If you have spent any time in either New South Wales or Queensland, you will have no doubt come across the rugby league phenomena of the annual State of Origin series. The clash of state against state captures the imagination of both populations and will always be the focus of sports lovers up and down the east coast. If you are interested at all in sport, this brutal spectacular is something you need to see, and if you are going to check it out, why not do it in style.
Go to the source – The games are played in both Sydney and Brisbane, though if you are only going to go to one game, the Brisbane venue of Lang Park is the place to be. No other rugby league venue in the country has the atmosphere of Lang Park and it is the scene of some of the most electric clashes in the history of State of Origin. Tickets are scarce commodities so you are going to need to be quick to get yours, though whether you have to wait 8 hours in line or sell a small part of your soul, it really will be worth it.
Stay in style – Going to the Lang Park fixture has the added bonus of having the excuse to stay close to a some of Australia’s more vibrant and exciting areas. With options including decadent apartments in Brisbane and stunning beachside Gold Coast apartments, you can base yourself in luxury in range of the big game.
Buy a Jersey – If you are going to go, you are going to need to look the part. Whether you are hoping for Queensland or are a New South Wales person at heart, you are going to have to firmly pick a side. The ground will be swimming with maroon jerseys of the Queenslanders with a smattering of brave blue New South Wales ones, so whether you want to fit in with the locals or stand out in enemy territory, the choice will most likely impact your night in a big way. It’s all in good fun and there’s nothing more fun in going to a game and having a team to cheer for.
Rent a Car – You are probably going to want to take public transport to the game, but for the rest of your visit it’ll be nice having the freedom of your own wheels. Whether you are staying in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, there is a massive amount to see and do, so you’ll appreciate having your own car to be able to see as much of it as possible.
Hit the Club – If you have a bit of energy left over after the big game, you might want to get your groove on at one of the trendy nightspots in the area. Got a new dance you want to show off? Is there a move you’ve been wanting to bust for quite a while now? Hit the dance floor and dance the night away.
Between soaking in the atmosphere of the big game, relaxing at your luxury pad and taking in the sights, sounds and culture of the area, this trip will be an adventure you’ll never forget.