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Free events and celebrations

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and the biggest sporting spectacular the Gold Coast has ever seen.

We want everyone to feel part of something special, celebrate with each other, have fun and show their support for GC2018. Cheer on the athletes at our free Games events!

To make the most of your visit during GC2018, including a map of where to view free Games events and top tips for getting around, download our Visiting the Gold Coast guide (PDF 2.6MB).

If you are thinking about going to one of these events on the day of your Games event, public transport options will be available to take you to the celebrations. Please note that dedicated GC2018 shuttle buses will run to park ‘n’ rides from competition venues for a limited time after the events and booked park ‘n’ ride spaces have an allocated time period.

Beenleigh and Varsity Lakes park ‘n’ rides are available for those who are wanting to stay and check out the Festival 2018 events as there is no time allocation, so you can stay and enjoy the experience.

If you want to attend these free events and don’t have a ticket to a Games event, you will need a go card or Gold Coast go explore card to travel by public transport. Find out more about your ticketing options at

Festival 2018

Arboria - Architects of Air at Festival 2018

Delivered in parallel to the Games, Festival 2018 will include a suite of artistic and cultural performances, events, activations and public art installations, generating a festive atmosphere during Games time throughout the Gold Coast and in our three event cities - BrisbaneTownsville and Cairns.

On the Gold Coast, the Festival spans the length of the coast, from Coomera through to Coolangatta, with two festival sites in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise operating day and night across the 12-day festival.

For detailed information about Festival 2018 and the full schedule of events, visit

Surfers Paradise Beach

Head to Surfers Paradise Beach from 1pm till late for the biggest action of the Festival. There’s plenty to see, do and experience throughout the day with activities, shows and performances for all ages. Then, get ready to party! Every night the Main Stage will explode with extraordinary performers from 17 countries. Over 12 nights you’ll experience 12 unique, one-off concert events specially commissioned for Festival 2018.

Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Discover an enchanting playground for young and old. Let your imagination out to play. Explore a grand inflatable maze, see a family show and experience the creations of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and First Nations artists and communities. Kurrawa Park is a place for everyone.

Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Music, adrenaline, action! Get set for a wild time because two massive stages and the best musicians, acrobats and dancers are taking over the street.

For extreme action, head to the open air 360-degree Roundabout Stage. Here you’ll see a cutting-edge global lineup of dance, urban circus and physical theatre. All performances are short, sharp and energetic – 20 to 40 minutes of adrenaline-fuelled wonder. At the other end of the street, check out the hottest bands and your playlist favourites. The Queensland Music Stage is pumping with indie pop, rock, hip hop, country music and more.

Free race events

cycling road race

The GC2018 Road Events will give everyone the chance to line the streets, catching the exciting and fast-paced action of world-class international sport across the Gold Coast.

Come down to cheer on our athletes and be part of the Games celebrations. All of the road events are free, so line up along the route and get set to shout! Just remember to leave the car at home, and walk, cycle or catch public transport instead.

To enable the road events to take place, there’ll be some temporary road closures, parking restrictions and waterway access changes around the courses. Visit our Road events page for details of impacts.


Triathlon - Thursday 5 April and Saturday 7 April

The Triathlon events, running from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Thursday 5 April and Saturday 7 April, will show a true test of fitness, skill and endurance.

There are some great vantage points along the course, such as the parkland which lines the Broadwater in Labrador and Biggera Waters, where you can view the cycling and running stages of the race for free and cheer on the athletes.

Download Triathlon Course map (PDF 99KB)

Download GC2018 Triathlon Event Guide (PDF 1.06MB)


Athletics Race Walk - Sunday 8 April

Currumbin Beachfront sets the stage for the riveting action of the 20km Race Walk, which will be taking place on Sunday 8 April from 7:00am - 12:00pm.

The gold medal action will be happening in a 1km loop along the Currumbin Beachfront, with a breathtaking ocean backdrop for for both athletes and spectators. Pop on down to the Pacific Parade Viewing area to catch the action, or to the end of your street if you are a Currumbin resident in the heart of the race. Download the Race Walk Viewing Areas Map (PDF 184KB).

Visit our Currumbin page for full details.


Cycling Time Trial (Tuesday 10 April) and Road Race (Saturday 14 April)

The Cycling Time Trial is taking place from 10:00am - 4:30pm on Tuesday 10 April and the Road Race from 7:45am - 4:45pm on Saturday 14 April.

If you want to come and watch these exciting events in Currumbin, there are three official GC2018 viewing areas in Rotary Park, Winders Park and Pacific Parade - for more details, download the Currumbin Viewing Areas map (PDF 225KB).

These areas of the road event course are expected to be busy so if you live locally why not head down the end of your street to watch the action.

For those further away, The City of Gold Coast has arranged free park 'n' rides and park 'n' cycle locations for both races.

Visit the Currumbin page for more information about road closures and other impacts.

Download the GC2018 Cycling Time Trial Event Guide (PDF 1.06MB)


Mountain Bike Cycling - Thursday 12 April

Nerang will host the Mountain Bike Cycling competition on Thursday 12 April from 10:30am - 3:35pm.

There are some great vantage points along the trails, where you can watch the world’s bravest mountain bike riders take on the first international-standard mountain bike trail in South East Queensland. Grab your friends and family and cheer on the athletes.

Please note only spectators with tickets will have access to the start and finish area.

Download the Nerang Precinct Map (PDF 403KB)

Download the GC2018 Mountain Bike Event Guide (PDF 1.09MB)


Marathon - Sunday 15 April

The Marathon event, running from 6:10am - 11:15am on Sunday 15 April, will provide an engaging experience for both community and visitors on the final day of GC2018 competition, enabling fans to get up close to the action from Runaway Bay in the north to Burleigh Heads in the south.

Spectators will be able to line almost the entire course which will create an amazing atmosphere. There will be great vantage points in the parks and public spaces that adjoin the course which includes Runaway Bay, Biggera Waters, Labrador, Southport, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach, Miami and Burleigh Heads.

Download Marathon Fact Sheet (PDF 2.2MB)

Download the GC2018 Marathon Event Guide (PDF 1.09MB)

Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come.

Across the Gold Coast from 1 to 4 April there were community celebrations as the Queen’s Baton travelled through with a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that calls the Commonwealth’s athletes to come together in peaceful and friendly competition.

For all the dates and times of QBR celebrations local to your area, visit the City of Gold Coast website. Join us in celebrating!

Find more detailed information about the QBR at

CBD Street Party

The CBD Street Party in Chinatown, Southport is on every day of the Games from early morning until late. Sit, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the atmosphere of the Commonwealth Games, whilst enjoying free live music and entertainment, or catch all the Games action on the big screen.

For those wanting to party, the CBD Street Party is a free public celebration being held in Gold Coast Chinatown and will run every day of the Games from early until late. There will be a big screen televising the Games, a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, artistic installations and plenty of activities to entertain the kids. Why don’t you stop off there on the way to or from the Marathon or Triathlon events?

The CBD Street Party will feature:

  • A big screen televising the Games
  • Live music and performance from 12pm - 10pm daily
  • Museum of the Moon programmed by Festival 2018
  • Children's activities
  • Roving entertainment.

Borobi Fan Trail

The Official GC2018 Borobi Fan Trail is a fun and entertaining way to extend your Games experience and find out more about what the Gold Coast has to offer.

The trail is an 8.5km official designated walking and cycling route stretching across the beautiful Gold Coast coastline, from the Optus Aquatic Centre down to Broadbeach, taking in existing points of interest and Festival 2018 sites along the route.

Don’t forget to look out for Borobi and his footprints guiding you on your way and make sure you play Borobi Tafe Basketball Hunt. Share your best snaps at #GC2018.

Download the map (PDF) and get started today!

NightQuarter Festival

Helensvale's NightQuarter is a creative playground and major celebration hub for GC2018.

Enjoy twelve action-packed days of music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe as part of Festival 2018.

This is your chance to discover the delicious flavours of the Gold Coast in this big, bustling market of delectable dishes and tasty treats at the NightQuarter Festival. ​

Bleach* Festival

Bleach* Festival has partnered with Festival 2018 to present an expansive program of genre-defying events spanning music, theatre, arts and culture. Most events are free, all open to everyone and all for your enjoyment.

You’ll find art in surprising places, and surprising art in the places you know. Here's a snapshot of where the action can be found:

  • Broadbeach
  • Surfers Paradise
  • Chinatown, Southport, Gold Coast
  • NightQuarter, Helensvale, Gold Coast
  • Palm Beach Parklands, Palm Beach
  • Winders Park and Currumbin Estuary, Currumbin
  • Greenmount Headland, Cooloongatta
  • Mick Schamburg Park, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
  • The Walls Art Space, Miami, Queensland
  • Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba
  • Labrador Community Hub, Labrador, Gold Coast
  • Burleigh Water Community Hall, Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast
  • Robina Community Centre, Robina, Gold Coast
  • Gold Coast Student Hub, Southport, Gold Coast
  • Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang, Gold Coast

Australian athlete community celebration

cheering aussie crowd

Meet the Aussie athletes doing us proud in the Commonwealth Games on Monday 16 April, between 9.30am and 11am at Surfers Paradise Beach.

Come along in your green and gold and get an autograph, get your photo taken with your favourite athlete, or just say, "G’day" and enjoy the live music and celebratory atmosphere.

This event is proudly brought to you by City of Gold Coast and Commonwealth Games Australia. For more information visit:

There is no parking available at the event and some roads within Surfers Paradise will be closed during this time. If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to the celebrations. Bike parking is also available along the esplanade in Surfers Paradise. Public Transport is also a great option, where you can catch either the tram to Cavill Avenue or Surfers Paradise stations or local bus route services 740, 705, or 731.

Plan your journey now, using the TransLink Journey Planner. 

Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for closure times and details.

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