Anyone who knows anything about Melbourne will know that this is a city which is crazy about sports, and you only have to look at the number of sporting venues which make up the city itself to see just how many major events are hosted here. Locals are generally crazy about their sport of choice, and there is a fun and vibrant atmosphere whenever a large-scaled sporting day is on the cards – put simply, this is THE place to go for sporting fun!

Of course, Melbourne is not only about sport, as this beautiful city has enough other sights and experiences to be had aside from football, tennis, or horse racing, for example, but you can’t ignore the call of the many arenas dotted around.

When visiting Melbourne for whatever reason, be sure to check out your accommodation options well ahead of time, to avoid disappointment, especially if you are visiting around the time of a major sporting event. You may find large hotels are booked up, and in that case it’s worthwhile checking out the other options available to you, such as serviced apartments Melbourne for example. These give you a more home away from home feel, which is the ideal place to put your feet up after a long day of sightseeing or sporting high jinks!

Many people choose Melbourne as a base when heading outside the city itself, such as taking a trip along the epic Great Ocean Road, or exploring the nearby countryside. You can of course enjoy the many wineries around this region, such as a Yarra Valley wine tour, or simply base yourself in the city for some shopping, gastronomy, vibrant night life, and of course, those sporting events.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is iconic and here you can catch a high profile match, or perhaps head to the famous Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament and watch your favourite star in action. Take a flutter on a race at the Flemington Racecourse, with the hopes to win big, or catch an event at Docklands Stadium – these are all famous venues in the city itself, amongst many others.

If you are travelling with children, you also have lots of activities on offer, but one of the best is certainly the Puffing Billy Railway. This open air train ride will take you across huge bridges and over the rainforest around the city, and kids will love spotting wildlife and the fact they are on an old-fashioned steam train – of course, adults will love it too! You could also venture to the Melbourne Star, a huge Ferris wheel which gives you panoramic views across the city, or the Sea Life Aquarium. Keeping the kids occupied will certainly mean a more laid-back city break for you!

Melbourne might be a sporting city of the highest order, but that’s certainly not all its famous for. Check it out for yourself and enjoy a city of many different sides.

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