The Sydney Cricket Ground, at the corner of Moore Park and Driver Avenue, is famous for its 1-day and test matches, played October through March. Over the winter months, Aussie Rules games featuring the Sydney Swans are also played here. Look up www.sydneycricketground.com.au for match details. Tours of the stadium are available. Call tel. 1300/724 737 to book, for times and prices.
In this city, "football" means rugby league. If you want to see burly chaps pound into one another while chasing an oval ball, then be here between May and September. The biggest venue is the Sydney Football Stadium, Moore Park Road, Paddington (tel. 02/9360 6601, or 1900/963 133 for match information). Buy tickets through Ticketek (tel. 02/9266 4800).
Sydney has four horse-racing tracks: Randwick, Canterbury, Rosehill, and Warwick Farm. The most central and best known is Randwick Racecourse, Alison Street, Randwick (tel. 02/9663 8400). The biggest race day of the week is Saturday. Call the Sydney Turf Club (tel. 02/9930 4000) with questions about Rosehill and Canterbury, and the Randwick number for Warwick Farm information.
Every summer, these uniquely Australian competitions bring crowds to Sydney's beaches to watch surf clubs compete in various watersports. Contact the Surf Lifesaving Association (tel. 02/9597 5588) for times and locations. During Iron Man and Iron Woman competitions, Australia's fittest struggle it out in combined swimming, running, and surfing events.
Sailing competitions take place on the harbor most summer weekends, but the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, on Boxing Day (Dec 26), is a must-see. The race starts from the harbor near the Royal Botanic Gardens.
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