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MCG Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Australian Sports Museum

1. 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.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Tour

2. 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.

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Melbourne: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

3. 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.

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Melbourne Sports Walking Tour, MCG & National Sports Museum

4. Melbourne Sports Walking Tour, MCG & National Sports Museum

Uncover every aspect of Melbourne's famous sporting culture, from the multitude of incredible venues through to the most famous events including the Olympic Games, Australian Open, AFL Grand Final and The Ashes. Take a trip back in time as you uncover the history behind Melbourne's sporting heritage, see how sport has developed in the city over the past 180 years and understand exactly why Melbourne has been named the official sports capital of the world 4 times in the past decade. Along the way you'll pass iconic sporting landmarks in the city, get an inside look into Melbourne's sports media and relive the incredible stories of Melbourne's biggest sporting legends. Discover the secret locations where today's sporting stars hang out so you never know who you might see! This tour includes the standard City Sports walking tour in addition to taking the official tour of the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) along with unlimited access for the day to the National Sports Museum. Once you get to the MCG, one of their professional guides will begin to escort you around the stadium with the chance to see the famous Long Room, the Library (founded in 1873), the tapestry, player changing rooms, cricketers’ viewing room, Ron Casey Media Centre, portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket Victoria Bill Lawry Centre, Ponsford Stand, City Terrace with views of Melbourne’s skyline Following a great tour enjoy a general entry ticket to the national sports museum where you can enter as many times as you want for that day.

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Melbourne: Australian Sports Museum Admission Ticket

5. 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.

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iVenture Melbourne Unlimited Attractions pass

6. iVenture Melbourne Unlimited Attractions pass

Soak up the sights and sounds of Melbourne with an Unlimited Attractions Pass that lets you uncover the city's treasures at your own pace. Choose from more than 20 attractions, visiting as many as you like in an unforgettable period of 3 or 7 consecutive days. Make the most of your time in southeastern Australia, rising with the sun each day to discover the impressive array of sightseeing tours, attractions, cruises, watersports, and wildlife encounters that are calling to you. See Melbourne from the street during a rousing bus tour. Or, admire the glittering metropolis from a bird's-eye perspective at the Eureka Skydeck 88. On another day, marvel at Australian wildlife in the Melbourne Zoo and see king penguins and rare seadragons at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Take a peek at the Melbourne cricket ground and fend off shivers at the IceBar Melbourne. Included attractions: • Eureka Skydeck 88 • Phillip Island Nature Park - 3 Park Pass • Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Legoland Discovery Center • Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens • Cook's Cottage • Moonraker dolphin and seal tour (seasonal) • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour• Entermission Melbourne

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iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

7. iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

Learn why Melbourne's motto is "she gathers strength as she goes," and other fascinating urban trivia with your Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass. This sightseeing pass provides you with entry to many of the city's premier locations, letting you experience 3, 5, or 7 city highlights during a flexible 3-month period. Select the number of sightseeing destinations you wish to explore, and then discover them for yourself during a convenient 3-month period. Choose from an impressive array of over 25 of Melbourne's sightseeing tours, cruises, watersports, and wildlife encounters. Included Attractions: • Eureka Skydeck 88 • Phillip Island Nature Park - 4 Park Pass• Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Legoland Discovery Centre • Cook's Cottage • Moonraker Dolphin & Seal Tour (Seasonal) • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and Garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour• Entermission Melbourne

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Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour

8. Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour

Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour is a sightseeing tour with a difference. Explore the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian Open venue, or the Australian Sports Museum, led by a professional tour guide, and learn about the history of Melbourne through its sporting achievements. Visit the venues that have hosted some of Australia’s favorite sporting events. Explore Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup, the horse race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games athlete’s village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Choose from the following options: take a tour behind the scenes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, visit the Australian Open arena , or explore the Australian Sports Museum. At all venues you will have access to the exclusive member areas and media centers. Following your tour, lunch is included at the city's docklands precinct.

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Melbourne Sports Walking Tour

9. Melbourne Sports Walking Tour

Meet your guide outside the Visitor Hub at Town Hall. From there, stroll down towards Melbourne's renowned sporting precinct where you'll see famous sites including Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park. Along the way, hear about Melbourne's sporting history, the key figures responsible and how the city came to be so sports obsessed. Also get behind the scenes insights into famous events including like the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and the Australian Open whilst uncovering the impact such events have had on the city of Melbourne and its people.  Stand on the site of the 1956 Olympic Games. See the statues of Australia's greatest tennis players and visit Show Court 3, one of the main courts of the Australian Open used by the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams. Visit Garden Square which is the heart and center of the Australian open, Australia's only tennis grand slam event. Also discover the development of Melbourne's sporting media and how its rise took Melbourne sport to new heights whilst covering Australian sports darkest days and its most inspiring tales with photos to bring the stories to life. Finish the tour outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) where you'll learn about Australia's largest and most famous stadium.

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Melbourne Sports Walk

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Yarra Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 608 reviews

Worth while attending the MCG behind the scenes tour to see the where you cant on game day. Recommend doing when nothing is on at the MCG, so that you can go into all the rooms.

tour guide Paul is very informative and knowledgeable. very enthusiastic and keen to give us best tour of MCG. hubby n I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fantastic Tour not too long, great to see the behind the scenes areas. Fantastic and informative guide.

Great experience Always wanted to visit MCG and find out the history

Very knowledgable people and very helpful nothing to much trouble