Gold Coast wows world with epic Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

AUSTRALIA’S Gold Coast has opened the 21st Commonwealth Games in spectacular style, wowing millions of people across the globe.

Thirty-five thousand spectators packed Carrara Stadium for the mesmerising event, seven years in the making.

The stadium lit up in a kaleidoscope of colour as 4,000 performers entertained a global audience of 1.5 billion people.


The ceremony drew strongly on Aboriginal, Indigenous and First Nations cultures while paying homage to the laid-back lifestyle in the host city.

The all important Parade of Nations saw 4,600 Commonwealth athletes march into the stadium to incredible instrumental renditions of iconic Australian songs.

Conducted by John Foreman, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Youth Orchestra performed the sensational soundtrack from the back of a fleet of classic cars.

The athletes were led into the arena by little Nippers, armed with a surfboard bearing the country’s name.

City of Gold Coast lifeguards introduced the 71 nations and territories while Queensland’s Surf Life Savers guided them to their seats, dressed in their iconic red and yellow uniforms.

The host nation brought the crowd to its feet as it entered the arena, walking in to ACDC and INXS.

After a 338-day journey across the Commonwealth, the longest in the Games history, the Queen’s Baton arrived in true Coast style, driven into the centre of the stadium in a classic kombi van.

The baton was delivered by sporting great Susie O’Neill before passing through the legendary hands of Brad McGee, Kurt Fearnley, Liz Ellis, Brent Livermore and Sally Pearson.

The Queen’s Message, which was placed inside the baton before it left Buckingham Palace, was read by the Prince of Wales, who officially opened the Games on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

It was the Prince’s seventh appearance at a Commonwealth Game and the second time performing official duties after opening the Delhi Games in 2010.

Competition for Gold Coast 2018 starts on Thursday, with 19 gold medals across 13 sports to be contested in 14 venues.

More than one million tickets have been sold for the sporting spectacle, making it the largest sporting event to be held in Australia since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.