The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 are set to be the largest event the Gold Coast has ever hosted, and the largest event in Australia in the last decade. This is the fifth time Australia has hosted the Games and 70 nations will participate.
Fun facts about the Games:
- 11 days of competition
- One million ticketed spectators
- 6,600 athletes
- 50,000 working at the Games including 15,000 volunteers
- 5 billion TV viewers
The interactive games schedule gives you an idea of what’s on and when. There are 18 sports in total, with everything from athletics to wrestling. This will also be the first inclusive Commonwealth Games, offering the largest integrated para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history. With the exception of track cycling in Brisbane, basketball in Cairns/Townsville and shooting in Belmont, all other sports will take place in Gold Coast City.
The Games will offer accessible seating in the lowest price category and companions can get in for free. Seating will include wheelchair spaces as well as enhanced amenity seating. No spectator parking will be provided at any venue, so public transport is your best bet. There are dedicated spaces for people with wheelchairs and limited mobility on all buses, trains and trams. Check out the City of Gold Coast mobility maps for more information. The Gold Coast Light Rail will directly connect key games venues with major accommodation centres.
Our local community engagement manager, Jodie Schleusener, says there’s a lot of excitement about the Games, “As a newcomer to the area, I can’t wait to watch the Games (Rugby Sevens and swimming are my thing) and can’t believe it’s going to be here on my doorstep.”
However, people are also concerned about potential disruption to services and transport. You can find out how you’ll be affected on Getsetforthegames.com. People are encouraged to make one small change to their route and timings every day and avoid travelling at peak times. Over six million extra journeys are expected on the roads.
“I would urge local workers to plan ahead,” says Jodie, “Leave home earlier because travel time could double. Check out public transport timetables because they will change. If you’re going to be supporting a client in an area with road closures and need to park close to your client’s home, make sure you apply for a Council permit as soon as possible.”
At a glance:
- Busiest times – 9-15 April 2018, peak times on Tuesday 10 April and Saturday 14 April
- Travelling between Gold Coast and Brisbane – As a main thoroughfare, the M1 is expected to be very congested. Consider travelling off-peak or taking public transport.
Road impacts and closures – You can find details of temporary road closures and security measures for your area here.
With so much disruption expected to roads and public transport, Jodie has also heard from more than one service provider about their plans to scale back their services, meaning there could be less home care and domestic assistance available. But instead of leaving town, Jodie says consumers could consider booking local independent workers, “Workers are still available via the Mable platform during the Games. And if you’re thinking of travelling to the Gold Coast to take in the Games, you can book a local worker too”.
If you want to book some support for while the Commonwealth Games are on, click here.