Coolangatta Precinct Gets Set for the Games

Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The largest multi-sport event to be held in Australia this decade is coming to the Gold Coast from 4 – 15 April.

Home to glorious beaches, year round sunshine and a vibrant seaside lifestyle, Coolangatta is the perfect location to play host to a Games event, with plenty of action in the seaside suburb. 

The Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Coolangatta on Tuesday 3 April with a Community Celebration planned for 6.37am at the Captain Cook Memorial. The relay will proceed along Marine Parade with 13 baton bearers exchanging the baton until approximately 7.40am.

The table below outlines the road closure dates for Marine Parade. (Note this area will still be open to pedestrians).

Coolangatta will be transformed into a Beach Volleyball hub during the Games, with the Commonwealth’s best athletes competing on our beachfront stage. But if you missed out on tickets to the main event, don’t despair. There will still be plenty of opportunity to head to the beach and catch some volley action at the free Coolangatta Beach Volleyball courts, located directly in front of The Strand.

The public beach courts are proudly presented by Connecting Southern Gold Coast and The Strand at Coolangatta and are free to the Southern Gold Coast community year round. With all eyes on Coolangatta for the Beach Volleyball events, everyone can enjoy the courts during the Games with the Community Beach Volleyball Program.

From 9:00am to 5:00pm from Friday 6 – Sunday 15 April, the courts will be set up for free public access. Simply sign in at the Volleyball Queensland Tent, get a ball and play! Free Come and Try coaching sessions will also be held from 9am – 10am and 2pm – 3pm daily, giving locals and visitors of all ages the opportunity to try the sport, learn some new skills from the experienced coaches and showcase Coolangatta’s beachside beauty.

If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Beach Volleyball, the session times are detailed below:

Friday 6 to Monday 9 April
10.30am – 1.30pm
3.30pm – 6.00pm
7.30pm – 10.30pm 

Tuesday 10 April
11.00am – 1.00pm
3.30pm – 6.00pm
7.30pm – 10.30pm

Wednesday 11 April
4.00pm – 6.00pm
7.30pm – 9.30pm

Thursday 12 April
3.30pm – 6.00pm
7.30pm – 10.00pm

Transport options to the venue include:

1. Free Surfside Bus. Buses will drop spectators at the existing bus stops on Griffith Street where they will be marshalled to walk around the perimeter of The Strand and down Warner Street to the event entrance.
2. Park ‘n’ Ride. From Betty Diamond Oval in Tugun or the Varsity Lakes Train Station. All users will be dropped at the Greenmount car park and marshalled towards the entrance point in the park opposite the Coolangatta Hotel.
3. Riding or Walking. Kirra Point is still open to pedestrian traffic and there will be additional bike racks installed at Kirra Surf Club and Greenmount to house up to 160 bicycles during the event.
4. Driving. Parking at The Strand or surrounding areas. 

From 12 March, the playground and BBQs along the Coolangatta foreshore will be closed due to construction of the Beach Volleyball arena. Beach access for Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club will change but the club will still be able to operate. All work will be completed by 28 March.

Regular restaurant meals will temporarily cease and a limited Commonwealth Games Menu will be available between 4- 16 April. Please be advised that all promotions, raffles and specials nights will be stopping on Sunday 1 April and will recommence Tuesday 17 April.

It’s not only about the sport during the GC2018 Commonwealth Games. Festival 2018 and Bleach* Festival have collaborated to deliver a cultural sideshow of events scattered throughout the city for locals and event goers to enjoy. 

As part of the cultural celebrations, Coolangatta will play host to The Language of the Wind, a sound installation created by emerging Indigenous leader Kyle Slabb, with Elders from South East Queensland and North West New South Wales. Held at Greenmount Headland from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 April, it will sound at intervals throughout the day and these powerful and evocative calls to country will interrupt and permeate the natural landscape.

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