About Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise
2017 Gold Coast 600 Dates:
Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October 2017
The GC600 is raced over a shorter race track than the previous Gold Coast Indy.
It is a 3 day carnival and instead of Indy cars and Australian V8 Super Cars, this event has the V8s as the main race..
You will see General Motors Holden and Ford V8s battle it out for supremacy and International drivers from other racing categories such as NASCAR and Indy.
The V8 Supercars take centre stage and this is the longest longest distance raced all year by these cars outside of the Bathurst 1000 which is usually held earlier in October before the GC600.
In addition other support races include Aussie cars and Formula Ford races.
There is usually a huge entertainment line up on the Saturday night called Gold Coast Sounds 600.
There's an entertainment precinct in Broadwater Parklands (they tried in Surfers Paradise, but Broadwater Parklands is a great entertainment space).
During the month of October, there were also many lead up events especially within the last 8 or so days leading into the actual race period.
For visitors, Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise has a great atmosphere and staying in Surfers Paradise or Main Beach is definitely the best option to really get the most out of the event.
Check out the map of Gold Coast 600 accommodation where you will find many options for accommodation and you can see how close to everything you will be.
Gold Coast 600 Ticket Information
Tickets for the event are usually available from several months before. All tickets include entry to any same day concerts, entertainment and the alcohol-free Family Zone.
There are various ticket options including:
- General Admission can be purchased as Friday Pass, Saturday Pass, Sunday Pass, Weekend Pass or 3 day Pass.
- Grandstand tickets - which get you access to various levels of grandstand depending upon what you buy (Platinum, Gold or Silver)
- One day tickets (prices are different on each day)
- Weekend tickets
- 3 day ticket passes
- Pit Lane Walks - you can pre-purchase a pit lane walk tickets for any of the three days, these are scheduled to run at certain times.
All tickets are usually available online from Ticketek or through their outlets.
Tickets go on sale usually mid year, so you will need to keep your eye out for them.
Gold Coast 600 Surfers Paradise Parking And Transport
There is no parking in the event precinct and parking restrictions will apply to surrounding areas, probably 2 hour parking only.
There is usually a park n ride at Carrara Stadium which brings racegoers into one of the main gates at the southern end of the track.
Helicopter and water taxi transfers were also available in previous years.
The G:Link Trams are one of the best options to get to the event now, with ticket entrances very close to the G:Link stations.
If approaching the track from Southport you can get off at Main Beach Station and then proceed to Gate 1 which has ticket booths as well as general entry. If coming from the south in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, get off at North Surfers Paradise Station and walk towards the beachfront and The Esplanade, for Gate 6 Entry and Ticket Booths.
G:Link will be one of the easiest ways for getting to this event! So, if you are looking for accommodation, staying close to one of the G:Link stops could be a great idea ;-)
Questions & Answers for Gold Coast 600 and Gold Coast Indy
Here are some questions and answers and information about the old Gold Coast Indy event, in case you are interested!