D Days
H Hours
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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
Longines Time
April 4 to 15 2018

Carrara Stadium

It’s where the Games will begin and end, in a triumphant celebration of colour, dance and entertainment.

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LOT 8 Nerang-Broadbeach Rd, Carrara QLD 4211

Before you leave

  • Avoid bags

    It will be much faster to enter the venue. If necessary, make sure your bag will fit under your seat, as there are no cloakrooms in GC2018 venues.

  • Know your limits

    You will pass through an airport style screening process as you enter the venue. Restrictions apply to certain items, such as water and sunscreen, so please check the


    before you leave home.


    Water: Commercially sealed water bottle up to 350ml. Only bring empty re-usable transparent plastic bottles (free water refill points are available in venue)

    Sunscreen: Sunscreen bottles up to 250ml

  • Download the GC2018 App

    The app includes all the information you’ll need to know for your event, in one place. You’ll find venue maps, fun facts and more.

  • Plan your journey

    Use the GC2018 Journey Planner on the app and make sure you allow plenty of time for travel and entry, and your departure after the event.

  • Arrive early

    Don’t miss a moment of the action. Entry gates will open up to 90 minutes before the beginning of each session.

  • Keep your ticket with you

    Ensure you have the correct ticket for your session. It also entitles you to free public transport* to and from the event.

Getting there and back

GC2018 is the largest sporting event Australia has seen this decade, so make sure you allow plenty of time for travel, queuing at transport hubs and security checks.

There are many travel options to get you to and from the Carrara Stadium and public transport is free with your ticket.*

The earlier you plan your journey, the more you’ll enjoy your Games experience. Use the GC2018 Journey Planner to get started.

  • Get active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Bike parking is available near Carrara Stadium.

  • Take the bus

    A Games Shuttle will take you to the venue from Broadbeach South and Surfers Paradise station. Bus routes 740 and 745 will run frequently during the Games and can take you close to the venue. Route GC2018 will also take you close to the venue.

  • Catch the train

    Catch the train to Nerang station. From there, you can walk or take a Games Shuttle bus close to the venue.

  • Ride the G:Link

    Walk or catch a bus to the G:link light rail, then get off at Broadbeach South station and take a Games Shuttle close to the venue.

  • Park 'n' ride

    Book a space at Yatala or Millaroo Drive North Park ‘n’ Rides for the duration of your session. From here, you can take a Games Shuttle close to the venue. Spaces are limited and you must book a spot.

  • Accessible transport

    Accessible shuttle buses will be available and Park ‘n’ Ride spaces can be booked via the GC2018 Journey Planner.

*Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition venues on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane on the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network. Just show your GC2018 ticket upon boarding. Free travel will terminate at 3am the day after your event and is not available on the AirTrain service.

Grandstand tips

  • Keep hydrated

    Hydration is important for both athletes and spectators, but make sure you know what bottles you can and can’t bring into the venue.

  • Stay sun safe

    Carrara Stadium is an outdoor venue, so consider sun protection. For more health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.

  • Get energised

    Bring your energy and support. Your cheers and encouragement could make all the difference to an athlete’s medal-winning jump, throw or race. For track events, remain silent at the start of the races, and wait for your cue from field athletes to help fire them up before their attempts.

  • Be a good sport

    We’d love to see your photos - don’t forget to tag #GC2018! For the safety of athletes and performers, flash photography is restricted during competition and filming and photography must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only.

  • Settle in for the session

    There are no pass outs during the session and smoking is not permitted in GC2018 venues. For full details on the conditions of entry, see the Venue Entry Conditions.

  • Make a day of it

    Carrara Stadium is centrally located as part of Carrara Precinct. Head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.

Fast facts

  • The triple jump world record, set by England’s Jonathan Edwards in 1995, is 18.29 metres – the length of four cars.
  • The decathlon features four track and six field events, and the heptathlon features three track and four field events.
  • England and Australia boast the most medals in Athletics, with 560 and 498 medals a piece.
  • GC2018 Ambassador Sally Pearson is one of Australia’s most decorated female track athletes.

Did you know?

GC2018 will be an inclusive celebration of our diverse Commonwealth, with benefits lasting beyond the Closing Ceremony. Be inspired to Share the Dream for a sustainable GC2018 by reducing your impact, choosing reusable options and recycling to keep plastic pollutants out of oceans and waterways.