National Sports Museum
Your kids are sure to be impressed by the size of a real footballer’s huge boots, especially when they get the chance to slide their own small feet inside! Watch them determinedly pit their skills against some of the sporting greats – testing their goal kicking talents against Australian Football League (AFL) players and trying to run out Adam Gilchrist on a virtual cricket pitch. This museum, located in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), touches on nearly all sports played in Australia. It is far from a ‘look but don’t touch’ experience, with lots of opportunities for participating in sporting activities. There is also a wealth of world-famous sporting icons to ogle and virtual reality spaces for interacting with sporting stars!
Gate 3, Olympic Stand, Melbourne Cricket Ground
■ The Cricket Found Me exhibit. See a virtual Shane Warne, one of the most famous cricketers of recent times, open his locker, pick up his cricket bat and move around the room as he chats to you.
A highlight of the year for Victorian sporting fans is the AFL Grand Final, which has traditionally been played here, at the MCG. The AFL code is commonly referred to as Aussie Rules and was started in the 1850s as a way of keeping cricketers fit during winter. Nowadays, the oval shape of the football is an Australian icon, but in the early years, players used either round or oval balls.
■ Allow plenty of time – there is a lot to see and do here!