Australia plays host to a wide variety of sporting events and it’s the perfect location, with various landscapes and climates to accommodate all different types of sport – from rugby to horse racing. Fans can head to the Outback to watch camel racing or to Hobart for yacht racing, with something for everyone. Here’s a list of the most popular sporting events taking place in Australia.
Named ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup is an incredibly popular horse racing event that consumes everyone’s attention. While Derby Day is arguably a better day for racing, it’s the Melbourne Cup that really draws in international views and is a grand event. The Cup is a Thoroughbred race covering 3,200 metres for three-year-olds and over. You can use Timeform at this event to check on all the odds and find the best bet, without leaving your seat.It takes place at the Victoria Racing Club on Flemington Racecourse and forms part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is one of the most spectacular yacht races in the world and certainly one of the most prestigious, kicking off at Sydney Harbour. Boating types won’t be disappointed by the exhilarating competition and skill this race draws in, which takes place on Boxing Day. This is a truly vibrant and fun-filled race that has an almost carnival-like atmosphere, as a fleet of yachts make their way down the east coast to Tasmania in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve.
The Australian Open comes in two varieties – golf and tennis. For golfers, the Masters used to be the premier event, but in recent years the Australian Open has taken the title for most popular tournament, bringing in world-class golfers like Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. Tennis fans, meanwhile, have the opportunity to experience one of the biggest events in tennis in January of each year. There are just four Grand Slam events in the world and the Australian Open is the first of them, spanning two weeks of spectacular tennis.
State of Origin Rugby League Series
The State of Origin Rugby League is one of the rugby’s biggest nights, where Queensland and New South Wales go head to head in a thrilling best-of-three showdown. It’s an intense league that draws in huge crowds and even football fans will typically get involved in picking a team to win. Rugby is always an exciting sport to watch and the atmosphere at these games is electric.
Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is one of the most stunning and scenic spots in Australia, so where better to set the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro competition? This marks the opening of the men’s and women’s world surfing championship tours and has a huge prize which only serves to amp up the tension even more. The event takes place at Snapper Rocks which is well-known for its incredible waves and iconic ‘super-bank’ and brings in huge names in the sport such as Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson.
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