Before a game at the SCG, head into bars such as East Village or the Courthouse Hotel in Darlinghurst, The Light Brigade in Woollahra, or the Royal Oak Hotel in Double Bay and get revved up with other footy fans. And when the game is said and done, rest up before exploring more of Sydney over the weekend.
Manuka Oval, located in the Canberra suburb of Manuka, sees the GWS Giants play four games at the stadium. The stadium is one of the few in Australia to retain much of its heritage, with the original curator's cottage and the Lord's Taverners garden adding a certain charm to the environment.
In 2012, the ACT government partnered with the AFL and the GWS Giants to redevelop the stadium, which has seen the introduction of light towers for night matches, as well as new reserved seating. With more redevelopments planned for the future to cater for bigger footy crowds, the nation's capital is staking its claim as the perfect destination for a weekend of footy and sightseeing.
The Gabba, deriving its name from the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, is the home of the Brisbane Lions.
During the 2020 AFL season, the Gabba became the first stadium outside the state of Victoria to host an AFL Grand Final.
The Gabba is set for even more spotlight moments in the coming years, with the stadium set to undergo a $1b redevelopment for the 2032 Summer Olympics, with capacity to grow to 50,000.
Don’t forget Queensland’s other AFL venues, Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, home of the Gold Coast Suns, and Cazalys Stadium in Cairns, both of which make for a great weekend away by the beach.
With great accommodation options in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, such as RACV Royal Pines Resort, which is walking distance to Metricon Stadium, catching a footy game in the Sunshine State might just be the winter escape you need.
Reopening in 2014 following a major $575 million redevelopment, Adelaide Oval became the new home to local teams the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power, with the 53,500 capacity providing an atmosphere for fans to savour.
While the oval has always been a South Australian icon, its upgrade transformed it into one of the most advanced outdoor venues in Australia. However, with over 2,100 square metres of grass and almost 900 square metres of viewing platforms, the stadium still caters to the old-school tradition of watching footy on the hill.
Before the game, experience South Australian hospitality and get pumped at The Little Bar, Ballers Sports Bar, or Wing it Sports Bar, all in the CBD, before a short walk to the venue. And with so many accommodation options in Adelaide, you can make an entire weekend of it and even head out to the Barossa Valley to celebrate a win.