Five regional cities
It’s a Games like no other, because the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games will be staged across multiple locations – in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Gippsland and Shepparton.
Our cities, and the stunning landscapes that lie beyond them, will be alive with the buzz of the Games and showcase the best of regional Victoria to a global audience – and athletes’ villages in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Morwell will be a home away from home for thousands of athletes.
Home to award-winning bars and restaurants, world-famous produce, sprawling vineyards, fine gardens and historic streetscapes, the cities are directly and conveniently connected by road and rail to Melbourne.
Click the links below to learn more about our Games cities and regions – including what you can discover on your welcome, where you can enjoy the best food and drink, and how you can get a taste of regional Victoria’s enviable lifestyle.
A bustling city on the waterfront, and the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean
Visit Gippsland’s historic cities and stretch your legs in the stunning National Parks beyond.
Our focus on legacy means the investments we make in our cities and the projects we build for the Commonwealth Games will continue to benefit local communities across Victoria long after the closing ceremony.
With the infrastructure, investment and visitor numbers that the Games will attract, it is estimated the event will contribute more than $3 billion to Victoria’s economy – creating more than 600 full-time equivalent jobs before the Games, 3,900 jobs during the Games and a further 3,000 jobs beyond the Closing Ceremony.
The new Games villages in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Morwell will also deliver a legacy that includes social and affordable housing, and will be designed in consultation with Traditional Owners, local business and the community.
Reviewed 31 October 2022