Melbourne is Australia’s Sporting Capital, and if you are a sports lover or enthusiast, this sports lovers guide to Melbourne will help you figure out what you games or events you can see while you are visiting.
As the sporting capital of a pretty sports-mad country Melbourites really love their sport. They have hosted an Olympics and a Commonwealth games, the grand slam Australian Open, Australia’s only formula one race and the horserace that stops a nation… The Melbourne Cup.
Oh and they also have AFL (being from Sydney I am not really into AFL)
Melbourne’s Iconic Sporting venues
Flemington Racecourse – Home of the Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest horserace, Flemington has been used for races since the 1840s. Racing fans might enjoy a one hour guided tour of the track and facilities.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) – Known colloquially as The G the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere. Home of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the first cricket match between Australia and England. There is so much history here, and the atmosphere of 80k plus sports fan watching any sport is very special.
Melbourne Park – Tennis (Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena) – Tennis and rock concerts are the two most popular events held at Melbourne Park.
Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit – Albert Park street circuit is a 5km track that travels around Albert Lake.
Melbourne’s Sporting Calendar
If you want to attend any of the major events listed here I suggest you buy your tickets in advance. Head to the official websites linked below for dates and tickets.
- Commonwealth Bank Series One Day Cricket Internationals, MCG
- Australian Open Tennis Championships, Melbourne Park
- Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park
March – September
- Toyota AFL Premiership Season, MCG and Etihad Stadium
- Telstra National Rugby League Premiership Season (Melbourne Storm), Olympic Park
August to February
- Hyundai A-League Football (soccer) Competition (Melbourne Victory), Etihad Stadium
- Melbourne Cup Carnival, Flemington Racecourse
- Cricket International Boxing Day Test Match, MCG
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Melbourne Sports-based tours
The easiest way to see these venues in a short trip is to take a tour. Offerings range from in depth luxury style experiences to cheap and cheerful walking tours for under $30 so there really is something for everyone.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour
The perfect tour for cricket tragics, over 75 minutes you gain access to players changing rooms and viewing area, the media centre, MCC members’ facilities and famous MCG Long Room and also take a walk onto the arena.
Your guide provides lots of behind the scenes details. Don’t miss the great Melbourne skyline view from the terrace.
Tip: Check the playing schedule as you may not have access to the pitch on game days.
Melbourne Sports Walk and stadium tour
This 3 hour afternoon tour covers over 9km on foot and begins with a walk along the path build for the 2006 Commonwealth games to the Melbourne Cricket ground.
After completing a stadium tour you will move on to AAMI Park, home of the local NRL team the Melbourne Storm and the 2 Melbourne A-League clubs Melbourne Victory and Melbourne FC.
You also visit the stadium built for the 1956 Summer Olympics and the Melbourne Tennis Park, home to Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas.
Melbourne Sports Walk – Budget
This tour will cost you less than $20 and does not include entry to any of the stadiums but what you do get is a great introduction to the sporting culture and history of Melbourne. The guides are full of stories and it’s a really enjoyable way to learn more about the cities love affair with sport.
The tour runs for 90 minutes. Check price and availability here
The Ultimate Melbourne Sports Tour
This one is for serious fans only at 9 hours of sporting goodness those with just a passing interest should deposit their partners or friends at the gate and head off to find their own adventure.
The tour includes guided behind-the-scenes tours of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena, home of the Australian Open. You drive the F1 Albert Lake Circuit, visit Flemington Racecourse, the home of the Melbourne Cup and spend time at the National Sports Museum. You also visit Etihad Stadium and have lunch (included) in Docklands.
This tour makes a great special gift. Book this one early as places are limited.
These tours all offer free cancellation and refund up to 24 hours before departure
Australian Sports Museum
The Australian Sports Museum provide the opportunity to learn more about Australia culture through our love of sport. No matter what your sporting interest this museum covers it all from the summer and winter Olympics, The Australia Cricket club museum, the Australian Racing Museum and exhibits on all forms of football, boxing, basketball and netball.
Plenty of interactive exhibits will keep kids entertained while adults will find plenty of detail about their favourite sports.
You can also book an MCG Tour or head to the MCG Shop where you can find a huge range of sports merchandise.
You can prebook your Melbourne Sports Museum tickets or check prices here.
Before you go check out these helpful guides for your Melbourne trip.
- Seven of the Most Popular Melbourne Day Trips
- Choosing where to stay in Melbourne
- Discover Melbourne on these Walks
- A Two Day Itinerary for Exploring the Great Ocean Road
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