Melbourne's Boxing Day Test
140 years ago England and Australia met on the cricket pitch for the first time. Where was this historic game played? Melbourne, of course. Now over a century later, Melbourne is once again host to a series in The Ashes.
Melbourne is a city mad for sports and there's nothing like the Ashes Boxing Day Test Match between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The pageantry and excitement in the MCG will be unrivaled by other stadiums. Over 100,000 supporters are expected to attend and you could be one of them. In a sea of cheering Australian fans, will you be loud and proud in your support for England?
An event this special is sure to sell out before the match even starts. 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 central business district (CBD) puts you right in the middle of the action. The cricket ground is just a walk away and so are the cafes, restaurants and attractions that make the city a favourite amongst British travellers.
Let's talk about the weather. The two Commonwealth countries square off in Melbourne from 26 December – 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. The city is famous for much more than its sports. World-class coffee is poured everyday. 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 roaming 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.
Test dates: 26–30 December
England vs. Australia
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, East Melbourne
Ticket costs: From 19 GBP
Suggested travel dates: 20 December – 5 January
Suggested hotel location: Within Melbourne CBD
Find out more: cricket.com.au/ashes