When someone mentions Australia as a holiday destination, some of the things that spring to mind are sun, sand and maybe the odd Kangaroo. While it’s true that there are plenty of opportunities to top up your tan when you’re on the other side of the world, Australia is also a treasure trove for those who enjoy watching live sport. Below is a quick look at three must-see events if you happen to be in Oz and fancy watching a few balls being whacked or kicked to get the juices flowing.

Horse Racing – The Caulfield Cup

Australia’s horse racing scene has a rich and illustrious history and The Caulfield Cup remains one of greatest handicap races in the world racing calendar. The event takes place in mid-October and was most recently won by Best Solution, with betting firms such as Oddschecker offering generous odds on him to win the race after his two Group One wins in Germany earlier this year. If horse racing is your thing then you’ve got almost a year to plan your trip to the Caulfield Cup and enjoy the Australian summer in all its glory.

Tennis – The Australian Open

Depending who you ask, many tennis fans will tell you that the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar is also their favorite, owing to the knowledgeable crowd, perfect weather and spectacular surroundings. No matter what your opinion, Melbourne Park is a great venue for a premier tennis event and if you hurry up booking your holiday, you’ll get a chance to see if Roger Federer can retain the title he landed last year.

Rugby – NRL Grand Final

Hard-core rugby fans will always be aware that the NRL Grand Final is one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated rugby events of the year. The 2018 edition of the event took place on the 30th September, with the Sydney Roosters defeating Melbourne Storm to clinch the biggest team prize in Australian rugby. Again, there’s plenty of time to plan your trip to the ANZ stadium for next year if this is something that takes your fancy.

There’s no reason you can’t arrange the aforementioned sporting events around any other things you’ve got planned for your trip. As long as you prepare a proper itinerary (and book well in advance to save money), you can have a fun-packed holiday with a fair bit of top quality sport thrown in.

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