The first Ashes match between Australia and England will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane, and excitement will be at fever pitch as the first ball is bowled.
1ST TEST MATCH DATES
23 - 27 November 2017
Pack your sunnies and hats people, Brisbane is often cited as Australia’s sunniest city! Under bright blue skies eat out in fabulous open air restaurants and enjoy a few cold beers by the river.
If you’re feeling adventurous why not kayak past the glittering skyline at night or take in the breathtaking panorama of the city from the top of the Story Bridge?
In between tests, drive the Great Sunshine Way to the Gold Coast, Fraser Island and Noosa or follow the Pacific Coast Touring Route all the way north to Cairns and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.
WHILE IN BRISBANE THERE'S NOTHING LIKE
- Climbing the Story Bridge. One of only three bridge climbs in the world, you can choose to climb at dawn, during the day, twilight or night for fantastic vistas across the city.
- Taking a selfie with a Koala. With over 130 koalas Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest Koala Sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with the sleepy creatures and hand feed kangaroos.
- Riverlife - kayaking and rock climbing on the Brisbane River
- Learning to surf on the iconic Gold Coast
- Fishing in the stunning Moreton Bay area, just half an hour from Brisbane’s city centre
WORTH TRAVELLING TO
Australia’s Nature Coast
Spanning the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts, experience unbeatable natural experiences in some of the world’s most diverse and pristine National Parks, rainforests and waterways. For breath taking scenery try the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, or head to the iconic World Heritage listed Fraser Island. If you’d rather eat outand relax on the beach stay in Noosa, one of Australia’s prettiest coastal towns.
The Whitsunday Islands
Head to the white sandy beaches of the Whitsundays where you can hop between any of the 74 islands which make up the collection. Relax on the beach and soak up some of the beautiful tropical settings, or get active in the water with the huge range of sailing, diving and snorkelling tours.
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Just a two hour flight from Brisbane, Cairns in northern Queensland is the ideal destination for nature and wildlife lovers. The only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef are truly special.
Visit another test match city
Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge this supermodel of a city boasts serious wow factor. Take a ferry from Circular Quay and see the city from the water, explore hidden beaches on the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk and if you’re in town for New Years Eve, save a spot to witness the famous Sydney Harbour Fireworks display.Add to my sales tool kit
Soak up Adelaide's colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets and the museums and libraries of North Terrace. Swim with dolphins in Glenelg, explore Hahndorf and other picturesque villages in the Adelaide Hills, and wind between world-class wineries in the nearby Barossa and Clare Valley. Visit for international events such as the Santos Tour Down Under.Add to my sales tool kit
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Guide to the Southern Great Barrier Reef
Explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef and see a different side of this majestic natural wonder. The region is home to tropical islands, a famous surf beach, manta rays, baby turtles and colourful corals – as well as some of Australia's friendliest people.Add to my sales tool kit