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As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination.

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Gold Coast Light Rail

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 project updates and an interactive map including station locations, traffic changes and other important information is available at

Works notifications and other relevant information will be added to this website throughout construction, which is expected to commence in 2021.

The Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) is Queensland’s first ever light rail system. It's a major step forward in transforming the Gold Coast into a modern, accessible city.

Light rail corridor Stage 3A Click to enlarge

The GCLR is the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. It is designed to be delivered in stages to respond to the city’s growth. Stages one and two were completed in 2014 and 2017 respectively. The announcement for Stage 3 funding was made in November 2019.

The GCLR has exceeded all expectations, particularly in relation to patronage:

  • Our light rail system is over 20 kilometres long.
  • It has 19 stations, from Helensvale to Broadbeach South.
  • More than 50 million paid passenger have made trips since 2014.
  • G:link trams carried over one million paying passengers in July 2019, a monthly record.

An extensive light rail project is a key outcome of the Gold Coast Transport Strategy 2031. The strategy outlines the need for a world-class public transport system to get people off the roads and around the city more sustainably.

The City continues to partner with the State and Commonwealth Governments to improve safety and reduce congestion on the city’s roads through the delivery of the light rail network.

Stage 3 – Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads

In November 2019, funding of the $709 million extension of the Gold Coast Light Rail to Burleigh Heads was announced, including:

  • commitments of $269 million from the Australian Government
  • $91.5 million from the City of Gold Coast
  • and the balance of funds committed by the Queensland State Government.

G:link operator GoldlinQ has been appointed on behalf of the Queensland Government to oversee procurement, construction and maintenance of the extension to Burleigh Heads. It is expected a construction contractor will be appointed by late 2020, with major construction to begin in 2021. More information about this partnership can be viewed on the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) website.

To get the latest project news, visit the project website

Stage 3 project history

Preliminary Business Case

The City completed a Preliminary Business Case in December 2017 to provide an initial assessment of the costs and benefits of the project for other levels of government.

Download a summary of the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 Preliminary Business Case.

As part of the Preliminary Business Case process, we conducted a stakeholder engagement and community consultation process on the Light Rail stage 3 in June 2017. For information and results visit GChaveyoursay.

Detailed Business Case

Following the Preliminary Business Case, the Queensland Government in partnership with the City of Gold Coast produced a Detailed Business Case for Stage 3.

Key outputs of the business case were:

  • the development of the reference design
  • proposed route
  • station locations
  • procurement
  • financial and budget implications of the project.

Community drop-in sessions in Burleigh Heads and Mermaid Beach gave the community the opportunity to:

  • view reference design maps
  • meet project team members
  • learn more about the proposed extension
  • provide feedback on the project.

An online survey at was another way the community could get involved in the project and helped to inform the Detailed Business Case.

Nobby Beach urban revitalisation

With a new light rail station planned for Nobby Beach comes the opportunity to enhance the local business area into a much safer environment for everyone. There will be new landscaping and public space, improved pedestrian connections and cycle facilities.

Community engagement and business input was sought in 2018 and more recently in October 2019. We are taking the information and feedback from this into consideration as we review the detailed design.

We will update the community and businesses as planning progresses.

For more information contact:

Phone: 1300 GOLDCOAST 1300 456 026

Stage 4

The City is fast tracking the development of an options analysis to examine the viability of options for Stage 4 of the Gold Coast Light Rail.

In partnership with State Government, early planning for Stage 4 is currently underway. It follows the TMR's multi-modal corridor study.

As planning progresses, the community will be updated and have the opportunity to provide feedback.

Historical information – Stages 1 + 2

GCLR Stage 1 from Gold Coast University Hospital to Broadbeach has been operational since July 2014.

Stage 2 from Gold Coast University Hospital to the Helensvale heavy rail station commenced operations on 17 December 2017 in time for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Since 2014, when Stage 1 commenced operations, trams have provided more than 50 million passengers with an alternative way to move around our city other than by car or bus. As at 2018-19 financial year, public transport patronage on the Gold Coast has grown by over 47 per cent since the introduction of light rail services in July 2014.

Residents and visitors can ride the G:link to some of the Gold Coast's major destinations including Griffith University, Southport CBD, Broadwater Parklands and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Pacific Fair.

Future stages of light rail

The City Transport Strategy 2031 proposes further extensions to the Gold Coast Light Rail including:

  • Burleigh Heads to Coolangatta via Gold Coast Airport (Stage 4)
  • Nobby Beach to Robina
  • Broadbeach to Nerang
  • Surfers to Bundall
  • Gold Coast University Hospital to Biggera Waters.

Subject to agreement by the New South Wales Government, an extension of Stage 4 into Tweed Heads could be possible.

Working around light rail

If you are planning to carry out work or activities near light rail, it is vital to be aware of certain safety and coordination requirements. This is due to the presence of:

  • electrified overhead power lines and poles
  • traction power substations
  • moving trams and other vehicles.

Ensure your works or activities can occur without conflicting with light rail activities. For more information or to coordinate works with light rail, contact G:link on 1800 064 928 or visit the G:link website.

Works or activities requiring assessment by City of Gold Coast

For all works or activities that would normally require assessment by City of Gold Coast, and are in the light rail affected area, be aware that:

  • depending on the location and scope of works, you may be requested to consult with G:link to safely coordinate your works with light rail (i.e. by way of advice/conditions in your approval), and/or
  • your works may be subject to specific light rail requirements (including but not limited to: acceptable timing of works and safety protocols).

To help determine whether your proposed works or activities may be affected by light rail, refer to the maps of potentially affected areas.


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Please visit G:link or phone 1800 064 928 to find out about:

You can also download the G:link app for Android and/or Apple devices.

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