IRONMAN Cairns ready to crown Asia-Pacific champions

Known as the IRONMAN in paradise, Cairns Airport IRONMAN is situated amongst some of the world’s natural wonders. Come and tackle this beast amongst the beauty.

IRONMAN has been luring athletes for over six years to one of the most iconic tropical locations on the globe, the pinnacle event; Cairns Airport IRONMAN takes participants through a full-distance IM course nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. An undisputedly unique course amongst some of Australia’s greatest attractions and World Heritage sites.


The swim leg begins in Palm Cove, Cairns’ most famous shoreline; a long, sandy beach amongst the calm, warm, reef waters of the Coral Sea. The bike course has become a ‘must-do’ for anyone on the IRONMAN circuit, racing north along the Daintree Rainforest and hugging the ocean’s edge. Competitors ride the Captain Cook Highway all the way till Port Douglas, then turning around to head back south to Cairns for the run. The marathon takes in three laps of the Cairns Esplanade and marina, running along sections of the boardwalk, making the most of the crowds and atmosphere in the city. The finishing line welcomes the racers back to heart of the festival.

Kona qualifier

The winners of Cairns IM will also be crowned IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champions. The Championships include 75 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.


Not ready to tackle the full Iron distance? Try the IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns , the course follows a shortened route that’s every bit as scenic. Bringing the family or need a break? Travel up early to take advantage of the perfect training conditions, and The Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, including the IRONMAN events alongside: RRR Mountain Bike Challenge, Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge, Quicksilver Reef Swim – Green Island, The Cairns Post Bright Night Run and McDonalds IRONKIDS Cairns.

Head to Cairns Airport IRONMAN for entry, course details and information on all events in the festival.