Sports fans travelling to Australia will want to visit Lang Park, also known by its corporate sponsor name of Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane, Queensland. [tweet_dis]Lang Park’s depth of history and tradition makes it a must-see attraction for sport fans.[/tweet_dis]
Until 1875 the site of Lang Park was a cemetery! As the city grew this area became more populated, and in 1911 local government decided the site would be redeveloped as a recreational park. In 1914 it reopened as Lang Park, named after John Dunmore Lang, a politician who was the first prominent advocate for an independent Australian nation. It has been the home of rugby league in Queensland since 1957.
Suncorp Stadium has been the setting for some of the most memorable moments in rugby history. Perhaps the most notable of these occurred during the 1960s when Fonda Metassa sprung out from the back of an ambulance to return to the match he’d been carted off from injured.
In 2001, the stadium underwent a $280 million redevelopment. The design was overhauled: previously Lang Park was oval-shaped with a perimeter road separating fans from the field. After the 2001 renovations, it became a state-of-the-art rectangular stadium, putting fans right in front of the action and becoming the single most intimate spectator atmosphere of all Australian sporting venues.
The most frequent events at Suncorp Stadium are rugby league, rugby union and soccer. The Emperor of Lang Park – Wally Lewis – is a former league player now cast in bronze outside the stadium. Fringe sports such as boxing, wrestling, basketball, as well as other events like music gigs, occasionally feature.
Currently, Suncorp Stadium is home to the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League (NRL), the Queensland Reds of Super Rugby and Brisbane Roar of A-League (Australia’s premier soccer league).
It’s not all serious sporting events though. While you’re in Queensland, be sure to check out some of the area’s beautiful beaches:
An hour north of Brisbane, this stretch of coast is pure paradise, one of the best places to swim or surf in the world. The quality of its beaches makes it especially popular: visit Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach for a more secluded but just as heavenly experience.
An hour south of Brisbane, this is another stretch of coast world-famous for its sun, surf and sand. Surfer’s Paradise is particularly notable. As the name suggests, this spot offers perfect waves for surfers. The 3kms of pristine white sand means there’s plenty for room for non-surfers too.
Lower Moora Park
Here is a beach inside Brisbane city limits. This park is right on the water and features one the best seaside playgrounds in all of Brisbane. It’s an ideal location for a weekend BBQ, you can give the many grills a workout. This beach is particularly family-friendly.
There is no shortage of activities here: you can ride 4-wheelers, snorkel, sand board and even hand-feed a dolphin at the Tangalooma Island Resort. But the long stretches of white sand are so gorgeous, you can ignore all the available activities in favour of soaking up the scenery.
An hour’s drive from Brisbane, you cross a bridge from mainland Australia to Bribie Island. It’s a beautiful destination. The water is calm and the views of the Glasshouse Mountains are breathtaking. The lifeguard-patrolled beaches are great for kids too.
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