There’s nothing better than the thrill of live sports — apart from sharing it with your family, of course. And Australia is a nation that’s sports-mad. If they’re not watching The Ashes or some live Aussie rules, they’re heading to the fast-emerging A-League for some professional soccer. So whilst planning your holiday to Australia, why not see if you can incorporate some of the major sporting events to get a true dose of Aussie culture.
Here are four amazing sporting events in the sports-mad Australia suitable for the whole family to savour on your travels.
Big Bash League
A night out at a Big Bash cricket match – Regarded as one of the best family sporting events down under, the Big Bash League is their domestic Twenty20 cricket league where regional teams do battle under the floodlights in day-night cricket. As it’s only 20 overs for either side, it’s ideal for youngsters as attention spans can wane with traditional 50-over games. Plus, there is always lots of music and entertainment in between the innings, which is guaranteed to keep your kids occupied, even if the cricket doesn’t!
The race that’s capable of ‘stopping a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is the most prestigious flat horse race in Australia. Flemington Racecourse is uniquely positioned in the heart of Melbourne’s city centre, just a stone’s throw from the Docklands. With an age restriction of over 12 only, this is a perfect event for young teens to enjoy with you. Of course, these days, you don’t have to take the kids to the bookmaker stands to have a flutter on the races you’re watching. If you don’t want your youngsters to know about the concept of betting, you can find horse racing markets available online for all major meetings across Australia at Unibet.
When: held on the first Tuesday of November every year
Melbourne’s Australian Open is the first Grand Slam on the tennis calendar. Running through the second half of January, it’s almost always amazing weather and it’s family-friendly. It costs just $5 to buy ground passes for your children; allowing them to explore all the outside courts at their leisure. The AO Ballpark is also fun for youngsters, with an on-site mini theme park near the Rod Laver Arena, featuring some of the most popular Disney brands and superhero characters.
When: Australia Open happens in January each year.
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
The elite of Formula 1 motor racing descends upon Melbourne’s Albert Park each March for the Australian Grand Prix. Outside of the Formula 1 season, Albert Park is a picturesque urban park, which is transformed into a street circuit for the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to race around. The Thursday before the race is a perfect day for youngsters, as the F1 Fan Zone Stage opens, allowing your kids to meet their racing idols and grab signatures before the high-octane racing begins!
There’s no doubt that Australians love their sports. It’s the best way for families to be together and make new memories. If you’re fortunate enough to get tickets for any of the above events, your kids are guaranteed to be talking about their experience for years to come.
When: The Formula 1 typically occurs towards the end of March
If you are a sports fan fanatic you will really enjoy these truly Aussie cultural sporting events!