Are you geared up for the Games? Because Queensland well and truly is!

As the Queen’s Baton Relay makes its way around the country, the countdown is on with only a few months until the world’s best athletes take to their ‘stage’ and compete for gold.

Not sure what to watch? Here is the low down on some of the most popular events.

Opening Ceremony
Carrara Stadium

One of the most exciting events of any Games is the Opening Ceremony. This year’s extravaganza is set to wow the audience, welcoming thousands of fans to watch their favourite athletes enter the stadium for what will be the largest event in Queensland’s history.

The Opening Ceremony will showcase culture, colour, unity, and diversity – symbolising the spirit of the Gold Coast and Queensland through magnificent visual effects, dance, and music.

It takes place in Carrara Stadium, easily accessible via public transportation. If you plan on doing some sightseeing while you’re in town, the venue is just a few kilometres from the Gold Coast and a short 30 km drive from our Coolangatta Airport car hire location.

Optus Aquatic Centre

Expect broken records and heart-stopping moments of pure competition. There’ll be roaring cheers and tears of joy as the Commonwealth’s best swimmers dive into action. Teams come together during the relays and the medley showcases the most versatile swimmers. GC2018 will also stage the largest para-sport swimming program in the history of the Games.

Located in the Southport Broadwater Parklands, the Optus Aquatic Centre will certainly be one of the hottest spots in town.

Track Cycling
Anna Meares Velodrome, Brisbane

This fast-paced, thrilling sport never disappoints. Packed with speed, power, and endurance, Track Cycling takes place in an intimate sporting environment – a 43-degree banked track in Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane.

The GC2018 program will also include blind and visually impaired sprints and 1000m time trials.

As this event is in Brisbane, it would make for a perfect road trip between the two cities. Pick up a vehicle from Goldie or any of the Brisbane car rental locations. When your ready to head to the big event at the Commonwealth Games,  you can drive your Thrifty vehicle right to one of the convenient park and ride locations close to the venue. Public transportation can easily take you the rest of the way and back again once the event is concluded.

Artistic Gymnastics
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre

Who doesn’t love gymnastics? The grace, strength, splits, flips – the majestic sport keeps audiences entertained thanks to jaw-dropping skills that take years to master.

The perfectly timed and choreographed routines are performed across various apparatus, including the vault and floor for both men and women, balance beam and uneven bars for women, while the men contend in the pommel horse, parallel bars, horizontal bar and rings.

Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss your chance to attend the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games – or, better yet, hire a Thrifty rental car and win your way to the Games instead!

Did we mention Thrifty is the official car rental supplier of the GC2018 Games? Well, because we’re extremely proud and excited to support the Games, we’re offering customers the opportunity to win fantastic prize packages including tickets to be at the Opening Ceremony and final events.

We’re giving customers the chance to win 1 of 8 Games packages, which includes:

  • Two event tickets to the must-see Opening Ceremony or the finals for Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Track Cycling, Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Rugby Sevens or Swimming.
  • One night’s accommodation for two in a Spa Suite on the Gold Coast.
  • A GC2018 merchandise pack.
  • One-day Thrifty Car & Truck Rental voucher

Simply book and rent a Thrifty vehicle between now and 28 February 2018 using these car hire promotion codes to go into the draw.

Come on Aussies, come on!