Arguably the biggest event on the Gold Coast calendar the Virgin Australia Supercars Gold Coast 600 has the biggest names in motor-sport descending on Surfers Paradise. Not to mention the 200,000 plus crowd that follows them there. Over $40 million dollars is spent in the local economy during this event. So you know there will be entertainment and amazing deals on offer by all the businesses on the Gold Coast. Visit Gold Coast in October to make the most of the amazing atmosphere, especially if you love the sound of engines revving! So if you want in on the action here is a handy guide to what you should know. But before you read on make sure to contact Suntower Apartments to lock in your booking!
The race runs over three days, so make sure you don’t burn out early. Endurance is the key for the drivers and for you. The track is through the streets of Surfers Paradise. So you don’t need to go far from town to see it. In fact from Suntower Apartments its only minutes walk away to the grandstands.
The Gold Coast events are well known for how well they are run and the Gold Coast 600 is possibly the best run event of them all. Race cars by day and live entertainment by night. The day starts of with breakfast events and ends with night time headline acts on the main stage.
The drivers have two days of practice sessions and trials to secure grid positions. The main race is a 300km race through the streets of Surfers Paradise. The track itself is only 3km long which mean the drivers must do 300 laps. And what’s more the lead up qualifying races are just as exciting as the race itself. So no matter what day you attend yo are sure to get bang for your buck.
The course runs through the high rise apartments in Surfers Paradise and the setting itself makes for a fantastic spectators smorgasbord. The drivers have to weave and work their way over 3km of track that means the race is more fast and furious than other motor-sport events.
Aromas of Surf and Sand Mixed with Race Cars
Stay at Suntower and enjoy smell the beach mixed with the aroma of race cars. For motor-sport fans Suntower is a fantastic place to stay. Due to the fact we are located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. But if you are bringing company that isn’t such huge fans, we offer the best of both worlds. Our location is on the beach edge and two minutes walk from the beach. So if your company needs an escape from the race, the sandy beach offers the best hide out.
Also making Suntower a top spot is our closeness to the Cavill Ave the main mall street in Surfers Paradise. Bringing dining options from fine dining to late night souvalakis. And all the shopping you could want. Plus a short tram ride away is the huge and spectacular Pacific Fair shopping mall. And if you need to escape to the Hinterland for a day of rest and indulgence after the race. Simply walk from Suntower to the many tourist booking centres and organise a day in the lush hinterland. Suntower really is the best Gold Coast 600 accommodation of choice.
Where to Eat
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out options on the Gold Coast. Whether you are coming as a family or couple, there is a place you will love. The V8 race brings the best engines to town. Make sure you fine tune your own engine for all the delicious food available. And bring a V8 appetite!
If you are looking for cheap but cheerful you have burger joints galore. A couple of the more popular burger eateries are Moz Burgers and Betty’s Burgers both located in Surfers Paradise. On the other hand if you are looking for a place that offers amazing choice head to Bazaar Restaurant. They offer nearly every cuisine in the world on their menu. Not to mention an Oyster bar and design your own ice cream experience. (Make sure you wear loose fitting clothes!)
And for the serious foodies – Peppers Souls Surfers Restaurant was an awarded Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat in 2017. This dining spot would be great for celeb spotting as well. The Gold Coast 600 attracts famous celebs from all over the world. So keep your eyes peeled.
The crowds all head to the bars after the days events and it makes for a spectacular atmosphere. Going from beach to bar is after all, one of the Gold Coasts best features. There are the standard Irish pubs along with beer houses to cocktail hotspots. If you are a margarita lover then find the Stingray bar first. Its located on the ground floor of the QT. This place makes the best cocktails in Surfers Paradise. You can drink, dance and eat bar food to your hearts content here.
To truly experience the Gold Coast sunset drinks on the rooftop bar at The Island is a must. And if you turn into a dance floor demon after a couple of cocktails them El Patio De Cuba is the place for you. Mojitos and a Cuban dance floor make for a great nigh out! Another popular drinking venue is the Cocoon Lounge, here everything including the décor is a luxe white. And lastly don’t overlook the traditional local surfs clubs for a drink. These clubs were here before skyscrapers grew around them and for nostalgia and sentiment can’t be beaten for a beer.
Other Than the Race
For motor-heads it may come as a surprise that there are other attractions to visit before, during or after the race. But with endless coastline, lush hinterland and world famous towns there is always something else to see and do.
- Hinterland day trip
- Learn to surf
- Wax Museum
- Seaworld, Movie World and Wet n Wild theme parks
- Day trip to Brisbane
- Biggest Time Zone in the Southern hemisphere
- Super-sized kids playgrounds
- Currumbin Sanctuary
- Australia Zoo
- Byron Bay day trip
Just ask our Suntower staff for the most popular attractions and conversely the best keep secret destinations. We are happy to help!
The Gold Coast 600 brings over 200,000 tourists to town. Don’t delay in contacting us to book your accommodation. We offer amazing budget prices for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. With kitchen, and laundry facilities. And of course our pool.
You will not find a cheaper beach front apartment tower that is up to our standard. Save money by booking with us meaning you have more cash to splash during your racetrack getaway!
Please note, we are fully booked for the GC 600 2017. Please get in early for G6 accommodation in 2018
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