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

Nerang Mountain Bike Trails

The Nerang State Forest is perfectly still. 12km from Surfers Paradise, it’s a rainforest infused with a quiet tranquility. Suddenly, you hear the call. A rider barrels down the treacherous terrain, fearless and fast.

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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


    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.

  • Arrive early

    Don’t miss a moment of the action. Entry gates will open up to two hours 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 Nerang Mountain Bike Trails 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 will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Bike parking is available near the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails on Cotton Street.

  • Take the bus

    Many bus routes, including 740 and 745, will run frequently during the Games to Nerang station. From Nerang station you can take a Games Shuttle close to the venue.

  • Catch the train

    Catch the train to Nerang station. From there, you can walk or take a GC2018 shuttle bus close to the venue.

  • Accessible transport

    Accessible shuttle buses will be available to take you to the venue.

*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. Just show your GC2018 ticket upon boarding. Free travel will terminate at 3am the day after your event and is not available on the AirTrain service.

Trailside tips

  • Take to the trails

    Mountain Bike is a full day event and spectators can view the action from the trails. To watch from the trails and re-enter the venue, make sure you are issued with a pass out wristband. You will need to pass through the security screening again as you re-enter the venue. For full details on the conditions of entry, see the Venue Entry Conditions.

  • Be prepared

    The Nerang Mountain Bike Trails are outdoors, so prepare for all weather conditions. Ensure you’re wearing comfortable clothing and closed footwear. There are no facilities on the trails for spectators so make sure to utilise these before leaving the venue. Spectators may also bring one folding chair per person, water or water bottle within the permitted limits, and non-aerosol insect repellent up to 250ml.

  • Let's get loud

    Watching from along the trails, you are part of the course. Cheer, yell and applaud the riders as they fearlessly take on the challenges of the course.

  • 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. Make sure to stay behind the course boundary and cross the course only when safe to do so.

  • Leave only footprints

    When viewing the event from the trails, keep to the paths, respect the flora and fauna, follow signage and take all your rubbish with you.

  • Make a day of it

    There’s lots to do around the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails. Head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach or explore the world heritage listed national parks and nature reserves.

Fast facts

  • The GC2018 Mountain Bike course is approximately 4.5km long.
  • If something breaks on the mountain bike, cyclists must fix it themselves or get to the Technical Assistance Zone where team mechanics can help.
  • The mountain bike event made its debut at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and has featured at the Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014 Games.
  • Unlike the smooth-bottomed shoes used in road cycling, mountain bike shoes have gripping soles, similar to hiking boots.

Did you know?

The Nerang Mountain Bike Trails were enabled by GC2018 and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government.

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.