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IRONMAN Australia (+ IRONMAN 70.3)

Ironman on Stingray Bridge

As one of the longest running IRONMAN events on the global circuit, IRONMAN Australia boasts 35 years of historic moments. 

Held in May each year however due to the devastating floods the May event was postponed and the recent September race day has been cancelled due to COVID-19. IRONMAN events will be held on Sunday 1st May 2022.

This iconic global event consisting of a 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre bike course and 42.2 kilometre run, taking in the best of the Greater Port Macquarie region on what is arguably one of the most scenic IRONMAN courses in the world.

Taking place concurrently with IRONMAN Australia is the renowned IRONMAN 70.3, fondly known as the half IRONMAN.

This incredible IRONMAN festival (fondly known as ‘the festival of lycra’) will take place in Greater Port Macquarie each year, typically in early May. 

Huge benefits for our Region

IRONMAN brings around 10,000 people to Port each year.  They stay for an average of 4 nights, with an economic impact in excess of $10 million per annum to our region’s economy.  The event puts our region on the world stage. With athletes from over 20 countries participating, the event was live streamed worldwide for the first time in 2019, and had more than 1 million views.

Hundreds of locals compete, and the event has helped to foster strong local triathlon, running and cycling clubs.

Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers get into the IRONMAN spirit, with the Local Organising Committee at the helm.  Through this structure, IRONMAN then donates around $50,000 to local community groups (a total in excess of $600,000 to date)!

Important Event Information

*please note these details are usually updated 3-4 weeks prior to race day each year.


If you have any questions or concerns about the event that aren't addressed on the IRONMAN Australia website, please call the IRONMAN Australia Hotline on 1300 761 384.

Road, boat ramps and car park closures 

For detailed information on changed traffic conditions for race day, visit Ironman Australia's getting around on race day web page. 

IRONMAN Community Events 

In conjunction with the IRONMAN events will also be the 'Bright Night Run', with lights, music and fun for the whole family.

Got kids aged 5 to 13 years of age? The ever-popular IRONKIDS may just be the ticket. The new 'run only' format will feature a genuine IRONMAN finish-shute finish (and all finishers get a medal)!

Due to the complexities around changing COVID restrictions, unfortunately these 2 events will not be on offer in 2021, and details on 2022 are yet to be confirmed.


The Port Macquarie region has a long, strong and proud history of volunteering for IRONMAN.  There are many benefits of getting involved in this iconic event, including the potential for donations to your school or community organisation. Stay tuned for more information about volunteering.


This page was last updated on: 1 June 2021

This page was last updated on: 03 August 2021