An Aussie Summer of Sport

Grab your tickets sports fans and strap yourself in for a wild summer of sport.

Summer in Australia means hot sunny days, warm balmy nights and most importantly, sport. Everywhere you go, there are people milling around our famous sports stadiums, eager for a day full of competition or settling down in front of the TV at the pub with a drink in their hands. Wherever you are this summer there’ll be plenty of sport for you to watch!

 

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So what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets sports fans and strap yourself in for a wild summer of sport.

 

Cricket

The biggest sport of the Australian summer will be even bigger and better this year, because it’s the Ashes. The British cricket team and the ever loyal, ever boisterous Barmy Army are coming over to defend their title from being stolen by the Aussies. 


But wait, there’s more! New Zealand is coming over for a few games, our Aussie women’s team are also battling the Brits for glory and the men’s and women’s BBL competition is going to be a blast, literally. There’s fireworks and flamethrowers every time there’s a wicket or a 4 or 6 is hit.


Once you’ve got your tickets, book your bed ASAP before each city’s hostels are full of members of the Barmy Army!

 

Tennis

We all know January means Australian Open time, but in the lead up to the Australian Open, other states get some live tennis action as well. If you’re in Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney or Adelaide in early January, you’re in luck, as they will all be getting in on the action. Plus, tickets are definitely cheaper than the Aus Open, so you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to see the tennis!

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Soccer

Soccer, or football to the purists, is one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar. Running for way longer than just the summer, you’ll have so many opportunities to catch a game or two all around the country. And if for some reason you can’t make it to a game, there’s always the pub.


10 teams, 27 rounds – who will win? You gotta watch to find out.

 

Sailing

For those who like to watch boats out on the water, there are two fantastic races to watch; the Melbourne to Hobart and the Sydney to Hobart. Boats will be leaving Melbourne on the 27th of December and arriving in Hobart around the 29th, whereas the boats leave Sydney on Boxing Day and arrive around the same time.


Book a bed at Hobart Central YHA to watch the boats sail into the harbour at the races end – it’s a marvellous sight to see.

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Grand Prix

Okay, so technically March is spring time, but trust us, it’s still going to be so hot that it'll feel like summer time in Melbourne. Those who love to watch the rubber burn have got to be in Melbourne for the ultimate car race, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.


A short tram ride from Melbourne Central YHA, the Grand Prix is four epic days of car racing. Plus when you’re not watching the drivers tear up the race track, there’s live music and food trucks to keep you going!

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We can't wait for this summer to fire up. It's going to be a scorcher!

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    Brisbane City YHA
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