Pat Rafter at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament.
Pat Rafter at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament. Supplied

Summer events get Brisbane buzzing

BRISBANE is humming with an exciting line up of activities, festivals and events to keep the entire family entertained this summer.

January kicks off with the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament which will be held from January 1-8, 2012 at the Queensland Tennis Centre and will see some of the world's best tennis stars playing in the tournament including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters, Sam Stosur, Ana Ivanovic and Bernard Tomic.

For the artistically minded, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) will present 'Matisse: Drawing Life', the most comprehensive presentation of Matisse's drawings and prints ever mounted at Brisbane's prestigious GoMA from December 3, 2011 until March 4, 2012. 

QPAC's Lyric Theatre will be playing host to Mary Poppins, the Supercalifragilistic Musical from December 30, 2011 until March 17, 2012 and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre will be bursting at the seams with top bands and international performers including Cold Chisel, Kings of Leon, Dolly Parton, Elton John and Taylor Swift set to make their way to Brisbane.

For cricket fans heading to the iconic Gabba sports ground an exciting summer of cricket awaits with the first Test, a number of 20/20 Big Bash and Sheffield Shield matches as well as One Day Domestic and One Day International cricket games scheduled throughout summer.

Accor Brisbane hotels are offering accommodation rates ensuring those visiting Brisbane for leisure throughout summer will enjoy their city break without blowing the budget.

Until the end of January Accor is offering a Summer Special 'stay a little longer, save a little more' where guests staying two or more nights will save 10% and receive a free breakfast.

Head to Novotel Brisbane for rates from $179 per night, Mercure Brisbane from $159 per night, or the Ibis Brisbane from $139 per night.

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Home to the Queensland Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and hundreds of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the popular South Bank precinct, Accor's Brisbane hotels are perfectly positioned as a base from which to celebrate, relax and experience the best of what this riverside city has to offer.