Sportsnet's Sightseeing Guide to QLD - Brisbane Global 10's
The Brisbane Global 10’s is bound to be a thrilling rugby showdown. Featuring 14 all-star ruby union teams from Australia, New Zealand and the international league. It’s an intense two-day tournament with 10 player sides playing in ten-minutes-per-half. That’s a total of 28 matches at Suncorp Stadium to find out which team will reign supreme. Sportsnet Holidays is the Australian exclusive official travel agent for the Brisbane 10’s and we’ve made it our mission to source the best hotels in the city. All our travel and event packages include tickets, accommodation and bonus extras! We’ve also noted the best things to do and see in the local vicinity. See below for all the info…
BRSIBANE CITY HIGHLIGHTS
Caxton Street Precinct – Any rugby fan worth his salt must have a pint at the Caxton Hotel. Right next to Suncorp Stadium this pub has trading since 1884 and is a favourite haunt for sports fans and superstar players alike. Check out Lefty’s if you’re in the area too; a classic music hall, American saloon style with leather booths and excellent acoustics. Definitely the spot for a plate of ribs and whiskey or three.
Explore Fortitude Valley – Once notoriously infamous as a low socio-economic zone of the city, the Valley has emerged into a key cultural destination of Brisbane. James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley is where it’s at. Here you’ll find high end fashion boutiques for both men and women set amongst a collective hub of winning restaurants and hip bars.
South Bank Parklands – situated on the bank of the Brisbane River directly opposite the city. The parklands consist of a mixture of rainforest, landscaped grassed areas and shaded plazas. There’s plenty of good food and drinks venues with ace views. Also has a sandy beach stretch – enjoy a Summer swim and shake off any lingering Brisbane Global 10’s adrenaline/hangover effect.
NOOSA HEADS NATIONAL PARK
If you’ve never been to Noosa you’ve honestly no idea what you’re missing. Located approx. 3 hours north of Brisbane this seaside town is an absolute winner when it comes to calm seas and a thriving dining scene. The National Park is a jaw dropper. Here sub-tropical rainforest sits along not one, not two but five world class point break waves. Keep an eye out for Koala’s in the gums above! Hot tip: Grab a table at the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, order a round and sit down to witness the magic of Noosa Main Beach and the surrounding Laguna Bay in all its beauty.
GOLD COAST GLITZ
Ahhh the bright lights Surfer’s Paradise, it’s a top place to party on. At just over an hour drive from the Brisbane CBD, head here if you really want to kick on after the hype of the Brisbane Tens event. Nobody wanna drive? No problem…split an Uber fare with friends or catch a limo to the Gold Coast for classic ‘over the top’ sunshine state style.
• Dine at Misono Japanese Steakhouse. Australia’s largest teppanyaki restaurant is right here on the Gold Coast. Located at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Diners will be thrilled by its innovative, authentic Japanese cuisine and fun atmosphere.
• Party at Cavill Avenue. Right in the heart of surfers this street is home to trendy bars, hot spot nightclubs, sports bars and beer gardens. A high energy scene for those who want to shift gears into full tilt party mode.
• Play at The Star (formerly known as Jupiter’s Casino). A glitzy entertainment precinct featuring quality restaurants, low key lounge bars and an onsite casino open 24-7.
THE SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND
Drive a few hours north of the city and discover the charming Sunshine Coast Hinterland region. The Glasshouse Mountains are a spectacular sight and some are available to hike (go early in the day to beat the heat). Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo is nearby the quaint village of Beerwah; guests of all ages will be entertained by the various animal exhibits on show. A tad further north the drive through the hinterland towns of Montville and Maleny take your through sprawling dairy farms, waterfalls and past array of country style pubs and café’s. Tip; Stop by the Palmwoods Hotel which has a great reputation for its legendary steaks and quality entertainment.