Queensland is set to be transformed by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
From 4 – 15 April, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture. The largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade, GC2018 will feature the largest integrated sports program in Commonwealth Games history, comprising 18 sports and seven para-sports. For the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events will be contested.
The fun continues beyond the competition venues with Festival 2018, featuring world-class musicians, breathtaking dance, physical theatre, striking visual art, children’s theatre and indigenous art practise. Don’t forget to explore the Gold Coast whilst you’re here. With 57 kilometres (35 miles) of spectacular coastline, world-famous beaches and iconic surf breaks, the Gold Coast could easily be just another beach destination. But scratch beneath the surface and you’ll discover so much more. Immerse yourself in the bohemian laneways and laidback café culture of the south before soaking up the lively ambience of the city after dark. Feel the exhilarating rush of a rollercoaster, then unwind at a hinterland vineyard or an absolute beachfront cafe. Wake up and explore World Heritage-listed rainforests and waterfalls, then watch the sun set from your stand up paddleboard. This is a place with heart, soul and the power to move you deep inside. Add the Commonwealth Games, and you've got a recipe for lots of fun.
- Host City: Gold Coast
Event Cities: Brisbane (track cycling and shooting events); Cairns and Townsville (preliminary rounds of basketball)
- 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.
Experience Queensland and all it has to offer
When you’re here for the Games take some time to meet the locals and discover everything Queensland has to offer: spectacular scenery, fascinating characters and memorable experiences. The amazing variety of natural beauty – stunning beaches, tropical islands, vast Outback and five World Heritage-listed sites including the Great Barrier Reef - means that Queensland is just the place to experience the best of Australia. Stretched along 57 kilometres (35 miles) of beaches and fringed by ancient rainforest, the Gold Coast blends a laidback cosmopolitan lifestyle with soaring skyscrapers and thrills-a-minute theme parks. The challenge is deciding what experiences to include - visit the Queensland blog for inspiration.
Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women’s Rugby Sevens will make their Commonwealth Games debuts. At the Gold Coast, with its miles of stunning beaches, the atmosphere will be electric at the Beach Volleyball. 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.
Air travel is the easiest option for accessing Brisbane, Cairns or Townsville which all have international airports. Once you’re here, plan your transport to the competition venues and how to get around with the GC2018 Journey Planner.
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