Horse racing at Dunkeld, Grampians region, Victoria, Australia
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Spectator sports

Fly the flag for Victoria, a sports mad state that holds its own on the national sporting stakes, with sporting representatives topping the tables of both domestic and international competitions. 

Aussie Rules in Victoria: football
Grab your chance to take in a game of Australian Rules football, whether it's local sides going at it in the country leagues or the spectacle of a sold-out MCG blockbuster match. You can even see AFL games at Kardinia Park in Geelong. The rules may baffle you, but the parochialism and passion of the crowds are infectious.

Summertime sports: cricket, tennis and hockey
Spend summer Saturdays taking classic catches at regional cricket grounds. The Victorian Bushrangers have a well-stocked trophy collection, and the Australian team rolls into town for the Boxing Day test match, one-day internationals and Twenty 20 carnivals.

Victoria hosts the 34th Hockey Champions Trophy in 2012. See the the world's best men's hockey teams compete in Melbourne.

Don't miss the annual Australian Open tennis and accompanying festivities in Melbourne.

Round ball reigns: soccer, rugby, basketball and netball
Melbourne Victory was an early powerhouse of the national A-League soccer competition, with cross-town rivals Melbourne Heart also capturing the public's imagination at both Etihad and AAMI stadiums.

Melbourne Storm entered the National Rugby League with a bang. Victorians have put their support behind the Melbourne Rebels in the international Super Rugby (union) competition.

Melbourne Tigers give basketball fans something to cheer about year in, year out from their home at the State Netball Hockey Centre. Melbourne Vixens take on their netballing rivals from both sides of the Tasman in the ANZ Championship.

Revving up and cheering trackside: motor and horse racing
Keep the motors running after the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix has left town, and race along for road racing, drag racing and speedway at Calder Park, Avalon Raceway and Sandown International Motor Raceway. Make sure you're at Phillip Island when the V8 Supercar Championship, Superbike World Championship and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix roar into town.

Keep the fancy frocks and headwear out after Melbourne's heady Spring Racing Carnival, and head off to the country races. Ballarat, Moe and Hanging Rock are all highlights, with race meets taking place year-round.

Do it yourself
Be inspired by the exploits of elite athletes and get outdoors to make the most of the state's superb sporting facilities, often set amid stunningly dramatic natural scenery.

Melbourne

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria, Australia

Australian Football

Check out Australian Football. Watch an AFL game at one of Melbourne's famous venues for the ultimate local sporting experience.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria, Australia

Cricket

Check out cricket in Melbourne during the summer months. Make sure you're around at Christmas time for the famous Boxing Day Test Match.

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2014 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Motor racing

Melbourne's motorsports rev up in March for the first event of the Formula 1™ international season, the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix.

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Horse racing at Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Horse racing

Metropolitan races take place at Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown racecourses, including the 'race that stops a nation' – the Melbourne Cup.

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Beyond Melbourne

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Getty Images

Motor sports

Get amongst an atmosphere that is genuinely electric as the island roars to life with international motorcycle and car racing championships.

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Fanning, in his quarterfinal against Jordy

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16 - 27 Apr 2014

Surf's up at Bells Beach every Easter, when the world's top ranked surfers carve up the waves and compete for the most sought after trophy in surfing.

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Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

24 Feb - 1 Mar 2015

Bring the family, meet the pilots and celebrate the power of flight with stunning aerial displays of vintage, commercial and military aircraft.

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Craig Alexander - 2012 IRONMAN Melbourne Champion

IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne

22 Mar 2015

The world's toughest athletes will tackle the most revered endurance event on the planet in the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne on Sunday...

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Bupa Around the Bay Finish Line

Bupa Around the Bay

19 Oct 2014

Over the past 20 years Bupa Around the Bay - Fundraise for The Smith Family has grown to become Australia's largest mass participation bike ride and...

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