Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

In April 2018, the pinnacle of Queensland’s world-class events line-up, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games married electrifying sporting action with extraordinary arts and culture entertainment and stunning natural surroundings to create a spectacle with a uniquely Queensland flavour. 

Spectators witnessed greatness rarely seen as the international celebration of sport and camaraderie took over the Sunshine State for 11 incredible days.

It was one blockbuster event where the action wasn't confined to the stadium. Attendees immersed themselves in Festival 2018, an inspirational arts and cultural program that celebrated the laidback Queensland lifestyle. Others used the GC2018 as a chance to discover the rest of this spectacular state - home to ancient rainforests, outback plains, pristine beaches and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.

Facts about the Games

  • 11 days of sporting events and 12 days of Festival 2018
  • 1.5 billion people from around the world were estimated to watch the Games
  • 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories attended
  • 15,000 volunteers were involved with the Games


Start exploring the Gold Coast

Long known as Australia’s favourite playground, the Gold Coast is a sun-drenched, vibrant city of more than 500,000 people, situated about an hour’s drive south of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane. Stretched along 55km of beaches and fringed by ancient rainforests, the Gold Coast blends a cosmopolitan lifestyle with the laid-back, unspoilt nature with soaring skyscrapers and thrill-a-minute theme parks. For the 10 million visitors who visit the Coast every year, the challenge is deciding what experiences to include – and what to leave until next time. 

Learn how to surf on one of the 20 beaches sprinkled along the shoreline, hike through the Gondwana Rainforests and explore the Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park. Discover the buzzing food and bar scene on the Goldie (as the local’s call it) and taste boutique craft beer or, enjoy fine al fresco dining.  

Get active and wander through the city on two-wheels or test your mountain-biking skills in the Coombabah Lakes Conservation Area. And when you want to relax, throw down a towel on a golden beach and soak in the Queensland sun.

Maximise your time on the Gold Coast

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Local Tip

Blend in with the locals as you soak up the sunshine and surf at Burleigh beach, stroll through the rocky headlands of Burleigh Heads National Park, and end your day with a fish-n-chip picnic at Burleigh Point Lookout to watch the sun set. Borobi
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