Get your sunglasses, sunscreen and a comfy hat ready, because it’s summer sports season in Melbourne!


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Melbourne has a well-deserved reputation as Australia’s sporting capital. Melbourne hosts some of the biggest sporting events in Australia - not to mention, the world.


From racing, to football and everything in between, Melbourne sports fanatics are certainly spoilt for choice.


And even at the peak of the Aussie summer, the city reminds us just why it holds the title.


Each summer, not one but two of the world’s biggest international sporting events take place in Melbourne: the annual Boxing Day Test and the Australian Open.



Boxing Day Test and The Ashes

On the 26th of December, most of us will be in bed, sleeping off an exhausting Christmas Day filled with family events, lunches and parties.


There are two exceptions: children up at the crack of dawn playing with their new presents from the day before, and cricket fans heading to the MCG for the Boxing Day Test!


The annual Boxing Day Test sees Australia’s top cricketers pit themselves against international cricketing heavyweights like New Zealand, India and of course, the old enemy… England.


The cricketing rivalry between Aussies and their English cousins dates all the way to the 1800s, and culminates in the Ashes test. There are precious few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion and energy as the Ashes, where both countries face off for the urn and perhaps most importantly, national pride.


And this year, cricket fans are in for a two-for-one deal, with the Melbourne leg of the Ashes series happening to commence on Boxing Day, too!


Starting on the 26th and running until the 29th, the biggest event on the Australian cricketing calendar comes down to Melbourne for the fourth test in the series before heading back up to Sydney for the final test. We can only hope that Melbourne turns on its iconic stunning summer weather!

If you’re a cricket fan, this pair of events can’t be missed!

Get ready for the Barmy Army!

Even if you’re only the slightest interest in the cricket, there’s no doubt you’re familiar with the frivolities and celebrations associated with the England Barmy Army!


There’s no bad behaviour to be found here: the Army instead uses flags, chants, and songs to encourage crowd participation at England cricket matches and tests all over the world.


Are you part of the Barmy Arming making their way to Melbourne to cheer on their team during the Ashes and Boxing Day Test? Make sure you reserve your Melbourne accommodation ASAP – the events are creeping up and rooms are booking out fast!


The Australian Open

When you think of the Australian, summer, a couple of things come to mind: the stifling heat, the traditional barbecue and of course, the tennis.


From humble beginnings in 1905, the Australian Open has grown to become one of the biggest events in world tennis. And since 1972, it’s been one of the biggest summer attractions in Melbourne.


For those of you who aren’t familiar with just how big the Australian Open is, it’s one of the world’s four Grand Slams - that is, it’s one of the four biggest global tennis tournaments.


And with its size, come the biggest names in the world of tennis. Last year in the men’s game, Roger Federer overcame a 6-month hiatus to claim the Australian Open title from long-time rival Rafael Nadal… but will he be able to defend his title?


And in women’s tennis, it’s unclear whether reigning champ Serena Williams will return down under or skip next year (she’s described competing in 2018’s competition as an “outrageous plan!” after birthing baby daughter Alexis in September), and with Victoria Azarenka - one of the few players who can keep up - facing coaching issues, next year’s women’s tournament promises to be an interesting one!


If you’re an avid tennis fan, you owe it to yourself to check out what’s going on at Rod Laver Arena next January.


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Preparing for the big day(s)

If you’re one of the lucky people who was able to land a ticket to either of these events, first off - lucky you!


Secondly, there are a couple of things you’ll need to sort out to ensure your day runs smoothly.

Slip, slop, slap!

Australia is notorious for its blisteringly strong sunlight. It’s important to protect yourself from the sun… especially if you’re going to be sitting exposed for hours on end. We can’t recommend enough bringing strong sunscreen, dark sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and maybe even an umbrella.

Stay hydrated

Summer in Australia is hot, with a capital H. And if you’re not careful, you could be struck down with heat exhaustion and heatstroke. So, when heading towards the courts or cricket pitch to watch either of these fantastic events, it’s essential that you stay hydrated! Bring a bottle of cold water to fight off the heat.

Leave the keys at home and bring your Myki!

With parking in the area being so scarce (and expensive), public transport is without a doubt the best way to get to and from either of these fantastic events.


Fortunately, both venues are easily accessible by public transport, with tram lines boxing in Melbourne’s sporting district. Moreover, Richmond station is only a few minutes’ walk away from both locations.


Urban Central’s prime location makes getting to these two sporting arenas a breeze:

Getting to the MCG for the cricket from Urban Central

Your best bet to the MCG is either the #70 or #75 tram. Catch either of these routes from the corner of City Road and Flinders Street. Get there in a quick 10-minute walk or if you prefer, catch the #12 tram up City Road.

Getting to Melbourne Park for the Australian Open from Urban Central

Again, catch the #12 tram up City Road but this time, try to catch the #70 tram only. It’ll drop you right outside Rod Laver Arena! Simple.


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Many sports fanatics from overseas and interstate (and even from a few suburbs over!) descend upon Melbourne in the summertime to watch either of these huge events.


If you’re planning a trip to see these fantastic sporting events, you’d best start planning now: transport, dates… and of course, cheap Melbourne accommodation!


If you’re searching for an affordable and clean hostel in the heart of the city, look no further than Urban Central!


Whether it’s just you, your family or an entire busload of passionate supporters, we have a range of rooms that’ll suit your needs this summer!


If you need an affordable room only minutes away from Melbourne’s public transport hubs and everything summer in Melbourne has to offer, book online now to secure your room!


We’ll see you in Melbourne!