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About Targa Australia

Targa is a genuine, red-blooded motorsport event. Inspired by its namesake, Targa Florio, it is a tarmac rally designed for the true motoring enthusiast. Drawing on concepts directly from the best features of the Mille Miglia, the Coupe des Alpes and the Tour de Corse we have created the world’s largest Tarmac Rally.

A Tarmac Rally is a unique form of motorsport where Tarmac Rally Cars compete on sealed roads closed for competition. Cars start at 30-second intervals and race against the clock, and themselves with the winner being the fastest car over all stages. 

But what makes Targa truly unique is the opportunity to take part in the Targa tour. The Targa tour was designed for you to enjoy your pride and joy, on some of the world’s most beautiful driving roads without the pressure of competition. In the tour you will experience the primal thrill of tackling turn after turn, the exhilaration of driving your car, as it was designed, on roads that are otherwise never closed.

Mission Statement 

To conduct unique, competitive, international motor rallies as ultimate tourist attractions.

 Principles 

  • To organise and conduct unique, world standard and seriously challenging international motor sport competition on bitumen roads throughout Australia.
  • To bring together an exclusive field of Sports Cars, Grand Touring Cars and other cars of distinction, representing the evolution of the sporting automobile from 1900 to the present.
  • To use the competition as a focal point for a festival of functions, entertainment and associated activity to create an overall event attractive to all audiences.
  • To ensure that Targa Tasmania continues to be a high prestige occasion recognised throughout the world of automobile competition as an essential annual activity for owners and serious collectors of sporting automobiles.
  • To increase international awareness of Australia and in particular, to enhance Australia’s status as a quality tourist destination.
  • To ensure the continuing enthusiasm and support for the events from the local communities.
  • To generate sufficient revenue to meet the expenditure needed to stage an event in accordance with these principles, and sufficient accumulated surplus to secure its long-term financial viability.
  • To ensure that all involved in staging the event derive optimum satisfaction and enjoyment from their involvement.

Targa Great Barrier Reef 2019 Spectator Guide

The spectator guide for the second ever Targa event in Queensland is now available.

To ensure you get to see all the action as it unfolds, we have produced a special detailed guide where you will read how best to view all of the Targa action. 


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Targa fuels Tropical North Queensland tourism boost

Tourism leaders are predicting that future growth in the highly acclaimed Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally will provide an economic boom for Tropical North Queensland.


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Targa takes the Reef

Continue the excitement of Targa Great Barrier Reef by joining us on the reef. Relax and unwind at the official post rally event after party with Sunlover Reef Cruises for ‘Targa 2019 Rally at the Reef’


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VALE- Pontus Reutersward

It is with incredible sadness that we advise the Targa Family of the passing of Pontus Reutersward in the presence of his family on Friday 2nd August after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. 


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