Brisbane is excited to be an Event City for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018)™ which will be staged from 4-15 April 2018. Brisbane City Council is committed to creating new lifestyle and leisure opportunities for all ages to enjoy, including hosting large events. Council is organising an arts and cultural festival, Festival 2018, to celebrate this special occasion with its residents and visitors.

GC2018 will be the largest sporting event in Australia this decade. The Event will attract 6600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories for 12 days of sporting and cultural events.

The Gold Coast will be the first regional Australian city to host a Commonwealth Games, with Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville all named event cities.

Brisbane City Council is facilitating an exciting program of events for all ages during GC2018. Don't miss your opportunity to be part of the 21st Commonwealth Games and to create once in a lifetime memories during the Queen's Baton Relay and Festival 2018. 

Brisbane - host city for GC2018 sporting events

Brisbane is excited to host the GC2018 shooting and track cycling events. Shooting events will be held at Belmont Shooting Complex, Belmont. Track cycling will be held at Anna Meares Velodrome, Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler.

More than 45,000 people are expected to attend sporting events in Brisbane. The city will be dressed in festival colours and ready to welcome and celebrate this special occasion with its visitors.

For ticket and event information visit the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games website.

Queen's Baton Relay

The Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth's diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. 

The QBR will pass through Brisbane over the Easter long weekend, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March 2018. Residents will have a chance to see the baton, engage with the bearers as they move through the city and stop in selected Brisbane streets, and celebrate together.

Queensland's successful baton bearers have been revealed. Visit the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games website for the full details.

You will find out exactly where you can cheer on the QBR and spend time with the baton yourself on 17 November 2017. The Queen's Baton Relay starts in Australia on 25 December 2017. 

Festival 2018

Brisbane residents and visitors can join the celebration of GC2018 at Festival 2018, an arts and cultural festival to be held from 4 to 15 April 2018. 

Festival 2018 will feature world-class musicians, breathtaking theatre, awe-inspiring talks, striking visual arts and more than 12 days of free events under the April skies in Brisbane.

The festival will extend from South Bank across the CBD, including King George Square, from the City Botanic Gardens to Roma Street Parklands and the laneways in between.

Full program information will be released in early February 2018. Visit this page for more regular updates.

Community readiness

GC2018 provides a significant opportunity for businesses across Queensland. With events happening across the state, GC2018 will inject billions of dollars into the economy. There will be 6,600 athletes and team officials, 15,000 volunteers, a forecast 672,000 visitors, plus a television audience greater than 1.5 billion worldwide.

To support businesses to take advantage of the opportunities arising before, during and after GC2018, a number of programs to build capability and capacity are being developed, including the Be Games Ready program, tourism initiatives, support for Indigenous businesses, and major event capability development. There is also information, advice and support available from the Get Set for the Games team who can help businesses develop a Travel Action Plan to keep the city moving during Games time.

Embracing 2018

Beyond the 11 days of unforgettable sporting competition, GC2018 holds the promise of a transformative legacy for creating active and inclusive communities, diverse and enduring economic growth, and greater reconciliation and social justice for all Australians.

As part of this Legacy aspiration, Council is delivering projects across the city under the Public Domain Improvement Projects (PDIP) initiative.

These projects include:

  • An upgrade to Captain Burke Park at Kangaroo Point
  • Accessibility upgrades to selected bus stops across the city
  • Wayfinding signage at key locations across the city
  • Outdoor table tennis tables in selected parks across the city
  • Public art.

The Queensland Government's Embracing 2018 Legacy Program's aspirations, transformative agendas and programs have been developed to create long-lasting benefits for our communities both before and after the Games. For more information visit the Embracing 2018 website.

Top 10 things to do in Brisbane

Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax - it's a safe, vibrant, green and prosperous city, valued for its friendly and optimistic character and enjoyable lifestyle.

No wonder Brisbane is one of the world's most liveable cities.

With more than 50,000 Council supported markets, festivals and events and around 283 days of sunshine every year, it's a great place to explore.

Here are some of the top things to do in Brisbane:

  1. Go for a drive or catch a bus up to Mount Coot-tha to enjoy the magnificent views of our city. While you are here, you could also check out the Botanic Gardens and Brisbane Planetarium.
  2. Stroll through South Bank Parklands and the Cultural Precinct.
  3. Take a ride on a CityCat and see Brisbane from a different perspective.
  4. Rent a CityCycle and go for a ride along the Brisbane River. Stop at Brisbane Powerhouse for a refreshment.
  5. Dine at one of the many restaurants on Riverside.
  6. Book a Brisbane Greeters tour and learn more about the city.
  7. Escape the city feel and explore Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.
  8. Hug a koala, hang out with the kangaroos and see other animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
  9. Book a day trip to Brisbane's islands including Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.
  10. Climb the Story Bridge.

For more ideas on what to do in Brisbane and how you explore this great city during GC2018 see the Visit Brisbane website.

Other useful links

As part of a readiness program for businesses in Brisbane, the Queensland Government is delivering a series of customer service excellence workshops, Be My Guest, to help leaders, managers, front-facing staff from the tourism, hospitality and wider business community to excel in their service delivery. Free Be My Guest workshops will be held in Brisbane throughout October and November 2017.

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For more information about the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, visit the www.embracing2018.com.

18 October 2017