Melbourne is known as the capital of sports, have a look at some of what is on offer below:
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is a Melbourne icon. Built in 1853, The MCG has famously hosted world class international cricket matches, including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final. Apart from cricket, some of the many sporting events the MCG has played host to include VFL/AFL games, Australian World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin, international rugby union clashes, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 1956 Olympic Games. The versatile MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music concerts over the years, even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. While in Melbourne, take a tour of the National Sports Museum, see an AFL or cricket match and embrace some of Melbournes culture.
The First Grand Slam of the year is held over the last fortnight in January each year. With $40million in prize money, some of the world’s top tennis athletes are drawn to Melbourne to compete. Crowds of around 700,000 descend to the Melbourne park precinct to watch the stars battle it out for their chance to win a major grand slam. Melbourne Park was the first grand slam to use indoor playing surfaces to escape the wet weather or the extreme heat of the Australian summer with Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena equipped with retractable roofs.
The first round of the Formula 1 Championship is held in Melbourne each year. The track is built around Melbourne’s Albert Park Lake and consists of 58 laps, travelling a distance of 307 km (191 miles). Drivers and their crew descend on Melbourne and despite it being our home turf, no Australian driver has ever won the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, in fact, the best result was Mark Webber who placed 4th for Red Bull in 2012.
A carnival atmosphere sweeps through Melbourne for three months every spring. Melbourne’ racing, fashion and social scenes all coming alive.
The Melbourne Cup Day is Australia’s best known horse racing event held on the first Tuesday of November every year. It is an annual public holiday in the state of Victoria. This event is referred to as “the race that stops the nation”. With more than 100,000 people attending Flemington Racecourse on the day of Melbourne Cup, it is also televised to an estimated audience of 350 Million people across the globe it is an event not to be missed.