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GOLD COAST e vent guide
Gold Coast | Global Event Destination
The Gold Coast is an events city! It is a city where the ‘have-a-go’ spirit is strong and people are proud to live,
work and study. It is a city where people start a business, grow their business and raise a family.
The Gold Coast prides itself on dreaming up big events and executing them flawlessly. The successful staging
of the largest sporting event this decade in the southern hemisphere − the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth
Games is undisputed proof that the city has what it takes.
In the process the city gained many significant legacy assets such as; early extension of the light rail; several
world class sporting venues; the largest soundstage in the southern hemisphere at Village Roadshow Studios;
the new outdoor stage and continued development of Home of the Arts, just to name a few.
The city attracts international events and makes them quintessentially Gold Coast. The Gold Coast utilises its
natural assets from the golden sands of its ocean beaches to the million-year-old rainforests in the hinterland.
Capitalising on its perfect weather conditions of year round moderate weather, modern, seamlessly connected
transport systems and extensive tourism infrastructure, the Gold Coast rightly has a reputation as a world-class
1. THE GOLD COAST 10
2. GOLD COAST VENUES AND SUPPLIERS 14
3. MAJOR EVENTS CALENDAR 34
4. GOLD COAST SERVICES 36
5. CITY SUPPORT FOR EVENT ORGANISERS 44
6. MARKETING, MEDIA AND SPONSORSHIPS 53
7. THE BUSINESS OF SPORT 58
8. EVENT SNAPSHOTS 62
Letter from the Mayor
City of Gold Coast is rated one of the most desirable places
in the world to live ranked on political, social, economic and
environmental factors, personal safety and health.
It has long been one of Australia’s fastest growing cities with
a current population of 600,000. But within the next 20 years
this is expected to grow to 820,000.
At the same time, Gold Coast hosts 13 million visitors a year.
Serviced by two international airports, Gold Coast is the
gateway to 26 destinations worldwide provided by 30 airlines.
With the exception of superjumbo aircraft, Gold Coast airport
now caters for the largest international passenger jets.
This was fully tested last year when 1.1 million visitors and
athletes came to stay for the two weeks of the Gold Coast
2018 Commonwealth Games, the largest event in the
southern hemisphere for the past decade.
This was a massive test of the city’s organisational capability
under the scrutiny of a global audience of 1.5 billion. Gold
Coast passed with flying colours with tourism inflows already
growing substantially. When you factor-in our warm, pleasant
climate with 300+ days a year of sunshine, it is no wonder we
have become very popular with athletes and sporting teams.
The Games delivered us a portfolio of new and upgraded
sporting facilities that are truly world-class, catering for high
performance training backed by outstanding expertise in
fitness, nutrition, rehabilitation and conditioning.
Our success with the Games made it clear that specialising
in major sporting events was the logical way to diversify
our tourism sector while taking advantage of our new and
enhanced infrastructure and the human resource capability
that came with it.
Knowing that the viability of major events is dependent
on community goodwill, City of Gold Coast ensured that
volunteering was a core element of sustainability. We
implemented a major engagement program to secure 15,000
volunteers. We attracted 46,000! Comprehensive scenario
training was provided so this large cadre of eager enthusiasts
can apply their enhanced skills for future events for many
years to come.
The Games also provided the opportunity to diversify the
city’s economic base further by re-purposing the Athletes’
Village into a high-tech industry precinct that is fast becoming
Asia-Pacific’s pace-setting health and innovation hub. The
area takes advantage of Gold Coast’s three internationally-
recognised university campuses each of which offer specialist
teaching and research into various aspects of sports
performance and allied health fields.
Gold Coast is rightly known around the world for having some
of the best lifestyles anywhere on earth - and for good reason.
But we recognise that our magnificent natural beauty must
keep pace with the prosperity and desirable lifestyle options
we offer. Nearly 51% of our land mass is natural vegetation
and we maintain more than 2,300 parks and gardens.
In recognition of the importance we place on being an
international sport destination, City of Gold Coast has a
dedicated team to assist you to bring your next training camp
or major event here. We are all about Creating Value In Sport
and we’d like to show you why.
For example, we adopted the Magic Millions $11 million-
plus Race Series which is a world first concept that has
been developed to make our Gold Coast Raceday one of
Australia’s richest, and indeed one of the top ten richest race
meetings in the world. It is a perfect demonstration of how a
city’s core characteristics can be leveraged to build the image
and reputation of a sporting event.
As a host city for international sporting events, Gold
Coast is a winner: climate, venues, facilities, access and
accommodation. All of world-class standard. And beyond
anything else, we have proven expertise in making these
events happen in a way that reflects great credit on both the
sport and the organising body.
It’s a winning formula and we would love to talk to you
about opportunities. Please ask us for any information you
MAYOR TOM TATE
CITY OF GOLD COAST
2018 Commonwealth Games Host City
The international spotlight was on the Gold Coast
for 11 glorious days in April 2018 for the Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games. And shine we did.
The city hosted 6600 athletes and team officials from 71
nations and territories, in world class sporting stadiums
and accommodation, in partnership with organisers and
the Queensland Government. It was the largest sporting
event in Australia in a decade.
A record breaking global audience of 1.5 billion people
around the world has brought a renewed focus on sport
on the Gold Coast, with more than $200 million invested in
infrastructure at venues around the city.
Major legacy items such as the Gold Coast Aquatic
Centre, which underwent a $41 million refurbishment
before the Games including a new 50 metre competition
pool, 50 metre training pool, dive platform and pool, indoor
learn-to-swim centre, conference facilities, gymnasium and
café have become a lasting image of the Games.
In addition, the Gold Coast Hockey Centre in Labrador,
Broadbeach Bowls Club and Gold Coast Cycle Centre
in Nerang have undergone major upgrades and are now
capable of accommodating national and international
The city is already enjoying bumper bookings at some of
these facilities including the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre
which hosted the gymnastics and netball finals during the
Games, and the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre,
part of the larger $125 million Gold Coast Sports Precinct
which includes Metricon Stadium, Carrara Indoor Sports
Stadium and the surrounding sporting fields.
With this resounding success and experience under our
belt, these Games have proved that the we are well on our
way to becoming Australia’s next big event city.
1. THE GOLD COAST Australia’s Gold Coast is moving forward in leaps and
bounds. Strategically located in the Asia-Pacific rim, in
the south-east corner of the state of Queensland, with
easy access to two international airports, the Gold Coast
is perfectly positioned as a destination for business,
investment, study, sport, events, tourism and lifestyle.
With recent major improvements to the transport network,
including the extension to G:Link which connected heavy
rail (Airtrain) with light rail, as well as increased free public
parking, the city now boasts seamless access to Brisbane
International Airport, the main international airport servicing
South East Queensland. The city is also connected by the
Pacific Motorway allowing several road transfer options
such as coach and car transfer between Brisbane Airport
and the Gold Coast.
The city is situated in the perfect location for the ideal
outdoor lifestyle, receiving an average of 10 hours of
25˚C sunshine a day, approximately 300 days per year,
57 kilometres of pristine beach coastline and i