Australia's Biggest Sporting Events (and why you should go)

by Emma Palmer on 08-10-2017 in Travel

Australia's Biggest Sporting Events (and why you should go)

Australia loves sport; our culture is synonymous with sport. Every year Australia plays host to a number of fantastic sporting events, some of which are considered to be the best in the world. That means some of the best athletes from around the world are visiting Australia each year to compete.

No matter what city you are in, there is a sporting event for you. Tennis, Rugby, AFL, car racing, boat racing, horses and a tiny little urn[ET1]  which we fight over during The Ashes.  Because there is so much on offer, we have decided to put together a list of the top eight must see sporting events. This way, you can start planning your annual sporting calendar as soon as possible.

Formula One Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne, March

The Formula One comes to Melbourne once a year. Melbourne’s Albert Park is closed off to the public to become part of the Formula One track. Melbourne has one of the more unique tracks on the Formula One circuit. There are 16 turns over the 5.3 km high-speed track.

The Grand Prix Race day has a lot more to offer than just the race, including jumbo jets and the RAAF Roulettes. There is always a great Aussie band ready to perform a live concert.

Australian Open - Melbourne, January

Australia is lucky enough to get the first grand slam tennis tournament of the year. The Australian Open, hosted in Melbourne, is one of four grand slams, along with Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open. 

You can head to Melbourne Park to see the biggest names in tennis, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and more.  The stars battle it out for the Norman Brookes Trophy and Daphene Akhurst Trophy.

Falling in the middle of the Australian summer, one of the best ways to see the Open is a cruise. P&O offer great cruises that includes tickets and allows you to meet some great tennis personalities.

NRL State of Origin - National, June

One of the greatest rivalries in Australian sport, if not sport in general. State vs. state, mate vs. mate. The annual best of three State of Origin series is a gruelling rugby clash between NSW and Queensland. The events attract millions of television viewers and sell-out crowds.

In recent years, Queensland have had the edge over NSW. However, it is always a great spectacle watching some great athletes giving it their best to take home the coveted shield. To catch all the action live, why not organise a cruise with P&O that includes tickets and transfers?

The Ashes Cricket - National, December

Australia is in love with cricket, and the Ashes is no different. Even though this event switches between Australia and England, it’s too important to leave off this list. 

The Ashes is the premier cricketing competition. A heated contest between Australia and England which has provided some great sporting moments in the past.  Unfortunately, we only get to see this spectacle once every two years.  The best part, these two teams are competing for ‘the Ashes’, a tiny little six-inch terracotta urn! It’s funny to think one of Australia’s greatest sporting is all for a little urn.

The Bledisloe Cup - National, August

If the State of Origin weren't enough, the Bledisloe Cup would help you get your rugby fix. Part of the bigger Rugby Championship, formerly the Tri-Nations, the Bledisloe sees Australia and New Zealand battle in a best of three series. This is one of Australia’s greatest rivalries, having clashed each year since 1931. New Zealand has taken home to trophy 44 times, while Australia has won just 12 times.

Spring Racing Carnival - Melbourne, November

Spring Racing Carnival is hosted at Melbourne’s Flemington racecourse each year. A cocktail of fashion, betting and fillies over four big days.

Melbourne is at a standstill for The Melbourne Cup which is held on the first Tuesday of November. This day is a public holiday in Melbourne, so the locals always get stuck in. P&O offer great cruises that includes tickets and entertainment!

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Sydney, December

Another annual sporting classic, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race begins on Boxing Day each year. The race is a strenuous 630 nautical miles. 2017 will be the 72nd annual race, and that is a testament to the media attention and crowds the race brings in each year. 

AFL Grand Final - Melbourne, September

Imagine 100,000 screaming fans packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The AFL Grand Final is held in Melbourne each year, no matter which teams are playing.  The atmosphere is truly something you have to experience.

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