D Days
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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018

Coolangatta Beachfront

Known for its world-class surf breaks and iconic skyline views, Coolangatta beach will take on a cauldron-like atmosphere at GC2018.

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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 Coolangatta Beachfront 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 beachfront. Bike parking is available near the GC2018 Beach Volleyball venue.

  • Take the bus

    A Games Shuttle will take you to the venue from Varsity Lakes station. Many bus routes, including 700 and 760, will run frequently during the Games and can take you close to the venue.

  • Catch the train

    Catch the train to Varsity Lakes station. From there, you can take the 760 bus or a Games Shuttle 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 catch the 700 bus route close to the venue.

  • Park 'n' ride

    Book a space at Betty Diamond Park ‘n’ Ride at Bilinga 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. Plan your journey

*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. Present a valid GC2018 ticket when boarding services. Free travel will terminate at 3am the day after your event. It is not available on the AirTrain service.

Beachside 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

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

  • It's party time

    Beach Volleyball means beach party atmosphere, so bring your energy and best dance moves.

  • Be a good sport

    We’d love to see your photos - don’t forget to tag #GC2018! Filming and photography must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition.

  • 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

    There’s lots to do around the Southern Gold Coast. Head to Festival 2018 in Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise, relax by the beach or check out the cafés, bars and restaurants nearby.

Fast facts

  • For competition, the sand on the courts must be at least 40cm deep.
  • Beach Volleyball became recognised as an official discipline of volleyball in 1986.
  • A Beach Volleyball match is played as the best of three sets.
  • Just two Beach Volleyball medals – men’s and women’s - will be awarded at GC2018.

Did you know?

In 1911, local Aboriginal man, Churaki, performed one of the first documented acts of lifesaving on the Gold Coast, at Coolangatta Beach. 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.