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Sporting Australia

Australians love their sport – both playing it and watching it!


In Australia there are three main codes of football played – Rugby League, Australian Rules and Rugby Union.

The National Rugby League(NRL) – The highlight of the season is the annual State of Origin series between New South Wales and Queensland however most states have numerous teams playing throughout the season.

Australian Rules Football(AFL) was once exclusive to the state of Victoria but since 1982 has included other states also.

Australians who play Rugby Union follow the national team, The Wallabies, who have been internationally dominant in the game until England snatched the World Cup in 2003. Apart from World Cup games, the Bledisloe Cup games against New Zealand are highly anticipated and form part of a Tri Nations tournament that also includes South Africa.


The Australian Open is one of tennis' four Grand Slam events. It attracts more people to Australia than any other sporting event.

Tennis Australia's website has a good search engine for finding local clubs all over Australia.


The Australian cricket team have generally dominated both test and one day cricket, holding the number one ranking for almost a decade.

To find out more, including how to find a local club if you’re interested in playing, have a look at Cricket Australia website.


Recently soccer fans in Australia had their wishes granted when the national team, the Socceroos beat Uruguay to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

From a participation and spectator viewpoint, soccer is one of the growth sports in Australia, and much hope is pinned on the new A-League.

Basketball & Netball

Both men's and women's basketball are enormously popular in Australia and there are over 1.2 million netballers in the country, which makes netball Australia’s most popular participation sport.

Swimming & Surfing

Surrounded by sea, it is not surprising that Australia is a nation of swimmers. There are many public swimming pools and great surfing beaches throughout the country.

Surfing is a hugely popular sport and pastime and Australia hosts some international surfing competitions such as the Bells Beach Surf Classic.

Popular beaches are patrolled by surf life savers during summer and patrolled areas are marked by flags


The list of sporting opportunities available is huge and also includes hockey, horse racing, sailing, car racing, golf and cycling! All of these sports are available to everyone, either as a participant and/or a spectator.

Australia has more than 120 national sporting organisations and thousands of state and regional bodies, so there’s a good chance there will be one close by that caters to your interests.

Your university and local council are also good places to to find out about sporting opportunities in your area.

When it comes to watching sport, you can simply buy tickets on the day at the venue for most sports but for big finals or the Australian Open you should buy tickets in advance through an agent such as

my tickets / ticketk / ticketmaster

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