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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is one of the most impressive stadia in the world, and is well worth a visit, even for non-sporting types. Originally built in 1853 for the Melbourne Cricket Club (who are still based at the MCG), the stadium has undergone major redevelopments in its history (most recently, for the Commonwealth Games in 2006) - and now stands as one of the most beautifully-finished, spectator-friendly grounds on earth. The MCG also houses the National Sports Museum - comprising the Olympic Museum, the Australian Sports Hall of Fame, the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, and the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum - all of which contain interesting sporting memorabilia. The MCG is used for cricket in the summer (try catch a Boxing Day test match), Aussie Rules football in the winter, rock concerts, and a host of other cultural events - and with a 100,000-seat capacity, anything you're able to attend at the MCG, is bound to leave you with a resounding memory of the state of Victoria.

Information & Facts

Address

Yarra Park, Melbourne

Admission

Guided tour plus museum admission: A$30 (adults), A$15 (children 5-15). Concessions are available

Language

English is the official language of Australia.

Money

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

Opening Times

Guided tours run daily, between 10am and 3pm. Check website for event information

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