The 136km Gran Fondo departs from Wharf Street, Port Douglas, in front of the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina. Riders will turn right into Macrossan Street, the main street of Port Douglas, then making another right turn once they meet the magnificent Four Mile Beach. The course then takes the riders out of Port Douglas through the corridor of palm trees lining Port Douglas Road where the course meets Great Barrier Reef Drive, which will be fully closed to traffic in both directions.

A short diversion around the quiet country backroads of Mowbray takes the riders past sugar cane fields this region is famous for, crossing over creeks and rivers before arriving back onto Great Barrier Reef Drive.

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  1. Start/Finish
  2. Aid Station – Rex Lookout – 31km
  3. Aid Station – Palm Cove – 50.7km
  4. Aid Station – Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – 70.2km
  5. KOM/QOM Start – 71km
  6. KOM/QOM Finish – Rex Lookout – 72km
  7. Aid Station – Thala Beach Nature Reserve – 80.9km, 99.2km & 116.9km
  8. Right-Hand Turn – 91.9km – CLOSES 11:20am
  9. Recovery Area

NOTE: We STRONGLY recommend that you DO NOT ride Great Barrier Reef Drive outside of the Port Douglas Gran Fondo as it is a very busy highway that is used by sugar cane trucks, tourist buses, cars towing caravans and tourists driving up and back from Cairns. There are tight winding corners and no shoulder so stay safe and enjoy riding around other parts of the region instead.

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  • Ride Date: Sunday, 11 September 2022
  • Ride Start Time: 6:30am
  • Start Line: Wharf Street, Port Douglas (in front of the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina)
  • Distance: 136km
  • Elevation: 1,083m
  • Minimum average speed: 22kmph (this allows for 2 x 10min comfort breaks/bidon refill stops)
  • Start divided into estimated speed groups: 22-25kmph / 26-30kmph / Over 30kmph
  • Finish Line / Festival Expo Location: Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina
  • Minimum Age: 12 years (Age at 11 September 2022). Riders aged 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Secure bag drop area at the Port Douglas Gran Fondo Festival Expo Registration desk
  • E-Bikes, recumbents, time-trial bikes or tandems are NOT permitted in the 136km Gran Fondo (para cyclists are permitted to ride modified bikes to suit their needs)
  • Entries Close: Midnight Wednesday, 7 September 2022
  • Insurance: Rider insurance is compulsory for this event. If you do not have a current AusCycling membership, an $8 fee will apply. Please note that your entry does not include any insurance for bikes and accessories. It is recommended that individuals consider their own insurance.
  • Great Barrier Reef Drive will be open to traffic in both directions at 1.30pm
  • Great Barrier Reef Drive fully closed to traffic
  • One of the most spectacular courses in the world!
  • Numbered timing and helmet stickers
  • Rider Guide
  • Aid Stations with SIS electrolyte hydration, water, food and Premax sunscreen
  • Bike and helmet check prior to registration
  • Mechanical support at start line and out on course
  • Medical support
  • Police support
  • Toilets on course
  • Moto Scout support
  • SAG Wagon support
  • Post ride recovery area
  • Online safety briefing
  • Secure bike parking at finish area
  • Sponsor discounts
  • Destination experience discounts
Early Bird 19 January 2022 – 10 June 2022


Standard 11 June 2022 – 10 August 2022 $240
Late 11 August 2022 – 7 September 2022 $250


AusCycling $20 Discount

We are now offering all AusCycling members a $20 discount off our regular prices for the 136km and 100km Gran Fondo and 48km Medio Fondo rides. Enter your AusCycling membership number during registration and then use Promotion Code AUSCYCLING22