AFL Travel: the best of Brisbane

The Brisbane Lions are off to a stellar start this AFL season and what better way to support your team and celebrate their early success than with a cheeky weekend getaway in the River City? Stunning winter days under warm sunshine make Brisbane an easy choice for an AFL-inspired break, so be sure to book in some of these great experiences with AFL Travel when you're next in town.

Day tripping to Tangalooma

Experience Brisbane’s very own island paradise with a day drip out to Tangalooma on Moreton Island. Located in the stunning Moreton Bay marine park a short 75 minute ferry ride from the mainland, Tangalooma is a nature-lover’s paradise. Visitors booking with AFL Travel can embark on an Eco Ranger Experience which includes a pelican feeding and a Dolphins of the World presentation. If you’re after something a little more adventurous, purchase a bus, bike and Segway tour of the island, or make the most of snorkelling or diving experiences in the bay’s calm pristine waters. For a more chilled-out vibe, the Tangalooma Island Resort allows day visitors to purchase access to the resort’s facilities; treat yourself to a pamper at Tangalooma Massage and Day Spa before indulging in a delectable lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes located on site which take advantage of beautiful views overlooking the bay.

Touring Brisbane’s craft beer scene

Experience Brisbane’s burgeoning craft beer scene in comfort as you are taken through four of the best craft brew houses and microbreweries in town.  Your private, airconditioned mini van will transport you between venues before expert brewers take you through a guided tour at each location and regal you with tastings and information about the brewing process. First up on the tour is Newstead Brewing Co, located in the historic Newstead precinct and arguably the spiritual home  of Brisbane’s craft  brew scene. You’ll then be whisked over to nearby Teneriffe, home to Green Beacon Brewing Co., which was awarded Champion Small Brewery at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards. Next up is Archer Brewery in Spring Hill, where you will partake in delicious tastings and a traditional pub-grub lunch, before finishing the day at either All Inn Brewing  Co in the northern suburb of Banyo or Bacchus Brewing in Capalaba. Either way, you’re tour will finish on a high with tastings at these  award-winning breweries. Lunch, tastings, water and snacks are included in the tour.

Adventures at Australia Zoo

Located an easy hour’s drive north of Brisbane, Australia Zoo is home to an incredible array of native and international animal species, set in a park comprising over 100 acres of land.  Feature exhibits include Africa, Tiger Temple, Elephanasia and the Crocoseum,  while visitors can also book close encounters with a number of the zoo’s residents, or handfeed the local kangaroos and wallabies. The conservation work of the Irwin family is well known, and the zoo is proud to support local and international programs aimed at researching and protecting crocodiles, Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants and cheetahs to name a few.  Explore the park on foot, hire a caddie for the day and be chauffeured around in your own buggy book in a platinum zoo tour for a truly unique tour with an expert guide and  behind-the-scenes animal encounters.

Lunch and vino at Sirromet Winery

Sirromet Winery is a favourite amongst Brisbane locals and is well known for its idyllic setting and delicious dining fare. Located in scenic Mount Cotton just 35 minutes south-east of the city, visitors can enjoy a 60 minute tour of the fully operational winery and tastings of Sirromet’s premium wines before taking in a two-course lunch at Tuscan Terrace with spectacular views over Moreton Bay. Sirromet’s vineyards are located three hours south of Brisbane in Queensland’s Granite Belt region, which is fast garnering a reputation as an up-and-coming premier wine and food destination. Grapes are transported  to the state-of-the-art production facility at Mount Cotton where Sirromet’s award-winning wines are created by their expert production team.

Book your AFL Travel package for the 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership Season now through the AFL Travel website or by contacting the AFL Travel Contact Centre on 13 17 43 from Monday to Friday 8am–6pm AEST and Saturday 9am–5pm AEST.

 

Words by Rebecca Walker. Image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland - Published 9 April 2019
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