Sport in Australia

Five must-experience sporting events for Londoners heading to Sydney in 2022

If you live in London, then chances are you’re drawn to the city for its array of entertainment offerings, from West End shows and gigs to sporting events and nightclubs. Londoners certainly aren’t short on options. For sports fans, there is a wealth of worthwhile events, with the city containing a large population of sports lovers, from rugby nuts to fans obsessed with the beautiful game.

In fact, it’s something Londoners share with Australians. After all, they love their sport down under, don’t they? This is perhaps on show in Sydney more than anywhere else in the country, with the capital of New South Wales offering a jam-packed sporting calendar. These sporting events are worth sampling alongside enjoying the Skywalk and taking pictures in front of the Sydney Opera House, too. Let’s take a look at five of them below.

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Taking place on December 26, the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Around for over 76 years, this exciting event is well worth watching from Sydney Harbour as you enjoy a delightful picnic and soak up the atmosphere at an Australian sporting event. You certainly won’t find anything like this in London, with the nearest thing to it probably being The Boat Race.

FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup 2022

Featuring 144 teams across 10 days of action, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is expected to be an unmissable occasion. Taking place from September 22 to October 1, this feast of basketball will showcase the world’s top 12 women’s national teams and is expected to pull in large crowds. The first World Cup to be hosted in Australia since 1994, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is well worth experiencing if you’re there at the same time.

Horse racing in New South Wales

Similar to English audiences who frequent the likes of Ascot, Australians also adore horse racing. One of the most popular options with racing fans is to experience racing New South Wales horse racing action, with a number of excellent racecourses well worth visiting for a day’s worth of galloping. Popular options with punters include the prestigious Royal Randwick, alongside Gosford Race Club. In truth, though, there are plenty of great racecourses to visit in the area, with other popular events being held at the likes of Albury Racecourse, Ballina Racecourse, Canterbury Racecourse, and a whole host of other venues.

Soccer at Sydney FC

Remember former Reading striker Adam Le Fondre? Well, the miniature goalscorer is now plying his trade in Australia’s A-League with Sydney FC. While the standard might not match London’s Premier League clubs, like Chelsea or Spurs, watching a football match in the country is well worth it. The biggest club in the city of Sydney is Sydney FC, although you might be able to find amateur matches in the area also.

ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Sydney is hosting yet another World Cup and this time it’s one of the biggest of the lot considering how much Australian audiences adore the sport of cricket. Put simply, the ICC T20 World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events on the planet, with people flocking to Sydney from a variety of foreign destinations to support some of the game’s top cricketing nations. Occurring between October 22 and November 9, the best venue to soak up all of the action is Sydney Cricket Ground. The iconic venue will host six Super 12 matches and the opening semi-final.

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