With fantastic weather, unique wildlife, and stunning scenery, a holiday to Australia is already one for the bucket list. But this year, more world class sporting events than ever descend on Victoria as cultural events such as the annual Food and Wine Festival continue to thrive. We’ve gathered our top 10 events worth flying to Australia for in the next year to get you started on your trip planning.
October 27 + November 19 Rugby League World Cup Melbourne fixtures
Get ready Rugby fans, the Rugby League World Cup launches in Melbourne and the first match is going to be a spectacle. AAMI Park will host the opening game between fierce rivals Australia and England. Australia currently holds the title from their 2013 World Cup win and are ranked #1 to England’s #3. Will the home team have an advantage or can England shock the host country in front of your very eyes?
“The race that stops a nation” kicks off on the first Tuesday of November as part of a week long carnival of fantastic events. Celebrate in style watching electric action at the hallowed Flemington grounds as jockey’s race for glory. An infamously unique affair of sport, fashion, and pageantry, the atmosphere here just has to be experienced first hand to believed. Soak up the revelry in snazzy suits and outrageous hats – this is the place to see and be seen!
World class hockey comes to town with the Kookaburras (Australian men’s team) and Hockeyroos (Australian women’s team ) competing against major international rivals from India, Malaysia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Both men’s and women’s teams hold top 5 world rankings with player’s winning fast fans with their tenacity and athleticism. It’s a fantastic summer’s day out for hockey lovers, sports enthusiasts, and families.
Cricket lovers rejoice, the oldest rivalry in the sport touches down in Melbourne this December. While England currently holds the Ashes, the two nations are neck and neck with 32 wins a piece. What better Christmas gift for the cricket-lovers in your life than a visit to the incomparable MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) for this Boxing Day fixture? Perfect timing to follow it up with a New Year’s’ holiday throughout sunny Victoria.
This incredible feat of human endurance sees top sailors traverse a whopping 45,000 nautical miles across the globe. In an exciting twist, Melbourne has been added as one of twelve landmark Host Cities to the course this year, making it the first Australian location in more than 10 years. Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne crosses the challenging Southern Ocean for double the points. It is anticipated to be one of the most exhilarating legs of the course as teams surge to Melbourne’s coastline buoyed by the cheers of onshore crowds.
Start the new year right with a visit to Melbourne Park for the first Grand Slam of the season. Larger than life tennis icons Roger Federer and Serena Williams hold respective men’s and women’s singles titles and the 2018 trophies will be well-earned after two weeks of spectacular tournament play. With the courts perfectly situated within walking distance of Melbourne CBD, the Australian Open is a perfect way to see world-class tennis in a world-class city.
Head down the coast to Geelong for an unforgettable long weekend at the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. This year’s 175th anniversary will surely take celebrations to a new level. A free waterfront festival with music, food, and wine, markets and fireworks make for a perfect Australia Day long weekend. The carnival-like atmosphere of colourful sails and seaside fun brings this event rich in sporting history to life.
Why wait for the ‘Spring Classics’ of European cycling when you can watch world-famous cyclists compete on the world-famous Great Ocean Road. Named for Australia’s Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans, the course starts and finishes along Geelong’s waterfront. Family friendly events and competitive racing draw locals and visitors to cheer along iconic views of the surf coast. As a side event, amateur riders get a thrill of a lifetime following the same course by riding in the Gran Fondo associated with the race. Sounds civilized!
Come join in the fun as Melbourne shines brighter than ever as a ‘gastronomic playground’ during a state-wide celebration of Victoria’s renowned food and wine. Autumn temperatures typically hover around 20 degrees celsius, ideal weather for indulging in 200+ foodie events and taking place in and around Melbourne. This is a festival unlike any other and a chance to encounter the hospitality, innovation, and creativity that make up the very fabric of the city.
The third largest comedy festival in the world descends on Melbourne’s comedy clubs, pubs, and bars for a month of indoor and outdoor entertainment dotted across the city. Melbourne Town Hall and Regent Theatre become home base as fans wine, dine, and laugh like the locals. Watch top comedians let loose and enjoy the festival’s relaxed and friendly crowd, where you’ll be sure to hear some Aussie banter.
The official sporting capital of Australia, a cultural icon in its own right, and a true delight to experience whether it’s your first time or your fifth..it’s no surprise that Melbourne is this popular. Even better, it’s the perfect place to springboard further adventures down the coast or into Victoria’s countryside. Head over to our website to build your ideal itinerary today!