Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Surrounded by pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, dining and world-class shopping, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is in the centre of the GC2018 action.
Before you leave
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 Venue Entry Conditions and Prohibited & Restricted Items 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.
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 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 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.
If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Bike parking is available near the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Take the bus
Many bus routes, including 700, 705 and 750, 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 take a Games Shuttle close to the venue.
Ride the G:link
Walk, catch a bus or train to the G:link light rail, then get off at Broadbeach North station and walk to the venue.
Park 'n' Ride
Book a space at Boowaggan Road Park ‘n’ Ride 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 shuttle buses will be available and Park ‘n’ Ride spaces can be booked via the GC2018 Journey Planner.
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
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is an indoor venue with outdoor features, so consider sun protection. For more health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.
Be a good sport
Cheer on your team as loudly as you can, but whistles, air horns, vuvuzelas or similar are not permitted to be used during events. 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
Check out Festival 2018 presented by The Star Gold Coast, indulge in some shopping and explore the restaurants, bars and cafés in Broadbeach.
- Men and women play with different sized basketballs. During competition, women will play with a size 6 basketball and the men a size 7.
- Basketball made its debut at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and has not featured on a program again until GC2018.
- For the first time in Commonwealth Games history, Uganda has qualified for Netball.
- A netball goal post is 3.05m high.
- Australia and New Zealand have claimed all Netball gold medals to date, with three and two gold medals a piece since Netball made its debut in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
Did you know?
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre became the first convention centre in the world to achieve EarthCheck Gold status, in recognition of its commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standard.
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.