Australians are cricket mad, and, luckily for guests at our hotel, Melbourne Cricket Ground is only a 10-minute drive away in Yarra Park. If you’re staying when there’s a match on, it’s a pleasant walk to the ground via the Royal Botanic Gardens. Cricket has been played at “The G” since 1853, and the stadium has been repeatedly updated. Today it has seating for 100,000 spectators. As well as cricket matches, the ground hosts Aussie rules football, soccer and big-name concerts. You can also tour the ground, visit the National Sports Museum and play tennis at the Rod Laver Arena nearby.