The Gold Coast has won the right to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, holding off a challenge from the little-known Sri Lankan town of Hambantota.
The general assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation voted 43 to 27 in favour of the Gold Coast, marking a return of the Games to Australian soil after Melbourne played host in 2006.
The Gold Coast will now be the fifth Australian city to play host to the Games after Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982) and Melbourne five years ago.
The Games head to Glasgow, Scotland in 2014 where Australia will be looking to continue their domination at the event. Last year Australia finished top of the medal tally in Delhi, with NSWIS athletes winning 20 gold, 15 silver and seven bronze medals