SPECTATOR SPORTS . 1. Racing is the favorite sport in Sydney. There are four race courses in the metropolitan area: Randwick, which accommodates 100,000 people; Canterbury; Rosehill, which has a two-furlong stretch; Moorfield, 5 miles out, is the home of the favorites. Trotting races are held Saturday afternoons at Harold Park Race Course; Greyhound Racing on Saturday nights. There is a tote at all courses and legal blogmakers, too. All tracks have restaurants and bars. Meets are held Saturdays and public holidays.
Cricket matches are played at Sydney Cricket Ground. Football is popular during their autumn and winter season. Tennis, of course, is the national pride. Matches are played at the Lawn Tennis Association courts at White City, Rushcutter’s Bay. Boxing and wrestling matches at Rushcutter’s Bay or Leichhardt Stadiums. Midget car and motorcycle racing at Sydney Sports Grounds. Yachting regattas at Sydney and its nearby coastal resorts. Golf tournaments at the various golf clubs. The Royal Sydney Golf Club at Rose Bay is world famous.
Horse racing is also the favored spectator sport in Melbourne. Races are held at least every Saturday. The principal courses are Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley. The Flemington racecourse is so large that it has a straight six furlongs, for six-furlong races. All tracks have restaurants and bars, totes and blogmakers. During their winter months, Australian Rules Football attracts crowds of 20,000 to 80,000 spectators. Baseball and softball are also gaining popularity.
Visitors in Melbourne may also see top-ranking tennis stars in action at Kooyong at the end of November, when the Victorian Championships are played with entrants from all States. Boxing and wrestling matches are popular and are held on Friday nights at the West Melbourne Stadium. Cricket is regularly played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other ovals in the greater Melbourne area every Saturday during the summer months. From time to time test matches are played between Australia and oversea countries, such as England, South Africa and India.
SPORTS : There are many good municipal golf courses in Sydney at which visitors are welcome, or you may arrange for cards at the various private golf clubs. (Check with Pan American.) Royal Sydney Golf Club is the largest. Municipal courses at Moore Park, Randwick and Bondi. There are horses for hire and many bridle paths. Swimming is wonderful at the beaches to the north and south of the city. There are many indoor pools, too. Tennis may be played by visitors at many private tennis clubs upon application. There is game shooting during the open seasons. Inquire at the Tourist Bureau. Ice skating is popular at Glacarium Ice Rink. Big-game fishing is a favorite sport in New South Wales. Marlin, swordfish, tuna and sharks are plentiful. Inland streams are well stocked with trout and bass.
In and near Melbourne visitors may play golf on a number of fine public courses, one of the best being Yarra Bend National Park and Public Golf Course, a few miles from the city. They may also play on a private club course if they are introduced by members. Some of the better-known clubs are Metropolitan, Royal Melbourne, Commonwealth and Huntingdale. The St. Kilda Tennis Club opens its courts to the public, but visitors must be introduced by members at Kooyong courts. Private tennis courts are also available for hire. Horseback riding around the Botanic Gardens and Government House is pleasant.
Indoor swimming is available at the Melbourne City Baths, Swanston Street, Y.M.C.A., and Richmond Baths, where the water is heated. During Melbourne’s summer months, you may swim at one of the nearby beach resorts, such as St. Kilda, Frankston, or, for those who like surfing, Portsea, which is 60 miles from Melbourne. Regular train and bus services operate to these resorts. Ice skating is available at St. Moritz. St. Kilda. Boating on the Yarra River is a pleasant Ipastime; boats may be hired at Macauley’s new Boat Shed, day or evening. Squash courts are available for hire at Findlay’s Health School, 279 Little Collins Street, Flinders Lane Squash Courts, 237 Flinders Lane, St. Kilda Courts (squash), Canterbury Road, St. Kilda. Fees are moderate: