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Surfers Paradise International Raceway

Location: Carrara, Queensland
Years Active: 1966-1987
Type: Permanent Road Course
Length: 3.2km
Condition Today: Demolished

Surfers Paradise International Raceway was designed by Keith Williams, and opened in 1966. Built on land adjacant to the Surfers Paradise Ski Gardens, the facility also included a small oval and airstrip.

The fast 3.2km track hosted rounds of the Tasman Series, and hosted the Australian Grand Prix on a single occasion, in 1975. The circuit was a staple on the Australian Touring Car Championship Calendar, and also the site of a number of Touring Car endurance races.

By the 1980s property prices on the Gold Coast were sky-rocketing. It became commercially unjustifiable to keep a race track open on such valuable land, and so the circuit was sold to Japanese company Daikyo. The circuit hosted its last race in August 1987, however it is believed that driver training continued at the venue into the 1990s. Nonetheless, years of neglect took their toll, and in 2003 the dilapidated venue was demolished to make way for the Emerald Lakes Canal estate.

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