Fans can be part of the action of Individual Triathlon on Thursday 5 April, followed by the Para Triathlon and Mixed Team Relay events on Saturday 7 April.
There are some great spots along the course where you can view the cycling and running stages of the race and cheer on the athletes.
Please note only spectators who have purchased tickets will be able to view the start, finish, swim and transition stages.
Before you leave
MAKE A DAY OF IT
There are lots of free things to see and do around the Triathlon event - keep an eye out for roaming entertainers in Southport Broadwater Parklands and along the course.
The CBD Street Party is a free public celebration being held in Gold Coast Chinatown, Southport and will run every day of GC2018 from early until late. There will be a big screen broadcasting GC2018, a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, artistic installations and plenty of activities to entertain the kids.
To continue the celebrations, head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach and be part of the arts and culture extravaganza.
Find your spot
Thursday 5 April (9.30am – 3.10pm) – Individual Triathlon
Women’s – 9.30am to 11.30am - Predicted first finisher: 10.30am
Men’s – 1.00pm to 3.10pm - Predicted first finisher: 1.50pm
Saturday 7 April (9.30am – 3pm) – Para Triathlon & Mixed Team Relay
Para Triathlon Women’s and Men’s – 9.30am to 11.30am - Predicted first finisher: 10.30am
Triathlon Mixed Team Relay - 1pm to 3pm - Predicted first finisher: 2.15pm
DOWNLOAD THE GC2018 APPThe GC2018 App includes all the information you’ll need to know for the free events in one place. You’ll find course maps, fun facts and more.
All road events are outdoors so prepare for all weather conditions. Allow plenty of time for travel and be prepared for crowds.
All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or fuel up at the local cafés, restaurants and shops along the course.
SHOW YOUR GC2018 SPIRIT!
This is your chance to line the streets and celebrate GC2018, and help showcase the Gold Coast to the world!
There are plenty of ways to have fun and decorate! Get creative and make some noise or plan your own celebrations by dressing up and getting your face paint on. We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.
Official GC2018 Community Celebration Packs and Party Decorations are now available!
Also, look out for roaming entertainers who will be out and about in the Southport Parklands area and along the course.
Get together, have some fun and don’t forget to share your special moments with us by tagging #gc2018 on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.
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 and queuing at transport hubs. A ticket needs to be purchased for public transport.
There are many travel options to get you to and from Southport Broadwater Parklands. The earlier you plan your journey, the more you’ll enjoy your GC2018 experience. Find your spot on the course maps, then select “Another Location” on the GC2018 Journey Planner and input your desired destination to find the best way there.
The roads will be extremely busy.
If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to a good spot along the course. Bike parking is available at Hall Park and Pioneer Park. Plan your active travel route.
FOLLOW BOROBI AND HIS FOOTPRINTSIf you are heading from the south of the Gold Coast, follow Borobi and his footprints on the Official GC2018 Borobi Fan Trail which begins from the GC2018 Superstore in Victoria Park, Broadbeach and continues through Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and the Broadwater Parklands.
TAKE THE BUSMany bus routes, including 704, 713 and 719 will run frequently during GC2018 and can take you close to the course. A ticket needs to be purchased for public transport.
CATCH THE TRAINCatch the train to Helensvale station. From there, you can take the G:link light rail and then walk to the course.
RIDE THE G:LINKCatch the G:link light rail, then get off at Broadwater Parklands, Southport South and Southport stations and walk to the course.
GRAB A GO CARD
go card is TransLinks’s electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel.
Use go card on all TransLink bus, train (including the Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions. go cards can be purchased online, over the phone on 13 12 30 or at a number of retail locations. Check out translink.com.au for more information.
Hydration is important for both athletes and spectators. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you.
Choose Tap! The City of Gold Coast has a number of public water refill points in and around the course. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill during the day.
The only way to get around the course will be by foot so ensure you are wearing comfortable clothing and footwear.
Take a hat, water and sunscreen and try to avoid bringing strollers.
BE A GOOD SPORT
You can get close to the action of the athletes, but make sure to stay behind the barriers (including selfie sticks), listen to the stewards and only cross at the pedestrian crossing points along the route at every intersection.
Dogs must be kept on a lead and filming must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition.
LET’S GET LOUD
Watching from the side of the road, you are part of the course. Cheer, yell and applaud athletes as they take on the challenges of the race.
Bang your saucepans or bring your cowbells to line the course and make some noise.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate and decorate! Get creative and make some noise or plan your own celebrations by dressing up and getting your face paint on. We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit
and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.
MAKE A DAY OF IT
There’s lots to do around Southport Broadwater Parklands. Check out the CBD Street Party, head to Festival 2018 at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach after the Triathlon or simply relax by the beautiful Broadwater.
- Women’s Triathlon will be the first medal event contested at GC2018.
- All forms of swimming are allowed in triathlon, but most swimmers will choose freestyle.
- Para triathletes use a recumbent hand-cycle for the cycle leg of the triathlon. It’s designed to be ridden by the athlete lying almost flat on their back.
- The transition between each discipline where athletes change equipment is known as triathlon’s 'fourth discipline’.
Did you know?
Combining the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running, triathletes are the ultimate endurance all-rounders.
At GC2018, these incredible athletes will draw upon all of their energy and mental strength to navigate the fast-paced sprint distance race.
For the first time at a Commonwealth Games, Para Triathlon will be contested. In addition to the individual men’s and women’s events, an exciting Mixed Team Relay will also be showcased, with two men and two women teaming up to compete for gold.