The Ashes Cricket Series in Brisbane
By Viator, October 2013
The term ‘Ashes’ was coined after a commentator joked that Australia’s first test cricket win on English soil was the death of English cricket. The resulting matches and their outcomes have continued this friendly bribing between nations.
The last three Ashes series – the most recent of which ended just this August – have been won by England. Over the course of the event Australia and England have won the same amount of series, making this year’s series a highly contested bout.
The series, which begins on November 21, is the second Ashes series that will be played in 2013. Whilst the series are usually played every 18 months, a 3 month gap between series this year has been implemented in order to avoid having the next series end just before the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
If you’re in Brisbane for the Ashes, you’ll need to head to the Gabba – more officially known as the Brisbane Cricket Ground – during the 21st through 25th of November for the First Test.
Following the Australian tradition of affectionately shortening as many words as possible, ‘The Gabba’ is actually popularised slang for Woolloongabba, the suburb in which the stadium is located. The Gabba has been used as a cricket ground since 1896 and seats 42,000 people thanks to its 2005 upgrade.
Tours of the Gabba run daily, except the day before, and days of, any games the ground is being used for. Of course, whilst in Brisbane you also want to take in what the city has to offer outside sporting events. The Story Bridge is well worth a visit. Climb to the top on a guided tours for fantastic views of the city. To get even higher off the ground you can’t go past a Hot Air Balloon ride over the city and surrounds.
Only a short distance from the city, Australia Zoo brings together a host of iconic Australian wildlife all in one place, and a day trip is sure to be a fantastic way to entertain the kids. Lamington National Park is another popular day trip. Whatever you decide, make sure you take at least one cruise up the Brisbane River.