Sporting Activities

Sporting activities can be as varied as Canoeing to Yoga or skating to sailing, what ever your choice. I believe Melbourne being the Sporting Capital of Australia, will cater to every sports fanatics needs that you could have ever imagined. There are lots of other sporting activities that I have not mentioned here because they may be seasonal activities such as snow boarding, skiing etc.

  1. Canoeing - Canoeing are mostly carried out in the Yarra river, here are some places you can hire canoes -
    • Studley Park boathouse Ph: (03) 98531972 hires canoes and has a cafe.
    • Fairfield boathouse Ph: (03) 94861501 rent a variety of canoes and also has a cafe.

  2. Cycling - Melbourne has many bike paths and maps can be obtained from the Visitors centre.
    • Main Yarra trail (38km)
    • Merri creek trail (19km)
    • Outer circle trail (34km)
    • Maribyrnong river trail (22km)
    See Melways or Vic roads for other maps Bikes can be hired from the following places and it would be a good idea to take some form of photo ID which may be required. Bike hire usually includes a helmet and a lock.
    • Hire a bike, Princes Bridge, Southbank. Ph: 0412 616 633
    • Bicycles Now, 100 Park Street, South Melbourne. Ph: (03) 96968588

  3. Golf - Sporting activities such as Golf is not only an enjoyable sport, but relaxing too. Melbourne has some of the best courses in Australia. It is advisable to book in advance as sometimes it can become very busy especially on the weekends.
    • Albert Park, Queens Road, Albert Park. Ph: (03) 95105588. Situated by the Albert Park Lake is this 18 hole golf course close to the city.
    • Royal Park, Poplar road, Parkville. Ph: (03) 93873585. This 9 hole golf course is located close to the Zoo.
    • Yarra Bend, Yarra bend road, Fairfield. Ph: (03) 94813729. This golf course has 27 holes and has some fine views of the Yarra.

  4. In-line skating - is best seen around the scenic paths along the beaches which stretch from Port Melbourne to St. Kilda and further down to Elwood. You can hire skates from the following places
    • Albert Park in-line skates, 179 Victoria Avenue, Albert park.
    • Ph: (03) 96459099
    • Rock'n'Roll'n'Skate shop, Suite 3, 22 Fitzroy street, St. Kilda.
    • Ph: (03) 95253434

  5. Sailing - Sporting activities including sailing might require a lot of skills and experience, but there's always has to be a start point. Some sailing activities are carried out at -
    • Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier road, St. Kilda. Ph: (03) 95340227
    • Jolly Roger School of Sailing, Aquatic drive, Albert Park. Ph: (03) 96905862. You can go sailing on Albert Park Lake.

  6. Lawn Bowls - Sporting Activities such as Lawn Bowls are gaining popularity here. Some venues close to the city are…
    • St. Kilda bowling club, 66 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda. Ph: (03) 95370370
    • North Fitzroy 578 Brunswick street, North Fitzroy. Ph: (03) 94813137

  7. Wind & Kite surfing - St. Kilda & Elwood are popular areas with these sporting activities.
    • Kite boarding, St. Kilda. Ph: (0416155719 mobile)
    • The Board store, 87 Ormond road, Elwood. Ph: (03) 95256475

  8. Kite flying - More so on the Elwood Beachside playgrounds

  9. Gyms - It might be fun to go out and about, see different places and get those lazy bones up and going at some really cool Gyms around the city. Please call the centres for their prices.
    • Fitness First, 560 Church Street, Richmond. Ph: (03) 94259888
    • Fernwood Women's Health Club, 475 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 96391097
    • Lifestyle fitness, 276 Russell Street, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 96335300
    • Genesis Fitness Club, Level 1, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 96141001
    • The Gymnasium, Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 86261388

  10. Swimming - Although most hotels have a swimming pool in their premises, you might want to venture out to some of the pools in the suburbs. Sporting Activities such swimming are vey popular here.
    • Fitzroy swimming pool, Alexandra parade, Fitzroy. Ph: (03) 94176493
    • Melbourne City Baths, 420 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 96635888
    • Melbourne Sports & Aquatic centre, Albert Road, Albert Park. Ph: (03) 99261555. Special features here are a wave pool & water slide.
    • Richmond Recreation Centre, Gleadell Street, Richmond. Ph: (03) 92055032. Special feature at this pool is water aerobics.

  11. Jogging - You will find that Melbourne has some great scenic jogging tracks which are usually along a natural water feature such as Lake, River or Sea. The most popular ones are -
    • Port Melbourne to St. Kilda along the path on the fore shore of the beach with beachside kiosks & restaurants.
    • Tan track along the Royal Botanic Gardens provides scenic river views on ones side and stunning gardens on the other.
    • Track around the circumference of the Albert Park Lake with views of the Lake and city skyline.

  12. Tennis - If you're with family or in a group you can go for a game of tennis and have some fun.
    • Melbourne Park, Batman Avenue, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 92861244. This ground is the venue for the Australian Open Tennis and has multiple outdoor and indoor courts.
    • East Melbourne Tennis Centre, Cnr Simpson & Albert streets, East Melbourne. Ph: (03) 94176511

  13. Yoga - Looks easy but can be challenging, see how supple your body is and give it a good work out for health, relaxation & peace of mind.
    • St. Kilda Iyengar Yoga School, 11/82 Acland Street, St. Kilda.
    • Ph: (03) 95371015
    • Action school of Yoga, Level 1, 275 Smith Street, Fitzroy.
    • Ph: (03) 94159798