The Commonwealth Games is closer than you think In April 2018, the Gold Coast will be hosting the 21st Commonwealth Games. While that’s just over a year away, the hype and preparation are already well underway.

If you’d like to attend any of the events, now is the time to start planning and making your travel and accommodation bookings to be sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a spectacular event.

What is the Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games is an international sporting competition featuring athletes from the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. Like the Olympics, it covers a range of sports and is held once every four years. The games began 1930, when just 11 nations participated, and have been held regularly ever since, except in 1942 and 1946 when they were abandoned because of World War II. They became known as ͞The Friendly Games͟ due to all the teams having a shared language (English) which fostered an atmosphere of friendship and communication

What’s happening at this Commonwealth Games?

The Gold Coast games mark the first time that a regional Australian city has hosted the event. Over the course of 11 days, 18 sports and seven para-sports will be hotly contested by competitors from 70 nations and territories. It will bring a total of 6,600 athletes and team officials to venues around the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

Where is is being held?

Carrara Stadium and the surrounding Gold Coast Sports Precinct will be the main hub of activity, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletics, weightlifting, wrestling and badminton, while the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be the home for water sports. A full list of venues can be found here. Ticket prices are very affordable, with kids starting from just $10 each and adults from $20 each. In fact, over half of all the tickets are priced below $40!

How do I get there?

Getting to the venues will be easy with the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network putting on extra trains, buses and light rail to ferry spectators back and forth. If you’re heading to an event, presenting your games admission ticket when you hop on board will mean your trip is free of charge.

Which events are included?

This year, there are 18 sports taking place over 26 different events. The full list is: athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling (mountain bike, road race, time trial and track), diving, gymnastics (artistic & rhythmic), hockey, lawn bowls, marathon, netball, powerlifting, race walk, rugby sevens, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.

How can I get involved?

The driving force behind any Commonwealth Games is the army of volunteers who help to keep everything running smoothly. Volunteering is an incredible experience and one in which you have the opportunity to share. The Gold Coast games will require 15,000 volunteers with a wide range of skills, including medical qualifications or the ability to use Australian Sign Language. Volunteers will be stationed at the event venues, the games village and the uniform and accreditation centre, giving them a unique insider’s perspective. If you’d like to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event and you’re over 16 years of age, are available on the dates required for selection, training, outfitting, and the games themselves, then you can register your interest online here. Applications open on the 6th of February, 2017. Check here for a full list of FAQs.

Whether you’re keen to be part of this fantastic event as a spectator or a volunteer, don’t leave it too late to reserve a spot at your favourite event. Keep up-to-date by following the official Gold Coast Commonwealth Games website, and book a sea view holiday apartment at Burleigh Beach Tower to be right amongst the action. It promises to be an exciting time on the Gold Coast in April 2018!