The countdown to the Games begins4 Apr 2013
The Gold Coast's latest tourist attraction, a four metre tall Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Countdown Clock, was unveiled today exactly five years out from the Games.
Shaped as a surfboard and located at the beach end of Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise, the Countdown Clock is the first fixed element of the Commonwealth Games visual identity program.
Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the Countdown Clock was a physical reminder that the Gold Coast would host one of the world's biggest sporting events this decade.
The Countdown Clock signals that we are here, preparations are underway and we can't wait until the Commonwealth Games begin.
"It is also a way for locals to get involved and it will build momentum and excitement as we head towards the Opening Ceremony in 2018.
The Countdown Clock incorporates the Games official emblem and indicates the time remaining until the start of the opening ceremony at 7pm on 4 April 2018.
Ms Stuckey said it would become a popular Gold Coast tourist hot spot.
We know the Gold Coast is a magical place and we want to spread the message that the Commonwealth Games are coming in 2018 with thousands of Australians, athletes and visitors.
I encourage locals and visitors to take photographs with the Countdown Clock and share them with friends and family, both locally and overseas.
City Of Gold Coast Acting Mayor, Donna Gates, said the design of the Countdown Clock captured the city's iconic beach culture.
While the Gold Coast is renowned for offering a diversity of experiences for our residents and visitors, our surfing and beach culture is world famous.
The Countdown Clock is an eye-catching reminder that we are the proud host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games not only to our community, but also to the 11 million visitors.