3 days of targa rally driving
around Cairns & Port Douglas


Come and join The Official Lotus Tour with the experienced Lotus support team at Targa Great Barrier Reef in its inaugural running on some of the best driving roads in far North Queensland. A road registered Lotus sports car is all you need.
Targa is one of the largest tarmac rally series in the world with 3 days of spectacular stages conducted on closed roads. You get to drive on the same roads as the competition rally classes with support from the Lotus Cars Australia team who have been going to various Targa events for many years. The Targa Tour is the best way to have a spirited drive on amazing roads.

Just 12 places available 
on The Official Lotus Tour.

No experience required.

Road registered vehicles.

No need for a helmet or race suit.

Elise, Exige or Evora.

Targa Great Barrier Reef will travel through unique landscapes around Cairns from lush rainforest, wide open farmland, rugged coastlines and amazing mountain passes. These are sure to become iconic rally stages in some of the most picturesque parts of Australia where the reef meets the rainforest.
All your accommodation, meals and logistics will be handled by our Tour Leader. We will follow the Competition Classes and stay in the dedicated rally locations, so you get to soak up the atmosphere of the event. 




Wed 29th Aug – Sun 2nd Sept 2018
Day 1| Wednesday 29
- Travel & arrive in Cairns, Welcome dinner

Day 2| Thursday 30 
- Docs & scrutineering, Group dinner

Day 3| Friday 31
- Rally - Overnight in Cairns, Group dinner

Day 4| Saturday 1
- Rally - Overnight in Cairns, Group dinner

Day 5| Sunday 2
- Rally - Overnight in Cairns, Farewell dinner

Day 6| Monday 3
- Return home




- An exclusive group of Lotus sportscar owners driving together

- The Lotus Tour will be led by a Tour Leader

- Lotus Tour Manager - to assist with the logistics

- Lotus Cars mechanics to assist with the car

- Targa Tour class entry for Driver and Co-Driver

- 5 nights’ accommodation, twin share including breakfast

- 5 night dinner & beverage package for Driver and Co-Driver

- Lunch on each full day of the competition for Driver and Co-Driver

- Tour Drive Leader who drives all the stages and will aid if needed

- Road Books for all stages and touring stages

- Targa Competitor Lanyards and official ‘Invitation to compete’

- Participation of each stage of the event

- Targa finishers Medallion for Driver and Co-Driver (upon completion of the event)

A detailed itinerary and daily update information sheets to accompany your road notes. This will include destination addresses for car nav systems, fuel service plan and a complete contact list of all fellow Lotus Tour competitors



Price is $5500 (inc GST), to reserve your place a deposit of $2750 is required

Entries and deposits close 15th June & remainder due July 30th 




Each entry is for 2 people consisting of Driver & Co-driver. Both must have a minimum of a Level 2 non-speed event CAMS licence, available online.

Not required for the Tour Class: Driving suits, helmets, special apparel, roll cages, and slick tyres.

Generally speaking, a road registered vehicle can participate.

All vehicles must have:

  1. First aid kit
  2. An oil spill kit -1kg of kitty litter will suffice
  3. 2 x Safety triangles




- Each entry is covers 2 people consisting of Driver & Co-driver

- You can dual enter and share the driving/navigating during the event.

- The Tour travels on the same roads as the main competition which are closed & you can drive on both sides

- The style of driving is 'quite spirited' with many of the sections twisty enough to fully enjoy your Lotus at speed.

- Both must have as a minimum a Level 2 non speed event CAMS licence (available online)

- Driving suits, helmets and special apparel are not required for the Tour.

- Cars participating in the Tour do not need roll cages, slick tyres etc.

- Generally speaking a road registered vehicle can participate.

- All vehicles must have a) first aid kit and b) an oil spill kit (1kg of kitty litter will suffice)



"Hi all. Just wanted to say what an awesome time I had over the weekend. Great to meet so many nice people and hear all your stories. The SSC team were simply amazing and made the whole experience even better knowing they are there to help with everything. The dinners and accommodation were perfect. And lastly to Justin. Mate I had a ball. Not once was I worried about your driving or speed and you did a amazing job. I have caught the bug and will be back whenever you want me. As I said, it is the most fun you can have with your pants on." 
- Lucas


"What can I say that hasn’t already been said .... thanks to Richard, Lee and all the guys from SSC for the hard work.  The catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, awesome roads in great cars. A special shoutout to the flat mates in K2-05 and lastly to Graham and Margarita for their company and generosity in sharing the car with me. To living the Lotus Lifestyle."
- Leigh


"Bit disappointed to find my windscreen still covered in (cheap) champagne this morning. For that reason I can only give the SSC team 11 out of 10 for the weekend. Brilliant, brilliant holiday. Thanks everyone for being part of it. See you next year!"
- Mike


"And do you know Lee and the boys also fix spectacles as well as Lotus’ ?  Mine broke on the Jamieson stage, we pull into the SSC van beside the road in a panic and within 30 secs they have my specs fixed and we are back in the rally !!"
- Giles


"i would love to thank everyone for their ongoing appreciatiation and smiles. Its my first targa since first listening to my old man rave about it all in a bmw team, then watching several crews go out without me since working for ssc. But ive had an absolute blast watching everyone come in to my stations with massive smiles and minimal problems. Its almost a holiday for me so thank you to everyone for being the people and the community you are that makes weeks likes this beyond imagination for the lil mechanic apprentices like myself. I dont have enough appreciation cookies to go round but thank you and congradulations to the lotus family. This community is truely a dream come true and we're gonna all keep going till we're at the top."
- Alastair


"...thanks a million again for such an awesome weekend. Giles (Dad) sends his best from the drivers seat!!"
- Ashton


"Many thanks to the SSC team for another incredible TH event. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful company, we look forward to doing it all again next year."
- Mel & Gino


"Thanks all, especially my mate and driving instructor, Honkie. Margarita and I had a great time with great people"
- Graham


"Great few days. Great company. Great support. Your more than welcome back Lucas. And as a driver I can't put it too lightly how much we rely on the Nav. Awesome job from my Nav, Scott. Hats off to the Navs."
- Mark


"I think I will sleep well tonight after such a top weekend."
- Giles  


"It's been a great weekend. Look forward to next time."
- Vicky 


"I don't think I've ever had so much fun, every one was awesome!" 
- Gemma


"Vicky and i thoroughly enjoyed the Tour but even more, everyone's friendship and company.  Looking forward to next year." 
- Eddie


"Thank you SSC crew, fantastic experience with amazing people!"
- Chris and Sonia


"Thanks to all in the Lotus family. It’s not just the driving, although that was fantastic . The boys at SSC are a class act. Cheerfulness and professionalism never flag. We are lucky to have such a solid support team."
- Hartley


"From Maria and I, Overwhelmed at how awesome the Lotus community is. Massive thanks to our friends at SSC, will miss you all until next time, be safe."
- Carl & Maria


"...just a quick note to say it was such a pleasure to drive with so many spirited Lotus owners. A real privilege to be amongst you all, very pleased we have returned with straight cars and some extra ballast."
- Brett


"Congrats to the Lotus Cars team. This is the sort of activation and involvement from which much larger brands could and should take inspiration. Fantastic opportunity for owners to enjoy their cars and use them as they are meant to be..."
- Mike




Entry – Competition entries are to be done directly via Targa Australia.

Support– e.g. accommodation, dinner & beverage packages are available to people interested in competing at Targa. 

Vehicle preparation - we can help you with basic preparation to complete competition class vehicle builds. Our Engineering Team are available to provide personalised quotations and advice. 

To enquire about competition classes and other support please events@simplysportscars.com





In 2017 we secured multiple podium places at Targa Tasmania and Targa High Country. You would be joining the team with a successful track record participating and competing at Targa. 

Take a look at our Targa Rally achievements on our blog.





Targa Australia have negotiated special rates via CEVA for competitors.
Pricing starts at $1635.20 inc gst one way from NSW based on their 'Premium' class
There are various options available from NSW, VIC & Brisbane.
For further information please email us





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