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  • Location:Melbourne, Australia
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Sports Lovers Tours of Melbourne, Australia

For sports lovers, Melbourne is hard to beat. With so many major stadiums packed into one metropolis, there’s always a game on and excitement in the air. Get an insider’s look into the city’s athletic obsession with a behind-the-scenes tour of several of its famed venues. Visit the site of the Melbourne Cup horserace at Flemington Racecourse and cruise around the Grand Prix Circuit at Albert Park. For more, upgrade to one of three different options to explore the Melbourne home of your favorite sports. 

Highlights

  • Experience world-famous sporting venues on a sports lovers tour of Melbourne
  • Visit Flemington Racecourse and the Formula 1 racetrack
  • Enjoy lunch within the Etihad Stadium precinct
  • Go behind the scenes at Melbourne's famous MCG
  • Add a tour of the National Sports Museum or Rod Laver Arena with the option to have a game of tennis on the show courts
  • Tailor the tour to suit your time frame and sporting preferences
  • Travel with a local to experience Melbourne’s unique sporting lifestyle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an in-depth look at Melbourne’s sporting culture. The guides are passionate and knowledgeable and will show you Melbourne through the eyes of a sports enthusiast. Even if you are a not a sports fan you will love this tour.

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What You Can Expect

Sports Lovers Tours of Melbourne, Australia

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

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.

Itinerary

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 within the Etihad Stadium precinct, 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 same courts as the world's champion players. Racquet and ball hire are included from the Australian Open shop, but you need to bring your own tennis gear.

Customer Reviews

Pedropete

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Superb trip for any sport lover, although you also get an excellent commentary on Melbourne itself as you travel between venues. Anthony the guide is absolutely brilliant, my wife and I really enjoyed his informative and humorous commentary. The tour guide at the MCG was very good too. The morning finishes off with lunch at the Etihad Stadium in the Docklands, you get loads and it's lovely so don't have too much breakfast! Excellent value for money this trip, just book it, you won't regret it.

Katharine I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing amazing amazing!
Highlight of Australia leg of travels. Great if you love sport or just interested in the history of it. Lots of different sports and the museum is really cool too - especially the interactive bit. Highlight was Rod Laver stadium! Great lunch too.

Lynette Anne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide Anthony was very punctual and a real good bloke. The tour was great and anthony's commentary was always informative and humorous. His knowledge of melbourne and sporting history was amazing. We would definitely recommend this tour to other travellers. This is reflected in our 5 star rating, couldn't fault a thing.

Sherryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a great time -tour guide was good and the guides at the MCG and Rod Laver were also very informative
Would recommend this to anyone who likes sports - Flemmington Race Course is also a great visit

Patricia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Perfect name for the tour. Our sports lovers package included trips to Flemington horse race track, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver tennis arena, and admission to the sports museum at the MCG.

It's a jam-packed day of fun facts and sports! Our tour guide Anthony was informative, funny, and pleasant. We spent about an hour at each stop, which was a reasonable amount of time.

My only critique is that we hit up lunch on the later side, about 1pm, which I wasn't expecting. The meal options at Etihad stadium are plentiful though. You won't leave hungry!

We also appreciated that hotel pick up and drop off was available. Perfect for tourists like us!

Catharina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour has been a great experience! We enjoyed playing tennis on show court 3 of Rod Laver Arena and won't forget this moments ever. Simon was a really nice tour guide with remarkable knowledge.

Pego Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent Tour. Our Tour guide Anthony Excellent very knowledgable. The tour guides at each venue were excellent very informative. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Had a great time. Thank You Anthony

Eddie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thank you very much Anthony, Matthew and I had a fantastic day. Go Hawks. Rgds Eddie.

HAYLEY B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent tour. 5* and more! Would go on this again if I could. Excellent guide and a small group of people (8) was just the right amount. Definitely recommend.

Helen B New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The tour was excellent. Anthony was our guide, he was awesome, very knowledgeable. The tour around the city between sporting venues was much more than we expected and was very informative for tourists. The tour guide at the mcg was great he was so informative and knew everything you could have asked. The guide at rod laver was lovely she knew so much about the players. It was great tour, you have great access to places and able to take lots of pics. Would recommend to anyone but especially if you have a interest in sports. We really enjoyed our day thanks to Anthony. Thanks again.

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