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Melbourne East

East Melbourne is an inner city suburb of Melbourne, located between the CBD, and the suburbs of Jolimont and Richmond. Famous for being the home of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), East Melbourne is devoted to its parkland or sporting grounds and outdoor lifestyle.

The famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which came to life in 1853, includes a huge stadium that hosts Victoria’s favourite sport the AFL and cricket matches is a must experience for anyone to Melbourne. Whether it is for a game of football, a cricket match or a tour of the famous MCG. Learn about this history of one of Australia’s super sporting stages that has provided the live drama and thrills thrill millions worldwide. Truly an unforgettable experience for any sports historian.

Around half of the area covered by East Melbourne is actually devoted to parkland or sporting grounds. Explore the green expanse that is Treasury Gardens. Walk the extensive system of pathways that meander through the park and connect directly to the 26 Hectare Fitzroy Gardens, or from the large embankment that runs the length of the gardens and offers extensive views. The garden's fine lawns are a lunchtime retreat for many city workers, as well as being an ideal place for a picnic, barbecue or kick of the football.

East Melbourne certainly has shopping covered. For current season's styles at bargain prices make a beeline to the factory outlets and warehouse shops that line Swan Street and Bridge Road in Richmond.

Bridge Road, Richmond


Melbourne East: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cooks' Cottage


Built in 1755, Cooks' Cottage is the oldest building in Australia and a popular Melbourne tourist attraction.

Originally located in Yorkshire, England, and built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934. Astonishingly, each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and then shipped to Australia.

Combining modern interpretations of Captain Cook's adventures, centuries-old antiques, a delightful English cottage garden and volunteers dressed in 18th century costumes, Cooks' Cottage is a fascinating step back in time.

Entry to the cottage includes a comprehensive fact sheet for a self-guided tour. Available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, German, French and Korean.

School tours and group tours and visits are also available.

Tickets and souvenirs can be purchased from the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre, just 100 metres away.




Wellington Parade,
Fitzroy Gardens
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Located 0.5K from Melbourne East

National Sports Museum at the MCG


The MCG recognises and celebrates its heritage and sporting history with a commitment seen at very few stadiums anywhere in the world by housing the National Sports Museum. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country's biggest heroes and highlights moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport.

The National Sports Museum showcases:
Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum
Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
Australian Football Hall of Fame
Champions - Thoroughbred Racing Gallery
MCG - The People's Ground
Melbourne Cricket Club Museum
Backyard to Baggy Green Exhibition (including a Shane Warne 3D hologram)
Australian Football Exhibition (including a James Hird 3D hologram)

The museum also boasts other displays of basketball, boxing, netball, soccer, cycling, tennis, golf, Paralympic Games, rugby union, and rugby league.

Game On!
Located inside the National Sports Museum, Game On! is an interactive gallery for all ages, where visitors can join in on a range of activities. Join in the fun and take part in Game On! as part of your visit to the National Sports Museum.




Jolimont Terrace
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Located 0.6K from Melbourne East

Hisense Arena


Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park is home to Melbourne United, Melbourne Vixens and the Australian Open.

Built by Theiss Constructions at a cost of $65 million, the multi purpose arena was completed in 2000.

Hisense Arena extended Melbourne Park and its capacity to handle ever increasing tennis crowds, whilst also satisfying demand for another flexible multi purpose venue.

This state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor facility can host a variety of sports, including basketball, tennis, boxing, gymnastics, dancesports and cycling in its own velodrome.

Venue features include fully retractable roof, 10 minutes to close. Dynamic seating configurations, raise-able, retractable, and removable, raising the seats exposes the world class cycling velodrome. It has a larger floor area than Rod Laver Arena, steeper seating rake, allows patrons at the very top to feel like they're right in the action,

They also have corporate suites and function rooms.




Olympic Boulevard
Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Located 0.9K from Melbourne East

Melbourne East: Events

Melbourne vs Port Adelaide AFL


MFC vs Port Adelaide, Alice Springs - Saturday May 28
Watch the AFL match between Melbourne Football Club and Port Adelaide at the Round 10 game at TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs. This will be the third season MFC has travelled to Alice Springs to bring AFL to life in the Northern Territory.

A free bus service will operate to and from TIO Stadium on AFL match day, courtesy of the Northern Territory Government.





Level 3, Great Southern Stand, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Jolimont, VIC, 3002

Located 0.3K from Melbourne East

Boxing Day Test


There are few events in the Australian sporting calendar that evoke as much passion as Test cricket, and the Boxing Day Test is at the pinnacle. Be a part of the action at the MCG.

Bring the whole family along to day three of the Test, and buy a Family ticket for four and only pay for two adults. Buy a Family Pass to get two free children's tickets (aged 15 or under) with your two full priced adult.

The MCG has lowered food prices for the season, making a day at the cricket more affordable.



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2016
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Brunton Avenue
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Located 0.4K from Melbourne East

Australian Football League Finals Series


Don't miss the spectacular crescendo of 23 weeks of fantastic competition in the Australian Football League Finals Series.

From March to September Australian Rules Football teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series.

This titanic contest is between two teams with one emerging as the premier side for the year.

Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on cable, satellite and free to air television.

The final series offers sheer atmosphere and excitement and is a truly unique Australian experience.


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Brunton Avenue
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Located 0.7K from Melbourne East

Drawing a Laugh


Drawing a Laugh: Australian Sports Cartoons takes a look at the lighter side of sport.

This National Sports Museum exhibition shows how humour can be used to reflect and shine new light on iconic moments and individuals. Includes work by more than 30 Australian cartoonists, such as Mark Knight, Paul Harvey and Cathy Wilcox.


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Jolimont Street,
Gate 3 Entrance at the MCG
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Located 0.7K from Melbourne East

Upstream Challenge


Today more than 6000 young people find themselves being cared for in nursing homes surrounded by people in their eighties. The Summer Foundation works to get people out of nursing homes and into their own homes.

Join the annual Upstream Challenge on November 19 and nominate the Summer Foundation as your beneficiary. Challenge yourself by taking part in the 20 kilometres or 50 kilometres walk to raise funds for young people trapped in aged care. One hundred per cent of funds raised go directly towards solving the issue.



Event Dates
2016
      19th Nov


Corner Olympic Boulevard and Punt Road
Richmond, VIC, 3121

Located 0.9K from Melbourne East

Fast5 Netball World Series


Fast5 Netball is netball like you have never seen before.

With five players a side, shorter quarters, power plays and super shots the action is fast and sure to excite fans at the Fast5 Netball World Series.

Held at Melbourne's Hisense Arena, 28 to 29 October, the Fast5 Netball World Series will see the top-six ranked nations contest across two days of action-packed netball with the addition of off-court entertainment adding to the spectacle of the event.

Your chance to witness the first time this innovative format of netball will be played on Australian soil is now.


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2016
      29th Oct
      30th Oct


Olympic Boulevard
Melbourne, VIC, 3001

Located 0.9K from Melbourne East

Melbourne East: Travel Tips

Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre


The Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre is set amongst the heritage listed Fitzroy Gardens. Opened in December 2014, the centre provides information services including free maps and brochures, informative touch screen displays and acts as a base for a range of programs and walks in the Fitzroy Gardens.

Speak with the centre's friendly team about current events, attractions and more. Purchase your Cooks' Cottage tickets and merchandise, and enjoy the free wireless internet and cafe facilities.

The Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre is an excellent place to start your exploration of Cooks' Cottage, the gardens and beyond.




Fitzroy Gardens,
Welllington Parade
East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

Located 0.8K from Melbourne East

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