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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  3.5 hours - 8 hours
Everyone knows Melbourne is Australia’s sporting capital but to understand why, go behind the scenes with a local on a Sports Lovers tour. All Sports Lovers tours take you to Flemington Racecourse, home of the Melbourne Cup horserace, and on a drive around the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit at Albert Park. Upgrade to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia's most famous sporting stadium, and add an in-depth tour of the National Sports Museum. Take a backstage tour of Rod Laver arena, home to the Australian Open tennis championships, and play a match on a show court for the ultimate tennis experience. There are four Sports Lovers tours to choose from, depending on your sport of choice, highlighting the history, excitement and famous venues of Australia’s most sports mad city.

Highlights

  • Visit world-famous sporting venues on a sports lovers tour of Melbourne
  • Visit Flemington Racecourse and the Formula 1 racetrack
  • Enjoy lunch at Etihad Stadium
  • 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

Sit in the coach's box, see the media facilities, visit exclusive member areas, walk on the hallowed turf and smell the liniment in the change rooms when you take a Sports Lovers tour of Melbourne!

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 and arena views at Etihad Stadium 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 at Etihad Stadium, 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

Jenny C
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

For anyone who loves there sport this tour is a must. Thanks Anthony for a fantastic day. Had lunch at Etihad Stadium which was really quite nice. This is only a small group tour which I think is a lot better than any of the bigger tours, much more personalised and everyone is very friendly. Went to Flemington race course, Rod Laver Arena, MCG, Albert Park Track and Etihad Stadium. I could rave about this tour and have so since I returned home. Anthony is very knowledgeable and nothing is a problem for him.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, it was a highlight of our Melbourne experience. The venues we visited were all memorable and we would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Melbourne. We were lucky enough to share the day with a lovely group of people and our tour guide Simon was not only a wealth of information but a really great guy who made the whole experience even better. Thanks for the great tour.
Amanda and Neil Lembcke
Port Stephens N.S.W

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