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Bring on Brisbane

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. 

23 - 27 November 2017
The Gabba

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. 


  • 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


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.

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