Travelling to Brisbane Australia to see Adele!!

A weekend in Brisbane Australia to see Adele!!!

This past weekend I went to Brisbane to see Adele. It was such an amazing concert and Brisbane wasn’t too bad either!

We decided to go see Adele in Brisbane Australia instead of Auckland because we were afraid tickets would sell out in NZ. Plus the tickets for the Brisbane show went on sale first so if we missed out we could still try for Auckland. I’m so glad we got tickets to the Brisbane Australia show first as it was an amazing concert and we were able to do a bit of shopping as well before my big South America trip.

Brisbane Australia

Basically in New Zealand there is not much choice for taking a ‘weekend trip’ somewhere. Outside of Australia and the islands everything is a 12 hour flight and you wouldn’t go to the islands just for a weekend so that leaves Australia. We flew from Wellington to Brisbane on a Friday afternoon flight and arrived at 5pm local time since they are three hours behind. We took an uber from the airport for $26 to our Airbnb. It was one of the few places we found that had two beds in one room. We settled in and then figured out where we wanted to eat that night. We did a loop which took us along the river and then to Chinatown for some dinner. I know everyone says that Australia is an expensive place but right now the exchange rate between the kiwi and the ozzie is quite good so we were ok with the prices. However when our food came we were disappointed as the quality of the food was not as good as we are used to in New Zealand.

So our dinner was ok and we were exhausted so we went back to the Airbnb and chilled and fell asleep early. Saturday was going to be a big day and we wanted to be well rested.

On Saturday morning we knew we wanted to go shopping, have a rest, get ready for the concert and then get to concert. We had plenty of time so we headed to the Queen St Mall. Oh my goodness this mall is amazing. That’s not really saying much as the shopping in New Zealand is abysmal. So my first stop was Target to pick up some goodies for my trip.

Six hours later and countless shops we had shopped till we dropped and it was only about 3pm. So we decided to have lunch at a Chinese place which was much better than the night before but still not up to our standard. And $70 for lunch is just crazy in my opinion but at least we had leftovers for after the concert.

We were really lucky with our Airbnb location and getting to the Gabba. I think it took us 10 minutes and about $8 to get there. I was amazed at how organised the concert was at the Gabba. You could only enter through your gate and there were so many entrances and exits.  You can also check out places to stay in Brisbane for more options.


Brisbane Australia

The concert was meant to start at 7.30 and didn’t have an opening act but the atmosphere was so fun. Adele came on at about 8pm and was amazing from start to finish. She opened with Hello and the stage was in the middle of the stadium which was really cool because we were on the ground level and could see her clearly. It helped that she had 40 foot high screens showing during the concert.

I think the biggest surprise of the night was her announcement that she is married which is the big news that all the media outlets picked up.

“That feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on Earth. I am addicted to that feeling. Obviously I can’t go through with those feelings because I’m married now.”

Here is the playlist from the night. What is your favourite song? Mine is Send My Love to your new lover.  Have you been to Brisbane Australia?  What’s your favourite thing to do there?

1. Hello

2. Hometown Glory

3. One and Only

4. I’ll Be Waiting

5. Rumour Has It

6. Water Under the Bridge

7. I Miss You

8. Skyfall

9. Don’t You Remember

10. Make You Feel My Love

11. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)

12. Sweetest Devotion

13. Chasing Pavements

14. Take It All

15. Set Fire to the Rain


16. When We Were Young

17. Rolling in the Deep

18. Someone Like You


Nicole LaBarge is a travel expert who has been traveling internationally for over 25 years and she has visited over 115 countries all while working a 9-5. She has lived in England, Scotland, Japan and New Zealand. Check out her detailed destination guides and travel product guides.

25 thoughts on “Travelling to Brisbane Australia to see Adele!!

  1. I had the chance to see her in Dublin last year and it was one of the best days of my life. I was lucky enough to win early entrance and could be in the very first row. I’ll go to one of her last shows in London next June, I can’t wait!

  2. As a Brisbane girl I have heard all about this concert from friends. Sadly I did not go although I LOVE Adele and I am sure she would have been amazing!!!

  3. Adele was incredible! I saw her on the Sunday night and I got chills when she first started singing ‘Hello’! I flew from Canada to visit my cousins so when I heard that Adele was in town I knew I had to go 🙂 Next time your in Brisbane, try going to the restaurants in Southbank, they have such a great variety.

  4. Very cool! I love all of her songs, seeing her live must have been quite the experience! And it’s great to hit two birds with one stone and do some retail therapy too!

  5. You are lucky!!! It is so nice when you can combine an event with a trip, it is a good excuse to get to know a new place!

  6. Sounds like you had a good time catching up on shopping and seeing a singer you love! Are you pumped for your epic south America trip? You will be a well seasoned traveler by the end!

  7. I love Adele, and her stage setup, wow! I can’t answer your question about my favorite thing to do in Brisbane since I haven’t been there – but Australia and New Zealand are on my bucket list!

  8. Seeing Adele perform live must have been an awesome experience. Do tell us about some of the Australian food that you did try out? Your photos look a bit hazy but I think that’s cuz of the concert itself.

  9. I’m sorry you had a bad food experience. Eat Street Markets are my favourite hing to do in Brisbane. They are open on Friday and Saturday nights, and have many many street food vendors with pretty much every cuisine you can think of on offer.

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