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Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre will host Men’s and Women’s preliminary round events for Basketball from Thursday 5 April to Tuesday 10 April, with the finals being held on the Gold Coast. Townsville will also host three Festival 2018 sites that are situated at various locations around the city.

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. There will be a traffic management system in place to facilitate road closures, and to ensure residents and visitors can access both the venue and surrounding areas.

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Events and venues

The table below illustrates where and when in Townsville the events will be taking place. Please note that start and finish times will vary. For additional information about the Basketball competition please visit the GC2018 Schedule. Read more about Festival 2018.

Event Venue Dates
Festival 2018 Opening Night  Jezzine Barracks Wednesday 4 April
Festival 2018 3 celebration sites, Jezzine Barracks, Queens Gardens and Strand Park. Wednesday 4 April to Sunday 15 April 2018
Basketball Preliminary Rounds Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Thursday 5 April to Tuesday 10 April 2018
Festival 2018 Closing Night  Jezzine Barracks Sunday 15 April

Townsville Precinct Map

Download the Townsville Precinct Map (PDF 214KB)

Venue construction

  • Work begins on the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on 12 March 2018. There will be no internal access to the venue for patrons from this date, however the existing Ticket Box Office will remain open until 3 April 2018.
  • From 12 March 2018 expect to see the venue and surrounding lawns transformed with fencing, cabins and marquees being erected.
  • From the 3 April – 12 April 2018 Entertainment Drive will be closed to non- games vehicles, and the existing Ticket Box Office will remain closed until 14 April 2018. 
  • Access to The Ville Hotel and Casino will be maintained throughout this time.
  • Build of the Festival 2018 hubs started from February 2018 transforming Queens Gardens, Strand Park and Jezzine Barracks.
  • Trucks will be in operation during the entire construction across all venues; dust and noise will be moderated to reduce the impact on the community.

Learn more about other venue builds.

Road closures and parking restrictions

All GC2018 related road closures and parking restrictions in Townsville are now finished.

There will be a range of temporary changed traffic conditions around the Townsville competition venue and Festival 2018 celebration zones in the lead up to, during and after GC2018.

The table below shows those locations affected by changes to parking and road closures. Note that Entertainment Drive will be closed from 7pm on 3 April until 5pm on 12 April.


Road / Street



Sir Leslie Thiess Drive - eastbound between The Strand Car Park and Entertainment Drive
  • Parking restrictions lifted.
27 March - 11 April

Palmer Street - Australian Hotel and Plume Street

  • Parking restrictions lifted.

29 March - 12 April

McIlwraith Street - behind Rydges Southbank on both sides of the road
Plume Street - near the Shamrock Hotel
Entertainment Drive
  • Road re-opened.
3 April (from 7pm) - 12 April (til 5pm)
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive
  • Parking restrictions lifted.
3 - 12 April
The Strand Car Park
The Strand - Townsville Bowls Club to Sir Leslie Thiess Drive
Gregory and Paxton Streets – adjacent to Queens Park
  • Parking restrictions lifted.
4 - 15 April

Mitchell Street (from Isley St to park end) and Isley Street (from Mitchell St to Eyre St) – adjacent to Jezzine Barrack

  • Road re-opened.

4 April and 15 April only

(For Opening and Closing Ceremony)


Parking and local access

There is no requirement for local residents and businesses in Townsville to have local access permits.

  • Where parking is not impacted by Games changes, existing parking time limits will apply.
  • There is no dedicated spectator parking at or near the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.
  • 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.

Games Route Network

The Games Route Network (GRN) will link the Townsville Regional Village to the Townsville competition and training venues, helping get athletes and officials to their events on time and the Townsville Airport.

In Townsville, the GRN will be the busiest on competition days from 5 to 10 April, and exceptionally busy prior to and after event session times. The GRN is located along:

  • Dean Street
  • Palmer Street
  • Denham Street
  • Flinders Street
  • Wickham Street
  • King Street
  • The Strand
  • Sir Leslie Thiess Drive
  • Murray Lyons Crescent
  • Mervyn Crossman Drive
  • Fairfield Waters Drive
  • Oonoonba Road
  • Abbott Street
  • Railway Avenue
  • Saunders Street
  • Oxley Street
  • Eyre Street
  • Warburton Street
  • Bundock Street
  • Old Common Road
  • John Melton Black Drive
  • Stinson Avenue.

Games Lanes will only be located on the Games Route Network on the Gold Coast and will not affect Townsville.

Public transport and active travel

Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators and accredited workforce travelling to and from competition events in Townsville on TransLink bus services. Spectators will be required to present a valid GC2018 ticket for the day of travel. There is also a free park 'n' ride service at Dean Street, with a shuttle bus to take you to the venue.

During GC2018, bus services will be busier than usual with spectators and workforce travelling to the competition events in Townsville. Find out about the changes to bus services below.

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 out our handy tips guide.

During the Games, recommended cycling routes to and around venues and key destinations will be signed. Bike parking is available near the corner of The Strand and Sir Leslie Thiess Drive.

If you intend to travel by public transport during the Games, please allow extra travel time and plan your journey in advance.

Bus services

From Thursday 5 April to Tuesday 10 April 2018, extra route 200 and 201 services will provide an extra transport option for spectators travelling from the GC2018 preliminary Basketball events.

Routes 200 and 201 will run from Breakwater Terminal at Sir Leslie Theiss Drive and have been timed to meet the finish times of the events.

Park 'n' ride

Spectators can park at Dean Street Park 'n' Ride for the duration of their session. From here, you can take a Games shuttle close to the venue.

  • Games shuttles are free and will run every 15 minutes, just show your GC2018 ticket or accreditation upon boarding.
  • Shuttles will run to/from the venue from two hours before competition events, through to 60 minutes after.

Parking spaces at the park 'n' ride do not need to be pre-booked and are operated on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that there is no event parking at Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Festival 2018

Festival 2018 in Townsville will be showcased across three iconic Townsville sites, including Queens Gardens, Strand Park and Jezzine Barracks. Hosting national, international – and importantly – local performers and artists, the program will amaze visitors and the local community; building a legacy of what an arts festival can bring to the city and region.

Full program details have now been released and are available at

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