Australia’s Gold Coast is a city built for sport. From the enviable coastal location and natural environment to the international standard venues and training facilities, the Gold Coast has all the ingredients of a global sport city.

The sport industry contributes approximately $747 million to the Gold Coast economy annually.

We were proud hosts of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, leaving a legacy of world-class infrastructure that has taken our reputation as an active city to a whole new level. Since then, the city has grown into a hub of sporting excellence across high-performance training, international sport events, education, sport science, specialised clinicians, coaching staff, sport management and product manufacturing.

Peak sporting bodies based on the Gold Coast

Further bolstering the city’s success as an emerging sport powerhouse is the growing number of high-profile sporting teams that choose to train on the Gold Coast, and the international sporting icons that have made it their base.

The Gold Coast is home to national teams in AFL, the Gold Coast Suns and the NRL, the Gold Coast Titans. We have hosted elite teams from around the world including Leeds United Football Club, Manchester City Football Club, Spanish Villareal CF Football Club, the England national rugby league team and the American, Canadian, Chinese and Japanese swim teams. In 2019, the Gold Coast hosted the world’s largest Sport Business conference, SportAccord.

The Gold Coast was the only Australia city to be invited to be part of United Through Sports 2021 World Virtual Youth Festival, that brought together over 50,000 youth participants from many nations across the globe.

A number of peak sporting bodies are also based on the Gold Coast, including Surfing Australia, Triathlon Australia, V8 Supercars Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport.

Leeds United Football Club returned to Australia for some pre-season games. The first-leg of the tour kicked off at CBUS Super Stadium against Brisbane Roar.  We speak to them pre-game about training on the Gold Coast, the many sporting facilities, and what they love about our great city.

Gold Coast world rankings

  • 26th Best Sport City in the World 2022 – Burson Cohn and Wolfe (BCW) 2022 Sports Practice Report
  • 35th Best Sport City in the World 2021 – Burson Cohn and Wolfe (BCW) Sports
  • 46th Best Sport City in the World 2020 – Burson Cohn and Wolfe (BCW) Sports
  • 22nd Top Sporting City in the World 2019 – Sportcal Global Sport Index
  • Best Newcomer 2018 – Ultimate Sport Cities Rankings by Sport Business International


  • The City of Gold Coast’s sport attraction program has generated $200 million in economic activity over the past nine years.
  • Home to Cbus Super Stadium, Metricon Stadium, Aquis Gold Coast Turf Club and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre which seat over 83,000 spectators collectively.
  • Six City managed major sporting venues including: Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium, Gold Coast Sports Precinct and the Gold Coast Cycle Centre.
  • 2,312 City managed parks covering 16,474 hectares.
  • More than 35 golf courses – the highest number of golf courses per capita in Australia.
  • 22 Surf Life Saving Clubs.
  • Eight Aquatic Centres including the world-class Gold Coast Aquatic Centre which is used for major national and international sporting events.
  • Nine premier marinas with capabilities for superyachts and major boating events and over 200 kilometres of navigable waterways.
  • Approximately 300 days of sunshine per year to get out and get active.
Gold Coast Force Futsal’s champion team at the Australian Futsal Club Championships at Valentine Sports Park, Sydney. (L to R back) John Buick (manager), Scott Fenn, George Lethbridge, Rhys Buick, James Edgeta, Adam Stacey, Brian Quan, Dallas Dack, Trevor, Bruno Cannavan (coach). (L to R front) Connor George, Rafael Consentino, Brandon Hoskins, Reza Behbahani, Thirone Correia (captain), Felipe Bley (photo credit: Brandon Stone, Keystone Imagery).

Major sporting events held on the Gold Coast

  • Magic Millions Carnival
  • Gold Coast Marathon
  • Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
  • Gold Coast 600
  • Australian Open Bowls
  • Queensland Surf Life Saving State Championships
  • The Australian Beach Volleyball
  • Coolangatta Gold
  • Pan Pacific Masters
  • Cooly Classic Ocean Swim

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