SENSATIONAL views from inside the stadiums, and spectacular television footage from the outside.
For the athletes and the fans, our venues could not be better located and how they were transformed for events should remain strong in our memory.
The surfers at Coolangatta beach could hear the roar from beach volleyball stands in Marine Pde. The aquatic centre each night brought the sleepy Broadwater alive.
Further north, changing the floor plan of the new Coomera Indoor Sports Centre to accommodate seating for more than 7000 fans stunned regular family visitors on their arrival. This is a magnificent multi-purpose facility for the city’s bursting northern suburbs.
The cauldron that was Carrara Stadium was the centrepiece, attracting 35,000 fans but even more were flowing in, heading towards the weightlifting and badminton at the neighbouring Sports and Leisure Centre.
This event precinct should become a second home to Coast sporting fans.
From the colour of the rock star-like atmosphere from the stands at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, to the relaxing streetscape for the race walk and cycling at Currumbin, just how good did the Coast look for potential visitors?
The best part of it is Gold Coasters for generations get to keep so much of these world-class sports facilities.
Massive crowds trekked along the Nerang Mountain Bike Trails for the mountain biking.
Thousands of fans have gone through the turnstyles at Oxenford Studios for squash, boxing and table tennis.
Queen Elizabeth Park at Coolangatta has rocked with beach volleyball all week.
Basketball finals move from Cairns and Townsville to the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
Netball finals move to Coomera after calling the Convention Centre home.
Broadwater Parklands have hosted the hugely popular triathlon and race walking, with the marathon to come tomorrow.
Sevens heaven at Robina.
Shooters have travelled up the road to Belmont.