Sport in Queensland

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An Ashes Test at the Gabba
Queensland Roar playing at Suncorp
Brisbane Lions players in training

Sport is an important part of the culture of the Australian state of Queensland. Golf is the most played organised sport and touch football the most played team sport. Netball is the most popular female sport,[1] while rugby league is the most watched sport.[2] The largest sporting event held in Queensland annually of the Gold Coast 600 motor race.

Australian rules football[edit]

Australian Football has a long history in Queensland. The first foray made by the then VFL came in the form of the Brisbane Bears, who began playing Premiership matches in 1987. Despite some rocky times in the northern state, the game now appears to be entrenched within the Queensland, thanks to a hat-trick of AFL Premiership wins from 2001-2003. The introduction of the Gold Coast Suns in 2011 highlights the game's growth in Queensland.


Cricket is popular in Queensland. Many domestic and international matches are held here at the Gabba. The Queensland Bulls are based in Brisbane and represent Queensland in Australia's domestic cricket tournaments:

Rugby league[edit]

Rugby league is the most spectated sport in Queensland.[3][4] Queensland Rugby League has been in operation since 1908, creating strong roots in both city and regional communities. There are currently three teams in the National Rugby League competition, two of which have been part of the NRL since its inauguration in 1998:

There are currently two official Queensland NRL expansions bids to be based at -

The other major rugby league team is the Queensland Maroons who play New South Wales Blues in the fiercely contested three game State of Origin competition. The Maroons have recently won their third straight Origin series, as well as their eleventh from the past twelve.

The other major state based competition is the Queensland Cup.

Rugby union[edit]


Swimming is also a popular sport in Queensland, with a majority of Australian team members and international medalists hailing from the state. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Queensland swimmers won all six of Australia's gold medals, all swimmers on Australia's three female (finals) relays teams were from Queensland, two of which won gold.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2005 and 2007 World Long Course Swimming Championships, Australia won both the 4 × 100 m freestyle and medley relays. In five of these teams, three out of the four swimmers were from Queensland, and in the medley relay in 2007, all were from Queensland.


Triathlon has been a popular sport in Queensland since the early 1980s with the state playing host to the Noosa Triathlon - the world's largest triathlon (also the country's longest-lasting event at the same venue), Mooloolaba Triathlon, Hervey Bay Triathlon and the Gold Coast Triathlon to name but a few.

Major events[edit]

1982 Commonwealth Games[edit]

2001 Goodwill Games[edit]

2018 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Other events[edit]

Queensland Sports Awards[edit]

Each year the Queensland Sport Awards are held. The major award is the Sport Star of the Year:[5]

Teams in national competitions[edit]


Club/Team Sport League Venue Established Premierships
Brisbane Bandits Baseball Australian Baseball League Holloway Field 1989 4
Brisbane Broncos Rugby league National Rugby League Lang Park 1988 6
Brisbane Bullets Basketball National Basketball League Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
1979 3
Brisbane City Rugby union National Rugby Championship Ballymore 2014 2
Brisbane Heat Cricket Big Bash League The Gabba 2011 1
Brisbane Lions Australian rules football Australian Football League The Gabba 1997 3
Brisbane Roar Football A-League/W-League Lang Park 2004 1/2
Brisbane Wolves Handball Australian Handball Club Championship Lang Park 2016 Nil
Queensland Blades Field hockey Australian Hockey League Queensland State Hockey Centre 1991 5
Queensland Broncos Touch Football NRL Touch Premiership Lang Park 2018 1
Queensland Bulls Cricket Pura Cup/Ford Ranger Cup The Gabba 1892 13
Queensland Firebirds Netball ANZ Championship Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 1997 2
Queensland Reds Rugby union Super Rugby Lang Park 1996 1
Triple Eight Race Engineering Motor racing International V8 Supercars Championship Queensland Raceway 2003 6

Outside Brisbane[edit]

Club League Venue Established Premierships
Cairns Taipans National Basketball League Cairns Convention Centre 1999 Nil
Dick Johnson Racing International V8 Supercars Championship Queensland Raceway 1980 7
Erebus Motorsport International V8 Supercars Championship Queensland Raceway 2013 Nil
Gold Coast Hawks Australian Premier League Club Helensvale 2014 Nil
Gold Coast Suns Australian Football League Carrara Stadium 2011 Nil
Gold Coast Titans National Rugby League Robina Stadium 2007 Nil
James Rosenberg Racing International V8 Supercars Championship Queensland Raceway 1995 Nil
North Queensland Cowboys National Rugby League Willow Sports Complex 1995 1
Queensland Country National Rugby Championship  - 2014 Nil
Queensland Cowboys NRL Touch Premiership Willows Sports Complex 2018 0
Queensland Sundevils Australian Gridiron League  - 1985 1
Queensland Titans NRL Touch Premiership Robina Stadium 2018 0
Tekno Autosports International V8 Supercars Championship Queensland Raceway 2010 Nil
Townsville Fire Women's National Basketball League Townsville Entertainment Centre 2001 2

Sporting Venues[edit]


Venue Capacity Main Sports
Acacia Ridge Iceworld 300 Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating
Albion Park Racecourse ??? Harness racing, Greyhound racing
Allan Border Field 4,500 Cricket
Auchenflower Stadium 2,000 Basketball
Ballymore Stadium 24,000 Rugby Union
Ice World Boondall 300 Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 4,000 Basketball, Netball
Brisbane Cricket Ground 42,000 Cricket, Aussie rules football
Brisbane Entertainment Centre 14,500 Basketball, Netball
Brisbane Exhibition Ground 25,500 Baseball
Brisbane International Speedway 10,000 Speedway motor racing
Chandler Aquatic Centre 4,300 Swimming
Chandler Arena 2,700 Basketball, Netball
Chandler Velodrome 3,500 Cycling
Dolphin Oval 15,000 Rugby league
Doomben Racecourse 22,000 Horse racing
Eagle Farm Racecourse 43,000 Horse racing
Holloway Field 1,500 Baseball
John Murray Field 1,500 Baseball
Lakeside Park 30,000 Motorsport
Lang Park 52,500 Rugby league, Association Football (soccer), Rugby Union
Langlands Park 5,000 Rugby league
Mick Doohan Raceway ??? Motorcycle speedway, Motocross
Perry Park 10,000 Association football (soccer)
QLD Group Stadium 10,000 Rugby league
Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre 49,000 Rugby league, Athletics
Queensland State Equestrian Centre 3,200 Equestrian
Queensland State Hockey Centre 500 Field Hockey
Spencer Park 10,000 Association football (soccer)

Outside Brisbane[edit]

Venue Capacity Main Sports Location
Barlow Park 18,000 Rugby league Cairns
Browne Park 8,000 Rugby league Rockhampton
Cairns Convention Centre 5,300 Basketball Cairns
Carrara Indoor Stadium 3,000 Basketball Gold Coast
Carrara Stadium 25,000 Aussie rules football Gold Coast
Cazaly's Stadium 14,000 Cricket, Rugby league, Aussie rules football Cairns
Clive Berghofer Stadium 9,000 Rugby league Toowoomba
Endeavour Park 10,000 Cricket Townsville
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 6,000 Basketball Gold Coast
Gold Coast Iceland 400 Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating Gold Coast
Harrup Park 10,000 Cricket Mackay
Heritage Oval 10,000 Cricket Toowoomba
Morgan Park ?? Equestrian events, Motorsport Warwick
Newtown Oval 10,000 Rugby league Maryborough
Queensland Raceway 30,000 Motorsport Ipswich
Robina Stadium 25,000 Rugby league Gold Coast
Roy Henzell Oval 10,000 Cricket Sunshine Coast
Salter Oval 10,000 Cricket Bundaberg
Stockland Park 12,000 Rugby league, Rugby Union, Football (soccer) Sunshine Coast
Surfers Paradise Street Circuit 120,000 Motorsport Gold Coast
Tony Ireland Stadium 10,000+ Cricket and Rugby league Townsville
Townsville Entertainment Centre 5,260 Basketball Townsville
Townsville Street Circuit 60,000 Motorsport Townsville
Willowbank Raceway 30,000 Drag Racing Ipswich
Willows Sports Complex 25,000 Rugby league Townsville

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005-06
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics 2009-10
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  5. ^ "Queensland Sport Awards Winners 1995-2008" (PDF). QSport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.