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 Cricket to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, back your favourite sporting and athletic superstars in Queensland at one of these blockbuster sporting events. Get your tickets early!
Brisbane International | Brisbane
WHEN: 31 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Summer in Brisbane = tennis! And this year, the Brisbane International will be 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.
From New Year’s Eve, tennis fans from 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.
Second One Day International: Australia v England | Brisbane
WHEN: 19 January 2018
Head to The Gabba for the Second One Day International 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. Get dressed up in your best costume (spandex optional) and flaunt what your frock.
Tip: It gets hot in Bribane. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, hat and polarised sunnies.
Brisbane Global Rugby Tens | Brisbane
WHEN: 9-10 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.
Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast | Gold Coast
WHEN: March 2018
The Gold Coast does a great job at maintaining its reputation of a surfer’s sweet dream. And, surfers flock from across the globe to ride the coastline. But, when the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro arrives on the Gold Coast, the mass of daily surfers take a comfy seat on the sand to watch the pros battle it out for the title.
Bring your notepad and pen and be ready to take notes because the best surfers in the world will have you in watching in awe and wondering “how the [beep] did they do that?”
Gold Coast Marathon | Gold Coast
WHEN: 30 June – 1 July 2018
Set yourself a challenge in January 2018 to be marathon ready by June so that you can compete in the 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon. It’s the world’s flattest, fastest and most scenic course so you don’t need to be a hardcore athlete to give it a go. In fact, 60% of participants achieve their personal best times every year!
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week | The Whitsundays
WHEN: 18-28 August 2018
Yachties from around the world arrive in masses to compete and celebrate the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. With a long line up of on and offshore activities, you’re bound to have a ripper of a week. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded folks all gathering to celebrate the beauty of sailing in the Whitsundays.
ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final and Age Group World Championships | Gold Coast
WHEN: 12-16 September 2018
Love a good Tri? Well, train hard and get to the Gold Coast in September for the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final and Age Group World Championships. It’s five days of non-stop action so, be sure to carb load and get your final training sessions in before you put your endurance to the ultimate test.
World Parachuting Championships | Gold Coast
WHEN: 7-13 October 2018
Alright jumpers now let’s get in formation!
The world’s elite parachutists from over 45 countries will colour the Gold Coast sky as they compete for the World Parachuting Championships. With over seven different divisions, there are lots of prizes up for grabs. And, we’re most looking forward to the free fall and formation jumps.
Pan Pacific Masters Games | Gold Coast
WHEN: 2-11 November 2018
Attention 30+ athletes! Assemble your crew and register to participate in the biggest biennial celebration of masters sports. Join over 13,000 global participants and compete in more than 40 sports. And, the best part is there are no qualifying standards or times required to enter. Just show up and have fun.
And, while you might be a focussed competitor during the day, at night you’ll be a flourishing socialite grooving on the dance floor.