Melbourne goes mad for sports, from the speed demons of the Grand Prix to the international attention of the Australian Open tennis match. Discover the history of highlights of competitive sports in the city with a customizable guided tour. See the Itinerary below for tour options and details.Sports Lovers Morning Tour
All Sports Lovers tours begin with pickup from selected Melbourne hotels, then take you to Flemington Racecourse to see where Australia's most famous horserace, the Melbourne Cup, is held each November. Tour Flemington’s famous icons, from the finish post and clock tower to the mounting yard, stables, betting ring and famous rose gardens.
Continue your sports tour of Melbourne to the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, built for the 2006 Commonwealth Games on the edge of the city center in Parkville. Then travel to the Formula 1 Grand Prix racetrack in Albert Park, and be driven around the circuit past the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.
Enjoy a trip across town to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia's most historic and iconic sports venue. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see the changing rooms used by Australian Rules footballers and international Test match cricketers, visit the Bill Lawry Cricket Centre and coaches' box, see where football fans sit in the Ponsford Stand and take a walk on the arena's hallowed turf.
Complete your Sports Lovers tour with lunch within the Etihad Stadium precinct in Melbourne's Docklands.
To enhance your sports experience, add one of the following optional tours:
Sports Lovers Morning Tour with National Sports Museum
Take the Sports Lovers morning tour and after lunch visit the National Sports Museum. See more than 2,500 famous sporting artefacts and multimedia displays exploring the history of the MCG, cricket, Australian Rules football, rugby, soccer, tennis and Australia's sporting heroes. Play out your sporting fantasies in the multi-sport Game On interactive gallery, relive the moments that shaped Australia's rich sporting traditions and cultural heritage, and watch your favorite stars in action at Cinema Sport.
Sports Lovers Morning Tour with National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena
Take the Sports Lovers morning tour of Flemington Racecourse. Albert Park Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit and the MCG, then head to Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis championships each January. Feel the thrill of walking into the arena, following in the footsteps of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and other tennis champions. Go backstage and see the stars' dressing rooms, and hear about the rock concerts and other sporting events held in this important arena. Also visit the National Sports Museum to relive the moments in cricket, football, tennis and just about every other sport imaginable that helped shape Australia's rich sporting traditions and cultural heritage.
Sports Lovers Morning Tour with Rod Laver Arena and Tennis Match
Take the Sports Lovers morning tour of Flemington Racecourse and the Albert Park Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. After lunch, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rod Laver Arena, home to the Australian Open tennis championships each January. Feel the thrill of walking into the arena, following in the footsteps of Roger Federer, Andy Murray and other tennis champions. Go backstage and see the stars' dressing rooms, and hear about the rock concerts and other sporting events held in this important arena. To really experience the excitement of Grand Slam tennis, play a one-hour match on the show courts, where many of the world's champion players have played. Racquet and ball hire are included from the Australian Open shop, but you need to bring your own tennis gear.