Bigger than the Brownlow: 10 sporting blockbusters not to miss
Eat. Sleep. Sport. Repeat. Eat. Sleep. Sport. Repeat.
Nothing beats the emotional rollercoaster of watching live sport! Seriously, if you’ve never passionately yelled at the referee (from your seat in the crowd) in disagreement with their calls, are you even a sports fan?
So, pull out your supporter jerseys, plaster on your war paint and assemble your comrades because your team needs you behind them.
From Supercars to Rugby League, back your favourite sporting superstars in Queensland at one of these blockbuster sporting events. Get your tickets early!
SUPERCARS GOLD COAST 600: 20-22 OCTOBER 2017
The biggest names in motorsport will drift into the Gold Coast and burn rubber on a custom-made course that caresses the sandy shores of Surfers Paradise. It’ll be a weekend fueled by entertainment, revving engines and non-stop action.
2017 BLEDISLOE CUP: WALLABIES V ALL BLACKS, BRISBANE TEST MATCH: 21 OCTOBER 2017
Get behind the Australian Wallabies as they take on the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. With a home game advantage, you’ll see the grand stand flooded in a sea of green and gold.
Plus, you won’t want to miss the iconic New Zealand Maori Haka. It sets the mood and will send shivers up your spine. But, you’ll soon feel a strong sense of patriotism when the home-grown Aussie crowd starts chanting: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!
Psst! Here’s how you can make the most of game day.
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2017, POOL MATCHES 28 OCTOBER – 11 NOVEMBER 2017
What’s bigger than the State of Origin series? The Rugby League World Cup!
Get pumped with this line up:
- Fiji vs USA, Townsville North Queensland – 28 October 2017
- Ireland vs Italy, Tropical North Queensland – 29 October 2017
- Scotland vs Tonga, Tropical North Queensland – 29 October 2017
- Fiji vs Wales, Townsville – 5 November 2017
- Italy vs USA, Townsville – 5 November 2017
- Samoa vs Scotland, Tropical North Queensland – 11 November 2017
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes ODI, 22-29 October 2017
Making history with the first ever women’s day-night test, Australia and England’s best female cricket stars will square off under the lights. And, the three one-day series kicks off in Brisbane at the Allan Border Field.
Bring your full voice because when Aussie superstars like Ellyse Perry take the field, you’ll be cheering at the top of your lungs!
First Ashes Test: Brisbane, 23-27 November 2017
Head to The Gabba for the First Ashes Test where Australia will face England, and the home-grown crowd will face the world famous Barmy Army.
The atmosphere at the cricket is often infectious and giddy, so you’ll want to get involved with the shenanigans during the game. So come dressed up in your best costume (spandex optional).
Tip: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat and polarised sunnies.
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2017 – SEMI FINAL & FINAL 24 November & 2 December 2017
After 28 games over five epic weeks, one of the 14 competing teams will be crowned the Rugby League World Cup winners and inherit bragging rights for the next 12 months. And, you can be there to witness both the Semi Final and the Final.
From the passionate supporters in the crowd to the brave players on the field, Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will boom with excitement as the two finalists battle it out for the top spot.
AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, 30 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER 2017
The Australian PGA Championships are teeing off on the Gold Coast with some of golf’s royalties competing in the tournament.
You’ll be enthralled by entertainment, food and music while watching the professionals work their way through the 72-hole course.
And, if you want to sharpen your swing before the tournament arrives, here’s a list of the best golf courses on the Gold Coast.
Brisbane International, 31 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Summer in Brisbane is closely aligned to tennis with the Brisbane International serving up a little extra heat. With previous champs like Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Milos Raonic on the list, it’s the summer event not to be missed.
Starting on New Year’s Eve, tennis fans around the world will tune in for eight glorious days of heart-stopping action. But, the spectators watching live in Brisbane will feel the tension, cheer with the crowd and see their favourite players hit aces right in front of their eyes.
Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, February 2018
Back for its second year, the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens is bound to amaze fans once again by bringing together elite players from around the world, including Australia and New Zealand.
The knockout tournament combines the speed of rugby sevens with the tactical elements of a traditional fifteen-a-side rugby. You can expect to see innovative strategies on the field and some wacky costumes in the stands, so dress up and join the fun.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 4-15 April 2017
With over 6,500 athletes and team officials plus thousands of supporters, the Gold Coast will light up with the biggest sporting event of the decade; the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Competition, sweat, passion and camaraderie will take over Queensland for 11 unmissable days. And, you can look forward to action inside and outside of the stadium and host venues. So, keep an eye out for Festival 2018, a cultural and arts extravaganza that celebrates all that is great about Queensland.