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Commonwealth Games

In April 2018, Queensland successfully delivered the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). Australia topped the medal tally with a staggering 198 medals comprising of 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze medals.

Queensland welcomed athletes, officials, family, friends, volunteers, tourists and spectators from over 71 nations to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.

We celebrated the largest para-sport program in the Commonwealth Games history, a ground-breaking Reconciliation Action Plan and a Games first with an equal number of medals for women and men.

An action-packed 11 days of sport, arts and culture inspired people from Australia and the world. More than 1.2 million tickets were sold to sport events and Festival 2018 had more than 1 million free and ticketed attendances.

Festival 2018, the largest arts and culture event ever hosted in Queensland, showcased high calibre homegrown talent and celebrated Queensland's creativity and cultural diversity. It included more than 550 events across the Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane.

The Commonwealth Games provided a $2.5 billion economic boost to Queensland, including a $1.8 billion boost to the Gold Coast, and supported tens of thousands of jobs.

GC2018 supported trade and economic growth, promoted equality and diversity; celebrated local and international culture, supported local artists, and contributed to active, healthy and engaged communities.

The Games created an impressive legacy for Queensland—boosting tourism, driving trade and investment, delivering new and improved infrastructure, and extending our global status as a place for world-class events.

Queensland and the Gold Coast continue to attract an increasing number of major international and national events with their growing reputations as a world-class events destinations.

To find out more about the outcomes and legacy that GC2018 has delivered visit GC2018 Reports and Publications.

Watch videos the Embracing 2018 YouTube Channel  has videos covering multiple initiatives and programs led by the Office of the Commonwealth Games, including Games venues and venue construction.

Last updated: 03 Dec 2019