Sporty Weekend: Catching a Game and Active Pursuits in Melbourne

In a country obsessed with sports, Melbourne is arguably the sports capital of Australia. The home of the AFL Grand Final, the Melbourne Cup and the Australian Open, Melbourne is a city where there’s always something sporty going on.

If you’re staying in Melbourne and are keen for a weekend of sport, this city has got you covered.

From big ticket AFL games to sporting events a little more left of field, there isn’t much you can’t see and do in Melbourne when it comes to sport.

Let’s plan the perfect sporty weekend in Melbourne, whether you’re partaking or spectating!

Footy fanaticism

The birthplace of Australian rules football, Melbourne is the best place in Australia to catch a footy game. With plenty of nail-biting fixtures during the AFL season, the MCG is Australia’s largest stadium and is impressive to see even if you’re not a die-hard footy fan. If you’ve never caught a footy match at the MCG, it’s something to put on your bucket list (and tick off during your stay here!).

The ‘other’ footy

Depending on which state you’re from, ‘footy’ might mean something totally different. Don’t stress – we have rugby league here, too! Melbourne Storm play at the esteemed AAMI Park with its iconic domed roof. Just 12 minutes by train from the CBD, catching an NRL game at AAMI Park is easy peasy.

Day at the races

Melbourne’s also famous for horse racing, with the Melbourne Cup being Australia’s largest horse racing event. There’s always something on at Flemington Racecourse, as well as Moonee Valley racing club and the Caulfield Racecourse.

Monster truck mania

Not exactly a sport you might watch all the time, but if you’ve got the chance, then why not watch some giant utes do epic stunts and crush their puny hatchback cousins? The Rod Laver Arena isn’t just the home of the Australian Open – it’s also a place to catch monster truck events.


Melbourne has golf courses galore. On a sunny day, golfers can make the most of several centrally-located courses, including the Albert Park Golf Course, Yarra Bend Public Golf Course and Royal Park Golf Course.

Docklands and Southbank by bike

Start your weekend with a lovely bike ride through Southbank and the Docklands, following the Yarra River promenade all the way. It’s a low-intensity ride, with plenty of spots to stop off for lunch or a drink. You could start at the Docklands and go all the way along the river to Toorak (or further) if you felt energetic.

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