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What To Do on the Gold Coast to Escape the Commonwealth Games

  • March 29, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
  • 22 Comments
What To Do on the Gold Coast to Escape the Commonwealth Games

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you have undoubtedly heard that the Commonwealth Games are being held on the Gold Coast in Queensland in April. The GC2018, as it’s branded, is hosting over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories for an 11 day sporting and cultural event. However for the residents of the Gold Coast it is going to be a chaotic time and unless you’ve been lucky enough to secure tickets, then I guess we need to embrace the whole festival. So I have gathered together a list of what to do on the Gold Coast to escape the Commonwealth Games.

If you can’t beat them then join them!

The good thing about the Commonwealth Games is that there are a couple of free spectator events that in my case, I can just walk or cycle to watch. The Marathon, Race Walk, Cycling Time Trail and Cycling Road Race are all events that I can stand on the sidelines to watch.

What To Do On The Gold Coast To Escape The Commonwealth Games

Competitors running along Burleigh Esplanade in the Gold Coast Marathon

As part of the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 will be in full swing at two main stages at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. So I can easily cycle to Broadbeach to watch some of the free entertainment being provided.

Bleach Festival 2018, a festival of the arts, is also coinciding with the Games and the good news is that there will be events only a short distance away from me at Burleigh Heads.

What To Do On The Gold Coast To Escape The Commonwealth Games

Bleach Festival Sign at Burleigh Beach

Go Beach Bumming!

With most of the happenings during the Games being at the northern end of the Gold Coast and Beach Volleyball being played at Coolangatta Beach, it’s probably a good idea to avoid some of the more popular beaches on the Gold Coast.

What To Do On The Gold Coast To Escape The Commonwealth Games

Tugun Beach

Why not try some of the lesser know beaches such as Miami Beach or Nobby Beach and south of Burleigh Heads try Tallebudgera, Palm Beach, Tugun and Bilinga beaches. These are great beaches with safe patrolled areas for a swim and all have surfable waves.

Head for the Hills

If the Gold Coast is still too crowded for you then head for the hills in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Take a day trip to Tamborine Mountain, Springbrook National Park, Numinbah Valley or O’Reillys in Lamington National Park. These are all lush green rainforested areas with great walking trails, picnic areas, cascading waterfalls, cool rock pools and some with quirky cafes, shops, wineries and art galleries to explore.

What To Do On The Gold Coast To Escape The Commonwealth Games

Natural Bridge in the Numinbah Valley

Closer to home, take a drive out to Currumbin Valley to Mt Cougal National Park or Currumbin Rock Pools. It’s such a pretty country road drive over rickety wooden bridges with green fields of farmlands, B&Bs and tree canopies overhanging the road.

Cross the Border

Across the border into New South Wales, along the Tweed Coast there are heaps of interesting beach towns, farmgate fresh produce, calm-watered estuaries and creeks, long sandy stretches of beaches and famous wave breaks. Take a drive along this fascinating stretch of coastline, stopping at each village along the way and enjoying the laid-back ambience of each place.

What To Do On The Gold Coast To Escape The Commonwealth Games

Hastings Point Beach

Further afield you can drive to Brunswick Heads or even Byron Bay, both a manageable day trip from the Gold Coast. Or drive inland into the ‘Green Cauldron’ and ancient Gondwana Rainforests via vast cane fields and dairy farms. This immense caldera stretches from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast and west towards the Great Dividing Range.

What To Do On The Gold Coast To Escape The Commonwealth Games

Views from Mt Warning in the Tweed Range

As a Gold Coast local during the Commonwealth Games, I will be heeding the advice of staying off the roads to the main sporting venues, and only getting in my car when absolutely necessary. I will also be taking advantage of the free live entertainment and getting into the spirit of the Games by supporting competitors where I can. It is going to be a wonderful event and it will certainly put the Gold Coast on the world map.

Are you coming to the Commonwealth Games? What events are you interested in?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Lyndall from Seize the Day Project
Deb from DebbishDotCom
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


 

 

 

 

 

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By 50 Shades, March 29, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

22 Comments
  • Jo Tracey
    March 29, 2018

    aaah yes, some good tips. We’ve had a number of athletes and teams up here in the lead up to the games using the facilities. It’s exciting but at the same time, for you & other residents, also a disruption to normal routines! Some great tips here.

    • Kathy
      March 29, 2018

      It’s a huge disruption to our normal lives Jo, but I must say I’m very proud of my city to be hosting such a mammoth event. I just don’t want to get caught up in the traffic chaos or have to share my favourite beaches with all the tourists!

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    March 29, 2018

    I think it would be great to live down there and have access to some of the more publicly available events. Also accommodation is all sorted! Could be quite a disruption is some ways though – parking, public transport, busy roads, bit of chaos here and there!! As for me – I will be staying away from the Gold Coast for the duration of the games. I’m not a fan of crowds, heavy traffic or chaos in any form. I’m happy to watch it all unfold on TV. Great tips here on ways to escape if you live local and feel the need. Hope it all goes well! :-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      March 29, 2018

      Thankfully there are a couple of free events that I’ll be able to get along to and watch. The swimming would have been great, but getting there a big pain. I think I’ll be hibernating a bit during the Games!

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    March 29, 2018

    Hi Kathy we will be avoiding our apartment on the Gold Coast during the Games that is for sure! You have some helpful tips to still enjoy the area but avoid the Games. I think the traffic will be a nightmare but of course, once the Games get going everyone forgets the negatives and enjoys the atmosphere.

    • Kathy
      March 29, 2018

      Yes I thought you might be, unless you got tickets to the Games and wanted to come down to the Coast to stay. It’s going to be a busy place, but I guess very exciting with all the different nations here on the Coast. Hopefully the atmosphere will be buzzing. #TeamLovinLife

  • Life Images by Jill
    March 29, 2018

    I must say I had to do a bit of a grin at this. We were in France during the Tour de France, and our French friend did whatever she could to avoid the route and the crowds. Enjoy the Commonwealth Games!

    • Kathy
      March 29, 2018

      I think the Games are a wonderful thing for the Gold Coast, but our roads and public transport system were already stretched before the event, so goodness knows what it will be like. I’m leaving my car in the garage for the next few weeks for sure! #TeamLovinLife

  • jodie filogomo
    March 29, 2018

    I think I’d want to come just for the photo opportunities!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      March 31, 2018

      Yes there is certainly plenty of pretty scenery here on the Gold Coast. #TeamLovinLife

  • Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project
    March 30, 2018

    I hear you Kathy. We’re fortunate to be on the Southern end of the coast, but the traffic is already chaotic around here for Easter. Trips to work, school and appointments have had to be stretched out. I guess we’re used to being able to travel wherever we want with minimal delay – not so for the next few weeks! I know a lot of locals are escaping the coast for the games – and who can blame them? #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      March 31, 2018

      We were thinking of renting our house out and escaping all together, but we have too much happening this year to do this. It’s already chaotic, but it is Easter and there appears to be a lot of people holidaying. I don’t think I’ll be on the roads much over the next few weeks.

  • Deborah
    March 30, 2018

    I’m not really into the Olympics or Commonwealth Games and didn’t know when they were on other than it being April. Happily I’m away for part of it but I really hope the weather stays fine and I hope the event goes well.

    So much effort has been put into the preparations…..

    • Kathy
      March 31, 2018

      Yes the Gold Coast has certainly been spruced up in readiness for the Games. I’m looking forward to them and the associated festivities, but it will be chaotic on the roads and beaches.

  • Natalie
    March 30, 2018

    Good tips, Kathy! Enjoy the free events when you can. I’ve attended international marathon and cycling events before. The energy was amazing.

    • Kathy
      March 31, 2018

      I’m looking forward to seeing the marathon and cycling events. They should be spectacular as the courses follow the beachfront and the pretty Currumbin Valley. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo
    March 31, 2018

    Although it all sounds very exciting I think we’d be heading for the hills. I love the look of the cool hinterland and those quiet beaches a little south seem to me to be divine. We drove south today and along the way we saw more than our normal 2 cars! (Joking!) and the town of Donnybrook was so heaving with cars and people for the Apple Festival that we moved on and didn’t stay, thinking it was probably more geared to families with kids, and the crowds were getting to us!.However, I think your idea of not driving anywhere and catching the free events and entering into the spirit of things with the musical events at night will be just right. For anyone who’s a sporting fanatic though, what a wonderful event!

    • Kathy
      April 1, 2018

      Believe me, I would love to attend some of the sporting events for the Commonwealth Games, but it’s so difficult getting tickets to some of the more popular events, and sometimes I feel you see more on TV. I’m proud that my city is hosting the Games and hopefully it will boost tourism to Australia and put us on the world map. Let’s just wait and see what the impact will be. I’ll be happily staying at home and not driving my car too far! #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    April 3, 2018

    Oh gosh. Stock up your food and bunker down. HIDE!!! #teamlovinlife

  • Christine
    April 9, 2018

    We had a day at Coolangatta at the beach volleyball which was a hoot. Ended up driving from Brisbane and it was as easy as pie, as was parking. I’ve heard the same about the main area as well.

    • Kathy
      April 9, 2018

      It is amazing how well the Gold Coast, the road system and public transport are coping with the influx of extra visitors. We all expected the worst and it really isn’t bad at all! I’m enjoying the Games too. #TeamLovinLife

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