It’s easy to go sports mad in Australia, which hosts events for cricket fans, footy fiends, rugby lovers, rev-heads and marathon runners. Get a courtside view of the tennis greats at the Australian Open or experience the excitement of the uniquely Australian AFL. See Australia’s Wallabies fight New Zealand’s All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup. Or be there for the Ashes, when the Australia cricket team faces their age-old cricket rivals of England. Smell the rubber at glamorous motor-racing events such as the Grand Prix. Run through Sydney in the City to Surf or watch the world’s fastest cyclists whizz through Adelaide and South Australia in the Tour Down Under.
Various venues across Australia
9 January to 31 January 2015
In 2015 the biggest football tournament Australia has ever hosted will kick off on the 9th January when the Australian Socceroos play Kuwait under the lights at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. 16 countries including Japan, Iraq, China and Korea Republic will compete against each other in 32 matches over 23 days in Australia’s host cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. With more than 500,000 spectators expected to attend the event, this is your chance to unite for your team and show your colours at what will truly be a spectacular tournament with exciting action both on and off the football pitch.
Adelaide and regional South Australia.
17 – 25 January 2015
Follow the Santos Tour Down Under, the biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race in the region, featuring many of the world's top riders. It winds its way through the picturesque scenery and wonderful vineyards of South Australia.
Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria
19 January – 1 February 2015
Savour the thrills and excitement of seeing the world’s top tennis players compete for the champions’ trophies at Australian Open 2015, the only one of the sport’s four Grand Slam events held in the Southern Hemisphere.
Australian Open of Surfing
Sydney, New South Wales
The Australian Open of Surfing festival combines world-class athletes, artists and fans in a celebration of youth-culture, innovation and athleticism at Sydney’s Manly Beach - the birthplace of modern surfing. The free event runs for nine days and attracts more than 125,000 spectators to celebrate the best of Australian action sports, music, art and fashion. The Australian Open of Surfing is an extension of the US Open of Surfing and includes Association of Surfing Professionals sanctioned skateboarding, pro and junior surfing tournaments. Along with the world’s elite surfers and skateboarders, there is a music line-up featuring top international headline acts.
Various venues across Australia
14 February to 29 March 2015
ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship event of the international cricket calendar and is one of the world’s largest international sports tournaments. In 2015 it will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand with the tournament kicking off on the 14th February at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and then returning to the city for the final match on the 29th March. Australia will hold 26 of the 49 matches in host cities including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and Perth. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support your team as they compete against the world’s greatest cricketers.
Albert Park, Melbourne
12 – 15 March 2015
Thrill to the roar of the most expensive cars as the world’s finest Formula One drivers race each other around an incomparable lakeside street circuit in Melbourne’s beautiful Albert Park. The location, midway between the towering centre city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, guarantees spectacular TV images – but it’s even better being there.
Brisbane, Queensland & Sydney, New South Wales
May - July
The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. State of Origin refers to the Australian states or territories where the players originally come from and they play for that team. The main competition is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia and one in New Zealand. NRL matches are played throughout Australia and New Zealand from autumn until spring. The season culminates in the premiership-deciding game, the NRL Grand Final, traditionally one of Australia's most popular sporting events and one of the largest attended club championship events in the world. The NRL premiers also play in the World Club Challenge, a pre-season match against the champions of the European Super League competition.
July - October
Whether you’re competing or cheering, there’s nothing like the excitement of an Australian running event or marathon. Race past waterfalls, lush national parks and the wild Southern Ocean on the Great Ocean Road Marathon. Join elite and fun-runners from around the world in the popular Gold Coast Airport Marathon, where thousands of spectators line the course between Broadwater and Burleigh Heads. In August, Sydney’s streets come alive in the City to Surf, the world’s biggest running event. The Melbourne Marathon is held in October. There are running festivals in almost every Australian State and Territory catering for beginners to professionals.
4 - 5 July 2015
Start and finish at Southport, Gold Coast
Novice or veteran, young or old, this two-day running festival at Australia’s famed Gold Coast ¬– with its incomparable beaches, theme parks and superb nightlife – has something you can aim for. A faster time, a longer distance or even a first fun run; you can set your own challenge and the 65% of runners who have set new personal best times at this event.
The Bledisloe Cup sees Australia’s Wallabies team compete with rugby rivals the New Zealand All Blacks over three dramatic matches. Australia and New Zealand now meet at least three times a year on a home-and-away basis. A Bledisloe match is held in Australia at least once a year as part of the Tri Nations tournament. The passion and intensity on the field is matched only by the fans who attend the game to cheer their team on and watch them take their place in Rugby history. Catch one of the history-making matches in Australian stadiums in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney’s 14 kilometre City to Surf race is the world’s largest timed running event, attracting more than 75,000 entrants. The route winds from Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD to iconic Bondi Beach through Sydney’s most-exclusive suburbs, before finishing at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Join the cheering crowds on the pavements and in cafes and pubs all along the way. The event is also among the world’s biggest fundraising events, raising around four million dollars for charity. The great outdoors, stunning city scenery and a sense of community spirit epitomise the City2Surf fun run in Sydney.
National; Melbourne, Victoria
From March to September Australian Rules Football (AFL) teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series held in Melbourne in September. AFL is Australia’s most attended sporting league, with passionately-supported teams in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on television. There’s nothing like being there for the final series. The entire city takes on a carnival atmosphere as excited fans cheer their teams to victory. It is a truly unique Australian experience.
Gold Coast, Queensland
The Gold Coast 600 is a V8 racing car carnival held in Surfers Paradise over three days in October. The beaches of the Gold Coast are the perfect backdrop for this event, where the social program is an equally important part of the action. Watch the world’s top V8 Supercars whizz around the beachside track or catch an exciting endurance race with18 top international drivers. In the evening, the dedicated entertainment precinct at Broadwater Parklands comes alive. The huge trackside music concerts feature both Australian and international performers. Past events have included performances by world-famous pop stars such as Pink.
Perth, Western Australia
The Perth International Golf Championship brings some of the world’s best golf players to Western Australia to compete for Australian golf’s richest prize money at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. The course is regularly rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Australia, known for its challenging layout and bushland setting. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. The inaugural event will be played in October 2012. International golf stars Jason Dufner, currently ranked number nine in the world, and Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champion have been confirmed for the tournament.
1 – 8 November 2014
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Experience the thrills, elegance, excitement and unparalleled atmosphere at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a truly glamorous horse racing carnival featuring the 153 year old Emirates Melbourne Cup. It is a time to dress up, be seen, dine out, sip champagne and hope you pick a winner. Featuring the world’s top international horses and jockeys, it’s really an excuse for a national party.
Australia becomes obsessed with the sport of cricket throughout summer from November to February. Cricket-lovers across the world avidly follow the Australian season, which pits Australia against other top cricketing nations in matches in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth. Around the country, test matches and one-day tournaments unfold at iconic cricket grounds, from the MCG in Melbourne to the Sydney Cricket Ground, Perth’s WACA and Brisbane’s Gabba. Traditionally, Melbourne hosts the Boxing Day Test and Sydney hosts the New Year Test. Both begin on major public holidays and are enthusiastically attended by cricket-loving Australians.
Sydney, New South Wales; Hobart, Tasmania
Beginning on Boxing Day [26 December] each year, the Sydney to Hobart yacht race is an Australian summertime tradition. Maxi yachts to weekend racers take part in this event, which starts from Nielsen Park in Sydney Harbour and takes the international fleet more than 1100 kilometres to the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania. The race finishes just in time for the New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city. You don’t need to be a sailor to enjoy watching the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The start of the colourful spectacle can be seen from many vantage points around Sydney Harbour.
Australia is home to a stunning array of golf courses and the round of PGA Australian golf tournaments are not to be missed. The following are some of Australia’s major golfing events, played across the country on world class golf courses in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Sunshine coast. Australia’s golf courses are some of the best-designed and most challenging in the world. They are often located in scenic Australian bush settings surrounded by wildlife. In a country that has produced such golfing greats as Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch, Australia’s passion for the game keeps on growing.
In Australia you can indulge your passion for motor racing all year round. Head to Melbourne for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in March or visit the popular motorcycle circuit on Phillip Island. For adrenalin-surging V8 action, there’s the Gold Coast 600 in Surfers Paradise, the Sydney 500 and the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. Watch elite sports cars race around Tasmania in the Targa Tasmania or witness true driving endurance at the Bathurst 1000. Follow quad bikes, 4WDs and motorbikes from Perth to Kalgoorlie in the Australasian Safari. Or check out mean street machines at Canberra’s Summernats Car Festival.