If you’re a self-confessed sports nut, it’s possible that ‘sporting capital of the world’ Melbourne is your ultimate travel destination this summer.
Melbourne hosts a range of sporting events each year for spectators and competitors alike.
And if you think you’re not into sport, think again – the charged atmosphere of Melbourne’s events is infectious enough to convert even the most stubborn of non-supporters.
Here’s just some of the best Melbourne has to offer:
Australian Open – January 13-26
Even though this prestigious tennis tournament is already well under way, there’s still time to catch some of the final days – and is worth booking flights to Melbourne for next year. The Australian Open sees international tennis royalty battle it out on court, and is arguably the most exciting event Melbourne has to offer.
Festival of Sails – January 21-27
This exciting series of sailing regattas attracts crowds of up to 100,000 to watch nail-biting races. Combining seaside location at Geelong Waterfront with sporting thrills, the event is popular with spectators of any age. If sailing isn’t enough to please you, the spread of market stalls, food, wine and live entertainment ought to satisfy.
Hanging Rock Australia Day Races – January 26
For those who want to add a touch of glam to their sports travel, going to the races simply can’t be missed. The Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock is a fun day out for everyone – take your bet on which filly or colt will win.
All Saints Estate Golf Day – February 2
Try your putting skills on the green at this team-based golf event held at the Corowa Golf Club. With a glass of wine upon arrival and food and live entertainment throughout the day, getting competitive will have never been so relaxing.
Granite Grind – February 22
This cross country mountain bike race stretches 10 km over the Lake Mountain Resort, and is sure to raise pulses of both competitors and spectators. Enter solo or pair up to take part in fast and furious mountain relays.