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Walking and cycling

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

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.

For more information on walking trails, please visit Walking the Gold Coast and Gold Coast walking trails websites.

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
  • Neilsen Family Park, opposite Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club
Broadbeach Convention Centre
  • Senior Citizens Centre, T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters
Festival 2018 Celebration Zone
  • Road reserve opposite King-Tide Apartments on Broadbeach Boulevard
  • Pratten Park between Charles Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue, Broadbeach
Carrara

Carrara Stadium

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

  • West of Nerang Broadbeach Road and Gold Coast Sports Centre
  • South of the Birmingham Road and Nerang Broadbeach Road intersection
Coolangatta Coolangatta Beachfront
  • Roughton Park - West of Kirra Surf Club
  • North of the intersection of Marine Parade and McDonald Street
Coomera Coomera Indoor Sports and Leisure Centre
  • Eastern side of Dreamworld Parkway opposite Whitewater Way
  • Coomera Sports Park, east of AFL Oval
Currumbin Road race events (Cycling and Race Walk)
  • Currumbin Sanctuary carpark
  • Preston Park, between M1 and Sarawak Green Bridge
Labrador Gold Coast Hockey Centre
  • Musgrave Park, at intersection of Musgrave Avenue and Kumbari Avenue
  • Western side of Musgrave Football Soccer Clubhouse
Main Beach Games Family Hotel
  • West of Sheraton Mirage Golden Door
Nerang Mountain Bike Trails
  • Road reserve on the southwest side of Price Street, Nerang
  • Yarrayne Road Reserve at the corner of Yarrayne Road and Mylor Street
Oxenford Oxenford Studios
  • South of Roadshow Way (Outback Spectacular access), east of shared path
Robina Robina Stadium
  • Robina Station Road, Robina - Queensland Rail Bus Interchange
Southport Optus Aquatic Centre
  • West of Broadwater swimming enclosures
  • Cloyne Road Car Park, eastern section
  • Northern section of Carey Park, northeast of Australia Fair
Chinatown (Festival 2018)
  • Northeast of the intersection at Young Street and Garden Street, located in the parking bay on-street
Road events
  • Pioneer Park, section north of Broad Street and Marine Parade intersection
  • Hall Park, south of Loders Creek and west of existing shared path
Commonwealth Games Village
  • West of Parklands and Engineering Drive intersection
Surfers Paradise Festival 2018 Celebration Zone
  • South of Clifford Street in the park section, east of Northcliffe Terrace
  • Laws and Hamilton Park, south-southwest of the intersection of Trickett Street
  • Within Park, opposite 26 The Esplanade (Grosvenor Apartments), Surfers Paradise
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