BREAKING: COVID-19 claims another major Gold Coast event

The blows keep coming for the Gold Coast’s struggling tourism industry, with the city’s biggest sporting event axed for the second year in a row.

The 2021 Gold Coast 500 was scheduled to roar through the streets of Main Beach and Surfers Paradise from December 3-5, but has again been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers of the much-anticipated Supercars event, which was due to wrap up its season on the Gold Coast for the first time ever, said border closures made it impossible to plan for.


Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it’s a massive blow, with the three-day festival expected to have injected much-needed funds into the local economy.

“Devastating. That’s the only way to describe it,” the Mayor said.

“While I’m disappointed with the news, I support the supercars organisation as the risk in establishing this street circuit in these challenging times was too high.

“My message to every motor racing fan … get vaccinated so we can get back on the track in 2022.”

The news comes just a week after the TV Week Logies, which were due to take place at The Star in November, were also cancelled for the second year running.