Melbourne Cricket Ground

See where bowls and bats are met with wild cheers at the main hub of Melbourne cricket, the MCG.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground: Our most recommended tours and activities

Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

1. Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

Discover Melbourne’s highlights while cruising along the breathtaking Yarra River. Cruise through downtown Melbourne on this sightseeing tour and listen to the on board commentary that will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy an hour aboard the riverboat as you cruise under the Princes Bridge and past top cultural attractions. Marvel at the magnificent riverbank gardens from the outside sun deck or through the panoramic windows from the inside cabin. On this tour you will also see Herring Island, Princes Bridge, the governor's residence, the Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Olympic Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Tennis Center. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea while relaxing and taking in the beautiful city sites. 

MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

2. MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

Experience the highlights of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a tour including a visit to the famous MCC Long Room, the players’ changing rooms, the cricketers' viewing room, and the Ron Casey Media Centre. After your guided a walk through the arena, take in the Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre, and head to the Melbourne City Terrace for views of the stunning skyline.   Next, visit the all-new Australian Sports Museum for a truly memorable experience. This isn’t your typical museum: it’s an exciting, interactive, and ever-changing experience where the latest technology has been used to create immersive exhibits and galleries.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour

Meet the guide at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds for this tour that takes you behind the scenes for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Visit parts of the stadium that the general public doesn't get to see with a guide who is an MCC member. Highlights of this tour include: The famous MCC Long Room MCC Library (founded in 1873) MCG Tapestry Player changing rooms Cricketers’ viewing room Ron Casey Media Centre Portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar A walk on the arena Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre Ponsford Stand City Terrace with views of Melbourne’s skyline Experience the history and world-class facilities of the MCG! Please note: The National Sports Museum is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade. The museum will officially be reopened in March 2020.

Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

4. Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Be picked up or meet at the pickup location in the morning and drive to the launch field. You will be taken up-wind to where the equipment will be prepared and inflated. Passengers are welcome to participate in the various interesting and fun tasks needed.  After about 30 minutes, the balloon will be inflated and ready for flight. Once all passengers are on board and after a short safety briefing, up you go to enjoy the stunning views Melbourne has to offer. Discover the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Yarra River, Melbourne's fantastic parks and botanical gardens from the best vantage point there is - a hot air balloon. Be amazed by how gentle ballooning is and take part in the adventure of floating in the wind. Enjoy the warm rays of the early morning sun along with fascinating views. Share this unforgettable and unique experience with family and friends. Don't worry if it's a cloudy day. Sometimes the best light comes on cloudy days when the sun manages to penetrate and cast lovely light in different areas. With three airports, the bay to the South and a huge metropolitan area, Melbourne is a very technical location to fly and the pilot will use the winds at different heights to guide the flight to a safe landing spot. Balloons float in the wind so you will end up in a different location from where the flight started. The ground crew will follow during the flight and meet at the landing spot. The pilot will maneuver the winds to guide the aircraft to the landing site where, after touching down, the gear will be packed away and you will be driven back to the meeting point.

Melbourne: Sports Venue Sightseeing Tour

5. Melbourne: Sports Venue Sightseeing Tour

Designed to showcase Melbourne’s passion for sports, this tour is led by industry experts and provides a fun day out for sports lovers of all ages. Walk in the footsteps of famous sports stars as you explore Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena. Meet your friendly guide in Federation Square, then set out on your sightseeing adventure to some of the city’s most beloved sporting venues. The first stop of the day is the iconic Rod Laver Arena, which hosts the Australian Open each year. Walk in the footsteps of sports superstars such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Don’t forget to snap photos of your unforgettable visit. As you explore, learn about Melbourne's range of world class events such as the Melbourne Cup, F1 Grand Prix, MotoGP, and Bells Beach Surf Pro. Discover why the city has been voted the Sporting Capital of the World. The tour continues to the impressive 100,000-seater Melbourne Cricket Ground. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds and learn about the many famous faces who have played here over the years. Finish the tour with a stroll around the surrounding Olympic Park precinct, which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without.

Melbourne: Guided City Bike Tour with Gear and Lunch Stop

6. Melbourne: Guided City Bike Tour with Gear and Lunch Stop

Get introduced to Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs and discover key landmarks on this guided biking trip with all the gear you need for a safe adventure. Take breaks, stop for an optional lunch, and get tips on what to do in town during the rest of your stay.  Whether you’re new to the city or have lived here your entire life, you’re guaranteed to learn all facets of Melbourne on this one all-encompassing tour. Hear about Melbourne’s founding, the Aboriginals, the Eureka Stockade, local war history, the importance of sports in the city, and much more. Make a stop in Fitzroy at a trendy cafe for lunch (costs not included). Alternatively, feel free to pack your own lunch to enjoy during this stop. During breaks, your guide will give you great tips on what to do whilst in town from events to the best spots to eat.

Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

7. Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

Discover Australia through the lens of sport at the new Australian Sports Museum, located at Gate 3 of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is no ordinary museum, with interactive experiences for all to enjoy. Here you’ll find touchscreens instead of do not touch signs, and climbable statues for the kids to play on.   Immerse yourself in the wonders of sporting moments with the largest collection of grassroots to elite sporting memorabilia. While kids kick a football at the interactive Game On!, you are invited to expect the unexpected, just like sport itself.   Exhibits featured in the museum include: the Olympics Gallery, Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Football Gallery, Victorian Racing Gallery, Melbourne Cricket Club Museum, and the Game On! interactive gallery for visitors of all ages.

Melbourne Sports Walk

8. Melbourne Sports Walk

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the Melbourne Day Tour Centre. Walk along the path built to accommodate guests to the 2006 Commonwealth Games all the way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Once here, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic stadium, which has a capacity of just over 100,000 people.  Afterwards, continue on foot to discover more of Melbourne's favourite sporting arenas. Visit AAMI Park, home to rugby teams Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels, as well as the soccer clubs of Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC. Next make your way to the Olympic Park Oval, built on the site of former Olympic Park Stadium, built for the 1956 Summer Olympics. This venue is now home to Collingwood FC, one of the most popular AFL teams in Australia. Visit Melbourne Arena, Rod Laver Arena, and Margaret Court Arena, the home of the Australian Open Tennis Championships. Take in the sights and sports along the Yarra River on your way back to the starting point at Federation Square.

Melbourne: Private Sports Precinct and MCG Tour With Lunch

9. Melbourne: Private Sports Precinct and MCG Tour With Lunch

Begin your tour in the heart of the city and stroll along the Yarra River learning about the history of Melbourne's sporting culture, its teams and world class venues. Within 200m of the city centre enter the sporting precinct, home to Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park, site of the Australian Open tennis grand slam, hearing about Australia's rich tennis heritage, as well as training centres and arenas of top flight teams across soccer, rugby league, rugby union and Australian Rules football. Melbourne hosted the 1956 Olympics, the first city in the Southern Hemisphere, and its indelible print still resonates to this day in what is known as the Olympic Park precinct. Complete your tour with a private MCG experience, lunching in one of the Melbourne-themed cafes before joining your private guide for a 75min MCG tour

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What people are saying about Melbourne Cricket Ground

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 601 reviews

Great experience to see the MCG with no fans around. So many historic "tid bits" that I found out. Went into the change rooms used by the Collingwood Football Club. Went through the MCC members area - Long Room, Committee Room and various other sections only MCC members or committee members can access. After the tour, the Australian Sports Museum was amazing. So much history and artifacts. Well worth the money!!!!!

It was a wonderful experience. We literally on Cloud9. Had fun inflating the hot air balloon, also deflating it after the ride was done. Nick was an amazing Pilot. Overall total paisa vasool.

Excellent experience. Being a cricket lover it was an amazing experience of seeing MCG in detail. Also the guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommended for all cricket lovers

Fascinating insight to behind the scenes of the MCG and the Cricket Club facilities. Sports museum full of interesting displays and items

Nick & his team were great. Enjoyable smooth & calm ride! An absolute amazing experience!!!! Highly recommended!