Queensland's Gold Coast is set to be transformed by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
By Jac Taylor
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will bring 18 sports, seven para-sports and countless amazing athletic feats to the Gold Coast over its 11 days. It will also provide an opportunity to join in the giant festival atmosphere in one of Australia's best loved beach metropolises. The Gold Coast offers beach culture, nightlife, dining and accommodation aplenty, especially at Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast's main hub. Add the Commonwealth Games, and you've got a recipe for lots of fun.
- Where: Gold Coast
- When: 4-15 April
- Price: $ - $$$
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THINGS TO DO
Watch some of the best athletes on earth
When Glasgow, Scotland, hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014, spectators went crazy for it. More than 1.2 million tickets were sold, and more than 100 sporting records were set as the crowds cheered the athletes on to new heights. The many ways you can be part of the action on the Gold Coast include watching the athletics at Carrara Stadium, the swimming at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, a marathon or triathlon at Southport Broadwater Parklands, or the road cycling from one of the viewing areas in the lush Gold Coast hinterland area of Currumbin Valley. Events also take place elsewhere in Queensland, including shooting in Brisbane and basketball in the tropical cities of Townsville and Cairns.
Join in Festival 2018
Entertainment won’t just be confined to the sporting arena during GC2018. You can join in on Festival 2018 - an arts and cultural 12-day program that galvanises the city. Supporting the Commonwealth Games Federation’s values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny, Festival 2018 will feature extraordinary and memorable artistic events – from major public art commissions to collaborations with performers and artists. The entire program is designed to celebrate Queensland’s lifestyle with its culture of creativity and capture the authentic spirit of the Gold Coast and its communities.
Get cultural in the new arts precinct
To inject some extra creativity and cultural experiences into the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games, a full arts program is planned for the AUD$37 million Evandale Gold Coast Cultural Precinct (currently under construction). This 17 hectare (42 acre) complex will consist of striking architecture, a garden-style amphitheatre and the outdoor Artscape, a setting for markets, festivals and performances, all within walking distance of the town of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast's main hub.
Beach volleyball will make its debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. At the Gold Coast, with its miles of stunning beaches, the atmosphere should be electric. Competition will take place in the seaside village of Coolangatta, about a half hour drive south from Surfers Paradise. Shuttles will depart regularly from Surfers Paradise too.
HOW TO GET THERE
You can fly in to Gold Coast International Airport from international or domestic ports. The Gold Coast cruise terminals will receive a full complement of cruise ships during the Games, and bus and train services operate to and from the Gold Coast region. The Gold Coast is about a one hour drive south of Brisbane.
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