100 Reasons to look forward to GC2018 - Part 226 Dec 2017 by Fiona Self
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And not just because of the holiday festivities – there are just 100 days to go until the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
To celebrate, GC2018.com takes a look at 100 reasons to get excited about the biggest sporting event the Gold Coast has ever seen.
We celebrated all the reasons to get swept up in the world-class sport. For Part 2, we’re looking at the place.
26. 57km of beautiful beaches
With sandy white beaches stretching the entire length of the Gold Coast, start competition day with a swim in the ocean. The Gold Coast boasts an average of 245 days of fine and sunny weather each year – perfect to enjoy a dip in the ocean.
27. Gold Coast sunsets
Watch the sun dip below the horizon in a display of vibrant pinks, oranges and purples.
28. Discovering the green behind the gold
The lush green hinterland is host to an array of incredible walking trails and vantage points. From Tamborine Mountain to Springbrook to Lamington National Park, there are countless vistas to uncover.
29. The city lights
Celebrate a great day of play with a night on the town. Indulge at one of the city’s hatted restaurants or pick up a bite to eat from a food truck or market stall before heading to Festival 2018 or immersing yourself in the local music scene.
30. Heading north
Townsville and Cairns will host the Basketball preliminary and classification matches. The tropical environment and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef makes both of these places a popular destination for international and domestic visitors alike.
31. Witnessing a natural wonder
Discover the hidden wonders of the Great Barrier Reef while you’re in event cities Townsville or Cairns. The world’s largest coral reef can even be seen from space.
32. Feeling the rush
Get your adrenaline pumping on Australia’s best roller coasters. The Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia, with a ride or attraction for everyone at every age.
33. Tasting different flavours
Whatever your appetite and budget, the Gold Coast’s culinary scene has many different flavours to discover. Dine at a beachfront restaurant as surfers chase the next wave, or head to the hills to a restaurant surrounded by nature.
34. What’s SUP
Reinvigorate your body and mind stand up paddle boarding on one of the Gold Coast’s picturesque waterways.
35. Finding sanctuary
From koalas to kangaroos and crocodiles, get to know Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife at one of the Gold Coast’s wildlife sanctuaries.
36. Feasting, food truck style
Why choose one cuisine when you can try a bit of everything? The Gold Coast’s range of food trucks offer creative and casual dining. You’ll find them at local markets or even at some of the coast’s craft breweries.
37. Coffee coffee coffee
Nothing beats the taste of that first sip of coffee. Grab a cup at a café by the water or head to a favourite local spot to start the day.
38. Catching a wave
The Gold Coast is known for its world-class surf breaks. From Kirra to Greenmount to Burleigh Heads, your chase for the perfect wave starts and finishes right here.
39. Getting back to nature
After watching the Mountain Bike competition at Nerang State Forest, explore the tranquil trails of this incredible part of the Gold Coast.
40. The Broadwater
Southport Broadwater Parklands is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. At GC2018, the Broadwater will host the Marathon start and finish, Triathlon and Swimming and Diving, but before and after the sport sessions, explore the parklands and water.
41. A bicycle made for touring
Life’s better on two wheels. Hire a bike and explore the coast from Main Beach to Burleigh Heads.
42. Treasure hunting
Pick up gifts, keepsakes and local treasures at the beachside markets.
43. New sounds
Uncover new bands and artists at Festival 2018 or one of the city’s music hot spots.
44. Chasing waterfalls
Two words: the Hinterland.
45. Picnicking in the park
Kick back on a picnic rug at Burleigh point or one of the Gold Coast’s local parks. The city has 2,314 parks, around 700 playgrounds and more than 380 barbecues and 200 sports fields.
46. Saluting the sun
City of Gold Coast’s Active and Healthy Program feature a range of fitness classes for free, or for a small fee. Check out a morning yoga class to start the day right, before heading to the Games. Find out more.
47. Retail therapy
From luxury retailers to one-of-a-kind boutiques, head to one of the Gold Coast’s large shopping centres or find a new favourite store nearby.
48. Rest and relax
Head west into the rainforest to recharge and relax amongst nature. Lamington National Park has over 160 kilometres of picturesque walking trails.
49. Sand and sun
Find a spot on the sand and settle in for an amazing morning on the beach.
50. Showing the world our Gold Coast.
To know the Gold Coast is to love it. We can’t wait to share it with new visitors, new friends and the 6,600 athletes and team officials who will take part in GC2018.
Tickets to GC2018 are still available. Complete your Games experience.