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Melbourne Sporting Events

Melbourne Summer Sporting Events

Head to Australia’s sporting capital this summer and experience some of the world’s best sporting events.


ISAF Sailing World Cup

In its 7th year, the ISAF Sailing World Cup comes to Melbourne for the first time!

The ISAF Sailing World Cup is the premier sailing event of the Southern Hemisphere. Held in six cities around the world annually, this Olympic class regatta will come to Melbourne for the first time this summer. Melbourne will be the first stop of the series before the race heads to Miami (USA), Hyeres (FRA), Weymouth & Portland (GBR) and Qingdao (CHN) before it heads to Abu Dhabi (UAE) for the series Grand Final.

Over 3,000 of the world’s leading yachtsmen representing 48 nations have competed at the event in the past five years.

When:7-13 December 2015

Where: St Kilda Foreshore

How to get there: St Kilda is a quick 30 minute tram ride on the 96, which departs from the corner of Flinders Street and Spencer Street, just a minutes’ walk from Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders.


Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test

melbourne mcg

There are few sports that evoke as much passion as Test cricket, and the Boxing Day Test is at the pinnacle of the Australian sporting calendar. Be a part of the action at the MCG for the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test between Australia and the West Indies. The match is one of the most anticipated Melbourne Sporting Events of the year.

The MCG has lowered food prices for the season, making a day at the cricket more affordable for fans.

When: 26 December 2015

Where: MCG

How to get there: Take a scenic 1/2 hour walk along Melbourne’s Yarra River or catch either the 48 tram from Collins Street or 70/75 from Flinders Street (15 minute ride).

Tip: Take the entire family on Toyota Family Day (day 3 of the test). Buy a family ticket to get two free children’s tickets (aged 15 or under) with your two full priced adult.

Australian Open

Australian Open

January in Melbourne means it’s time for The Australian Open. With the World’s top tennis players fighting it out for the first Grand Slam title of the year, there’s no better place to be.

Federer, Djokovic, Williams and Sharapova – the stars of the sport – make Melbourne Park their own as the on-court action and off-court entertainment of Grand Slam tennis take over the city.

Be there when Lleyton Hewitt – the hero of Australian tennis – says his final farewell to Melbourne Park.

Join the biggest names in the game this summer for two weeks of all-star action. Who will reign supreme in 2016?

When: 18-31 January 2016

Where: Rod Laver Arena

How to get there: Take a scenic 1/2 hour walk along Melbourne’s Yarra River or catch tram 70 from Flinders Street (15 minute ride).


Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders Hotel Deals

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is the perfect place to stay for your summer vacation. Choose from these great packages: Family Getaway | Weekend Special. Or browse our full range of promotions. And don’t forget, at Holiday Inn Kids Stay & Eat Free!