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Spectator sports

If there's a sport that can be played, there's a fair chance there's a following for it in Melbourne.

Australian football (AFL): Aussie Rules

Get wrapped up in footy fever as you watch an AFL match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), or head to a suburban game to see rising stars and retired champs compete. AFL games can also be seen at Etihad Stadium, Docklands most winter weekends.


Cricket takes over the MCG for the Boxing Day test match against a fellow cricketing nation, and stays for a summer of one-day matches, Twenty 20 carnivals and the Bushrangers' domestic competition. The Melbourne Renegades and Stars pull in crowds for the Big Bash League.

Netball, basketball and baseball

See the Melbourne Vixens in a trans-Tasman netball clash or watch the Aussie Diamonds international netball team shine at Hisense Arena. Also look out for Melbourne United matches, to see a team with a long history of success in the National Basketball League.


In January you're treated to the world's best tennis players and the festive atmosphere of the Australian Open grand slam at Melbourne Park.

Rugby and soccer

Both rugby codes plus the city's two soccer teams ensure there's always something to see at the impressive AAMI Park stadium. Melbourne Storm fly the flag for rugby league, and the Melbourne Rebels represent for rugby union. Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City vie for local supremacy in the A-League soccer competition.

Equestrian, horse racing and greyhound racing

Spring draws Melburnians and visitors from afar to the Spring Racing Carnival, culminating the famous Melbourne Cup horse race. In summer, Christmas and New Year's horse races are held at Flemington, and there is regular night racing at Moonee Valley and greyhounds at Sandown. Equestrian events are held around the state and capital throughout the year.

Motor racing and cycling

Road racing, drag racing and speedway races are mobbed by aficionados at Calder Park, Avalon Raceway and Sandown International Motor Raceway. Cycling competitions are held at Hisense Arena, or on paths and roads around the city.

Hockey, hurling and roller derby

Melbourne Ice dominate domestic ice hockey from the Docklands Icehouse, and even competitive hurling can be found around the city. Roller derby enthusiasts gather at the Melbourne Showgrounds − also home to the Melbourne Aces baseball team.

Sport Venues


Sports events


Australian Open Tennis

Light up your January with the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. Be there as the biggest names in the game try to start the season off with a bang.

Motor sport

Formula 1 Grand Prix

Get the motor running and enjoy a long weekend of F1 action on and off the track including motor shows, air displays and of course, the big race.


Boxing Day Test

Get out the zinc and the novelty hat and join up to 100,000 cricket fans at the MCG for a sporting event that's become an Australian institution.

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Specatator sports

Australian Football

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


Check out cricket in Melbourne during the summer months.

Motor racing

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

Horse racing

Metropolitan races take place at Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown racecourses.





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Things to do


Sing along to hit shows in the theatre precinct, take a stroll along the Yarra River, or explore the city’s hidden boutiques, bars and galleries.


Sports precinct

Pick a player, choose a team and let yourself be swept along with the sports fever that grips Melbourne, year-round in the compact sports precinct.

Things to do


Explore Melbourne on foot with an expert walking guide, join a bus tour or follow the historic City Circle Tram route on a tour of the city's cafes.



Melbourne's events calendar is packed: music, film and design festivals, major exhibitions, sports events, theatre, and food and wine celebrations.