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The Friendly Games

16 sports, 24 disciplines, 71 nations

Melbourne will proudly host the XVIII Commonwealth Games in 2006.

It will be the largest sporting event ever staged in Melbourne.

Games Overview

When is it on?

  • 15 – 26 March 2006
  • 12 days (inclusive of Opening Ceremony)

What will the weather be like?

  • March is typically a month of mild, fine and stable weather
  • Average daily temperature 240C
  • Average daytime humidity 68%
  • Average monthly rainfall 40 – 45mm

Who’s coming?

  • 71 Nations
  • 4500 Athletes 4500
  • 1500 Team officials


  • 1400 Host Broadcast and Rights Holders
  • 1700 Non-Rights Holders

What’s on?

  • 16 Sports, 24 Disciplines

What else can I see?

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Cultural program in Melbourne’s cultural precinct, including Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, Alexandra Gardens and Southbank

Where are the athletes staying?

  • Parkville, four km from CBD
  • Open for 25 days; 5 – 29 March 2006
  • 20 hectare site
  • Medium density design
  • 6000 capacity in Games mode
  • High level of athlete comfort –international zone and residential zone
  • Less than 15 minutes to city centre

Where can I get more info?

Our website:
Or contact us via:
Telephone: +61 3 9613 2006
Facsimile: +61 3 9613 2000

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Venues

For more information on the sports, disciplines and competition venues please visit the Sports and Venues pages on this website.

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This Website is closed and for reference purposes only. To guarantee the stability of Games data, all external links are being removed.

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