In addition to Games time, there will be local changed traffic conditions in and around venue sites during their construction in the lead up to the Games. Works will start at different times, according to the individual venue construction requirements on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
Park 'n' rides and commuter parking
Thirteen temporary park 'n' rides are being established across the Gold Coast, Logan and Brisbane, providing free parking and transport services for exclusive use by GC2018 ticketed spectators and accredited workforce. Visit our dediated Park 'n' rides page for more details, including changes to commuter parking.
Beautiful Broadbeach will host several exciting events during the Commonwealth Games. Along with the Lawn Bowls competition, the Netball Preliminary Rounds and Basketball Finals, Broadbeach will celebrate with free Festival 2018 events and accommodate the Main Media Centre.
The community will see fencing erected in Victoria Park ahead of the construction of the temporary GC2018 Superstore. This build begins on 17 November, opening to the public on 15 December.
At Broadbeach Bowls Club, work begins on stadium seating in Armrick Avenue from 1 March. A slip lane will allow access to residents during this construction. There will be no access to Broadbeach Bowls Club from mid-March.
In early March construction will begin at Broadbeach Soccer Club grounds, Nikiforides Park, Broadbeach Croquet Club and the Kindergarten Carpark. Residents can expect to see these areas transformed with fencing, cabins, a media marquee and workforce areas.
Carpark closures will be in place from early March to late April.
From January to March there will be modifications to median islands and speed humps in preparation for the Marathon. Build for Festival 2018 will commence in the Kurrawa Surf Club Carpark on 15 March, Kurrawa Park on 20 March and in Surf Parade (between Charles Ave and Queensland Ave) on 26 March. The removal of all Festival 2018 infrastructure and equipment will commence immediately following the conclusion of programming on Sunday 15 April.
Trucks will be in operation during all venue construction; dust and noise will be moderated by the use of scrim fencing and water hosing measures.
For more information download the Broadbeach Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.5MB)
*Construction will take place six days per week, from 6:30am to 6:30pm subject to weather. Just prior to the Games, Festival 2018 will require a 24 hour build period.
A number of events and performance will be delivered in Burleigh Heads as part of Festival 2018 and Bleach* Festival between 1 and 9 April.
Justin Park will play host to a suite of events between 1 and 3 April, with the installation of event related infrastructure and equipment from 29 March. During this period an increase in traffic may be experienced around the park and a number of car parks will be closed. For more information visit Bleach* Festival.
Mick Schamburg Park, Burleigh Heads will host to Wave Fields, produced and commissioned by Bleach* Festival as part of Festival 2018, on 6 and 7 April. During this event an increase in traffic may be experienced, sections of Mick Schamburg Park will be unavailable to the public and a number of car parks will be closed. For more information visit Festival 2018.
Carrara Stadium will host the perfect blend of sport and celebration during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The venue will host memorable Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the Athletics Track and Field events. Venue capacity will be temporarily increased from 25,000 to 35,000.
The new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Nerang Broadbeach Road is also a key site. The venue includes two sports halls with mixed-use sports floors that will host the Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Wrestling and Weightlifting competitions.
Residents near Carrara Stadium will see most changes around March 2018.
Within the Stadium, the temporary north stand construction will start in late November and continue through to January.
Large trucks will be necessary to deliver the stand with possible whistle blowing for crane placement directions. This amount of noise will be similar to that already experienced on site with the turf removal and track works.
No building work will take place between 23 December and the New Year.
Local community access to Carrara may be restricted at various times depending on the construction works occurring onsite. Final public access to Carrara Stadium prior to GC2018 will be mid-February 2018.
For more information download the Carrara Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.59MB)
*Contractors will start work at 6am and finish at 6pm Monday to Friday, subject to weather conditions
Coolangatta Beachfront provides the stage for the GC2018 Beach Volleyball competition. The grandstands will create an exciting atmosphere in the beautiful Queensland sunshine with the surf adding a refreshing backdrop. The competition period is scheduled across seven days with varying start and finish times.
Coolangatta residents can expect to see changes from late December when the Oceanway path through Queen Elizabeth Park will be diverted to a walking route on Marine Parade from the headland to McLean Street. This temporary path will be created ahead of the volleyball venue build which
begins 8 January.
Temporary infrastructure will include seating stands, lighting and volleyball playing courts. During the first stage, parking on the northern side of Marine Parade outside the venue build will be limited and traffic restricted to one lane of traffic.
Construction will be staggered to ensure public access to the beach remains. Workers will park off site and be provided with a shuttle service. A screened fence will enclose each section of the building work to moderate noise and dust.
From 12 March the playground and BBQs along the Coolangatta foreshore will be closed. Beach access for Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club will change but the club will still be able to operate.
All work will be completed by 28 March. There will be no building work between Christmas and New Year.
For more information download the Coolongatta Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.39MB)
*Contractors will work from 6am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, subject to weather conditions.
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
During the 11 days of competition Coomera will host the GC2018 Gymnastics competition and Netball Finals. These popular events will take place at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. This new, multi-purpose facility has a seating capacity of 7500.
The centre will be closed to residents from 2 January for work to be carried out both inside and outside the venue.
Residents will first see a construction fence set up around the venue perimeter and an increased number of vehicles to the site. These vehicles will use the existing entrance on Beattie Road between 7am-5pm.
The surrounding sports fields and clubs will remain open and accessible for community use throughout this construction period until 22 March. Limited parking will remain during this time.
There will be local traffic changes in the weeks leading up to the Games.
For more information download the Coomera Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.41MB)
As part of Festival 2018, NightQuarter, will deliver a bold food festival program across 10 days including culinary workshops and demonstrations, complemented by a cultural program of local musicians, artists and dancers.
NightQuarter will be open from 12pm to 9pm each day, from Thursday 5 to Saturday 14 April 2018. During this period, an increase in traffic may be experienced around the vicinity of the venue.
Gold Coast Hockey Centre
During the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Labrador will host the Hockey competition from Thursday 5 April to Saturday 14 April. This very popular event will be held at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre on Musgrave Avenue.
The 5,000-seat Gold Coast Hockey Centre will be the venue where teams apply their speed, skill and grit in the fight to put the ball in the back of the net.
The centre will be closed from 22 January and the community will begin to see changes with the installation of worksite fencing and signage. This will be followed by the installation of stadium seating and secure perimeter fencing.
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 will be closed as of 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 but the parking will not be available from 3 April to 15 April.
For more information download the Labrador Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.53MB)
*Construction will take place from Monday to Friday from 6am to 6.30pm, subject to weather conditions. Some night works may be required for the installation of lighting.
Nerang will host the Mountain Bike Cycling competition on Thursday 12 April. This exciting event will be held at the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails, within the Nerang National Park and State Forest.
The construction of the Mountain Bike trails is already underway with kilometers of new and upgraded mountain bike trails in the Nerang National Park being developed.
The primary upgrade works will be occurring in the trails from 19 March until 17 April and the GC2018 trails will be closed during this time
Within the venue, the community will begin to see changes from 21 February with the closure of the velodrome and surrounding criterium track. Residents will likely see an increase of trucks in the area that will be required to haul the earthworks and bring in Games time equipment. Dust and noise will be moderated by screened fences and water hosing measures.
For more information download the Nerang Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.43MB)
*Contractors will start work at 6am and finish at 5:30pm, five days per week, subject to weather conditions
Oxenford Village Roadshow Studios
Oxenford will host the Boxing, Squash and Table Tennis competitions throughout the 11 day period of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).
These exciting events will take place in the state-of-the-art film and television studios at Oxenford Village Roadshow Studios which have been transformed for GC2018. In addition, Badminton training will be held at this facility.
Temporary infrastructure at the venue will enable elite athletes to perform to their peak during the Games, while spectators and officials will experience the competition in comfort.
Venue construction begins in January. All theme parks will be operating during GC2018.
For more information download the Oxenford Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.44MB)
Esplanade Park, Paradise Point will host String Symphony as part of Bleach* Festival between 31 March and 4 April, with the installation of event related infrastructure and equipment from 29 March. During this period an increase in traffic may be experienced around the park and a small number of car parks will be closed. For more information visit Bleach* Festival.
The very popular men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens competition will be held at Robina Stadium. GC2018 will be the first time a women’s Rugby Sevens competition has been played at a Commonwealth Games.
Renowned for generating a party-like atmosphere, Rugby Sevens will leave fans at the 27,400-capacity Robina Stadium breathless.
The majority of activity happens within Robina Stadium, however residents will see changes on the land outside the stadium from 15 January.
From 26 February building* will commence on stadium ground and access will be restricted.
From early April security fencing will be installed limiting access to Stadium Drive. Resident access will be managed by traffic controllers.
Please note, no parking will be permitted at Robina Train Station from the last service on 12 April through to the first service on 16 April. Any vehicles left here during this time may be towed.
For more information download the Robina Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.38MB)
*Contractors will start work at 6.30am and finish at 6.30pm, during the week. All workers will park on site.
Optus Aquatic Centre
Southport will host competition throughout the 11 days of GC2018. The ever popular diving and swimming will be held at the Optus Aquatic Centre. The picturesque Southport Broadwater Parklands will celebrate the start and finish of the Triathlon and Marathon events and the 5km community participation Gold Run.
The Optus Aquatic Centre will remain open for public use until 10 February.
The Centre will be transformed in the lead up to Games time with construction of temporary stadium seating for 10,000 spectators around the Aquatic Centre.
Residents will see the first signs of construction at the south east end of the Optus Aquatic Centre from 1 December. Fencing will be erected to allow for building* the stadium stands. From this time entrance will be restricted to the back of the Aquatic Centre. All work will be completed by 20 March.
There will be an increase in trucks in the area. Dust and noise will be moderated by screened fences and water hosing measures.
This will also change access to the Oceanway path on the Broadwater side of the pool. Walkers and cyclists will be redirected to the west road side of the complex. Walkers will still be able to access the beach.
Road closures will be in place for the Triathlon event on 5 and 7 April and Marathon event on 15 April.
For more information download the Southport Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.26MB)
*Contractors will start work at 6.30am and finish at 6.30pm, five days per week. All workers will park on site.
Aquatic Centre Pathway Diversion
The oceanway path on the Broadwater side of the Aquatic Centre will be closed from 4 January 2018 – 12 February 2018. (See I-J)
- Pedestrians will be diverted from the Southport Fishing and Dive Centre (A) to south side of the Rock Pools (H). See diversion signs A,C,D,G,H.
- Pedestrian access to the Aquatics Centre (E) will be diverted from the Southport Fishing and Dive Centre (A). Follow diversion signs A,C,D,E.
- Vehicle access to Aquatics Centre and Rock Pools parking is closed at Junction (D). Alternative access is through junction (F).
- Cyclists should use the path from Southport Fishing and Dive Centre (A) through to south side of the Rock Pools (H) – Follow diversion signs A,B,G,H .
Download the Aquatic Centre Pathway Diversion flyer [PDF 1MB] for more information.
GC2018 is not just an international sporting competition. Festival 2018 is a city-wide program of extraordinary artistic and cultural performances, events, activations and public art installations that celebrate the spirit of the Commonwealth and reflect the Gold Coast’s unique identity.
Festival 2018 will span the length of the coast, with two major hubs in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach which will feature a range of festival-style entertainment, performances and activities programmed on a daily basis.
The build for the GC2018 Official Shop on The Esplanade begins on 4 December, with opening to the public on 8 December.
The Surfers Paradise community will begin to see changes from January 2018 with the construction of new bollards on The Esplanade.
From late February an art installation will be built on The Esplanade and from 15 March fencing and event infrastructure, such as site offices and containers, will be installed in Eileen Peters Park and between Elkhorn Ave and the Soul Peppers roundabout.
An increase in activity will commence from 20 March with certain areas of the Foreshore and beach closed to public access for the safe installation of infrastructure and equipment. An art installation will also be built in Appel Park from late March. The removal of all Festival 2018 infrastructure will commence immediately following the conclusion of the program on Monday 16 April.
Public access will be maintained to the beach and foreshore.
During construction there will be an increase in traffic. Dust and noise will be moderated by screened fences and water hosing measures.
Modifications to roads are required along the Marathon route from January. This includes the removal of speed humps and changes to median islands.
For more information download the Surfers Paradise Precinct Fact Sheet (PDF 1.5MB)
* Festival 2018 will require a 24 hour build period from late March.
GC2018 Surfers Paradise Shop
Located on the Gold Coast's most iconic foreshore, the GC2018 Surfers Paradise Shop will be located at the end of Cavill Mall and showcase a wide range of GC2018 merchandise, including Borobi Mascot soft toys, clothing and accessories, keyrings, pin badges and collectables.
The GC2018 Surfers Paradise Shop will be operational from 8 December 2017 to 20 April 2018.
From 8 December 2017 to 28 February 2018: Monday to Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm - Sunday 12:00pm to 5:00pm
From 1-31 March: Monday to Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm
From 1-15 April: Monday to Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm
From 16-20 April: 10:00am to 6:00pm