Walking and cycling will be a great option on most days of the Games, particularly for shorter journeys. A journey of 40 minute by foot or cycle could be a better way of traveling then covering the same distance by road if you are able to do so.
A range of walking and cycling pathways are available across the Gold Coast and are a safe and reliable way to ensure you get to where you need to go and arrive on time. You may need to use a combination of public transport options with short routes of walking between or to and from venues or festival zones, or within your local area.
Cycling will be one of the easiest and most scenic ways to get around the Gold Coast during the Games. To assist you, a number of cycle park locations have been set up close to competition venues and Festival 2018 celebration precincts.
If you will be walking or cycling during the Games:
- Prepare for the conditions with sun-screen and hats, and ensure you have plenty of water.
- Look out for information on changes to local cycle parking arrangements.
- Be mindful of diversions to local paths.
- Be prepared for paths around Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise to be busier than usual as the crowds enjoy the Games and Festival 2018.
For more information on walking and cycling paths, please view the City of Gold Coast walking and cycling maps and guides.
Walking is a free, healthy and accessible alternative to using a car. It’s one of the best ways to get to venues and experience the surrounds. Many of the venues and Festival 2018 locations are within walking distance of Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and other accommodation hubs.
There are many easy to follow routes and dedicated signage will guide you to your venue.
Disruptions to bicycle network
If you are cycling at points along the network where road restrictions are in place, you may be asked to demount for security and safety reasons.
There will be signage on the cycle network to clearly show cycle routes and impacts to help you get from A to B.
Cyclists will not be permitted to ride in or through:
- Major Event areas or areas surrounding Games venues which are under a local Traffic Management Plan
- Designated Games Lanes.
Spectators attending a venue should dismount upon approach to the venue perimeter, then walk their bike to the designated bicycle parking where they can secure the bike before attending the venue.
Those who live within the venue perimeter or traffic area that is being managed should dismount before entering the area and walk their bike in.
Read more about road closures.
Bicycles on public transport
Please note that due to extra people travelling to and from the Gold Coast during Games time, bicycles will not be permitted on most public transport.
Queensland Rail recognises that some customers may need to travel on Gold Coast line trains with their bikes during the Games and ask people to limit taking bikes on trains where possible, as it is anticipated the trains will be fully loaded.
Customers who do need to travel with their bike are encouraged to travel outside of the peak Commonwealth Games travel times. For Brisbane – Gold Coast journeys, we recommend travelling between 11am – 3pm, or after 7pm. For Gold Coast – Brisbane journeys, we recommend travelling before 2pm where possible.
Please be aware if you are travelling with a bicycle and trains are congested, you will be asked to wait until an appropriate service is available. Bikes will be permitted on the rest of the Citytrain network as per the existing Queensland Rail policy.
For security reasons, bike lockers are being temporarily removed at Beenleigh, Coomera, Helensvale and Varsity Lakes. Bike enclosures at Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes will also be temporarily closed.
Bike racks will still be free and available for use at these stations, and Queensland Rail is installing extra racks at key stations to accommodate increased numbers of customers wishing to park bikes at stations.
Cycle parking locations
Cycle parking locations can be found in the table below and in each venue’s spectator guide. Cycle locks are not supplied, so please bring one with you.
|Suburb||Venue / Event||Cycle parking location(s)|
|Broadbeach||Broadbeach Bowls Club||
|Broadbeach Convention Centre||
|Festival 2018 Celebration Zone||
Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre
|Coomera||Coomera Indoor Sports and Leisure Centre||
|Currumbin||Road race events (Cycling and Race Walk)||
|Labrador||Gold Coast Hockey Centre||
|Main Beach||Games Family Hotel||
|Nerang||Mountain Bike Trails||
|Southport||Optus Aquatic Centre||
|Chinatown (Festival 2018)||
|Commonwealth Games Village||
|Surfers Paradise||Festival 2018 Celebration Zone||