All eyes are on the Gold Coast as it prepares to host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) held from April 4 to 15.
The city in the sunshine state of Queensland is undergoing a facelift to welcome over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories for the 11-day sporting event.
From upgraded transport links and a massive hub for arts and culture, to the latest dining enclaves and swanky hotels, the rejuvenation sweeping over the city makes it an ideal time for a visit during and post-Games.
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In preparation for GC2018, a $420 million upgrade extends the G:Link, the Gold Coast light rail system from Gold Coast University Hospital station to Helensvale, bringing the total number of stations to 19, starting from Broadbeach South.
The Helensvale station connects to the Queensland Rail Network, so visitors arriving from Brisbane airport can now take a train to Helensvale station and transfer to the G:link to get to popular beach precincts such as Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach in Gold Coast.
Getting from Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach South — a popular dining and shopping precinct, and home to the newly renovated Pacific Fair shopping centre — can be achieved within 15 minutes.
During the Games, the G:link will also provide direct access to arts and culture activities at Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.
With more than six million additional trips forecast across the Gold Coast transport network during GC2018, the G:Link will operate more often with trams running to a 24-hour timetable between Helensvale and Broadbeach South stations.
Visual artistry for the senses
Designed to be a hub for arts and culture and creative enterprises, the 16.5ha Gold Coast Cultural Precinct at Evandale is the city’s latest addition to its arts scene.
Home of the Arts (HOTA) a new outdoor stage will be the place for live performances and to showcase the best of local talent and emerging artists.
The line-up for the year is already set with some of the biggest names in business — such as Tim Minchin in concert (March 17) and Concert for the Planet by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra (March 24).
Set within a lush environment, the precinct brings together people of all ages to spend leisure time by Evandale Lake, which has been enhanced with 110m swimming lanes, sandy beaches and a children’s pool, playgrounds, gardens, picnic spots, boardwalks and beaches.
There is also a 14-floor Art Tower that houses a new art museum and several destination galleries that focus on touring exhibitions, regional collections, photography and new media. A public observation roof deck and viewing platform at the top floor offer visitors a bird’s eye view of the city.
In addition, check out the Performing Arts Centre with a theatre for musicals and dance performances that can seat 1,200, a 600-seat playhouse theatre, as well as recording studio and cinema complexes.
The future of the city’s dining scene has come into its own and is set to flourish even further.
From chic restaurants to innovative dining concepts all offering not just great food but a unique dining experience, the Gold Coast has carved a niche as a foodie destination.
Do not miss the Thai-influenced modern Australian cuisine at Rick Shores. Set on Burleigh Beach with million dollar coastal views, tuck into one of the Gold Coast’s finest fare made from locally-sourced produce.
Kiyomi at luxury hotel The Star is one of the Gold Coast’s most renowned dining rooms and a testament to maturing of culinary tastebuds on the Coast.
Palm Beach is the newest foodie precinct buzzing with more than 50 restaurants and cafes.
A venue not to be missed is The Collective Palm Beach brings together five restaurants, a bar and a trendy rooftop bar. Its communal dining concept allow diners to order from 1 menu that houses all 5 restaurants and share in the Mexican, Italian, American, Asian and modern Australian fare.
Street food is also undergoing a renaissance in the Gold Coast.
You’ll find vans up and down the coast selling everything from gourmet burgers and fries to imaginative vegan fare.
Every Friday and Saturday evening, Miami Marketta and NightQuarter come alive with food stalls from all corners of the world.
The NightQuarter offers “a festival every weekend”, with a range of eateries, retail market and late music performances in a village of repurposed shipping containers.
From April 5 to 14, there is a food festival programme about food science and the flavours of the Gold Coast, as well as a cultural programme of local music, artists and dancers.
The Gold Coast is seeing some massive changes to its skyline.
One of these is the addition of the AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences that rises over 35 floors with 219 one- or two-bedroom contemporary suites.
AVANI has launched a “keys to the city” concept where guests’ keys will not only give them access to their room, but also to insider tips about the area such as where to go by locals through Facebook Messenger.
For luxury, head to The Star, one of the Gold Coast’s iconic landmarks for over 30 years.
It recently unveiled its new suite tower, The Darling, a six-star 19-floor extravaganza complete with butler service and the finest amenities and finishes.
Its crowning glory is the $20 million rooftop restaurant and bar conceived with acclaimed restaurateur Simon Gloftis and entertainment maven Billy Cross.
Visit https://teq.queensland.com for more information.