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Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre will host Men’s and Women’s preliminary round events for Basketball from Thursday 5 to Tuesday 10 April, with the finals being held on the Gold Coast.

Festival 2018 events will also be held in Townsville. Detailed information about the planned activities and how to get to Festival 2018 celebration zones will be provided in the lead up to the Games.


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 operate along the following roads:

  • 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.

Other road impacts

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 the Games.

Planning is underway to identify the temporary traffic changes required in Townsville and there is currently no requirement for local residents and businesses to have local access permits.

Public transport

During GC2018 there will be changes to some current public transport schedules, routes and facilities to accommodate GC2018 operations, and additional public transport services to cater for a significant increase in passenger volumes.

Comprehensive transport information will be available in early 2018.

Travel options

Residents and visitors will play a vital role in keeping the city moving by making changes to the way they travel. We encourage businesses, residents and visitors to think about other modes of transport rather than using their vehicle.

Non-essential travel will need to be reduced and people will need to consider re-timing, re-routing, re-moding or revising their travel plans by:

  • travelling outside peak times
  • travelling on public transport
  • cycling or walking small distances
  • taking alternative routes when driving to key destinations.

Information on more travel options will be provided in advance of the Games to enable residents and visitors to plan ahead. Information will be provided through:

  • an awareness and information marketing and communications campaign
  • a dedicated travel information and advice website
  • social media channels
  • detailed maps of hotspot areas and times to avoid.
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