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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is the largest event ever to be held on the Gold Coast, and the first time this international sporting event has been held in a regional city.

Hosting an event of this size does not happen without some temporary changes in key areas around the city in the lead up to and during the Games. 
We will all need to make necessary arrangements and plan ahead to work around these temporary changes.

Travel in affected areas

Planning early is the best way to maximise your Games time experience. Whether you’re a resident, business or visitor, preparation will be the key to a stress-free, enjoyable Commonwealth Games experience.

Each day of GC2018 will bring different transport conditions and (traffic) hotspots throughout the Gold Coast and surrounding areas, including the Pacific Motorway (M1) from Brisbane.

Detailed information by location will be available in early 2018, including: 

  • temporary road and lane closures
  • predicted travel disruptions
  • predicted hotspots and impacts
  • changes to parking and loading zones
  • bus stop and timetable changes
  • local traffic management, and
  • walking and cycling paths.

This information will be listed by suburbs hosting competition events including:

  • Broadbeach
  • Carrara
  • Coolangatta 
  • Coomera 
  • Currumbin
  • Labrador 
  • Nerang 
  • Oxenford 
  • Robina 
  • Southport 
  • Surfers Paradise. 

Community information sessions

We would like to invite you to attend a community information session to find out about specific changes in your area and chat with the Get Set Gold Coast team about what to do to be prepared in the lead up to, and during, the event.

Please select the suburb below to choose the locations and dates most suitable for you.

If you would like to speak to someone about these sessions or require more information, please contact the Get Set Gold Coast Team.

Travel by public transport

No host city can absorb the increase in traffic brought on by Commonwealth Games operations without making adjustments to existing travel behaviours. 

During GC2018, trips are likely to take longer, especially by car, on busy routes during peak times. We all have a vital role to play in keeping the city moving by planning ahead and making changes to the way we travel, especially those trips made by car, from 18 March to 18 April 2018.

There are a range of public transport options available to help you get to and travel around the Gold Coast including:

You may also need to look at walking or cycling short distances between stops.

Additional services

Additional train, bus and light rail (tram) services will be added at peak periods of GC2018 to help reduce congestion for work commuters as well as event spectators. Information on these services will be available in 2018.

Plan your journey

For information on how to travel around the Gold Coast visit
More information on how to plan your journey at Games time will be available in early 2018.

Station information 

Please view TransLink network maps for information on the light rail (G:Link), bus and train networks.

Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling around the Gold Coast could be your quickest way to commute during the Games.

A range of walking and cycling pathways are available across the City 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.

Walking and cycling paths

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

For more information on walking and cycling paths, please view the City of Gold Coast walking and cycling maps and guides.

Disruptions to network

There will be some minor disruptions to the existing cycle network in order to support the safe operation of some venues and reliable transport of athletes. Information on these changes will be available in early 2018.

Parking permits and local access

Changes to the way some roads operate will be necessary to ensure athletes, officials and spectators arrive at event venues safely and on time, while keeping the city moving. Temporary changes will include localised road closures, diversions and removal of on-street parking in some areas.

To ensure the safety of athletes, officials, workforce and community, access and/or parking permits will be required for some residents located near event venues.  More information will be available in early 2018 to explain who needs to apply for these permits and how to apply.

Residents expecting deliveries to their homes may also experience delays during GC2018 due to temporary traffic changes.  Please plan ahead if you expect deliveries and arrange an alternate delivery date if possible.

City of Gold Coast services

To maximise the opportunities presented by GC2018, some City of Gold Coast services such as licensing, approvals and trading, may experience some temporary changes. 

Details around these changes will be available in early 2018.

Some of the services that will be affected due to road closures include:

  • waste collection
  • parks and open spaces.
Waste collection

The operation of frequently stopping vehicles such as garbage trucks in kerbside lanes has the potential to disrupt smooth operation of traffic during GC2018. As a result, waste collection times for some residents may be altered temporarily.

More information about any temporary changes to waste collection will be provided in early 2018 directly to affected residents.

Parks and open spaces

Some Gold Coast parks and open spaces across the city will be used during GC2018 for a range of purposes including temporary park ‘n’ rides, event venues and celebration zones. During this time access to these spaces may be reduced. More information about these temporary changes will be provided in early 2018.

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