Brisbane Insider: October 2017

Spring Carnival fever hits Brisbane


Spring is in full swing, which means it’s time to get involved in the thrills of this year’s Spring Racing Carnival. Each day features live racing action, live entertainment, impeccable spring style and the Papas + Pace Fashions On The Field competition. You can also catch all of the interstate action on the big screen. Trackside at Doomben Racecourse, you can expect Brisbane’s best food trucks, fun pop-up bars, free make-up and pamper stations and live music. Tickets start from $20. More information here.

The Osbourne opens its doors in The Valley

Settle into the newly opened The Osbourne Hotel in the Valley and soak up more than 153 years of Brisbane history over a beer, wine or old-fashioned cocktail. The hotel (formerly known as The Fringe Bar and Kerbside, The Dead Rat and the Rat and Parrot), has undergone an extensive restoration to be stripped back to its original colourings, fittings and layout. Craft, local and international beer flows from the venue’s 94 taps, along with pub food with a difference, a great Australian wine list and some good old-fashioned cocktails; plus a new leafy beer garden and customised function and meeting rooms and a private dining room. Sitting on the corner of Ann and Constance Streets, The Osbourne was the second hotel to open in the Valley in 1864 and carries a very colourful history. Find out more.

Opening match of Women’s Ashes sold out

Women's Ashes
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Brisbane has made history, becoming the first city to sell-out a Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes match. It is the first-time tickets to an Australian women’s cricket team match has been on sale in Australia. The One-Day International between Australia and England will be held on Sunday, 22 October at Allan Border Field and the interest in tickets is a reflection of the growing anticipation of what will be an historic series – the first ever Day-Night Ashes Test match. Fans who can’t make it to the matches can purchase a Cricket Australia Live pass to watch every match or catch the ODIs and T20s live and free on the Nine Networks. More information.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary turns 90

Lone Pine

One of Brisbane’s oldest and most-loved tourist attractions, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, is celebrating its 90th birthday on Sunday, 22 October. Celebrate Lone Pine’s 90 years of history with special guest appearances, market stalls, children’s entertainment, wildlife encounters, and the grand opening of a new dingo exhibit. Visit for more information.

Christmas is just around the corner...

It's coming up to that time of year again. The Prop House is excited to invite everyone to Brisbane’s most amazing Christmas shop on the corner of Leopard and Vulture Streets, Woolloongabba. Visit now to experience a wonderland of Christmas decoration luxe. To make your life easier, The Prop House has just launched an online shop. Visit their website for all your Christmas decoration dreams!

Rugby Long Lunch

The 2017 Queensland Rugby Long Lunch will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre on Friday, 20 October. Hosted by Fox Sports’ Nick McArdle and ARU’s Adam Freier, guests will also hear from rugby legends Rod Macqueen, Tony Shaw, Nick Farr-Jones and Jeff Wilson. A table of 10 is $1950. More information.

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