Melbourne is the place to be. For several years in a row, it has made the world’s most liveable cities list, sometimes even topping it. During your stay in Melbourne, there is plenty to do. You can explore its many galleries, chow down at any number of brilliant eateries, have a quiet drink in a back alley bar, wake up with some of the world’s best coffee and take a stroll through a multitude of lush parklands. And, if you’re so inclined, you can enjoy some of the countries most enjoyable Spring and Summer sporting spectacles. Let’s check out some of the best.
Held in the first month of Spring, the Australian Football League Grand Final is a spectacular event. For six months eighteen teams compete for a spot at this game. Only the two best during the season will make it, after sweat, blood and tears. The match is truly a mammoth event, with a wealth of entertainment before the game and at half time. Tickets can be tricky to get. You need to enter into a ballot to have a chance at snaring a ticket. Even if you’re from interstate or overseas, a Grand Final match is a once in a lifetime event that everyone should try to attend once.
High fashion, sparkling wine, suits, dresses, fascinators and big bets. The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival has it all. If you’re in town during October and November, then you can’t miss it. The Caulfield Cup, The Cox Plate, Derby Day and The Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation. Make sure that you get your suit or frock sorted before the day, as you’ll want to be prepared. Go easy on the drinks as well, as too many people have a bit too much fun and end up regretting it the next day.
The Australian Open
The peak of summer in Melbourne also sees the peak of the Asia Pacific tennis events, the Australian Open. Hosting the world’s brightest and best tennis professionals, the Open runs from the 20th of January to the 2nd of February. The event has seen some of the most memorable events in tennis history, including that historic match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in 2012 which many counts as the greatest tennis match of all time. Remember to stay sun smart during this event, as the days can become absolute scorchers. A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and ample fluid intake are all essential.
The Boxing Day Test
Held every year, on, would you believe it, Boxing Day, this cricket test match sees Australia face an opposing foreign team. Test matches last for several days but this match begins on boxing day. Again, be prepared for summer conditions so pack a hat, sunscreen and sunnies and go easy on the beers during the day. Alcohol and hot weather aren’t a great combination. This game is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Spring and summer see a variety of sporting spectacles held in Melbourne, Australia. Things kick off in early spring with the AFL Grand Final match, where the top two teams in the league compete for the game’s greatest achievement. Next up is the Spring Racing Carnival, where several high profile horse races occur, including the Melbourne Cup. The Australian Open is the peak tennis event in the southern hemisphere, but be prepared for hot weather. The Boxing Day test is an annual test cricket spectacular held at the MCG. By now you’re informed of the biggest and best sporting events held in Melbourne during the warmer months.