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April 4 to 15 2018

Race Walks

Currumbin will set the stage for some of the fastest and most competitive road action at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

For spectators, there will be plenty of opportunities to view world-class athletes up close along the courses or at one of the Official GC2018 Public Viewing Areas. Please note there will be no public access to the start and finish line in the venue.

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Currumbin Beachfront

Before you leave


    There are lots of free things to see and do in the Official GC2018 Public Viewing Area on Pacific Parade. The Public Viewing Area will feature entertainment and activities, including a big screen, music, face painting, food and more.

    Check out the Bleach* at Festival 2018 events taking place in Palm Beach Parklands and Currumbin Estuary. Highlights on road events days include Tide, Song to the Earth and VOU. Head to Festival 2018 What’s On for more information.

    To continue the celebrations after the events, head to Festival 2018 in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach and be part of the arts and culture extravaganza.


    Sunday 8 April (7.00am – 12.00pm) – Athletics – Race Walks

    Public Viewing Area opening hours:

    6.00am – 1.00pm

    Race times:

    Men’s – 7.00am to 8.45am

    Women’s – 9.15am to 11.15am

    Distance: 20km (20 laps of a 1km course)


    The GC2018 App includes all the information you’ll need to know for the free events in one place. You’ll find course maps, fun facts and more.

    All road events are outdoors so prepare for all weather conditions. Allow plenty of time for travel and be prepared for crowds.

    All the cheering and celebrating works up an appetite, so bring a picnic with you or fuel up at the local cafés, restaurants and shops along the course.


    This is your chance to line the streets and celebrate GC2018. Help showcase the Gold Coast to the world!

    There are plenty of ways to celebrate and decorate! Get creative and make some noise or plan your own celebrations by dressing up and getting your face paint on. We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.

    Official GC2018 Community Celebration Packs and Party Decorations are now available!

    Get together, have some fun and don’t forget to share your special moments with us by tagging #GC2018 on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.

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. There are many travel options to get you to and from Currumbin. The earlier you plan your journey, the more you’ll enjoy your GC2018 experience.  Find your spot on the course maps, then select “Another Location” on the GC2018 Journey Planner and input your desired destination to find the best way there. A ticket needs to be purchased for public transport.


    The roads will be extremely busy.

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to a good spot along the course. Bike parking is available opposite Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and adjacent to Currumbin RSL.


    Many bus routes, including 700, 760 and 765 will run frequently during GC2018 and can take you close to the courses.

    Catch the train to Varsity Lakes station. From there, you can take the 760 and then walk to the closest Official GC2018 Viewing Area.

    From the G:link light rail, get off at Broadbeach South station and catch the 700 bus to take you to Currumbin.

    go card is TransLinks’s electronic ticket to fast, easy and convenient travel.

    Use go card on all TransLink bus, train (including the Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions. go cards can be purchased online, over the phone on 13 12 30 or at a number of retail locations. Check out translink.com.au for more information.



    Hydration is important for both athletes and spectators. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you.

    Choose Tap! The City of Gold Coast has a number of public water refill points in and around the course. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill during the day.


    The only way to get around the course will be by foot or bike so ensure you are wearing comfortable clothing and footwear.

    Take a folding chair, hat, water and sunscreen.


    You can get close to the action of the riders, but make sure to stay behind the barriers (including selfie sticks), listen to the stewards and only cross at the pedestrian crossing points along the route.

    Dogs must be kept on a lead and filming must be for personal, non-commercial purposes only and flash photography is prohibited during competition.


    Watching from the Official GC2018 Public Viewing Area on Pacific Parade or from the side of the road, you are part of the course. Cheer, yell and applaud athletes as they take on the challenges of the race.

    Bang your saucepans or bring your cowbells to line the course and make some noise.

    There’s plenty of ways to celebrate and decorate! We have lots of ideas in our Embrace the Race toolkit and our Celebrate GC2018 information pack.

Fast facts

  • Elite male walkers can reach a speed of over 15 km/hr (4:00 min/km) and elite female walkers can reach a speed of over 13 km/hr (4:30 min/km).
  • The Commonwealth Games records are held by Nathan Deakes, AUS (1:19:55, 2006) and Jane Saville, AUS (1:32:46, 2006).
  • Australia has won 9 of the 15 men’s Commonwealth Games gold medals on offer since 1966.
  • Australia has won 5 of the 6 women’s Commonwealth Games gold medals on offer since 1990.

Did you know?

Race walking demands a combination of endurance and impeccable technique. There are two rules the athletes must adhere to. The first is maintaining contact with the ground at all times (to the naked eye), and the second is that the athlete’s lead leg must be straightened from the moment it hits the ground until the vertical upright position. At GC2018, the stakes are high and athletes will be racing for medals and glory.