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.
Top ranked sporting city
The Gold Coast was awarded Best Newcomer in Sport Business International’s bi-annual Ultimate Sport Cities Rankings in 2018 and ranked 22nd top sporting city on the Sportcal Global Sport Index – the top Australian city in the index.
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 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.
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.
Gold Coast the choice for Wallabies training camps
In 2021, the Gold Coast emerged as the temporary home base for national Rugby Union team, the Wallabies, hosting a series of training camps ahead of international clashes against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.
- The City of Gold Coast’s sport attraction program has generated $120 million in economic activity over the past seven 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.
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
Sports science & innovation
The Gold Coast is carving a niche as a city recognised for sport science and innovation; from cutting-edge research and specialist skills in sports medicine to leading coaching techniques, innovative product development and manufacturing.
The colocation of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Village with a world-leading teaching and research university, Gold Coast University Hospital and allied medical facilities has created a knowledge hub of specialists including physiotherapists, sports doctors, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, osteopaths, podiatrists and chiropractors.
The Gold Coast is home to the Altitude Training Centre that works with coaches and athletes to help them achieve their sporting goals.
The future of Gold Coast sport
Our city takes a coordinated approach to sport and recreation for the social and economic benefits they offer. We are continually working to enhance the quality of sports and infrastructure, the sustainability of our sporting organisations, the value of our sporting economy, the jobs the sector supports and our international connections with the sporting community to create new investment opportunities.