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Looking for a share of the prize money? There are now more than 540 chances to win!


The 2015 Australian Open was not only the World's Biggest Bowls Festival but also the world's richest bowls event, with $225,000 of total prize money and more than 150 prize money places on offer across all disciplines.

Following the 2015 event, the structure of prize money has been thoroughly reviewed, with the aim of providing many more bowlers with a chance to be rewarded for their efforts on the green.

"After the 2015 event, Bowls Australia identified that it was important to provide more bowlers a chance to be rewarded for their efforts during the Australian Open. In 2016, prize money will be distributed at least one, and sometimes two, rounds earlier," explained Events and Competition Manager Mark Casey.

Just another reason to visit the Gold Coast for the World's Biggest Bowls Festival this June!

Key statistics in 2016:

  • Total of $250,000 of prize money on offer across all disciplines (a 10% increase from 2015);
  • 544 total prize money places on offer - over 400 more than in 2015.
  • $1,500 prize for the player of the tournament.

Check out the prize money breakdown here

For full prize money information, check out the Conditions of Play.

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Ryan's career kick starter



For 2015 Australian Open women’s singles champion Ellen Ryan, June 11 can’t come quick enough with the NSW sensation ready and raring to defend her coveted singles title on those very Gold Coast greens that shot her to fame.



Click here to read the article on Ellen Ryan


Planning your trip - Accommodation


One of the great benefits of the Australian Open's recent move to the Gold Coast is the fantastic array of accommodation on offer right across the region, from Coolangatta to outer Brisbane. Whether you are road tripping with the caravan or living it up in luxury, bowlers will be spoilt for choice on the sunny Gold Coast.

Check out the link below, courtesy of our friends at Visit Gold Coast - your one stop shop for weighing up all of the accommodation options available to you.

Once you have sorted out your accommodation, you are probably thinking about how you will get around the region. Stay tuned to these Australian Open e-newsletters in the coming weeks for further information about how best to get around the Gold Coast, as well some special accommodation deals.

  Click here for more information about accommodation on the Gold Coast  

Player to Watch - Brett Wilkie


NAME- Brett Wilkie

CLUB- Helensvale, Gold Coast

MOST RECENT ACHIEVEMENT- Bronze medal in the fours at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

WHAT HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST IN THE 2016 AUS OPEN-  “After an extremely successful first year on the Gold Coast, I believe this year’s event is going to even bigger and better with more International and home grown stars expected to make the journey.

The Gold Coast was buzzing last year, not just with the bowls but with friends from all over the world coming together again to relive old times, enjoy each other’s company and also make new friends.

With the size and quality of the fields, whoever wins each event will have certainly earned it.”

Wilkie is a former Australian Open singles champion, a World Champion and has represented Australia on 166 occasions. As a senior member of the Australian Jackaroos Wilkie has always been a consistent performer and doesn’t often stay out of the winners circle long.

Brett Wilkie knows the Gold Coast greens like the back of his hand and that is why he is a player to watch at the 2016 Australian Open. 

Want to know more about the man affectionally known as the "Wizz" bowls? Click here!


Gold Coast Wonders - Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk


When most think of the Gold Coast, their minds instantly conjure up picturesque images of beaches, theme parks and other high octane fun. However, drive less than an hour inland and you will find one of the most serene and beautiful natural landmarks in Australia.

Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk showcases the pristine beauty of the lush Gold Coast rainforest in a safe and eco-friendly way. The one and a half kilometrer walking experience includes the Skywalk Bridge, Skywalk Cantilever and Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, all joined by a winding canopy floor path.

The skywalk is only 45 minutes drive inland from Surfers Paradise, and is a must-see in between the hustle and bustle of the Australian Open.

Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism


Click here for more information about the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

For more unique Gold Coast sights and sounds, head to the Visit Gold Coast site


Cooly Rocks On!

The biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival in Australia stretches over 2 kilometers across the stunning beaches of Coolangatta! Browse over 240 market stalls and discover why 100,000 are drawn to this festival annually.

Rev-heads can also check out over 1,000 hot-rods, classics and custom vehicles lining the beachfront.

Cooly Rocks On is free to enter, and runs from June 3 - 13, 2016.

Click here for more about Cooly Rocks On!

Australian Sides Championships

March 31 - April 3, 2016

The 24 best bowlers from each state and territory collide in the ACT to contest the annual Australian Sides Championships.

The coveted Alley Shield and Marj Morris Trophy will once again be on the line, as a powerful NSW lineup look to defend their titles in both the Men's and Women's events!

Learn more here!


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