Cricket is so beloved Down Under that it’s widely considered the national sport, and there are few better places to watch a test match than under the Australian sun with a beer in hand. This year, from 23rd November to 8 January, the legendary Ashes Series will be taking place around Oz, and you can sense the history in the air at the world-famous venues that will be hosting the action. Let’s take a look at a rundown of the top five venues that you can visit on a personalised holiday to this great cricketing country.
The Gabba is in Brisbane, Queensland. The stadium can seat 42,000 fans, and became the first venue in Australia to play host to an international Twenty20 in 2006. The sun-soaked capital is a great start to your time in Australia, and you can catch the first Ashes Test at The Gabba on the 23rd November.
You won’t find many more beautiful cricket grounds in the world than the Bellerive Oval, the home of Tasmanian cricket. The stadium sits alongside the River Derwent, and is the only venue in Tasmania that hosts international matches. Aside from the cricket, Hobart is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage, surrounded by beautiful hills and woodland, and it is well worth exploring if you decide to take a day’s rest from the sport.
Sydney Cricket Ground
The SCG is one of the world’s most iconic cricket grounds. It was built in 1848 and played host to the legendary Don Bradman during his record-breaking 452 not out. The SCG was also the venue for Australia’s demolition of England in the fifth Ashes Test in 2007, where the hosts became the first team in 86 years to achieve an Ashes Series whitewash. Catch the fifth and final Ashes Test at the SCG from January 4th, 2018.
The Adelaide Oval is a stunning venue. The stadium is just a short walk from the centre of the city, and offers a superb behind-the-scenes tour which lets you walk in the footsteps of cricketing legends. Soak up the atmosphere by walking around the lower levels of the stadium before visiting the Sir Donald Bradman museum, which features a treasure trove of cricket memorabilia. The Adelaide Oval hosted the first ever day/night Test match in 2015, and will also host the first day/night Ashes Test in December 2nd, 2017. It promises to be a spectacular event.
For iconic status, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is tough to beat. With a capacity of over 100,000, it’s the largest cricket ground in the world. A Test match begins on Boxing Day every year at the MCG, and few Test matches evoke as much passion as Australia vs England. A record-breaking 91,092 fans watched the historic fixture in the sun in 2013, and you would be mad to miss this year’s installment!