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

Optus Aquatic Centre

The water is perfectly still. The athletes are poised. It’s time to compete. Divers pierce the water with barely a ripple, and swimmers put on a record-breaking show in the 50m pool.

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Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast QLD 4225

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 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 Optus Aquatic Centre 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 close to the Optus Aquatic Centre.

  • Take the bus

    Games Shuttles will take you to the venue from Helensvale station. Bus routes 704, 713 and 719 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 Helensvale station. From there, you can take a Games Shuttle close to the venue.

  • Ride the G:link

    Walk, catch a bus or train to the G:link light rail, then get off at Southport station and walk to the venue.

  • Park 'n' Ride

    Book a space at Parkwood Park ‘n’ Ride 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 Games 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. 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.

Poolside 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

    Optus Aquatic Centre is an outdoor venue, so think 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! Please ensure your mobile phone is on silent. Filming and photography must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition. 

  • Follow the signs

    Take note of messaging and directional information to ensure a smooth departure after the event.

  • 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

    There’s lots to do around the Optus Aquatic Centre. Head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach or relax by the beautiful Broadwater.

Fast facts

  • Diving techniques include somersaults, twists, pikes and tucks.
  • After starts and turns, a swimmer’s head must break the surface within 15 metres.
  • The shoulder, chest and back muscles generate approximately 85 per cent of a swimmer’s power.
  • Sometimes divers learn and train on land, using equipment like trampolines, pits of foam and dry boards.

Did you know?

Originally built in 1964, the Optus Aquatic Centre has had a $42m upgrade as a GC2018 legacy project and a joint funding initiative by the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast, providing the Gold Coast with a world-class swimming and diving facility.

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.