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How To Make The Most Of Your Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Experience

01/08/2017 | News

By now you’ll know that the Commonwealth Games 2018 is to be based on the beautiful Gold Coast– a part of the world that sees sunshine 300 days a year and is well known for its picturesque views, pristine beaches and vivacious atmosphere.

Read on for our top tips on where to base yourself for your favourite sports and how to get the most out of the Gold Coast and the famous state of Queensland during your stay.

Click here for the Gold Coast 2018 interactive map.

Gold Coast

This vibrant city is the hub of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and where you’ll find the Games Village and majority of the competitions. The city is approximately 30 minutes (drive) from Gold Coast International Airport and one hour from Brisbane Airport.

The sports you’ll enjoy here include:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball – semi finals
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling – Road & Mountain Bike
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Netball
  • Para Powerlifting
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Squash
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Table Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling


If you’re longing for a beach break with a sophisticated edge, this is the place to be. You’ll find glamorous buildings, high end restaurants and of course, beautiful beaches. Broadbeach also boasts fantastic shopping opportunities including a host of boutiques and local designers in the Oasis Shopping Centre.

You’re not short on entertainment either. Enjoy the latest blockbusters at the 12 cinema complex or dress up and head over to Jupiters Hotel & Casino for bars, stage shows or fun at the casino – all within this luxurious resort.

The famous Surfers Paradise is also just a walk away, offering a range of clubs and bars as well as theme parks and family entertainment during the day.

Sports nearby:

  • Netball and Basketball Semi-finals at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Lawn Bowls at Broadbeach Bowls Club

Catch the games bus: head south to Coolangatta to watch Road Cycling or Beach Volleyball (approx. 30 minutes away).


This area has been a fashionable seaside destination since the 1890s, a time when the wealthy and famous flocked to the area to enjoy the theatrical attractions and pier. Today it is also a popular spot for divers and snorkelers who travel from all over the country to enjoy the variety of species that live here.

Enjoy the diverse range of food on offer in this area – particularly in the evening where you’ll find yourself surrounded by authentic and multicultural eateries.

Southport is the perfect place to enjoy tropical gardens, picturesque parks and fantastic views of Broadwater and Southport Spit.

Sports nearby:

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Triathlon
  • Hockey

Catch the games bus: travel for 15 minutes over to Carrara for the Athletics, Opening and Closing Ceremony at the Carrara Stadium or catch the Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

Runaway Bay

This suburb is a true escape for those who enjoy the laid back lifestyle. Situated on a peaceful waterway between a colourful canal system and South Stradbroke Island, enjoy stunning views and tranquil vibes, away from the main hustle and bustle.

Sports nearby:

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Triathlon
  • Hockey

Catch the games bus: head west to Oxenford (15 mins approx.) for Boxing, Squash and Table Tennis. Or for Gymnastics and the Netball finals, carry on to Coomera.


Not all of the sports are located within one area. Brisbane is only an hour away and is the place to go if you want to want to watch Track Cycling or Shooting.

As the capital city of Queensland, you won’t be short of sites to see, places to visit and things to do here.

The iconic Brisbane River is one of the top things to enjoy during your time here. Cycle up the river and catch the CityCat (a catamaran ferry service) back down to enjoy the best views of the city. Along the way you’ll find a diverse mix of parklands, restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, museums and galleries.

If you’re still longing for a little bit of beach life in the city, head over to Australia’s only inner-city man made beach, Streets Beach. It’s free to enter and boasts white sand and a sparkling lagoon – just the place for a refreshing dip.

Plenty of places await you, from live stage shows to Story Bridge to Kangaroo Point Cliffs and if you want to venture outside of Brisbane, Travel Places can tailor your trip to ensure you experience everything that Australia has to offer; from a trip to the iconic Ayers Rock with dinner under the stars to exploring the Great Barrier Reef from under the water or up in a hot air balloon.

If you’d like to come to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games , give our dedicated team a call on 01903 259 133 or register your interest here. We can help you choose from our specialist packages or create a tailor-made trip so your Gold Coast experience is one you’ll never forget!

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