Melbourne: Australia’s Sports Capital

Australians love their sports, and no city is as sports-crazy as Melbourne in southern Victoria. In addition to local sports, Melbourne hosts some of the world’s most thrilling and prestigious international sporting events, bringing thousands upon thousands of visitors to the city.

But as one of Australia’s biggest cosmopolitan centers, Melbourne has much more to offer, as well: world-renowned dining, boutique shops, hidden laneways covered in colorful street art, and outdoor adventures a short distance from the city. With all of this, plus special festivities surrounding major sporting events, Melbourne is sure to keep you entertained both on and off the field.

The thrill and camaraderie of Melbourne’s international sporting events promise an experience you’ll never forget. Why not visit Melbourne for one of these world-class athletic spectacles?

Australian Open

January 16-29, 2016

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There’s nothing quite like the Australian Open, Australia’s most popular global sporting event. Come the second week of January, thousands of fans descend on Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena to witness the best tennis players in the world compete in the first Grand Slam event of the year.

Melbourne celebrates this thrilling spectacle with the Australian Open Festival in the parks surrounding the arena. Featuring music, samples from Melbourne’s best restaurants, and more, the Australian Open Festival makes the electric energy from the tournament spill over into the entire city.

World Cup of Golf

November 24-27, 2016

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The World Cup of Golf is the most exciting golf event in the world, putting the top golfers from each nation in competition to determine who are truly the world’s best players. Melbourne has played host to the World Cup of Golf four times, each at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia’s No. 1 golf club.

This year, Melbourne is hosting the World Cup of Golf yet again, further cementing its place as a top golf destination. The 2016 Cup will be held over Thanksgiving weekend at Kingston Heath, attracting golf lovers from around the world. Want to get in on the action? Now is the time to start planning your trip.

Melbourne Cup

November 1, 2016

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The Melbourne Cup is the culmination of Australia’s two-month-long spring horse racing season. Known as “the race that stops a nation,” the Melbourne Cup—and the world-class fashion and food events surrounding it—brings thousands of spectators to Flemington Racetrack in their finest fashions. Much like the Kentucky Derby in the U.S., the Melbourne Cup is as much a celebration of eye-catching hats as it is a proving ground for Australia’s best horses.

Australian Grand Prix

March 16-19, 2017

Formula One Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Australia sports capital

The Australian Grand Prix kicks off the international Formula One World Drivers’ Championship season, which determines the best racecar drivers in the world. Each year, fans and thrill seekers flock to Albert Park Circuit for four days of adrenaline-filled Formula One racing.

The event now includes the Freestyle Motocross (FMX) Grand Prix, as well, treating audiences to stunning displays of speed and skill as riders aim to impress with their aerial stunts.