Labrador will host the Hockey events at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre in Musgrave Avenue from Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 April 2018. The area around the venue will be busy with people travelling to and from events.
Support from the community is essential in making GC2018 a success. There will be temporary changes to access and parking and some areas are expected to be busier than usual. You can download a printable version of the Labrador Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.6MB).
The table below shows the dates that each venue will be in use and the event(s) that are taking place. Please note that start and finish times will vary. For additional information about these events visit the GC2018 Schedule.
|Preliminaries||Thursday 5 April to Friday 13 April 2018|
|Semi Finals||Thursday 12 April to Friday 13 April 2018|
|Finals||Saturday 14 April 2018|
Download the Labrador Precinct Map (PDF 196KB)
Hotspots and busiest times
How will travel be affected?
The precinct map above shows details of road closures, amendments to parking in the area along with travel changes.
The road network around Labrador will be busier than usual with:
- Increased traffic in the area due to changes to local roads
- Heightened security measures resulting in some local vehicle checks
- Increased use of public transport and some changes to bus stops and timetables
- Temporary road and lane closure
- Games Route Network in operation
- Changes to parking and loading zones
- Local access permits required for specific area
- Speed limit changes.
Labrador precinct is expected to be busiest when spectators are arriving and leaving event sessions. At these times more people are expected to be moving around the area and roads, footpaths and public transport services and stops will generally be very busy.
The days and times when it is expected to be busier are shown in the table below:
Dowload a printable copy of the Labrador table (PDF 27KB)
More information on planning your travel to and from Labrador:
- For spectators: To check the best way to get to your venue either use the GC2018 Journey Planner or download the official GC2018 App. For more information on travelling to a GC2018 event visit the Transport page.
- For residents and visitors: See below for travel information about this precinct. Use our Interactive Travel Impacts Map to see how your travel in your area each day of GC2018 may be affected. General travel options and advice is also available.
- For business and freight: see precinct information below. For more information, tools and resources to help keep your business moving during GC2018, visit our Travel Advice for Business page.
- The community has begun to see changes with the installation of worksite fencing and signage at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre, which closed on 22 January. Stadium seating and secure perimeter fencing are now being installed.
- Large trucks, containers and cranes will be in use from 22 January to 23 March. Dust and noise will be moderated by the use of screen fencing and water hosing measures.
- The Over 35s Soccer fields closed on 22 January; however other soccer fields will remain open. Walkways around the back of the venue will also remain open. The pathway through Shark Lane will be closed.
- The dog park will remain accessible the entire period; however, parking will not be available from 3 April to 15 April.
Learn more about other venue builds.
To ensure the safety and security of athletes, spectators and the community, there will be changes to the road network and public transport in the lead up to, during and after these events including:
- road and lane closures
- speed limit changes
- bus stop and timetable changes, and
- changes to parking and load zones.
There will be temporary parking and loading zone restrictions around venues. Where roads are closed, on-street parking and loading zones will not be available. Temporary clearways will be in place around the Gold Coast for various needs like bus staging, booked hire load zones and security. Some local residents and businesses may require local access permits.
- When visiting Labrador precinct be aware of road closures and GRN routes. Plan your alternate route ahead and take note of advisory signage.
- The M1 and ramps (Exit 66 Southport) and Smith St are expected to be significantly busier than usual on most days of the Games - don’t get caught out, plan ahead.
- Travelling between Carrara via Ross St toward the Health and Knowledge precinct and Olsen Ave: GRN and in places Games Lanes are located between Ross St and Smith St. Use alternate route or travel outside of busy times if possible.
We will continue to communicate detailed parking and loading zone changes as planning progresses. Subscribe to stay informed with Get Set for the Games updates.
The Labrador Precinct Map (PDF 1.6MB) shows those locations affected by changes to parking and road closures. The table below summarises these changes. Please read and use these together.
|Road / Street||Changes||Timing*|
|Parklands Drive (between Village Way and Smith Street)||
Road closed. No on-street parking or loading.
Access to Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital and Griffith University on Parklands Drive will be via Olsen Avenue only (no access from Smith Street Motorway).
|17 March – 18 April, day and night|
|No on-street parking or loading.|
|Musgrave Avenue (between Kumbari Avenue and Sphere residential estate)||Road closed. Local resident access only permitted into Sphere residential estate from Olsen Avenue and Musgrave Avenue (no access to/from Kumbari Avenue). No on-street parking or loading.||
3 April to 15 April, day and night
|Shark Lane||Road closed. No on-street parking or loading.|
|Musgrave Avenue (between Kumbari Avenue and Olsen Avenue)||
No on-street parking or loading.
|Musgrave Mustangs Soccer Club Carpark||No parking.|
|Musgrave Offleash Agility Dog Park Carpark|
|Labrador Hockey Club Carpark|
220 – 228 Olsen Avenue
209 – 215 Olsen Avenue
Some on-street parking changes.
|5–14 April, day and night|
|Kumbari Avenue, western side (between Musgrave Avenue and 110 Kumbari Avenue)||No on-street parking or loading.||
25 March–14 April, day and night
|Nakina Street||On-street parking restrictions due to temporary bus staging.||5 April to 19 April, day and night|
Parking and local access
There will be a range of changes to local access, on-street and off-street parking across the city prior to and during GC2018. Parking restrictions will apply around Competition Venues for safety and security reasons, and along GC2018 Road Event courses.
Where roads are closed and local access permitted, residents and businesses will require local access permits to drive their vehicles past the closure points and into their properties. Pedestrians and cyclists are permitted in closed roads, although cyclists will need to dismount through the secure zone.
Changes to parking
- Kerbside parking is not available on closed roads and additional restrictions apply in adjacent streets.
- Where parking is not impacted by Games changes, existing parking time limits will apply.
- There is no dedicated spectator parking at or near venues.
- With parking limited and increased traffic in the area, parking will be in demand. If you have to drive consider your parking options prior to travel.
Parking changes will be in place in specific streets for GC2018 purposes. Please refer to the list of road closures and parking changes in the table above.
How will I know about parking changes for GC2018?
- Where on-street parking arrangements are changing for GC2018, there will be advisory signs in place in advance to notify motorists.
- In some areas, such as the road event routes, Marathon, Triathlon, Cycling Road Race, Cycling Time Trial and Race Walk, flyers may be placed on parked cars the day prior.
- View the maps and detailed information about parking and access changes in your area.
- Temporary parking restrictions for GC2018 will be clearly signed.
- For security and safety reasons, cars illegally parked on-street during GC2018 will be towed.
- Fines and release fees will apply.
- For tips on parking safely and legally visit the City of Gold Coast website.
Best places to park
With parking limited and increased traffic in the area, parking will be in demand. If you have to drive, plan ahead prior to travelling. Consider privately-operated commercial off-street carpark facilities operating during GC2018 in the area.
Current resident parking permits for the local traffic area can be used during GC2018. Where parking is not permitted for GC2018, permits can be used in un-metered car parks in other streets within the local traffic area.
Do you need a parking permit? To find out if you need to apply for a permit, how permits will be issued and how to use a permit, visit the City of Gold Coast website. It has everything you need to know about:
- Commonwealth Games local access permits
- Resident event parking permits
- Commercial vehicle parking permits
- Resident parking permits
- Visitor parking permits
- Accessible parking permits
Local access permits
As part of GC2018 security requirements, some residents and businesses located very close to Games venues will be issued with local access permits. Where roads are closed and local access permitted, residents and businesses will require local access permits to drive their vehicles past the closure points and into their properties. Pedestrians and cyclists are permitted in closed roads, although cyclists will need to dismount through the secure zone.
More information about permits is available for those in other precincts who need a local access permit. To find out if you need to apply for a permit, how permits will be issued and how to use a permit, visit the City of Gold Coast website.
Games Route Network
With the Labrador Precinct hosting events 5 – 15 April, including the as well as the Games Village and training venues, roads surrounding the area are expected to be busy throughout GC2018. Delays may be experienced in the lead up to GC2018 as Games Lanes are implemented and surrounding roads are closed. The GRN will be busy every day from 5 to 15 April, and especially busy prior to and after event session times. Avoid these roads if possible.
In the Labrador precinct, the Games Route Network (GRN) is located along parts of:
- Olsen Avenue
- Kumbari Avenue
- Musgrave Avenue
- Parklands Drive
- Smith Street (includes Games Lanes).
Along parts of Smith, Games Lanes will be in place. These lanes will only be accessible to accredited vehicles including those transporting athletes and officials, public transport and emergency services. All Games Lanes on the Gold Coast will not be available to general traffic, including spectators and workforce travelling to events by private vehicle. If used by vehicles without the necessary accreditation, fines will apply.
Signage and line marking will be in place to mark the location of the Games Lanes, which will be in place from late March to mid-April 2018.
With so many changes in the Labrador precinct for GC2018, you will need to plan ahead and consider alternative travel options such as public transport or walking and cycling options to your destination.
Planning for GC2018 is ongoing. Stay informed by subscribing to Get Set for the Games updates.
Public transport and active travel
During GC2018, there will be changes to public transport services, with additional bus, train and light rail services. Find out how timetables are changing for GC2018.
Walking and cycling is a great way to get around anytime and particularly during the Games. If walking or cycling would take less than 45 minutes, consider these options if you can as it may be quicker than driving. For more great ideas on what trips you may be able to re-mode, check our our handy tips guide.
Services to Labrador
The Labrador precinct is serviced directly by local bus services and indirectly by light rail.
The nearest train station to Labrador is at Helensvale and can be reached via the tram and bus services 704, 710, 714 and 715.
Train services between Brisbane and the Gold Coast are expected to be especially crowded particularly when commuters and spectators are travelling at the same time. Where possible, try using the train less or aim to travel at the less busy times.
Helensvale Train station is expected to be particularly busy with spectators every day of Games travelling to and from events across the Gold Coast. If you do have to travel by train at the busy times then please allow plenty of extra time for your journey and be prepared for queuing at stations and for some services to be standing room only at times.
Changes to Helensvale station
From Monday 26 March to Friday 20 April 2018 there will be changes to parking at Helensvale station.
During this time there will be a 10 per cent reduction in parking to accomodate the temporary transport hub.
Most car parks will be reinstated on Monday 16 April.
If you usually park and ride public transport from Helensvale station, please consider the following alternative travel arrangements during the car park changes:
- walking or cycling to the station - bicycle racks are available and free for you to use
- catching the bus to the station – routes 704, 710, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 723, 725, 727 and TX7 travel to Helensvale station
- riding the G:link to Helensvale station
- being dropped to the station by a family member or friend.
G:link light rail
Labrador is connected to the tram at Griffith University, Gold Coast University Hospital and nearby Parkwood Station.
The tram is expected to be a good option for the Games except at times when spectators are expected to be using it to travel to and from the event. Frequent services will be running between Broadbeach South Station and Helensvale Station twenty-four-hours per day.
From Monday 2 to Wednesday 18 April, Parkwood station Park ‘n’ Ride will be closed to the general public for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
There will be temporary changes to commuter parking at some existing park ‘n‘ rides on the Gold Coast for GC2018.
From Monday 2 March – Monday 16 April, the car park at Parkwood station will be closed to the general public for GC2018 transport operations. During this period, the park ‘n’ ride will be reserved for ticketed GC2018 spectator pre-booked parking only.
If you must travel from Parkwood station during the Games, consider:
- walking or cycling to the station – bicycle racks are available and free for you to use
- being dropped to the station by a family member or friend.
For information the busiest times and the best time to travel on the tram, please visit the light rail (G:link) section.
The bus is expected to be a great option for getting around the Gold Coast with many services operating more frequently, starting earlier in the morning and running later into the evening.
Labrador and the Health & Knowledge precinct contained with the GC2018 Labrador precinct is well connected to surrounding suburbs and key destinations and options to link with train, tram and additional bus services. Buses servicing the precinct include:
During GC2018, some of these routes will run to an increased frequency. Find out how timetables for these bus routes are changing.
If you are a regular bus user note that some services will be different during the Games with some routes diverted and bus stops closed or moved. This information will be available in March 2018.
Roads in many areas will be busier than usual which could result in delays and increased travel time to some bus services. If you do have to travel by bus at the busier times then please allow plenty of extra time for your journey and be prepared for some crowding and on some services to be standing room only at times.
For more information on the busiest times and the best time to travel on specific bus services, please visit the BusTravel Advice page.
Walking and cycling
To make the most of walking and cycling be aware of local impacts.
- Be prepared for paths to be busier than usual as crowds enjoy the Games.
- Be aware of road closures as cyclists may be requested to dismount when entering the secure zones.
- Be aware of pathway diversions.
- Footpaths will remain accessible unless stated or signed.
During the Games, recommended cycling routes to and around venues and key destinations will be signed. Information will be available early March.
Park 'n' rides
Thirteen temporary park 'n' rides are being established across the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane, providing parking and transport services for ticketed spectators and accredited workforce travelling to the GC2018 venues.
Community and business information
Do you operate a business in this area? For more information, tools and resources to help keep your business moving during GC2018, visit our Travel Advice for Business page. Better yet, register for one of our upcoming workshops where you’ll receive information on what to expect during the event and solutions that you could implement to keep your business moving.
Get Set for the Games conducted a range of community information sessions in each of the affected key precincts.
City of Gold Coast Services
Top travel tips
Visit our Travel options and advice page to discover top tips for planning ahead.