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

Gold Coast Light Rail is a world class public transport system for residents and visitors to the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 is delivering a 6.7km extension south of the existing tram network to link Broadbeach South and Burleigh Heads.


  • 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: 

  • 6.7km 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
$1.2 billion
Australian Government
$395.6 million
Queensland Government
$713.3 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

  • Light rail consortium GoldlinQ and its chosen design and construction contractor, John Holland, are delivering the project on behalf of the department.
  • Early works including onsite investigations in 2021 and 2022 involved more than 1000 underground service and environmental investigations.
  • Major construction started in July 2022 with essential utility relocation and upgrades to continue in 2023 and 2024.
  • Once this stage is completed, the groundwork will be laid for track installation in 2024 and 2025.
  • More information for interested construction sub-contractors and suppliers

What to expect during construction

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

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

Community engagement

The John Holland community engagement team will continue to engage with residents and businesses along the alignment to inform of major construction in an area.

The project team undertook community engagement in August 2018.

Feedback received noted:

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

Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3 detailed fly through

Video description

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 27km with 27 stations serviced by 23 trams.