: ITU Age Group Sprint Distance

Friday 14 September 2018:

Races taking place – Under 23 (Men & Women)

Saturday 15 September 2018:

Races taking place – ITU Paratriathlon, ITU Junior (Men & Women) & ITU Elite Women

Sunday 16 September 2018:

Races taking place – ITU Age Group Standard Distance, ITU U23/Junior Mixed Relay & ITU Elite Men

Spectators viewing tips:

Best viewing location for swimming is from Mitchell Park. View the whole Swim Course from the Gear Tent.

Best viewing location for the bike event is to along Gold Coast Hwy or Marine Parade to catch the athletes out on the Bike Course.

Best viewing location for the running event is on the corner of Marine Parade and Gold Coast Hwy to see the athletes turn around on Gold Coast Hwy and then pass again as they come around the corner on Marine Pde.

Closing Party

The Official Closing Party for World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 2018 is open to all athletes, friends, family and spectators and will include the AG Standard Distance Triathlon awards. The closing party is a free event to celebrate the achievements of the athletes.

Where: Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands

Date: Sunday 16 September

Time: 6:30pm – 10:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Standard Distance Awards Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

How to get there

The best way to get to the event is to take the tram. The Gold Coast has a great tram (G:link) service which goes from Helensvale to Broadbeach. Southport Station is 1.2km (15min walk) to the Venue – Mitchell Park, Southport.


Parking is limited but try Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre for some paid parking.

Limited street parking is available along the biking and running event along Gold Coast Highway and Marine Parade.

Where to Stay for World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 2018

Holiday Holiday offers self contained Gold Coast holiday rentals and holiday apartments in the heart of Surfers Paradise, 10 minutes drive to the Broadwater Parklands. All Holiday Holiday Gold Coast accommodation options are located within 2 minutes walk to the Cavill Avenue tram station. Complimentary car parking space with each accommodation booking provided in Surfers Paradise.