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Spectator sports

Victoria's a sports mad state that punches above it's weight in the big event stakes. It's quite possibly the best place in the world to be a sporting spectator or footy fan.

Aussie Rules Football in Victoria

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.

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. See the the world's best men's hockey teams compete regularly in Melbourne and don't miss the festival atmosphere of the annual Australian Open tennis.

Cycle sport and road racing

There's plenty to take in as a cycle sport spectator in Victoria - from the magnificent scenery of the Great Ocean Road and Victoria's High Country, to the incredible feats of endurance shown by the world's best road racers and mountain bike champions. Don't miss the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in January.

Soccer, rugby, basketball and netball

See Melbourne Victory and cross-town rivals Melbourne City play A-League soccer nationally. Catch them in town at Etihad and AAMI stadiums. Melbourne Storm play National Rugby League and the Melbourne Rebels play international Super Rugby (Union). In basketball the Melbourne Tigers compete when at home at the State Netball Hockey Centre, while Melbourne Vixens take on their netballing rivals at Margaret Court and Hisense arenas.

Motor sport and horse racing

Don't miss the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix, and head to Calder Park, Avalon Raceway and Sandown International Motor Racewayrace for road, drag and speedway races. Head to Phillip Island for the V8 Supercar Championship, Superbike World Championship and Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Get your frocks and fancy hats out for Melbourne's Spring Racing Carnival, and plan a day at the Ballarat, Moe and Hanging Rock country races year-round.

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Experience

Spectator sports

Australian Football

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

Cricket

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.

Road cycling

See Victoria's best scenery, from the mountains to the sea, by bike or cheering from the sidelines.

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Outdoor activities

Water sports

Set sail for a day on Victoria's waterways - explore an underwater shipwreck, swim at a calm Murray River beach, or waterski around Gippsland Lakes.

Spectator sports

Country racing

You don't have to wait for spring to get to the races, as regional Victoria's turf clubs host fun-filled country racing events all year round.

Things to do

Outdoor activities

Get the adrenaline pumping by going white-water rafting, stroll through forests, play golf, or set up camp for a longer stay in Victoria's outdoors.

Outdoor activities

Golf

Tee off on Victoria's outstanding sand-belt, links-style and resort courses, following the swings of some of the world's biggest names in golf.