On race day, around 1650 athletes will race along the spectacular coastal landscape of the Camden Haven to complete the 180km bike course. To help you make the most of your day in the Camden Haven, we’ve put together some information about how to get around on race day and suggested things to do.

IRONMAN Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie

Sunday 2nd May 2021
35th Anniversary Event

IRONMAN Australia and IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie returns to Port Macquarie for the 35th anniversary event in May 2021, and it is guaranteed to be a day to remember. As one of the longest-running IRONMAN events in the circuit, IRONMAN Australia boasts 30+ years of historic moments. Starting in Forster-Tuncurry in 1985, through to today in Port Macquarie, the home of the event since 2006. IRONMAN Australia will also once again, play host to the IRONMAN Oceania TriClub Championships.

Getting around the Camden Haven on IRONMAN day

Several roads and boat ramps in the Camden Haven will be closed during IRONMAN while the athletes complete the bike course. The closures usually take effect from approximately 7:30am and re-open in the afternoon. For information of changed traffic conditions, road closures and boat ramp closures, visit the IRONMAN Australia website.

Never fear! Visitors and residents can still get around on race day. A FREE water taxi will be running from the Dunbogan Boat Shed to Laurieton (in front of the Laurieton United Services Club) and North Haven boat ramp. For more information about the water taxi, visit the IRONMAN Australia website.

Things to do in the Camden Haven on IRONMAN day

Spectator Hotspots

Want to get among the action? Some of the best race vantage points on the bike course can be found in the Camden Haven. Make sure you get along to one of the below spectator hotspots and enjoy the beautiful Camden Haven. Athletes are expected to make their way through from 7:30am.

Bonny Hills

The Bonny Hills community are well known in IRONMAN circles for putting on a good party when it comes to race day. Make your way to Reflections Holiday Park Bonny Hills to get in the swing of things with a BBQ and music kicking off the festivities. Cheer on the IRONMAN athletes as they make their way through Bonny Hills and don’t forget to keep a lookout for IRONMAN giveaways!


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Lake Cathie

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North Haven

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Not interested in IRONMAN? Here are some ways you can make the most of your day in the Camden Haven and surrounding areas.

A day on foot in the Camden Haven

Head out to the Hinterland

Hit the road early (before the road closures take effect at 7:00am) and you can enjoy your day exploring our beautiful Hinterland.

  • Start your early morning with a coffee at Kew Corner Store (opens at 6am) and stock your backpack or picnic basket with fresh locally grown produce and locally made products.
  • Take the scenic drive through the towns of Lorne and Comboyne to explore the beautiful Ellenborough Falls.
  • Venture into Middle Brother National Park to see and experience two of the largest Blackbutts in NSW – Bird Tree and Benaroon.
  • Head north to Burrawan State Forest and meander through the Old Bottlebutt Walking Track. On the 600m loop through a rainforest remnant you will find the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere.
  • Refuel for lunch at Miss Nellie’s Café where you will find delicious house made cakes, light meals and, of course, coffee! For a more substantial meal and something to drink, try Kendall Services Club or Kew Country Club.
  • Stop in to the iKew Visitor Information Centre for locally made arts, crafts, produce and souvenirs. iKew also has a playground, picnic area and public toilets.
  • Looking for more? Head to Bago Maze & Wine for a wine tasting and challenge yourself with the Bago Maze.
  • Continue north to Wauchope to check out the boutique stores and sample some Vickers Fudge.
  • Head back to your accommodation in the Camden Haven via the highway after 2pm.