Hello again, Brett here with Go Melbourne, a podcast that helps all tourists and travellers navigate my home city, the city of Melbourne. Today’s episode is all about sport. Australia in general is a sporting nation, so if you love your sport then you are going to love Melbourne. With world-class stadiums and sporting facilities right in the heart of the city, Melbourne is really the Mecca for watching elite sporting events.
Australian Rules Football
For those who want a truly Australian sporting experience, then an Australian Rules football game is a must see for visitors who love action sports. The Australian Football League plays its season between early April and late August and matches take place each weekend. The blockbusters matches in Melbourne are played at either Etihad Stadium at Melbourne’s Docklands, or the famous “MCG” (which stands for Melbourne Cricket Ground). You can usually get general admission tickets to a match just by showing up before the game, or advance tickets can also be bought online at Ticketmaster or Ticketek.
The Spring Racing Carnival
If you’re after a more fashionable sporting experience, then you might enjoy Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival. While horse-racing takes place all year in Melbourne, the Spring Racing Carnival, that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in October and November, features some of the world’s best thoroughbreds.
If cricket is your thing, then I suggest the legendary MCG Boxing Day test that takes place over 5 days. It begins on December 26 and is a must see for all cricket fanatics and those looking for an authentic Melbourne sporting atmosphere. Now I would advise you to purchase tickets in advance, however it is still possible to get tickets on the day if you don’t mind waiting in the queues.
But Melbourne’s summer sport doesn’t spot at cricket. For soccer lovers there’s the national A League, with Melbourne being home to the Victory and City soccer teams, and also Melbourne United basketball at Hisense Arena.
Australian Tennis Open
And of course we can’t forget the Australian Tennis Open that takes place each January in Melbourne, where the international tennis greats compete for Grand Slam glory. For those on a budget, you can still experience the Open by getting a grounds pass that allows you to watch matches on the outer courts. It’s great value and you still get to see some great tennis action.
Now before I go I’ll leave you with one last tip. If you are keen on attending outdoor sporting events in summer in Melbourne, don’t forget to pack your sunglasses, hat and sunscreen as the sun gets pretty intense! Take care sports lovers!