There is a feast awaiting the sports-minded when they visit Australia for a sporting event and, in particular a Melbourne sports event.
Melbourne is able to boast just about every kind of sport imaginable, whether you want to get involved yourself, or just watch others do the hard yards.
Melbourne and sport go together famously. Whether it is cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), or AFL football at the Telstra Dome, there is a wealth of sport to keep everyone happy across all seasons.
Other Melbourne sports to tempt any lucky visitor to Victoria make a long and impressive list. There's go kart racing, St Kilda charter boat hire, adventure canoeing and indoor paintball are all sure to keep the thrill seekers busy. Diving, karate, golf and much more, also await the sports-minded.
If it is tennis that you're after, there's no better place to be in January each year than Melbourne Park. While Melbourne plays host to many big and small tennis tournaments each year, the Australian Open grand slam definitely takes centre court.
Another popular venue is the Telstra Dome, close to the new Flinders Street train station, which itself is a wonder to behold. 'The Dome' is capable of hosting huge events, including musical spectaculars, with plenty of parking for visitors with hire cars at very reasonable charges.
Accommodation in Melbourne covers all prices and tastes from backpacking to the most upmarket hotels. With so many sports attractions in Melbourne, there really is no excuse for the sports-minded for not visiting Australia's sporting capital, Melbourne.