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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
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April 4 to 15 2018

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

It’s the battleground that will host fierce displays of strength, speed and precision. Moments of suspense will be broken by roaring cheers and victorious celebrations. This is Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

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Nerang-Broadbeach Rd, Carrara QLD 4211

Before you leave

  • Avoid bags

    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

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    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.

  • Arrive early

    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 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. Walking and cycling could be the best option, 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.

  • Get active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling may be the easiest way to get to the venue. Bike parking is available near the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

  • Take the bus

    A GC2018 shuttle will take you to the venue from Broadbeach South. Bus routes 740 and 745 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 walk or take a Games Shuttle close to the venue.

  • Ride the G:Link

    Walk or catch a bus to the G:link light rail, then get off at Broadbeach South station and take a Games Shuttle close to the venue.

  • Park 'n' ride

    Book a space at Yatala or Millaroo Drive North Park ‘n’ Rides 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 transport

    Accessible shuttle buses will be available and Park ‘n’ Ride spaces can be booked via the GC2018 Journey Planner.

*Free public transport will be available for ticketed spectators travelling to and from competition venues on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, on the South East Queensland TransLink public transport network. Present a valid GC2018 ticket when boarding services. Free travel will terminate at 3am the day after your event. It is not available on the AirTrain service.

Grandstand tips

  • Keep hydrated

    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 Carrara Sports and Leisure 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

    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.

  • Focus is key

    Because four different sports are hosted at the venue, take note of messages and direction information as you enter and leave the venue.

  • Get energised

    Bring your energy and support. Your cheers and encouragement could make all the difference to an athlete’s medal-winning lift, grapple or smash.

  • 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

    Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre is centrally located as part of Carrara Precinct. Head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.

Fast facts

  • Badminton will use approximately 8,400 shuttles at GC2018 which will be redistributed as a legacy item.
  • The ultimate test of upper body strength, some para powerlifters can lift up to three times their bodyweight.
  • Weightlifting shoes are designed for maximum stability and typically have a raised heel of 3cm.
  • Watch out for the flying squirrel, fireman and gut wrench at Wrestling. They’re names of some of the moves that will be on display on the mat.

Did you know?

The multi-purpose community facility is a GC2018 legacy project, jointly funded by the Queensland Government, Australian Government and City of Gold Coast. 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.