One Year On From the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

It feels like yesterday, but it’s now been over a year since the biggest celebration rocked the Gold Coast, changing it forever and proving there is no other place in the world like the City of Gold Coast.

April 4, 2019 marks 12 months from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. The Gold Coast was on the world stage for our athletes, our venues and our landscape. And this has left a legacy for many to enjoy and benefit from in years to come.

There is so much more to the beachside city than immediately meets the eye. The Gold Coast’s restaurants, bars, lifestyle precincts and infrastructure have been revamped by billions of dollars of investment.

Some of the best parts of the Gold Coast!

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games might have been exactly a year ago, but they certainly aren't a distant memory! Today on the Coast, there are still signs of the Games everywhere you turn 💛Head to our website for more:

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Sporting venues like the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, both world-class facilities in their own rights, now play host to community and sporting groups, training our next wave of world-class athletes.

The Games also delivered extensive infrastructure, which will continue to benefit residents and visitors. For example:

  • $420 million in Light Rail Stage 2
  • $200 million in road network and pathway upgrades
  • $220 million in new and upgraded sporting venues
  • $550 million Parklands residential and retail development at Southport (Games Village)
  • $10.5 million Broadwater Parklands Stage 3
  • $5 million fibre optic network Stage 1

This investment is allowing locals and visitors us to live an efficient modern lifestyle; the light rail, for instance, enables people to travel around the coast faster. And a citywide rollout of a fibre-network is supercharging the internet, and propelling businesses into the 21st century.

The businesses killing it on the Gold Coast

There is just so much to see and do on the Goldie 💛 And, thanks to the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, it has never been easier to see it all!For more details, vist

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The city currently has Australia’s largest free Wi-Fi network, which includes 37 kilometres of fibre optic cabling installed to boost the city’s broadband network. In practical terms, the hard internet connection over the optic fibre can download a full-length movie in two or three seconds!

The repurposed athletes village has taken on a different life, and is now known as the “Smith Collective” – the new lifestyle of living in Southport. The athlete accommodation has been replaced by 18 apartment towers and 82 two-storey townhouses.

The Smith Collective is not only accommodation, it’s a 200-hectare master-planned community, known as the “Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct” – a hub bringing together big business, industry development, and research, including Griffith University’s “Institute of Glycomics”.

Thanks to an injection of funds into the art and culture sector, the city remains a key hub for film and television productions. Soundstage 9 at Village Roadshow studios at Oxenford, is the largest sound stage in the southern hemisphere. It was jointly funded by Village Roadshow and the Queensland Government to host the GC2018 squash competition. It now continues to attract major film and TV productions to the city, injecting millions of dollars into the local economy.

Bleach The Gold Coast Festival 2019

Did you know that we have the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to thank for Bleach The Gold Coast Festival? Be sure to check out the festival this month before it ends on the 28th of April 🎨For more information, visit

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Other beneficiaries from the arts funding include signature festival Bleach*. In its eighth year, Bleach* 2019 is happening all over the Gold Coast from 17-28 April.

The Gold Coast is so much more than sand, surf, and sports – it’s all of those things and more. This has never been more evident than now, one year on from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. To discover the jam-packed calendar of events, the emerging arts and culture scene, and the tech and innovation industries at the forefront of research and development, visit We Are Gold Coast.