How to ace Brisbane like a tennis pro
Summer has arrived in Brisbane and the season of sport is upon us. While crowds flock to the beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, tennis fans flock to the Brisbane International to catch the action.
For those looking to ace Brisbane like tennis pro John Millman, this itinerary serves up a mix of day trips, dining and downtime. Brisbane for the tennis – it’s game, set, match.
Sunday December 30th
PM: Check into your digs for the week at Emporium Hotel at South Bank. Right in the heart of the action and opened in 2018 this hotel rates high on the luxe scale. Drop your bags and head to the 23m infinity-edge pool on level 21. Another great option is the Rydges South Bank.
Monday December 31st
AM: Round 1 of the tennis starts today. With the South Bank train station easy walking distance from the Emporium Hotel – and free public transport on the day of your tennis tickets – even thinking about a car or taxi is a fault.
PM: Welcome in the New Year with a special event on the Terrace back at your hotel.
Tuesday January 1st
PM: Head back out to the tennis for Round One and Two to catch the likes of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and John Millman in action on the men’s side of the draw.
Wednesday January 2nd
AM: Second round matches continue on the courts today. The women’s draw is stacked with grand-slam champions Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens and Sam Stosur warming up for a tilt at the Australian Open.
PM: Take your own heart rate up a level and abseil over the edge of Kangaroo Point cliffs. An easy half-hour walk along the river from South Bank, Riverlife Adventure Centre holds classes for beginners from 3-4:30 in the afternoon.
For dinner, walk across the Victoria Bridge to Three Blue Ducks in the W Hotel on the southern edge of the CBD. Still got some stamina? Afterwards head out to one of these rooftop bars.
Thursday January 3
PM: The quarterfinals are on under lights at the Pat Rafter Arena.
Friday January 4
All day: For the serious tennis lover the field is narrowing and today is all about the quarterfinals on court.
In between the day and evening of tennis, hunt down some of Brisbane’s best burgers to refuel and save you from distracting the players on their serve with a grumbling belly.
Saturday January 5
AM: For the avid golfer, play a round at a number of the picturesque courses around the city like Victoria Park or at the Brisbane Golf Club right across from the tennis. If golf isn’t your thing take a walk through the City Botanic Gardens on the river and down to Eagle St Pier where you will be spoilt for lunch options with restaurants like Aria or Il Centro.
PM: Semi-Finals are serious business. Join the hushed crowd for every slice, lob and volley.
Sunday January 6
AM: If the tennis went to a thrilling five set tie-breaker match last night, sleep late and relax with the buffet breakfast – and maybe some gelato – before heading to the tennis for a twilight start.
PM: Today is trophy day. Will a homegrown hopeful like Nick Kyrgios be crowned champion and hoist the trophy again?
Monday January 7
The Brisbane International over for another year but now you can escape the city to explore some of the islands off Brisbane.