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Gold Coast Light Rail (GCLR) has transformed public transport on the Gold Coast, helping create an integrated multi-modal network that connects more people to more places in one of Australia's most dynamic and fastest growing cities. As at 2018-19 financial year public transport patronage on the Gold Coast has grown 47% since the introduction of light rail services in July 2014.  

In November 2019 it was announced the Stage 3 extension to Burleigh Heads would be delivered with funding commitments from the Australian Government, City of Gold Coast and Queensland Government. GCLR Stage 3 involves a 6.7km extension of the light rail system from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads, including eight new stations and the procurement of additional light rail vehicles (LRVs).                      

Construction of Stage 3 is set to support more than 760 jobs and will help the Gold Coast manage expected population growth in coming decades.

Gold Coast Train


The Gold Coast light rail system has been planned to be delivered in a number of stages to respond to the growth of the Gold Coast. Stage 3 will expand the tram network to 27 kilometres from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads.

GCLR is the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast and it was designed to be delivered in stages in response to the city's forecast population growth. Following on from successful delivery and operation of Stages 1 and 2, the third stage of the project involves a southern extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads.

Stage 3 includes 6.7 km of new dual-track light rail running from Broadbeach South Station to Burleigh Heads, eight new light rail stations and additional light rail vehicles (LRVs). It will also include an upgrade and expansion of the existing depot and stabling facilities, a new light rail-bus interchange at Burleigh Heads and Miami and supporting works and improvements, including signalised traffic intersections and upgrades, new signalised pedestrian crossings and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities.

Light rail has proven incredibly successful on the Gold Coast with more than 50 million paid passenger trips to date and passenger numbers increasing 33 percent when the Stage 2 extension opened. Stage 3 key features include:

Gold Coast Train


To view the latest Stage 3 information, interactive map and reference design visit

Gold Coast Train Map
Gold Coast Train


Light rail has delivered a wealth of benefits to the Gold Coast during construction and operations. In addition to providing a safe, convenient and reliable transport option the system has also provided direct economic benefit to the city. GoldlinQ has a commitment to high levels of local participation and Stage 3A will once again deliver local jobs for local workers and opportunities for local contractors.

To date Gold Coast light rail has delivered:

Stage 1 – During early works and construction more than $700 million was spent with local businesses for labour and materials. An average of 740 workers were on site daily with 90 percent of these workers living in the Gold Coast and South East Queensland.

Stage 2 - During construction 2300 people were inducted with 88 percent of workers from the Gold Coast and South East Queensland. More than $200 million was spent with local Gold Coast and South East Queensland businesses with 91% of contracts awarded to Queensland businesses.

As Stage 3 planning and procurement progresses updates will be provided to the local community. Details on opportunities to be involved in the Stage 3 project will also be available at as the project progreses.