Forget the Super Bowl or FA cup—the event for Australian sports fans is the AFL Grand Final, the annual championships of Australian Rules Football, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Get your fix of football fever (the Melbourne “Demons” are a star local team), with a visit to these sporting attractions.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Located in Yarra Park, Melbourne, the MCG is one of the world’s largest stadiums, and it’s a fitting location for the grand finals of the AFL Champions League each September. Take a Sports Lovers tour of Melbourne and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic stadium, including the changing rooms, coaches box, stands, and pitch. It’s a good place to discover the Aussie ball game—the city is the birthplace of the AFL.
Located in Melbourne's Docklands, the grand Etihad Stadium is headquarters of the Australian Football League and home field of five AFL teams—Carlton, Essendon, North Melbourne, St. Kilda, and Western Bulldogs. Stop by on a Sport Lovers tour of Melbourne and enjoy lunch in the Etihad Stadium precinct as you hear all about the famous stadium.
National Sports Museum
Uncover the secrets of Australia’s sporting history at the National Sports Museum, located at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. Learn the rules of Australian Football, marvel at holograms of top players, see the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and test your ball skills in the interactive Game On! zone.
Victoria Park Stadium, Abbotsford
Take a walking tour of Melbourne suburb Abbotsford and pay a visit to Victoria Park Stadium, the original home of the Collingwood Football Club. Nicknamed the Magpies, Collingwood holds the title of the AFL’s most supported team, with huge crowds turning out to its home games.