Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
In 2011 it was announced the city of Gold Coast had won the bid for the 19th Commonwealth Games in 2018. While the city shone in the bid with an incredibly tourist friendly community, some great sporting venues up and down the coast, as well as plenty of existing accommodation options, there is always room for more.
In the past few years there have been major additions to our sporting venues, as world class stadiums and arenas have been built with the capacity for thousands upon thousands of international visitors.
It’s this commitment to being world class hosts, coupled with our traditionally friendly, tourism culture that makes the Gold Coast the best choice for hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Commonwealth Games History
The first ever Commonwealth Games were held in Hamilton, Canada back in 1930. The first games included 400 athletes from 11 Commonwealth countries, competing in only 6 sports. The games continued every 4 years since then, with the only exceptions in 1942 and 1946 due to WWII.
They were initially called the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950. From 1954 to 1966 they were known as the British Empire & Commonwealth Games, from 1979 to 1974 the British Commonwealth Games, and in 1978 they were finally changed to the name we know today; the Commonwealth Games. There was an event in 1911 called the Inter-Empire Championships held in London, which was seen as a precursor to the modern event but is not considered part of the Games history.
The Commonwealth Games have already been held on Australian soil 4 times over the years. The first time was the third British Empire Games in Sydney in 1938, followed by Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982, and Melbourne in 2006.
There’s good reason for Australia’s excitement over the games as we tend to do incredibly well, often topping the medal tally. In fact, in the last 20 Commonwealth Games, Australia has come out on top in 12 of them. The Glasgow Commonwealth Games saw England bring an end to a 6 games winning streak for us, which we’re sure to start again on home soil.
Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games
In a bid to host the 21st Commonwealth Games against Hambantota of Sri Lanka, the Gold Coast was announced the winner on 11 November 2011. We join a long list of Games hosts that include major cities such as London, Delhi, Edinburgh, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur and Manchester to name but a few. So now from 4 to 15 April 2018 the world will be watching as the Gold Coast sets the stage for the XXI Commonwealth Games.
One of the most important aspects to the Gold Coast’s bid was that at the time we already had 80 percent of the planned venues in place. Since then there have been new venues and precincts constructed specifically for the Games, and upgrades made to existing venues for increased spectator areas and media accessibility.
The majority of the sporting venues being used for the Games are easily located within a 20 minute drive of the Athletes Village in Parkwood. These venues can be found in Central Gold Coast City, North Gold Coast City and South Gold Coast City. There will be some events held outside the Gold Coast, with cycling and shooting held in Brisbane, and the preliminary rounds of basketball held in Townsville & Cairns.
The sporting venues used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will include;
- Metricon Stadium – Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara (Gold Coast)
Athletics, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony
- Hinze Dam – Hinze Dam Road, Advancetown (Gold Coast)
- Cbus Super Stadium – Centreline Place, Robina (Gold Coast)
- Merv Craig Sporting Complex – Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters (Gold Coast)
Road Cycling, Cycling Time Trials
- Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre – 2684-2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (Gold Coast)
Netball, Basketball, Main Media Centre
- Broadbeach Bowls Club – 169 Surf Parade, Broadbeach (Gold Coast)
- Broadwater Parklands – Marine Parade, Southport (Gold Coast)
Marathon, Racewalking, Triathlon
- Gold Coast Aquatic Centre – Marine Parade, Southport (Gold Coast)
- Gold Coast Hockey Centre – Keith Hunt Park Labrador (Gold Coast)
- Runaway Bay Sports Centre – Corner Sports Drive & Morala Ave, Runaway Bay (Gold Coast)
- Village Roadshow Studios – Entertainment Road, Oxenford (Gold Coast)
Boxing, Table Tennis
- Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium – Carrara (Gold Coast)
- Carrara Sport & Leisure Centre - Carrara (Gold Coast)
- Coomera Sport & Leisure Centre – Coomera Sports Park, Coomera (Gold Coast)
- Sleeman Sports Complex – Corner Old Cleveland & Tilley Roads, Chandler (Brisbane)
- Belmont Shooting Complex – 1485 Old Cleveland Road, Belmont (Brisbane)
- Cairns Convention Centre – Corner Wharf & Sheridan Streets, Cairns
- Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre – Entertainment Drive, Townsville
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be the largest sporting event in Australia this decade, as well as the first time a regional Australian city has hosted such a major event. The city will shine for all the world to see, not just showcasing the Gold Coast as a great sporting stage and tourism hot spot, but also for events, business, trade and investment.
Commonwealth Games Village
Set to be one of the largest urban renewal projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast, the Commonwealth Games Village will transform 7 hectares of the Parklands site near Southport. With more than 1,200 permanent apartments and townhouses, the Village will accommodate 6,500 athletes and officials during the Games, also providing essential services and a neighbourhood retail centre.
Commonwealth Games Accommodation
One of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, the Gold Coast already has a plenty of accommodation options for the tastes of all international visitors.
You can choose accommodation ranging from some of the most luxurious 5 star hotels with ocean views and all the best facilities, to convenient motels, self-contained apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, affordable hostels and even holiday houses.
Those who want to enjoy the Gold Coast’s wonderful shopping and dining culture in between events can choose to stay in Surfers Paradise, catching the trams to their favourite events by day and dining on the water by night.
Meanwhile, those wanting a quiet retreat away from all the hustle and bustle can find places to stay in the beachside towns of quiet southern Gold Coast or take out Hinterland accommodation up on Tamborine Mountain and the surrounding area.
Gold Coast Tourist Attractions
No matter where you stay during the Commonwealth Games, there is simply too much to see and do on the Gold Coast to go home without exploring a little.
There are plenty of tourist drives that will take you out of the busy centre and up into the scenic Hinterland. Those wanting to relax can soak up the sun on our world renowned beaches while the more adventurous opt for adventure activities like jet boating. You can even learn to surf on the very beaches professional surfers have competed on in the Quicksilver Pro.
Of course no trip to the Gold Coast is complete without a visit to the major theme parks. See movies come alive at Movie World, enjoy the thrill rides of Dream World, and see the remarkable marine life up close at Sea World before slipping and sliding at Wet’n’Wild.
No matter what you do while you’re here, you’re bound to have a good time. So take a look through Gold Coast Australia for accommodation options, things to see and do, suburb profiles and more, so you can start planning your Commonwealth Games experience today.