2017-18 Ashes Series in Australia
Inspection Report - Brisbane
The first Ashes Series test match between Australia and England will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane. Brisbane - the capital of Queensland - is one of the sunniest cities in Australia and attracts professionals, coachiness, families and visitors alike, all helping to shape Brisbane into the flourishing and vibrant city it is today.
Howzat Travel tours taking in Brisbane...
The Brisbane Cricket Ground is also known as The Gabba - named after the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, in which it is located. It has a capacity of 42,000 and as well as international cricket, it is also the home of the Queensland Bulls cricket team and Brisbane Lion Australian Rules Football Club.
A modern, oval style stadium resembling a smaller version of the MCG, the Gabba will no doubt again provide a fitting venue to kick off the Ashes series, with a noisy expectant crowd and an electric atmosphere.
Howzat Travel seating arrangements will be as follows*:
- Hospitality - Cricket Club Dining (Platinum tours upgrade) –Please see our general inspection page for details.
- Platinum (Platinum tours) –Sourthern or Northern Stand Upper
- Gold (Blue tours) –Southern Stand Upper
- Silver (Red tours) –Western Stand Upper
- Bronze (White tours) –Western Stand Lower
* Seating allocation subject to change. Stadium map to be provided when released by Cricket Australia.
Howzat Travel will be using six properties for our customers' stay in Brisbane, all of which are located in the city centre.
Stamford Plaza - Platinum tours - Hotel website
Looking over the Brisbane river, the Stamford Plaza hotel is ideally located to enjoy the city. It is just a 15-minute transfer to the stadium by coach and 25 minutes from the airport.
This grand 252-room property boasts a big outdoor swimming pool, a well appointed gym and sauna. It also offers free Wi-Fi and a lively outdoor area that stretches along the riverfront.
Along with all the facilities you would expect from a hotel of this calibre, all the rooms are equipped with both baths and showers, with TVs in the all of the bathrooms!
The pavilion bar is a fantastic place for groups to meet and enjoy a drink by the riverfront, while the in-house restaurants are top of the range. Japanese tastes are catered for in Kabuki, Moo Moo's Steakhouse is inside the hotel, while breakfast at the Brasserie along the waterfront is a pleasure. While heading out the the hotel, Edward Street is full of great places to eat.
Next Hotel - Blue tours - Hotel website
The Next Hotel is located right in the heart of the CBD, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, plenty of shopping and of course, the Southbank. It is a 25-minute transfer from the airport and just 15 minutes by coach to the Gabba.
This high-tech hotel has a large lobby area which contains no standard check-in desk, instead a lot of staff with iPads looking to help you! The Next lounge offers free tea/coffee, sleep pods and snacks. There is also a gym and pool, with a lovely terraced seating area.
The rooms contain showers and have all the other facilities you would expect. You are given a handset to operate everything in the room, including your check-in info and internet, that can be used all around the city!
Lennon's Bar in the lobby is a big spacious place to enjoy a drink after the cricket, while the pool bar is very luxurious. There are many local eateries close by on Queen Street, with a shopping centre just next door.
Capri by Fraser - Blue tours - Hotel website
In the heart of the CBD, this 'green' hotel is also surrounded by shopping and eateries that will give you plenty of options throughout your stay.
This highly rated, 239-room property includes free, fast Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and gym as well as a sauna and stream room. The hotel also offers a free laundry service. The rooms are very well-appointed and new with all the facilities you would expect from a high-quality hotel.
The in-house Asana Restaurant has an emphasis on paleo food. Just outside of the hotel is a range of bars and restaurants along Eagle Street Pier, as well as Edward Street and Queen Street Mall.
Royal on the Park - Red tours - Hotel website
The Royal on the Park Hotel is ideally located in the CBD just off the bank of the river. This of course means you won't be short of things to do and places to eat, all just a short walk away.
The hotel features a bath and shower in every room, high-speed, free internet and a lovely restaurant and bar area. There is also a pool, gym, spa and laundry service. Jenni noted the very friendly staff and a lovely, homely feel to the hotel.
The Gabba is a 20-minute walk away across the river, and from the airport it should only take around half an hour on the coach.
Nearby you have at least 30 restaurants on Eagle Street Pier, with Edward Street not to far away either. The hotel staff and your Tour Managers will be able to help you pick and choose the best around!
Hotel Jen - Red tours - Hotel website
The Hotel Jen by Shangri-La is located in the northern area of the CBD, a little further away from the ground. It is however a short transfer from the airport and just a five-minute walk away from the free bus service to get you to the ground.
The hotel features free, fast Wi-Fi, a rooftop studio fitness centre, a range of dining options and a bar on the second floor with lovely decor and plenty of space to enjoy a drink after the cricket.
The rooms are all very modern and a brilliant size, with very high-tech facilities. The laundry bag in your room can be filled up to $10 or $20 for a 'collect and return' service.
Based at this hotel, you will not be far from the Southbank which has a range of places to eat and drink, while bustling George Street is even closer.
Ibis Styles Elizabeth Street - White tours - Hotel website
In the heart of the CBD, a 25-minute walk from the Gabba, or hop on one of the free buses which will stop just behind the hotel. This hotel puts you in perfect position to enjoy the bars and restaurants of Brisbane.
The rooms are a good size and comfortable, with high-tech amenities and Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel boasts a gym and free guest laundry.
Nearby to Elizabeth Street, Mary Street and Albert Street, you won't be short of places to eat and drink with the fellow travelling England contingent!
Brisbane City Map
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Things to do in and around Brisbane
Take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane, which is located on the Southbank. It provides excellent 360° panoramic views of the city by day and night, and - via an audio commentary - insight into Brisbane's many landmarks that can be seen on the thirteen-minute 'trip'.
Take a trip on the CityCat on the Brisbane River, or if you're feeling a bit more energetic, you can kayak down it!
There is lots of great shopping in Brisbane, including the Queens Plaza, the Myer Centre, the Brisbane Arcade and the Wintergarden.
You can take a Castlemaine XXXX Brewery Tour, learn the history of XXXX, see the inner workings of the brewery, learn to pour a perfect beer, taste it like a brewer and enjoy a brewery-fresh beer at the end!
It has been said that you cannot visit Brisbane without visiting the Lola Pines Koala Sanctuary, which house not only koalas, but kangaroos, emus and Tasmanian Devils.
One of Brisbane's best-kept secrets is Moreton Island, where you can see doplhins and turtles, enjoy excellent actvities like sand-boarding in the desert, snorkelling, picnic lunch, swimming at Blue Lagoon and much more.
Visit the Sunshine Coast, two hour's drive north up the coast. Here you can enjoy fishing, surfing, canoeing, spa treatments and eating out against a stunning backdrop. The Sunshine Coast is also the location of the highly recommended Australia Zoo and Underwater World.
Brisbane is famous for its favourable weather and enjoys a climate of brilliant hot summers and clear mild winters. The summer months have some extremely hot days with maximum average temperatures around 30°C. Sun cream, hats and light protective clothing are essential. Average summer temperature is 24.8°C (Av. max. 29.2°C, Av. min. 20.4°C).
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And... while you are deciding which tour to book, why not read the tour diaries from our previous cricket tours to the Ashes:
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