Gold Coast
Light rail
stage 3A



Stage 3 

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 $709 million Stage 3 extension to Burleigh Heads would be delivered with commitments of $269 million from the Australian Government and $91.5 million from City of Gold Coast, with the balance of funds committed by the Queensland Government. GCLR Stage 3A 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.

On behalf of the Queensland Government, GoldlinQ is currently undertaking a competitive tender process to appoint a construction contractor in late 2020. For more information click here.


Stage 3 Overview

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 46 million paid passenger trips to date and passenger numbers increasing 33 percent when the Stage 2 extension opened. Stage 3A key features include:

Reference Design

In mid-2018 the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast released a reference design for Stage 3 with dual track light rail in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway with two lanes of traffic maintained either side. The reference design outlines the proposed alignment and station locations. These maps are for the purposes of community information only.

Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage 3A general arrangement: map 1 (PDF, 4.89 MB)

Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage 3A general arrangement: map 2 (PDF, 5.19 MB)

Local Benefits (LIP)

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 3A planning and procurement progresses updates will be provided to the local community. Details on opportunities to be involved in the Stage 3A project will also be available. For more information contact 1800 312 600 or email