AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIPDecember (Date TBC)
This esteemed golfing event on the Gold Coast hits a hole in one every time. Boasting a total prize pool of $1.75million, it attracts some of Australasia's best golfers who compete at the RACV Royal Pines Golf Course. Consisting of the Green and Gold nines, the championship course boasts tight fairways, undulating greens and immaculately manicured swales, with each nine having its own distinctive challenges. If all that's double Dutch to you, don't worry. You'll probably recognise the names of a few past champions including Greg Chalmers, Adam Scott, Robert Allenby and Peter Senior. www.championship.pga.org.au
[*NEW] RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP FINAL2 December Queensland cements its reputation as the home of Rugby League, securing the ultimate advantage as host of the showpiece match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Brisbane. What's more, Brisbane has also scored one of two semi-final games (in November), while fans in Townsville and Cairns have front row seats to World Cup action when it heads north (during October and November) for six pool matches. Guaranteed: blood, sweat and cheers! www.rlwc2017.com/
QUEENSLAND BALLET - THE NUTCRACKER8 – 16 December
Bring the whole family to enjoy Queensland Ballet's much-loved production of The Nutcracker, something of a seasonal tradition at Brisbane's QPAC Playhouse. www.queenslandballet.com.au
WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
Imagine the world as you wish it could be. That's the driving force behind the Woodford Folk Festival, held annually over six blissful days and nights from 27 December to 1 January. Drawing more than 2000 performers and showcasing more than 400 events across 25 venues to an estimated audience of 120,000 people, it's like stepping into another world. Set on 200ha of land behind Woodford in Greater Brisbane, the festival awakens the village of 'Woodfordia', Australia's 67th largest town. Expect concerts by national and international acts, dances, street theatre, writers' panels, a film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, a children's festival, environmental program, art and craft workshops, circus performances, late-night cabaret and a spectacular fire event. www.woodfordfolkfestival.com
*101 reasons and more to start packing: these featured events offer just a taste of more than 100 events on Tourism and Events Queensland's It's Live! In Queensland calendar, showcasing Australia's best live events staged in the best destinations. Visit www.queensland.com/events to discover all the action.