Walking on hallowed ground
They claim it as the best in the world, and it’s difficult to argue. The Melbourne Cricket Ground is such an enormous part of Melbourne’s identity, and such an extraordinary venue.
You might come to stay at 381 Cremorne for the intimate and sophisticated vibe of this interesting inner-urban precinct but there it is – the MCG, so close by it’s an easy walk.
Even if you don’t go to see a game, a visit to this hallowed ground of sporting legend is a must.
Right round the huge stadium there are bronze statues of cricketers and Australian Football greats, with their exploits described on plaques.
On match days, the place is a buzz of expectation, but if you get an opportunity, this is also one of the best walks in Melbourne.
381 Cremorne is right on the edge of the famous Gosch’s Paddock, where the first ever AFL game was played. That’s named after William Henry Gosch, who leased what was once Cow Paddock, around the turn of the 20th century, as a holding area for his transport company.
Being Australia, it was soon the place for a kick-to-kick game of footy, or a chance to have a bowl on a Sunday. It’s stayed as open space, and is now part of extensive parklands surrounding the MCG and linking the dense urban area of Richmond to the centre of Melbourne.
Within the MCG building itself you can visit the National Sports Museum, a fabulous place to take young people too, with all its interactive exhibitions and historical collections.
The Museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm, and you can also do an MCG tour from there too, between 10am and 3pm. Tours take around 75 minutes and depart every half hour.