Brisbane is hosting the first Test of the summer! Australia and England will face off in The Vodafone Men’s Ashes Series at The Gabba, 8th – 12th December.

Whilst you are in town, dine at one of Brisbane’s acclaimed new restaurant’s, with everything from casual eats at Howard Smith Wharves to relaxed alfresco dining at South Bank’s Fish Lane, to waterfront fine dining in Brisbane’s CBD.

Discover Brisbane’s renowned craft breweries, with Easy Times Brewery and Gabba Brewery just a stone throw from The Gabba. Revel in the summer vibe atop a rooftop bar with a spritz in hand. Check out Iris Rooftop Bar & Restaurant in Fortitude Valley for a Mediterranean-inspired menu and cocktails, or MAYA to be transported to Mexico’s Riviera with an epic range of margaritas and Mexican street food to match. If you’d prefer to sit back and let the experts show you around, discover Brisbane’s trendiest foodie spots with a Kiff & Culture tour.

Embrace the outdoors and choose your adventure – abseil cliffs with Riverlife, climb to new heights and soak in panoramic views of Brisbane with a Story Bridge Adventure Climb, island-hop with River to Bay Tours, get the adrenaline pumping with an Elite Helicopter Adventure River Run or keep it low key and captain your own river picnic with GoBoat. Or simply relax poolside at your hotel, check out Emporium Hotel South Bank for infinity pool views over the city, Hotel X Fortitude Valley for luxury and convenience or The Point Brisbane in Kangaroo Point to be right near the action.

While you’re here, keep cool and head to one of Brisbane’s exclusive exhibitions, from Van Gogh Alive, QAGOMA’s 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) or Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. For more spectator action, head track side for Brisbane Racing Club’s Summer of racing, or explore Brisbane’s thriving live music scene at the recently restored Princess Theatre, The Tivoli or Fortitude Music Hall. You can even catch Santa and his sleigh at one of the many magical Christmas events around the city!

Why not stay longer and explore Brisbane’s backyard? Just an hour from Brisbane you’ll find the Scenic Rim, voted Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions to explore, with World Heritage rainforests, stunning waterfalls and boutique wineries. If it’s island time you’re after, the stunning Moreton Bay is on Brisbane’s doorstep, with the pristine beaches of Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island and the crystal-clear waters of Moreton Island just an hour from the city.