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One day to go!


With one day to go before the World's Biggest Bowls Festival's, excitement is at fever pitch with around 2,000 bowlers making their way to the sunny Gold Coast over the next two weeks to compete!

There is a lot of information to take in, so here are a few handy points to remember during the event:

  • Sectional matches begin at 9:00am each morning, with an 8:45am roll up. We recommend all bowlers arrive at their venue at least 15 minutes before roll up! Please note that any player/team that does not arrive within 15 minutes the beginning of a match will automatically forfeit.

  • All section winners qualify through to knockout rounds, with a number of next best qualifers also going through in each discipline.

  • The draws and fixtures for the event can be found here. First round knockout venues can also be found here. Full knockout draws will be released at the conclusion of each discipline, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter following the conclusion of each sectional discipline!

  • Visit our retail stand at Broadbeach, where our exhibitors will be selling bowls gear, apparel and other items thorughout the event. Exhibitors include Aero Bowls, Drakes Pride, Henselite, Taylor Bowls, Bowlers Paradise, Pain Pod, BLK, Stockland, Blamey Saunders Hears and BCiB.

  • Make sure you get involved in our Australian Open activities:

    • Australian Open Live Panels - Our expert panel of bowls legends Steve Glasson, Kelsey Cottrell and Lee "The Such" Such dissect the knockout rounds of the Men's Singles and Women's Singles at Broadbeach Bowls Club from 7pm on Monday, June 13 and Tuesday June 14!

    • Australian Open Mega Bowl - Get involved in our one-bowl winner takes all competition by coming down to Broadbeach Bowls Club between 5:30pm and 7:00pm on Sunday, June 12 to register! Matches begin at 7:30pm, with a $10 entry fee and the winner taking all of the entry fees!

  • Come down to Broadbeach Bowls Club during the event to visit our friendly Help Desk staff, who will answer any of your questions about the event. You can also pick up your participant bag, which is jam-packed full of goodies from our fantastic partners including the event program, Aero Bowls offers, a Blamey Saunders bowls cloth, a Stockland drink bottle, commemorative posters, stickers and much more!

  • Most importantly, we hope you enjoy yourselves at the World's Biggest Bowls Festival and good luck to all competitors!


Visit the Australian Open website for all news and updates!


Gold Coast Cabs teams up with the Australian Open!


In a fantastic boost for the Australian Open, we are pleased to announce that Gold Coast Cabs have teamed up with Bowls Australia to offer significantly discounted flat fares to outer Australian Open host clubs.

Bowlers will be able to access these fares by calling (07) 5588 1219 and quoting the access code "BOWLS2016" to access these fares - please note that the following conditions apply:

  • Flat fares will only be available from Broadbeach Bowls Club to and from the relevant host club. Transfers from other locations (e.g. hotels) will not be eligible for the flat fare.

  • Journeys must be direct point-to-point to be eligible for the flat fares; no allowances for stops or side journeys will be made.

  • Travel times are an approximation only - these may vary due to peak hour traffic, road conditions and other issues. Please note that it is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure you arrive on time.

For full details about this offer, check out the link below. Get a group of friends together to lessen the cost - this offer is perfect for pairs and fours teams!

  Click here to find out more about this fantastic offer!  


Know someone looking for a game?



Due to a number of withdrawals in recent weeks, there are a number of spots available for players in the Men's Singles, as well as for full teams in the Men's Pairs, Women's Pairs and Women's Fours.

If you know anyone still looking to get involved in the Australian Open, make sure you let them know to visit our late entry request form, and our friendly team will contact you if you if we can accommodate your request.

Visit our late entry request form here!


Host Club Profiles - Southport


No stranger to running big events, having been a great supporter of the 2015 Australian Open and a host club during the 2015 Pan Pacific Masters Games, Southport again promises to be a fine venue for the 2016 event.

Situated just off the Gold Coast Highway and a stonesthrow away from the bay, this picturesque club is the home of current Queensland State Over 60's Pairs champions Cliff Hawken and Alan Elliott (also the club's greenkeeper).

The club also runs one of the most successful Jack Attack programs throughout the coutnry, and we will have a feature story on how the club has leveraged this program to great success later in the event!

  Click here for about Southport  

Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation


Bowls Australia is proud to be aligned to Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation. The foundation aims to make organ and tissue donation awareness more prevalent in our community. By informing parents of the importance of discussing these issues with their children should they ever be placed in the same situation as founders Kim and Allan Turner were, with the tragic and sudden death of their daughter Zaidee in 2004.

The foundation hopes to greatly improve the donation rate year upon year, giving those that are currently on transplant waiting lists a better chance at getting their transplant by encouraging people to register as Organ and Tissue Donors.

Zaidee's trademark symbol, the rainbow shoelace, was worn by Aaron Teys during his victory in the Men's Singles final at the 2015 Australian Open, and will be available for purchase at the Bowlers Paradise trade stand at Broadbeach Bowls Club throughout the event for $2.00.

We would encourage all bowlers to get behind this fantastic cause and grab a set of laces from the trade stands.

  Find out more about Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation here  

Saturday, June 11 Preview - Men's Singles


The Australian Open will kick off with a bang when the coveted men’s singles event starts proceedings across nine of our host clubs tomorrow morning. With 216 sections and over 850 male singles participants entered this year, tomorrow marks the start of a long journey for our eventual winner. Can Australian Jackaroo Aaron Teys become the Australian Open’s first back-to-back singles champion?

Broadbeach Bowls Club will host many competition favourites including World Champion Brett Wilkie, New Zealand Blackjack Blake Signal and New Zealand legend Rowan Brassey.

Last year’s most consistent performer, Cabramatta’s Nathan Pederson will be hoping to replicate his 2015 performance and pocket the extra $1500 prize money for this year’s Player of the Event.

Cricket legend Kepler Wessels was talk of the town during the Blue Diamond Pairs at Broadbeach Bowls Club and will make his maiden Australian Open appearance tomorrow at Robina.

To catch all the men’s singles action these are the clubs you need to be at; Broadbeach, Helensvale, Musgrave Hill, Robina, Southport, Paradise Point, Mudgeeraba, Mermaid Beach and Tugun.

Happy Day One!

Check out the draws and fixtures here


Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens


Open year round, from 5am to 7pm each day, the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are a must-see for tourists and locals alike. The Gardens are set on 31 hectares, just 10 minutes drive from central Surfers Paradise.

There’s an experience for everyone - smell and touch plants and flowers at the Sensory Garden, explore our local plants in the Mangroves to Mountains walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden or smell the roses in the Rose Garden.

Fun for the whole family includes a stroll on the boardwalks around the lake, a children's playground or a picnic in one of the many picnic areas.


For more information visit their website


Paradise Point Shuttle Bus

Participants drawn to play at Paradise Point should also note that the club has offerred their courtesty bus to shuttle participants from Broadbeach to the club and back each day of the event bar Wednesday and Friday.

This will be a FREE service for competitors drawn at the club, and will be limited to 11 people per day. To use this service participants must sign up for the service at Broadbeach Bowls Club by 5:00pm on the day before travel (this service will not run if there are no travellers).

Travellers should arrive at Broadbeach Bowls Club by 7:30am to catch this bus once they have signed up!


Missed getting your entry in? Sign up for a late entry request

Place may still be available through entry withdrawls

While the draws for the Australian Open have now been released, bowlers who missed the entry deadline may still be able to participate in the event by submitting a late entry request.

Late entry requests are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis - if an entry becomes available through a withdrawal, our friendly staff will contact you to process the entry fee.

Learn more here!


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