Melbourne is a place rich in literature and many other interesting things for those who are into culture, education and the arts. But it is still Australia, and sports are an important part of the local and tourist attractions. As a matter of fact, visiting Melbourne is not quite complete if you don’t at least see a match or a race at one of its popular venues.
If you’re in Melbourne for a few days or weeks, and you’re the type who lives and breathes sports, you have come to the right place. Here are some activities that are sure to excite the sports lover in you.
The Flemington Racecourse is the venue for the major horse racing events that stop the nation. It is ‘The Playground of Racing Royalty', as Australia’s richest horse race, the Melbourne Cup, is held here. Enjoy a pint as you place your bets on the winning steed.
Since 1996, this suburb just three kilometres south of the Central Business District of Melbourne has been home to the Formula One Australian Grand Prix. Public roads are used as part of The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, making the races all the more exciting. Albert Park is also the home of the South Melbourne FC, the most successful soccer club in all of Australia.
Eat a hearty lunch at the National Sports Museum and enjoy a magnificent view of the Etihad Stadium. Or you can choose to get your Eagles Collingwood tickets from The Ticket Merchant and feel the exhilaration of being right where the action takes place at Etihad Stadium.
For most locals, the Melbourne sporting culture is second to none in the world. Whether you visit to prove them wrong or right, you know you’re on the winning team if you hit the city for a few days or weeks of sports and sightseeing.