The first Olympic Games to be held in the southern hemisphere were here in 1956 and Formula One racing, the Melbourne Cup and tennis Grand Slam are hosted here each year. The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be in Melbourne in 2006.
Kirsty and Anthony Grace are Melburnians who run Melbourne Sports Tours. You will learn about the infrastructure, history and further interesting information about a variety of venues on half or full-day tours.
Flemington Racecourse, Australia's longest, is where the Melbourne Cup is run. It was first used in 1840 and is a marvellous place to visit on an off-racing day. Eleven gardeners tend the 10,000 roses and 20 full-time groundspeople look after the track and course surrounds, which are always in pristine condition.
Melbourne and Olympic Parks is Australia's premier sports and entertainment precinct, encompassing two world-class arenas, Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena, plus Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne Park Function Centre and many other venues. Enter the website to book tickets to events, plan a function or discover more about Melbourne and Olympic Parks.
Telstra Dome is a multi-purpose facility for major sporting and entertainment events. Its roof can be opened or closed in eight minutes, a necessary luxury in Melbourne's uncertain climate!
Albert Park Formula One circuit is where the Australian Grand Prix runs every March. It is built on public roads and transformed into a racetrack from January each year.
The Commonwealth Games will be held in Melbourne in March 2006 and will host 4500 athletes from 72 countries, competing in 16 sports over 12 days. Disciplines will be spread across the city and the opening ceremony will be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the diamond in the crown. It holds more than 100,000 spectators.
Tour lunch will be taken in the arena of Telstra Dome.