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April 4 to 15 2018

Extraordinary places to stay at GC2018

17 Nov 2017

A great Games starts with a great place to stay. 

The Gold Coast is a unique place, defined by a diverse collection of natural and cultural landscapes. Whatever you’re into and however you like to holiday, there’s something to suit all budgets and interests. 

From traditional beachside family stays to rainforest hideaways to farm stay fun, we’ve put together some GC2018 accommodation tips and ideas to help you create some truly memorable moments.

Take a look at some of the options below and start planning your Games experience.

Get back to nature

The Gold Coast’s tropical climate makes it a popular destination for campers and glampers alike. Nature lovers can choose from an array of tourist parks and camping grounds across the coast. Tallebudgera Creek and Coolangatta are popular destinations for families, as well as picturesque South Stradbroke Island, which is accessible by boat or water taxi.

For a rainforest escape, venture into the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and stay amongst the tranquil greenery at a camping ground, cabin, or one of the many retreats, lodges and bed and breakfasts.

If you’re more at home on the water, book a houseboat and stay on the Broadwater. An equally unique option is a farm stay in Oxenford, close to GC2018 Boxing, Table Tennis and Squash.

Two people sitting in front of a tent

Live like a local

From local markets to secluded walking trails and hidden restaurants and bars, to experience the local’s Gold Coast is to truly know it. Book a holiday house or private rental to immerse yourself in the region. Burleigh Heads, Miami, Palm Beach and Currumbin offer a coastal experience away from the bigger crowds.

Nerang, Carrara, Ashmore and Benowa’s central location makes these suburbs well-connected to public transport and close to Carrara Precinct, which will host GC2018 Athletics, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting and Badminton.

Robina, Helensvale, Coomera and Oxenford are also within easy reach of several GC2018 venues. Homestays are available across the coast.

Invinting chair on balcony overlooking the Gold Coast

Stay in the heart of the action

Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Southport will be full of activity during the Games, with major Festival 2018 hubs nearby. Here, you’ll be in the midst of all the Games action. Nearby suburbs Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters, Main Beach, Labrador, Biggera Waters and Broadbeach Waters are well-placed near the festivities and events. Book into a hotel, motel, hostel, backpackers or apartment.

Skyline at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast

A taste of luxury

As one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, the Gold Coast features a number of premium resorts, retreats and hotels. If you’re after an indulgent Games experience, you’ll have your choice of luxury accommodation from the hinterland to the coast.

Want to be close to the action?

With GC2018 venues all over the coast, search a range of suburbs to find the accommodation type to suit you. There are a range of options close to all GC2018 venues and remember, public transport to and from events is free for all ticketed spectators on the South East Queensland public transport network.

The iconic Pink Motel


  1. Get in early and shop around

Start your search early and look at a range of accommodation providers and websites.

  1. Choose your destination

GC2018 events are held right across the Gold Coast, so look beyond the obvious holiday suburbs and discover other areas to suit your Games experience.

  1. Choose your accommodation type

Consider all your accommodation options, from hotels, motels and apartments to camping, private rentals, homestay, farm stays and houseboats.

  1. Stay a while

Many accommodation providers may require a minimum night stay during Games time. Search for a five-night minimum stay for the best results. Tickets for GC2018 events are still on sale and you can also or enjoy the arts and culture events at Festival 2018.
Find out more about accommodation our our Accomodation page.