Melbourne Sports Attractions

The Famous MCGIf there is one thing that Australians are passionate about, it's sport. At it's centre lies Melbourne, Australia's home of sport. Accommodating all the biggest sporting events, visitors will find international cricket, football and soccer played in iconic venues like the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)and tennis at the annual Australian Open Grand Slam. These sporting facilities are clustered close together in Melbourne's sports precinct.

If you love your cricket, you will probably be glued to the TV set through summer. Why not experience a game in person at the MCG? The MCG holds 100,000 fans and is located in Yarra Park, just minutes from the CBD. Commonly referred to as the 'G', the Melbourne Cricket Ground has existed for 153 years and is widely hailed as a Melbourne institution. The Melbourne Cricket Club is the biggest club in Australia and is highly competitive by world standards. Full membership will give you entry to the members' reserve at the G.

Keen AFL (Australian Rules Football League) fans will be sure to take in a game or two at one of the major sporting arenas, but did you know that you can watch your favourite team as they train? Check out the AFL club website to find out which football oval they use and when fans can find them training.

Beyond cricket, AFL and tennis, Victoria also hosts myriad other great sporting events. Head to Albert Park Lake for the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix or dress up for 'the race that stops the nation' at Flemington Race Course in November. The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse race and has been running since 1861.

All Melbourne sports venues are easily accessible by trains, trams and ferries with Victorian public holidays dedicated to celebrating the AFL grand final and Melbourne Cup.