About the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is the largest sporting event Australia will see this decade and the biggest sporting spectacular the Gold Coast has ever seen. Sports, arts and cultural events will take place on the Gold Coast and across the state including Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane. These events will be attended by approximately 1.5 million spectators and watched by a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
GC2018 is expected to attract more than 672,000 visitors as well as 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 member nations and territories. Over 15,000 volunteers will also be required to make GC2018 a memorable event.
The number of visitors coming to the Gold Coast from outside the city is expected to be 17 times the number who come for the Supercars Gold Coast 600 and 22 times the number of visitors attending the Broadbeach Blues Festival.
Experience it all
Sporting events will take place throughout the Host City of Gold Coast and Event Cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
Find out what is happening in each Event City:
Alongside the sporting events, Festival 2018 will deliver a vibrant multi-arts program with 12 days of free performances, public art and family-friendly events and activities. Experience music, theatre, circus, dance, visual arts and film with origins from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe.
The GC2018 arts and cultural program will have something for everyone. For more information, see the Festival 2018 program or sign up to receive more information.
From March 2018, Queensland will welcome the Queen's Baton Relay with celebrations happening in towns and cities across Queensland. Find out when the Queen's Baton Relay is in your area.
Support is available to help businesses in the Host and Event Cities understand the impact of temporary changes and Get Set for the Games.
Planning early is the best way to maximise your Games time 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.
To start your planning today, Get Set for the Games with the latest information and travel advice, sign up for a workshop, attend a drop in session or register for email updates.
- Last reviewed: 02 Feb 2018
- Last updated: 02 Feb 2018