If you’re planning on heading out to Australia on one of our 2013 Lions Tour packages, this guide should come in handy. It includes all the fixtures for the Lions tour and some useful information about the venues for all the Lions tests against Australia.

Lions Tour 2013 fixtures

Sat June 1  - Lions v Barbarians in Hong Kong
Wed June 5 - Lions v Western Force in Perth
Sat June - Lions v Queensland Reds in Brisbane
Wed June 12  - Lions v Combined NSW & Queensland Country in Newcastle
Sat June 15 - Lions v NSW Waratahs in Sydney
Tue June 18 - Lions v ACT Brumbies in Canberra
Sat June 22  - Lions v Australia in Brisbane
Tue June 25 - Lions v Melbourne Rebels in Melbourne
Sat June 29 - Lions v Australia in Melbourne
Sat July 6 - Lions v Australia in Sydney

2013 Lions Tour Venues

We know that if you’re heading out on one of our 2013 Lions Tour packages, it’s not about sightseeing and cultural tours - it’s all about watching some great rugby and having a good time. So here’s a quick guide to the venues for the Lions tests and a few suggestions for places to down a few celebratory beers and grab a bite to eat.

First Lions Test 2013: Brisbane

The venue
The Lions will take to the field for the first Test at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It’s home to the Brisbane Broncos and has a capacity of 52,500. The atmosphere on match day is out of this world, so expect the roof to lift off as the Lions kick off against the Wallabies for the first time in over a decade. Let’s hope the Aussie fans will be in a slightly more sombre mood come the final whistle!

Eating and drinking
Eagle Street is where all the post match action will be over the weekend of the first Lions Test. It’s right down by the Brisbane River and has loads of great bars and a fair few decent restaurants too. There’s a ‘traditional’ English pub called the Pig and Whistle that will probably be packed with Lions fans, but just wander along by the river and you’ll find somewhere to suit every taste.

Second Lions Test 2013: Melbourne

The Venue
The second Lions test will kick off on 29th June 2013 at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. Formerly known as the Colonial Stadium and then the Telstra Dome before $8 million a year of oil dollars persuaded the owners that another name change was needed. It has a capacity of around 53,000 and will be packed to the rafters come kick off.

Eating and drinking
There are obviously loads of amazing places to eat and drink in Melbourne, but if you’re looking for a proper Aussie sports bar try Turf Bar on Queen Street. Or if you’re looking for a place to soak up a little antipodean sunshine while you knock back a schooner or two of VB, try the beer garden at The Standard over on Fitzroy Street.

Third Lions Test 2013: Sydney

The Venue
The last test of the 2013 Lions Tour of Australia will take place at the recently renamed ANZ Stadium. It was built for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and now boasts a capacity of around 83,000. It is considered to be the true home of Aussie Rugby and will house a capacity crowd for what could be the tour’s deciding game. So expect an electric atmosphere and lots of very upset Aussies when the Lions romp to victory!

Eating and drinking
There can be only one choice if the sun is shining and the Lions have managed to secure a tour victory against the Aussies – the Coogee Bay Hotel. It’s a huge place with more bars and beer gardens than you’ll ever need. If you fancy somewhere with a more British feel, then you could try Churchill’s on Anzac Parade in Kingsford.

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