Getting to the Race

Brisbane is Australia’s new world city. The city offers a wide range of ways to see Brisbane City and help you arrive at your race with minimal stress and the convenience of our extensive public transport network. From the moment you arrive in Brisbane, let our friendly community make your trip worry-free.

Event finish precinct

The official McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival 2018 event finish line precinct is located on Gardens Point Road, Brisbane (click here to get directions). The finish precinct will be your best location to store baggage, access toilets and collect your race pack on race day before your event. To view start locations for your event – click here.

As road closures will be in place for the event, we recommend seeking parking arrangements prior to race day (see below) and walking to the finish precinct.

Arriving in Brisbane for the marathon?

Brisbane International and Domestic Airport are just 20 minutes from the central CBD by car. Alternatively catch the “airtrain” directly from the airport to the city in 20 minutes. A pain-free and quick expedition to sunny Queensland’s capital city. Visit Brisbane Airport website for more information

Already in Brisbane?

Starting in the heart of Brisbane City, participants can enjoy convenient access to the start line on Alice Street. Road closures will be in place from 4.30am. Please ensure you check the official road closures and race buy liquid antibiotics briefing document once available.

Public transport options available

Taxi services

  • Black and White Cabs (131 008)
  • Yellow Cabs (13 CABS) or 13 2227

Bus services

Brisbane local bus service timetables can be accessed online at Translink Government website

Ferry services

Travel the Brisbane River on the Brisbane CityCat service which operates 7 days a week.
Your terminal is the QUT Gardens Point at Alice Street.

(PLEASE NOTE: Ferry services will be operating ONLY after 7am on Sunday 6 August, so will provide a fantastic way to relax after finishing your event whilst taking in the fresh air of the Brisbane River.)

Train services

Quickly reach your destination on the start line for the Brisbane Marathon Festival with Brisbane’s fantastic network of train stations. Travel to Central Station in Brisbane CBD for a leisurely stroll to the start of your event.

Plan your public transport options to the McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival by visiting Translink Government website.

Traveling by car?


We recommend parking in one of the following easy to access locations for your McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival experience. Event participants and spectators can park at a variety of locations within short walking distance of the event start and finish line and close to a range of fantastic restaurants. Limited spaces available within each location*.

Secure Parking special offer to McDonald’s Brisbane Marathon Festival 2018 participants

LocationSpacesDistance to startBook online
Parklands - Southbank8002100m WalkClick for information
$2 Sunday parking if leaving prior to 9.00am.
QUT Gardens Point under freeway or P Block195900m WalkClick for information
$10 flat rate on race day.
QUT Gardens Point undercover200800m WalkClick for information
$10 flat rate on race day.
Myer Centre, 66 Elizabeth Street1450650m WalkClick for information
$5 Sunday parking (pre booked spaces only)
Secure Parking, Wintergarden, 190 Elizabeth Street585600m WalkClick for information
Use code BNEMARA17 when booking online.
Secure Parking, QueensPlaza, Cnr Edward & Adelaide St596850m WalkClick for information
Use code BNEMARA17 when booking online.
**SPECIAL OFFER** Brisbane Marathon Festival participants can park at variety of Secure Parking centres across Brisbane for a special $5 rate when pre-booking online only. Use code: BNEMARA17 when booking online.
Note: The above parking locations are not affected by road closures before the start of your event and is most convenient for all participants and spectators

Road Closures

Click here to view official road closures in 2018.