Melbourne's Boxing Day Test

In 1877, England and Australia met on the cricket pitch for the first time. Where was this historic game played? Melbourne, of course.

Melbourne is a city mad for sports and there's nothing like the Ashes Boxing Day Test Match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Australia and England. It only happens once every four years, so make sure you’re among the supporters at the next MCG Ashes Test in 2021.

An event this special is sure to sell out before the match even starts, so you'll want to secure your tickets as soon as possible. After you have tickets, you'll want to get your flights and hotels secured quickly as well. Booking a hotel in the CBD (Central Business District) puts you right in the middle of the action. The cricket ground is just a walk or short tram ride away and so are the cafes, restaurants and attractions that make the city a favourite among British travellers.

Let's talk about the weather. Australia and England play in Melbourne from 26-30 December. That means a warm Christmas in Melbourne for travelling England supporters. It should also mean a warm New Year's celebration! Beyond the five days of cricket, Melbourne is the perfect place to spend a long winter holiday. World-class coffee is poured every day. Delicious food from renowned restaurants is served. Painted laneways colour the city. Free trams deliver visitors to iconic attractions. Outside of the city, pristine beaches and unique wildlife await.

To make things even easier in your trip planning, book a package to see dramatic coastlines, penguins, hot springs, rainforests, koalas and kangaroos. Experience all of this, plus world-class cricket, all during the English winter! Is this the best Christmas present you could ever give to yourself or a loved one? We think so.

Quick information


Test dates: 26-30 December
England vs. Australia
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, East Melbourne
Ticket costs: TBC
Suggested travel dates: 20 December 5 January
Suggested hotel location: Within Melbourne CBD
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