Australia truly is a sporting nation. Home to football fanatics, surf beaches, international tournaments and great races, there’s so much for sports lovers to experience in this great country.
Here are five of Australia’s most exciting sporting events to mark in your diary.
The world’s best surfers come to Newcastle every year for the largest surfing festival in the southern hemisphere, Surfest. Hundreds of surfers spend several days competing at the stunning Merewether Beach, which is recognised as an Australian National Surfing Reserve. The festival also includes the Burton Automotive Pro and the Burton Automotive Women’s Classic, along with eight supporting events.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Thousands of people line the shores of Sydney Harbour to witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of yachts taking off from Nielsen Park to begin the famous 1100km race. The race starts on Boxing Day, taking competitors down Australia’s magnificent south-east coast. The first yacht to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania wins. It’s said to be the world’s most gruelling long ocean race.
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island, Victoria
October is every motorcycle enthusiast’s favourite time of year in Victoria. For three days, Phillip Island is transformed into a world-class racing track. This iconic race on the breathtaking Phillip Island also treats spectators to beautiful ocean views from all areas of the circuit.
Australian Outback Marathon, Alice Springs
The Australian Outback Marathon, held in July each year, is one of the country’s most unique running events. Anybody who loves running or simply wants an adventure can choose between running the marathon, half marathon or one of the shorter races. This ‘one of a kind’ race also lets you take in incredible views of Uluru and The Olgas while running across sand dunes and Australia’s iconic “red eath”.
AFL final series, Melbourne
More people attend the Australian Football League than any other sporting league in Australia. Teams from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane battle it out for a spot in the Grand Final each year in September. Footy fever runs high, with fans across the city cheering on their team, whether they’re one of the thousands of supporters in the stands or one of the millions excitedly watching the game from their living rooms.