Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 3) Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads, construct light rail

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 is the third stage of the Gold Coast Light Rail, a world class public transport system for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.

Stage 3 will deliver a 6.7km extension south of the existing tram network, linking Helensvale to Burleigh Heads and providing eight additional stations.


  • Reduces travel time
  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Contributes to economy
  • Accessibility

Key features

The Gold Coast Light Rail system is designed to be delivered in stages to respond to population growth.

The project will connect communities with business and jobs, hospitals and medical facilities, education, shopping, dining, entertainment and sporting centres. 

Through this critical infrastructure we will support the Gold Coast and its continued growth over the next 2 decades.

Key features of Stage 3: 

  • 6.7 km extension from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads. 
  • Dual track in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway. 
  • 8 stations. 
  • Retain 2 traffic lanes either side of light rail tracks. 
  • 5 additional trams.
  • A journey time of around 16 to 17 minutes from Broadbeach South station to Burleigh Heads.


The Australian Government, Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast are funding the project. Investment ID 938148

Total investment
$1.044 billion
Australian Government
$395.6 million
Queensland Government
$538.3 million
Local Government
$91.5 million
An additional $18.6m for ancillary works to be delivered in conjunction with the Stage 3 project.

Current status

  • The Queensland Government appointed G:link operator, GoldlinQ, to conduct a competitive tender process to deliver the Stage 3 extension. 
  • In September 2020 GoldlinQ advised the Queensland Government that John Holland Pty Ltd as their recommended design and construction partner for the third light rail extension.
  • An early works arrangement was put in place in June 2021 to facilitate John Holland starting investigative works and preparation activities ahead of major construction.  
  • These early works will play a critical role in ensuring the construction program and timing is accurate, to minimise the risk of disruptions and delay during major construction.
  • Early works activities will increase throughout 2021 with major construction expected to start at the end of the year.
  • More information for interested construction sub-contractors and suppliers
Getting ready for construction
Before the light rail extension is built, underground service investigations and relocations need to be undertaken to make way for the 6.7km of dual track, between Broadbeach South Station and Burleigh Heads. Pre-construction work has been done at both ends of the corridor. On the northern end, just south of Broadbeach South station, a site has been prepared in readiness for John Holland to set up a site compound.

At the southern end, a former service station on the Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads has been demolished. The Burleigh Heads site will be used to widen the Gold Coast Highway, making way for the terminus of Stage 3 and a connection between the light rail and the bus network.

In the coming months as more work is undertaken, John Holland's project team will be out on the light rail corridor communicating with residents and businesses in the lead up to and during early works. 

Do you operate a business on or near the Gold Coast Highway between Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads?

Business operators along the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 corridor are invited to complete a questionnaire to help the project team understand how each business operates and identify ways to manage and minimise changes during construction.

Help us understand how your business operates by completing the GCLR3 Business Operations Questionnaire now.

What to expect during construction

Major construction works for the extension to Burleigh Heads are expected to commence at the end of 2021, and over the next 3 years will include:

  • temporary and permanent traffic changes, including lane closures and upgrades, to the Gold Coast Highway
  • major intersection upgrades and the addition of permanent new pedestrian crossing points and U-turn facilities
  • footpaths and other urban landscape upgrades around stations and key precincts, such as Nobby Beach and Burleigh Heads
  • relocation of major underground services
  • removal of on-street parking on the Gold Coast Highway and some side-streets to facilitate construction and traffic movements. Where width permits in the final design, parking will be reinstated after construction
  • high intensity works along the 6.7 km corridor including construction of the light rail system primarily in the centre of the Gold Coast Highway
  • night and weekend work as required to ensure traffic and other essential services are not disrupted at peak times.
  • John Holland will engage with the local community to provide information to assist businesses to continue operating during construction notify the local community in advance of works commencing minimise disruption as much as possible.
  • works will be programmed to minimise impacts, where possible
  • when construction is complete, 2 lanes of traffic will be maintained on the Gold Coast Highway in each direction.
Keeping you informed

The John Holland project team will keep residents and businesses informed of upcoming construction activities and potential impacts. 

To stay up to date as the project progresses, email the project team to register for updates or visit the project website.

Community engagement

The project team undertook community engagement in August 2018. 

Feedback received noted:

  • nearly 7 in 10 want more public transport services preferring light rail over bus
  • 86% support Stage 3 and want the extension to the Gold Coast Airport as soon as possible
  • 72% of Stage 3 corridor residents support future light rail extensions
  • 80% of Stage 3 corridor businesses support future light rail extensions and want it as soon as possible. 

In the past few years, local media polls have also shown similar results. 

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 combined reference design – September 2020

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 combined reference design – September 2020

Project newsletters

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3

The Gold Coast Light Rail system has 19 stations from Helensvale to Broadbeach serviced by 18 G:link trams.

Light Rail is transforming the Gold Coast by providing a world class public transport service that is safe, comfortable, reliable and positioning the city for sustainable growth.

At completion of Stage 3, the operating system from Helensvale to Burleigh Heads will be 27 kilometres in length with 27 stations serviced by 23 trams.