Rod Laver Arena

Rod Laver Arena: Our most recommended tours and activities

Melbourne: Sports Venue Sightseeing Tour

1. Melbourne: Sports Venue Sightseeing Tour

Designed to showcase Melbourne’s passion for sports, this tour is led by industry experts and provides a fun day out for sports lovers of all ages. Walk in the footsteps of famous sports stars as you explore Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena. Meet your friendly guide in Federation Square, then set out on your sightseeing adventure to some of the city’s most beloved sporting venues. The first stop of the day is the iconic Rod Laver Arena, which hosts the Australian Open each year. Walk in the footsteps of sports superstars such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Don’t forget to snap photos of your unforgettable visit. As you explore, learn about Melbourne's range of world class events such as the Melbourne Cup, F1 Grand Prix, MotoGP, and Bells Beach Surf Pro. Discover why the city has been voted the Sporting Capital of the World. The tour continues to the impressive 100,000-seater Melbourne Cricket Ground. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds and learn about the many famous faces who have played here over the years. Finish the tour with a stroll around the surrounding Olympic Park precinct, which no trip to Melbourne would be complete without.

Melbourne Sports Walk

2. Melbourne Sports Walk

Start your tour by meeting your guide at the Melbourne Day Tour Centre. Walk along the path built to accommodate guests to the 2006 Commonwealth Games all the way to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Once here, enjoy a guided tour of the iconic stadium, which has a capacity of just over 100,000 people.  Afterwards, continue on foot to discover more of Melbourne's favourite sporting arenas. Visit AAMI Park, home to rugby teams Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels, as well as the soccer clubs of Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC. Next make your way to the Olympic Park Oval, built on the site of former Olympic Park Stadium, built for the 1956 Summer Olympics. This venue is now home to Collingwood FC, one of the most popular AFL teams in Australia. Visit Melbourne Arena, Rod Laver Arena, and Margaret Court Arena, the home of the Australian Open Tennis Championships. Take in the sights and sports along the Yarra River on your way back to the starting point at Federation Square.

Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour

3. Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour

Melbourne Sports Lovers Morning Tour is a sightseeing tour with a difference. Explore the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian Open venue, or the Australian Sports Museum, led by a professional tour guide, and learn about the history of Melbourne through its sporting achievements. Visit the venues that have hosted some of Australia’s favorite sporting events. Explore Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup, the horse race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games athlete’s village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Choose from the following options: take a tour behind the scenes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, visit the Australian Open arena , or explore the Australian Sports Museum. At all venues you will have access to the exclusive member areas and media centers. Following your tour, lunch is included at the city's docklands precinct.

iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

4. iVenture Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass: 3, 5 or 7 Tickets

Learn why Melbourne's motto is "she gathers strength as she goes," and other fascinating urban trivia with your Melbourne Flexi Attractions Pass. This sightseeing pass provides you with entry to many of the city's premier locations, letting you experience 3, 5, or 7 city highlights during a flexible 3-month period. Select the number of sightseeing destinations you wish to explore, and then discover them for yourself during a convenient 3-month period. Choose from an impressive array of Melbourne's top things to see and do. Included Attractions: • Melbourne Skydeck • Phillip Island Nature Park - 4 Park Pass• Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Cook's Cottage • Moonraker Dolphin & Seal Tour (Seasonal) • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and Garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour• Entermission Melbourne

The Ultimate Melbourne Sports Tour

5. The Ultimate Melbourne Sports Tour

The Ultimate Melbourne Sports Tour is a sightseeing tour with a difference. Immerse yourself in Melbourne–the sports capital of Australia. Includes guided behind-the-scenes tours of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian Open, plus time to explore the Australian Sports Museum. Tour behind the scenes at the Melbourne cricket ground. This is Australia's most significant sports stadium dating back to 1853, having been used for the 1956 Olympics and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Visit the Northern Stand, the coaches’ box, media center, changing rooms, and exclusive member’s area. Take a trip to the National Sports Museum, featuring over 2,500 sporting artifacts showcasing the great moments in Australia’s sporting history. The tour includes a tour of the famous Rod Laver arena, one of the world’s busiest sports and entertainment precincts. Drive through the Commonwealth Games athlete’s village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Explore Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup. This is the horse race that stops the nation. Drive to the famous Etihad Stadium and enjoy lunch overlooking the arena, or in the Docklands precinct. This is must-see for any sports lovers visiting Melbourne. Please note, the Rod Laver Arena is currently under renovation to get ready for The Australian Open Tennis Championships. You may be asked to substitute RLA for: • MCG Tour and National Sports Museum and Eureka SkyDeck entry or • MCG Tour or National Sports Museum and Stomping Ground Brewery Tour & Tastings

iVenture Melbourne Unlimited Attractions pass

6. iVenture Melbourne Unlimited Attractions pass

Soak up the sights and sounds of Melbourne with an Unlimited Attractions Pass that lets you uncover the city's treasures at your own pace. Choose from more than 20 attractions, visiting as many as you like in an unforgettable period of 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days. Make the most of your time in southeastern Australia, rising with the sun each day to discover the impressive array of sightseeing tours, attractions, cruises, watersports, and wildlife encounters that are calling to you. Admire the glittering metropolis from a bird's-eye perspective at the Melbourne Skydeck. On another day, marvel at Australian wildlife in the Melbourne Zoo and see the penguins at Phillip Island or fend off shivers at the IceBar Melbourne. Included attractions: • Melbourne Skydeck • Phillip Island Nature Park - 4 Park Pass • Melbourne Zoo • IceBar Melbourne • Melbourne River Cruise • Old Melbourne Gaol • Werribee Open Range Zoo • Healesville Sanctuary • Cook's Cottage • Moonraker dolphin and seal tour (seasonal) • Polly Woodside • Rippon Lea House and garden • Virtual Room Melbourne • Ghosts of the Old City Ghost Tour • Old Melbourne Ghost Tour• Entermission Melbourne

Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour

7. Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour

This tour will show you the venues that host some of Australia’s favourite sporting events. Explore Flemington, home of the Melbourne Cup – the horse race that stops the nation. Drive through the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Your tour includes time to explore the all-new, state-of-the-art Australian Sports Museum, an interactive museum like no other. Next, go behind-the-scenes of the Australian Open including player rooms and (events permitting) the arena bowl. Later, enjoy a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground and walk on the hallowed turf.

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What people are saying about Rod Laver Arena

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

our Tamara was fantastic!! full of information about the sports and area in general. The arenas we visited were good . My favourite was travelling around Albert Park especially as they were erecting the stands and put the track lay out ready for the race!! Tamara was thoughtful if everybody's needs and made sure to cover all things which were possible. no body went away unhappy. Thank you .

Tamara was an awesome guide, very knowledgeable about sport and Melbourne. Gave us some recommendations for the rest of our stay and went above and beyond to accommodate us.

Very informative tour with a very good guide. It was a lot of fun and you saw a lot. Highly recommended for sports fans.

Very enjoyable tour

Even though this was booked more for my husband who’s a keen horse racing and cricket fan, I enjoyed the tour too.

Very good organization, friendly and competent guide Tamara. Good final meal.