While you’re guaranteed to be entertained with a hard-fought clash at Metricon Stadium, what are you going to do before and after? We’ve found the perfect pre and post-game entertainment, along with a place to stay if you haven’t already organised your accommodation.

Pre-game warm up

Southport Sharks

Mackenzie's Sports Bar, Southport Sharks - Gold Coast
Mackenzie’s Sports Bar, Southport Sharks – Gold Coast

Are you an AFL nut? Get into the spirit early by watching some of Queensland’s best local talent play at Southport Sharks before you head to the main event. Southport Sharks will be going head-to-head with NT Thunder in a NEAFL game, which is sure to be an exhilarating hitout. Perhaps you just want to chill out with a few beers instead? Head to Mackenzie’s Sports Bar inside Southport Sharks, which is the ultimate pre-game experience. Choose from a selection of cold tap beers, place a bet at their TAB facilities and enjoy sports coverage on multiple TV screens – what more could you need? There’s also dining, gaming, entertainment and something for the kids at this great venue. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds heading to the game, be sure to sign up as a member if you want to take advantage of the Sharks shuttle. For just $10, the bus will pick you up at the scoreboard and drop you at Metricon Stadium right before the bounce – bookings essential (07 5532 1155).
Where: Musgrave Ave Southport Gold Coast QLD

Post-game fun

Clock Hotel

Beautiful bar setting, Clock Hotel - Gold Coast
Beautiful bar setting, Clock Hotel – Gold Coast

After you’ve finished watching the SUNS dominate the Pies (fingers crossed), hail the nearest taxi and head straight to the Clock Hotel in Surfers Paradise. If you’ve managed to avoid paying for overpriced fast food at Metricon Stadium, then you’re going to be rewarded with some great tasting, bistro-style meals from the Clock Hotel kitchen. There are even specials available on certain meals for only $9.95. More interested in the bar than the bistro? Sit in one of three different bars and sip on a couple of ice cold tap beers. You can choose to stay at the Clock Hotel listening to the live music, or make it your starting point for a big night on the Gold Coast glitter strip.
Where: 3282 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Piazza On The Boulevard Surfers Paradise QLD

Need a place to stay?

Promenade Apartments

Poolside views, Promenade Apartments - Gold Coast
Poolside views, Promenade Apartments – Gold Coast

Travelling from interstate to watch your beloved Pies play? Perhaps you’ve made the trip down the Pacific Motorway for the night? After watching the game and spending the night in Surfers Paradise, you’re going to need a place to call home for the night. With one, two and three bedroom apartments available, it doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling by yourself or with family, there’s a room to suit your needs at Promenade Apartments. All rooms are fully self-contained and have spectacular views of Surfers Paradise and the rest of the Gold Coast, depending on your room. With a resort-style pool and nearby beach, you can do as little or as much as you’d like during your stay at Promenade Apartments.
Where: 18-20 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD
Have you used this game as an excuse to go for a holiday on the Gold Coast? Click here for the 3 best golf courses to have a hit at while you’re here.
Are you heading to the Gold Coast SUNS game this weekend? Let us know your pre-game and post-game plans below.