Five sporting events and festivals in Australia with stunning views

Along with sport, Australians love the great outdoors. On your trip to Australia, you can combine the two and attend one of these five sporting festivals. They all offer fantastic views of either beautiful beaches, rustic vineyards or the spectacular colours of the outback, and let you get up and close with the locals and learn more about the Australian way of life. Five sporting events and festivals in Australia with stunning views
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Five sporting events and festivals in Australia with stunning views

Discover five sporting festivals that offer spectacular views of Australia whilst providing you an opportunity to experience the Australian way of life. 


Along with sport, Australians love the great outdoors. On your trip to Australia, you can combine the two and attend one of these five sporting festivals. They all offer fantastic views of either beautiful beaches, rustic vineyards or the spectacular colours of the outback, and let you get up and close with the locals and learn more about the Australian way of life.  

Australian Outback Marathon, Red Centre, NT

Australian Outback Marathon, Northern Territory, 25 July

Take a journey to central Australia and participate in the Australian Outback Marathon. Whether you run the full or half marathon, or take part in the 11km or 6km fun run, this running festival gives you the opportunity to see Australia’s outback in a unique way. As you run off road through bush trails and on the famous ‘red earth’ keep a look out for the course highlight, views of the iconic Uluṟu.

Tip: For those who feel up to running the full or half marathon, look to your left as you run the course for views of Kata Tjuṯa, a group of large ancient rock formations. 

Paspaley lunch at qualia, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, QLD

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Queensland, 15 – 22 August

If you would rather be a spectator and enjoy the finer things in life, then the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is for you. Located on Hamilton Island at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by clear waters, this event has you witnessing the thrill of multi-million dollar racing boats competing off shore. While on shore there are plenty of activities to enjoy from fashion parades to food markets and lunches, all brimming with views of this beautiful tropical island.

Tip: Purchase a ticket to the Paspaley Lunch, one of the most popular events of the festival with views overlooking the water. This glamorous gourmet lunch is held at the luxurious qualia resort and is a favourite amongst the Australian media and bloggers. 

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, Sydney, NSW

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, New South Wales, 20 September

The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is one of the most scenic courses in Australia and gives you the opportunity to see iconic attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Whether you choose the full or half marathon, the 9km Bridge Run or the 3.5km Family Fun Run, all courses will give you the unique opportunity to run over Sydney’s amazing Harbour Bridge with no cars on the road.

Tip: Finish off your morning with a delicious breakfast with a view overlooking the harbour at Opera Bar

Siberia Grandstand, Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island, VIC

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Victoria, 16 – 18 October

A 90 minute drive south of Melbourne is picturesque Phillip Island, home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Not only will you see the best of the best in motorcycling compete on the track, but you will also be treated to amazing ocean views of the Bass Strait.

Tip: For the hard core fans, book a seat at the Siberia Grandstand located south of the course. Perched on the edge of the water, this stand not only provides great views of the action unfolding in the race but it also has spectacular views of the surrounding location. Being so close to the water it can get chilly sitting here, so make sure you pack a jumper. 

Heartbreak Hill, Cape to Cape MTB, Cape Leeuwin, WA

Cape to Cape MTB, Western Australia, 22 – 25 October

Whether you are an elite mountain bike rider or just a novice who wants to see Australia in a different way, the Cape to Cape MTB provides a stunning backdrop of the South West region of Western Australia over four days. Starting at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, located at the south westerly tip of Australia with amazing views of the water, the course will take you through beaches, wineries and even forests, finishing up at the 18th Fairway on the Dunsborough Country Club. 

Tip: After an amazing four days taking in the region by bike, extend your stay in the area and experience the delicious gourmet food and award winning wine that the Margaret River region is known for. For a restaurant with a view overlooking a vineyard, try Wills Domain or Vasse Felix

Also Try…Travelling to Australia in 2016? Why not keep a look out for these sporting events that will also provide you with amazing views.

  1. Santos Tour Down Under, South Australia
  2. Quicksilver & Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Queensland
  3. Margaret River Pro, Western Australia
  4. Great Ocean Road Marathon, Victoria
  5. Gold Coast Marathon, Queensland 

Find out more information on upcoming events happening around Australia.

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