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About GC2018

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be staged from 4 to 15 April 2018, and will be the largest and most exciting event the Gold Coast has ever hosted and the largest event in Australia for a decade. 

GC2018 will commence with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 4 April 2018, with competition beginning on Thursday 5 April 2018 and continuing for 11 days until the Closing Ceremony on the evening of Sunday 15 April 2018.

Key facts

GC2018 will:

  • host 18 sports and para-sports events at 17 competition venues on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns
  • attract 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories
  • involve approximately 15,000 friendly volunteers and a Games workforce of over 35,000
  • broadcast around the world to a cumulative audience of 1.5 billion
  • attract over 1.2 million ticketed spectators over 11 days of competition.

Other event cities

Most of the sporting venues are located within the Gold Coast city region, with shooting and cycling (track) events held in Brisbane, approximately 70 kilometres north of the Commonwealth Games Village, and preliminary matches of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball competition held in Cairns and Townsville.

We all need to work together to ensure the Games are a success and consider changing our travel habits and business practices during this period to ensure we are set for the Games.

Athlete's Village


6,600 athletes from over 70 countries
are coming to GC2018

The 2018 Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) will host in excess of 6,600 athletes and officials during the 11 days of Games competition. The village will provide residential, retail, recreation, dining and medical facilities for the athletes during the Games period.

When will it open?

Prior to the commencement of GC2018, the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) will have a ‘soft’ opening on Tuesday 20 March 2018 to allow team managers to prepare the Village for the arrival of athletes.

On Sunday 25 March 2018, 10 days before the Opening Ceremony, the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) will officially open for the arrival of athletes and team officials.

Where is it located?

The CGV is ideally situated at Parkland, and provides extensive transport connections and minimal travel times to the majority of venues on the Coast.

How will athletes get around?

The Smith Street Motorway provides a direct link to the Pacific Motorway, which connects to competition venues, training venues, Gold Coast Airport, Brisbane International Airport and Brisbane Domestic Airport.

Vehicle movements to and from the Village and GC2018 venues are supported by the recent widening of Smith Street Motorway from four to six lanes.

The Gold Coast light rail network (known as G:link), includes the Griffith University station directly opposite the International Zone, providing athletes with an effortless connection to destinations across the Gold Coast. 

At the front of the Village, with direct access off Parklands Drive, is the Transit Mall where shuttle buses will connect athletes to training and competition venues.

The Transport Mall is exclusively dedicated for the loading and unloading of competing, training and spectating athletes and officials travelling to/from training and competition sites. 

Competition venues

The approach to planning the GC2018 venues has been to locate competition and training venues as close as possible to the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV).

It is important to plan early for travel around these venues and avoid affected areas - view venue maps and event locations.

Investment in transport

There has been significant investment in transport infrastructure and operations in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games by a number of key stakeholders including Department of Transport and Main Roads, Gold Coast City Council, Queensland Rail and G:link.

Read more about investment in transport infrastructure.

Major Events Regulation 2017

An important milestone for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) has been reached with the introduction of the Major Events (Gold Coast Commonwealth Games) Regulation 2017.

The Regulation is critical for the delivery of GC2018, as it enables the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and its partners to deliver the 11 days of sporting competition across the Gold Coast and Event Cities by providing certain rights and responsibilities.

Safety and security

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will attract visitors from around the country and around the world.

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) is partnering with state and commonwealth security agencies, the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination (OCGC) and the Gold Coast Organising Corporation (GOLDOC) to plan and deliver the security and public safety response for the Games.

Read more about safety and security, including advice on staying safe online and building fire safety for business.

Community readiness

Get Set for the Games is committed to providing residents, businesses and visitors with timely and accurate information about proposed changes for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. This included the delivery of a comprehensive readiness program, jointly funded by GC2018 partner agencies, to ensure the community is prepared to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Get Set team worked in collaboration with venue transport partners GOLDOC, Transport and Main Roads, and the GC2018 Travel Demand Management team to ensure that all planned community readiness activities were undertaken using a complementary approach to ensure that messages in the community were received in a logical and integrated way.

Read more about the community readiness program.

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