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Spectator sports


  • Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria, Australia

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.

Soccer, rugby, basketball and netball

Melbourne Victory was an early powerhouse of the national A-League soccer competition, with cross-town rivals Melbourne City also capturing the public's imagination at both Etihad and AAMI stadiums.

Melbourne Storm entered the National Rugby League with a bang. Victorians have put their support behind the Melbourne Rebels in the international Super Rugby (union) competition.

Melbourne Tigers give basketball fans something to cheer about year in, year out from their home at the State Netball Hockey Centre. Melbourne Vixens take on their netballing rivals from both sides of the Tasman in the ANZ Championship at Margaret Court and Hisense arenas.

Motor sport and horse racing

Get the motors running after the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix has left town, and race along for road racing, drag racing and speedway at Calder Park, Avalon Raceway and Sandown International Motor Raceway. Make sure you're at Phillip Island when the V8 Supercar Championship, Superbike World Championship and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix roar into town.

Keep the fancy frocks and headwear out after Melbourne's heady Spring Racing Carnival, and head off to the country races. Ballarat, Moe and Hanging Rock are all highlights, with race meets taking place year-round.