Major events

Events play a vital role in attracting visitors to Queensland and supporting the state's $23 billion tourism industry.

View the Queensland Events Calendar for a range of dynamic and growing sport, arts, entertainment and cultural events throughout Queensland.

The Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) coordinates the Queensland Government's deliverables for nationally significant major events, often in partnership with the Federal Government and other states.

DTESB works to ensure the state receives benefits from its investment into major events by leveraging across other departments and agencies, whilst supporting the operational delivery of the event.

Our portfolio partner, Tourism and Events Queensland, is responsible for attracting, supporting, growing and promoting successful regional and major events in Queensland.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet provides information about partnering with, or seeking sponsorship from, the Queensland Government for events, as well as guidelines on event delivery in Queensland.

As the largest sporting event to be held this decade in Australia, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be a mega event for Queensland. DTESB will work closely with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to maximise benefits for Queensland from the Games.

Major events facilitated by the department include:

Future Events

  • Rugby League World Cup 2017

    In 2017, several Rugby League World Cup matches will be held across Queensland, with the showpiece final match to be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

    Brisbane will also host one of two semi-final games, while fans in Townsville and Cairns will have a front row seat to the World Cup when it heads north for six pool matches. 

    Townsville will host a match between the USA and Fiji Bati and will also stage a double-header when the USA return against a European qualifier and Fiji take on another European qualifier. Cairns will also host a double-header between Scotland and Tonga, and a clash between two European qualifiers in round one. Samoa and Scotland will contest the third pool match in Cairns.

    This major event is expected to attract tens of thousands of interstate and international visitors and generate up to 120,000 visitor nights for Queensland.

    Queensland’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 matches were delivered in partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland, Cairns Regional Council, Townsville City Council, Brisbane Marketing and the Rugby League World Cup.

    For more information visit the Rugby League World Cup website.

  • World Bowls Championships 2020

    The 2020 World Bowls Championships will be held on the Gold Coast. It will be the first time this prestigious event will be hosted in Queensland.

    This event is estimated to generate $5.7 million in visitor spending and in excess of 30,000 visitor nights, a boost for tourism on the Gold Coast.

    Staged every four years, the World Bowls Championships will feature teams of five men and five women from the top 24 ranked nations for 16 days of competition.

    Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Club Helensvale have been selected to simultaneously host the 2020 World Bowls Championships. Over the  competition 8 bowls greens will accommodate the 240-player drawer.

    Bowls is one of the core sports of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) so it's fitting that 2 years after the games the Gold Coast will host the World Championships. It's just one of the positive legacies of GC2018.

    For more information visit the World Bowls Championships website.

Past Events

  • World Title Boxing 2017

    On 2 July 2017, Brisbane hosted the biggest boxing match in Australia's history between Queensland's own Jeff Horn and world champion Manny Pacquiao.

    More than 51,000 boxing fans filled Suncorp Stadium to see the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Welterweight World Title Fight and the weekend delivered a $25 million boost to the economy.

    The historic world title fight raised Queensland's profile in many key international tourism markets including the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, China and South East Asia. The event was televised on leading networks across 150 countries around the world and had an estimated TV audience of 500 million.

    The WBO Welterweight World Title match was secured by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Brisbane City Council and Suncorp Stadium.

  • The 2017 Badminton Sudirman Cup

    The Badminton World Federation Sudirman Cup was held at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre from 21 – 28 May 2017.

    This major international event attracted more than 1,500 competitors from around 45 countries and a global television audience of more than 500 million.

    Held biennially, the 2017 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Championships was held in conjunction with the BWF Annual General Meeting. The two events combined were expected to deliver an economic impact of $10 million for Queensland.

    This was the first event for the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre and a fantastic preview for the facility as the venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Badminton tournament.

    Securing events such as the Sudirman Cup demonstrates how valuable new and upgraded Commonwealth Games venues will be in attracting other major events to Queensland.

    The 2015 Sudirman Cup was held in Guandong Provience, Dongguan, China from 10-17 May 2015.

    For more information visit the 2017 Sudirman Cup website.

  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2015 was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March 2015.

    A total of 14 cities in Australia and New Zealand hosted 49 matches over 44 days, with the Final played at the MCG on 29 March.

    Brisbane's iconic Gabba hosted three matches:

    • Australia v Bangladesh on Saturday 21 February  
    • Ireland v Qualifier 4 on Wednesday 25 February  
    • Pakistan v Zimbabwe on Sunday 1 March  

    The highlight of the Queensland fixture was a popular Saturday night clash when Australia took on Bangladesh in the second match they played in the tournament.

    This is a great opportunity to see teams from across the globe compete in Brisbane in cricket's premier event.

    ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was a celebration for fans and families - it was affordable and accessible so that everyone could get involved.

    Brisbane has a rich history in successfully hosting major cricket events, with the Gabba well known and loved by local and travelling teams as well as supporters.

    For more information visit the Cricket World Cup website.

  • 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup

    A breakthrough triumph for host nation Australia capped off the most watched AFC Asian Cup ever in January this year, marking the 2015 tournament as a milestone event in Australian and Asian sporting history.

    The event's widespread appeal was reflected in sell-out crowds in Brisbane and the other four host cities.

    Although the legacy benefits for Brisbane are still being captured, the AFC has said the tournament has delivered a legacy of several million dollars worth of improvements to pitches, stadiums and football facilities around Australia, helped grow Football Federation Australia's "football family" and  leaves behind an ongoing education program which has already helped more than 50,000 primary school students learn more about Asia.

    More information visit the AFC Asian Cup Australian 2015 website.

  • 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

    The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships were held at the newly refurbished Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 21-24 August 2014.

    The 4 day event saw close to 300 top swimmers compete in the first world-class sporting event to be held at the new facility.

    It was the first time the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships have been held in Queensland in 27 years and was the perfect test for the new aquatic centre ahead of the  Gold Coast 2018Commonwealth Games.

    The event brought an economic benefit of $1.48 million to Queensland and reinforced Queensland's growing reputation as a world-class international sporting event destination.

    The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre underwent a $42 million refurbishment ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; it is a legacy in action.

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