Overview

Sport events

If there was an official events capital of the world, it just might be Melbourne. With world class sporting facilities, state-of-the-art arenas and a 24/7 festival-like atmosphere, our city has hosted just about everything and everyone. Where else can you witness Grand Slam tennis, see the 'race that stops the nation' and watch F1 cars whiz by all in a calendar year? And in between it all, explore primordial rainforests, pristine beaches and the famous Great Ocean Road?

Visitors are often surprised to find that most of Melbourne's stadiums, including the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), are close to the buzzing city centre with its cultural and foodie highlights. It's possible to wander around our famous art-covered laneways at 6pm and be in through the doors of the Rod Laver Arena for a 7pm tennis match. Or delight in one of Melbourne's famous independent restaurants at 5pm and be seated at the MCG in time for the start of an evening England vs. Australia T20 cricket match.

While Melbourne's events attract record crowds, tickets are easily accessible. In some cases you can walk up to the event venue hours before and find some prime seats to a world-class event. Try doing that at Old Trafford or Wimbledon! 

In the next few years, Melbourne and surrounding regions will be hosting the men's and women's T20 cricket world cup, and the Ashes as well as annual favourites such as the Australian Open, Australian Grand Prix, Rip Curl Pro World Surf League. Come for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race cycling and you can even take part yourself!

Our city is one of the world's premier event destinations for a reason. Pick something from the calendar and let the experience begin.

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