Brisbane has become a flourishing tourist destination since it hosted the Commonwealth Games 30 years ago, one of the stars of the sporting event has said.

Brisbane has blossomed since it hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games, a former athlete has said.

That year’s marathon champion Rob de Castella told the Courier-Mail the city has “really powered ahead” after that event.

“Together with Expo in ’88, it showcased Brisbane’s value as a business and holiday destination to the whole world,” he added.

Memories of the event have been revived as this weekend (September 30th) sees the 30th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Games.

Visitors catching flights to Brisbane may not know much about what the city was like in 1982, but could greatly enjoy a visit to the city now.

Traditional activities include a ride on one of the Kookaburra River Queen paddle boats down the Brisbane River.

Alternatively, those with a head for heights can get way above the water with a Story Bridge Adventure Climb, ascending to 80 metres above the river and then abseiling down the last 30 back to the ground.

By Anthony Nicholson

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