Mention The Gabba and it evokes images of great sporting heroes and memorable encounters – most famous of all, the tied cricket Test between Australia and the West Indies in 1960. The Brisbane Cricket Ground, affectionately known as The Gabba as a nod to its Woolloongabba location, is now used for more than just cricket. It is designed as a dual sporting venue and is home to the Brisbane Lions Australian rules team through winter and the Queensland Bulls cricket side in the summer months.
The Gabba has truly been a shrine to sport, and cricket in particular. It was where the legendary Don Bradman scored 226 in 1931 and this still stands today as the record score on the ground. It was the scene of great joy in 1995 when Queensland won its first Sheffield Shield cricket title, and then lengthy celebrations in the early 2000s when the Lions conquered all before them to win three successive national AFL premierships.
Built in 1895, the Gabba has evolved through the years, once hosting sports such as rugby league, rugby union, athletics, greyhound racing and Olympic soccer in 2000. It has been redeveloped into an internationally acclaimed stadium, seating 42,000, and each year hundreds of thousands of sports fans pass through its gates. Taking up one city block in Woolloongabba, the stadium is an easily recognised landmark – bounded by Main, Vulture, Stanley and Wellington Sts.
Tours: You can experience the charm and history of Brisbane’s famous landmark as volunteers conduct weekly tours on request. For charges and bookings, phone 1300 843 422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get there: While parking is restricted on match days, the ground is easily reached by public transport from all suburbs. Free shuttle services are offered to ticket holders, with buses arriving and departing from the ground from suburbs and the CBD. You can also catch regular, scheduled rail services.