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Embracing 2018

The City of Gold Coast is proud to be the host city for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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About the Commonwealth Games


City of Gold Coast is proud to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. More than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of competition from 4 to 15 April 2018.

GC2018 will unite our community, create jobs and kick-start infrastructure projects that will deliver a world-class event and leave a lasting legacy for the communities of the Gold Coast.

All of the infrastructure required to host GC2018 is already in place and when the eyes of the world are on us in April, we'll be ready.

The GC2018 partnership is:

  • City of Gold Coast
  • Queensland Government (Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games)
  • Australian Federal Government (Department of Health and Sport)
  • Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
  • Australian Commonwealth Games Association

The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest elite multi-sport events in the world, equivalent to staging 15 world championships simultaneously. GC2018 will be the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia for a decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.

It features 10 compulsory sports (athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash, rugby sevens, weightlifting) and eight optional sports (beach volleyball, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, table tennis, triathlon, wrestling). Unique to the Commonwealth Games is the full integration of para-competition into the program, and the GC2018 para-sports are athletics, aquatics, lawn bowls and powerlifting.

All GC2018 sports events will be held in existing and new or upgraded venues on the Gold Coast, with the exception of track cycling and shooting (Brisbane) and preliminary rounds of basketball (Townsville and Cairns).

Celebrate GC2018 with 12 action-packed days of free culture taking over the Gold Coast from 4 to 15 April. Festival 2018 features music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film from the Gold Coast, Australia and across the globe.

Check out free Festival 2018 Gold Coast events near you or find more information about Festival 2018 at the GC2018 website.

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