12 reasons you need to get to the NRL Double Header

The time has come again – this May the NRL Brisbane Double Header will take over the hallowed turf of Suncorp Stadium for one night only. Four teams will play two matches for one low price – so grab your tickets for a great vantage point close to the action.

1. Two games for the price of one

Really, this one point should be enough to get you here. The NRL Double Header means on 12 May you’ll get to watch two fantastic games of rugby league for the price of one. Bless the sacred grounds of Suncorp Stadium.

2. Preview the code’s ultimate showdown

With two of the four teams from Queensland – plus Cameron Smith's honorary Queenslanders the Melbourne Storm, the double-header will feature many of the all-conquering Maroons side who will appear later in the season in the much-anticipated State of Origin series. Throw your weight behind the Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos, who will have a huge home-ground advantage as they take on the reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles respectively.

3. Prepare to give Manly a beating

Go on, settle back in your seat and get ready to watch the NSW-based Manly players face the full force of Wayne Bennett's premiership-chasing Broncos.The rivalry between these two teams is long and fierce and dates all the way back to 6 March, 1988 when the Wally Lewis-led Broncos debuted on the big stage with a resounding 44-10 victory over the Sydneysiders in this very stadium.

4. It’s all going down at Suncorp Stadium

Suncorp Stadium Global Tens

We’re not even being biased when we say Suncorp Stadium is the best place to watch rugby league in Australia...actually, in the world. OK, we’re a little biased, but that doesn’t make us wrong. The famous stadium has played host to some of the hardest-fought battles in rugby league history, including numerous Origin victories for the mighty Maroons against the sworn enemy Blues from south of the border.

5. It’s the vibe of the thing…

Walking down nearby Caxton Street before any big game at Suncorp Stadium is an electrifying experience. The die-hard fans and mad-for-it punters pack the bars and restaurants to overflowing, with the iconic Caxton Hotel right at the centre of the pre-game action. The atmosphere will be entoxicating all by itself – and Brisbane will be the best place to experience that big-city buzz.

6. And that vibe will be city-wide

That electric atmosphere won’t be isolated to the immediate vicinity of the stadium. A ticket to the Double Header will get you a ticket to the best of the city. Beers by the Brisbane River at Eagle Street Pier, a refreshing dip at Streets Beach at South Bank, incredible food and wine at New Farm and Newstead – the weekend won’t be enough to pack it all in, so take our tip and stay a few extra nights.

7. Especially when the players hit Queen Street Mall

Players from the Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles will be in Queen Street Mall on Friday 11 May for interviews and signings. Grab your little player in the making and meet the guys before they go head to head against the Broncos and Titans on the field. 

8. We’ve organised a 72-hour hotel sale just for you

Yes, you. We’ve teamed up with Wotif to offer special one-off deals on many of the best hotels around Brisbane – but you have to be quick, as the sale ends on Friday, 16 February. Find a bed to lay your head here.

9. Walk the walk

Caxton Street

Suncorp Stadium is a short 15-minute walk from the CBD, where your mates – and your team’s passionate fans – will be spreading themselves out across the various watering holes on offer. Join your tribe, drink in the best of Brisbane and make some memories.

10. Brisbane’s craft beer scene has exploded

Love beer? Then you’ll be right at home here. No longer is a pint of beer simply a pint of beer, or a schooner simply a schooner. One must ask where the wheat came from, how and when the yeast was added, and where it was brewed. Brisbane has well and truly jumped on board the craft beer train. Read about the influx of craft breweries here.

11. Find an island in the sun

Moreton Island

If you're coming from out of town for the event, allocate an extra few days to take in the bayside and surrounding islands. It's definitely worth booking in for a couple more sleeps to give you time to explore all that the beautiful Moreton Bay region has to offer. Check out our guide to the islands here and kick back for a few days before and/or after the on-field action.

12. Or head for the hills 

Drinking Wine on Tamborine Mountain

Not one to lie back on the sand and bask in the sun/surf/ beach vibes? Maybe an inland escape is more your thing? There’s glamping, luxe cottages and getaways to embrace, or even a spot of camping. And if that doesn’t get you going, there’s plenty of regional food and wine to get stuck into – take your pick. Take inspiration from these 10 summer day trips from Brisbane.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Brisbane’s 72-hour hotel sale with Wotif. We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane on 12 May for the ultimate NRL Brisbane Double Header clash, and also entertaining you either side of the footy with a sneak peek at all on offer in the city and surrounds. After a taste of our autumn sunshine, we're confident you'll be back for more.

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