Here in Australia, sport runs in our blood. Whether you are sports-mad or just love the atmosphere of a colourful, noisy arena, being a spectator is awesome family-friendly fun.
Australia boasts more world-class sporting action than you can poke a hockey stick at. Many have been immortalised in tradition. Kids love sport. So why not time your next family holiday to coincide with one of these epic events?
Nothing fires up a bit of healthy trans-Tasman competition quite like the Bledisloe Cup. The battle location alternates between Australia and New Zealand and has done since the 1930’s. In 2018 it’s Australia’s turn. The opening match will be played on August 18 at ANZ Stadium.
The rivalry is always intense as the Blues and the Maroons fight head to head for Origin glory. Consisting of three games, this NRL series is typically held across Australia’s East Coast capitals and attracts sell-out crowds. (ADD WHERE AND WHEN?)
The Bathurst 1000 is Australia’s rev-head fantasy. The 1000-kilometre car race is held each October on the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst in regional New South Wales. Be prepared to pick a side. The Ford and Holden rivalry is intense. (DATE?)
Racing fans would be familiar with Australia’s oldest surviving motor racing competition. The Grand Prix was first run on Phillip Island in 1928. 2018 marks 20 years of the sport at Melbourne’s Albert Park. You can now explore the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit on a go-kart. (WHEN?)
The race that stops the nation is held annually on the first Tuesday of November at Flemington Racecourse. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race and is even a public holiday in its home state of Victoria.
Summer brings with it one of the world’s biggest tennis events. First held in 1905 and now played at Melbourne Park, the Grand Slam tournament incorporates singles, doubles, wheelchair, legend and exhibition matches. (WHEN?)
Cricket is a summer favourite for sporting fans, whether it is the 20/20 Big Bash League or the famous Ashes test cricket series played against England. The Boxing Day Test, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, has become a tradition for many families. Beginning on the day after Christmas, the Australian side meet an opposing national team, in front of plenty of fans both in the stands and in front of the television at home.
On Boxing Day, boating fans flock to Sydney for the launch of the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The annual race starts in Sydney Harbour under the eager gaze of fans, television cameras and race experts. Depending on the weather, and the boat’s handicap, sailors are welcomed into Hobart around New Year’s with live music, food stalls and festival activities.