19 January - 1 February 2009 - NSW
The Australian Open brings the world's hottest players to Melbourne for two weeks of tennis thrills. More than 550,000 spectators attend one of the biggest sporting events in Australia. Join the vibrant atmosphere in and around the city with matches broadcast on big screens, beer garden and live music.
Tour Down Under
18-25 Janurary 2009
The Tour Down Under is now part of the UCI Pro Tour, the highest level of professional road cycling in the world. This six-day race travels through the city streets of Adelaide and picturesque South Australia. Be part of cycling's brilliant party and see the professionals battle it out for the prestigious Ochre jersey.
AFL (Australian Football League) Season
March - September 2009 - National
Going to an Australian Football League (AFL) game is a fair dinkum Aussie experience. A favourite sport amongst Australians, the game attracts huge crowds of vocal, animated and loyal supporters.
Gold Coast Marathon
July 2009 TBA - QLD
Regarded as the premier marathon in Australia, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon is recognised worldwide for its fast, flat and scenic course - alongside the magnificent Broadwater, sparkling Pacific Ocean surf beaches and past the multitude of high rises with the hinterland mountains as a glorious backdrop.
Spectators line the course along with roving musicians and entertainers, creating an amazing atmosphere to help inspire and motivate the participants. Visitors to the Gold Coast for the event can enjoy direct flights into Gold Coast Airport, a huge range of accommodation, dining, public transportation and leisure activity options.
The Inpajara Camel Cup
July 2009 TBA - NT
Alice Springs welcomes visitors who love to laugh to the quirky, annual Camel Cup. While camels may have a reputation, these magnificent beasts are certainly not short on personality. Racing them can prove a nightmare for riders and handlers but fantastic viewing for spectators.
23-30 August 2008 - WA
The Australian Safari is an epic adventure for the lovers of cars, motor bikes, and quads. The nine-day safari crosses about 5,500 kilometres of spectacular Western Australian outback, taking you through gruelling terrain from the tropics to the outback and on to the sea.
Lexmark Indy 300
23-26 Oct 2008 - QLD
It's a race, a party, an eyeful and an earful. Champ Cars scorching through bends and screaming down the straights. The earth shaking thunder of Australia's V8 Supercars laying it all on the line. And 96 hours of on and off track entertainment in one of the world's most famous beach cities. From October 23 to 26, feel the Gold Coast fire up for another four sizzling days and nights of high octane entertainment - Gold Coast Indy 300 style.
29 Oct - 2 Nov 2008 - QLD
The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival incorporates one of the biggest triathlons in the world. The festival brings visitors from all over the world to Noosa's sunny shores for action-packed days of sport, entertainment and events. The festival brings together an irresistible mix of sport and entertainment coupled with some of Noosa's best features; sun, sea and surf.
Summer Cricket Season
November - March - NATIONAL
The sounds of summer cricket ring out in the suburbs and country backyards as friends and families bowl an over or two at every chance. From these humble beginnings our legendary cricketers are born. With a spectacular program of international, state, and local competition you will be sure to find a game to enjoy.
Red Bull Air Race
1-2 November - WA
The Red Bull Air Race takes flying to the next level. Watch the world's most talented pilots compete in a race based on speed, precision and skill as they fly a daring, compact course in Perth's sky.
First Tuesday every November - VIC
Australians across the nation stop to celebrate this major annual horse racing event. Whether you are at the track, at a pub in the middle of the outback or lunching at one of the many restaurants throughout the country, Melbourne cup is an event that everyone gets involved in.
Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challange
19-23 November - TAS
The Mark Webber Pure Tasmania challenge is a six-day physical and mental adventure race in aid of charity. Participants range from elite athletes to corporate teams, who compete in some of Tasmania's most remote and stunning landscapes. Are you up for the challenge? Image credit: Tourism Tasmania and Jerry Galea.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
26 December - NSW, TAS
Over 60 years old, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is an icon of Australia's summer sport and one of the world's great ocean racing classics. Thousands of spectators line the shores of Sydney Harbour each Boxing Day to cheer the crews as they begin the gruelling 628 nautical mile journey to Hobart.
Formula 1 Grand Prix
The 2009 FORMULA 1TM ING Australian Grand Prix offers an action-packed extravaganza of on-track and off-track activities for people of all ages to enjoy. Set in the stunning surrounds of picturesque Albert Park and offering striking views of Melbourne's skyline, the 2009 FORMULA 1TM ING Australian Grand Prix will be a feast for the senses.
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