Sydney Cricket Ground is one of Australia’s most famous sporting and concert venues. It’s surrounded by Allianz Stadium, Fox Studios Australia, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park and Centennial Park. Just over three kilometres from central Sydney, it’s the ideal place to stay with all the attractions of the city close by.
In addition to hosting international cricket and test matches, Sydney Cricket Ground is also utilised for rugby league football matches and rugby union games. It is known as the ground of the New South Wales Blue Cricket Team, the Sydney Swans Australian Football League Club and the Sydney Sixers. The sports ground has hosted some of the biggest names in rock and pop including Madonna, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones. Many concerts and sporting events are now divided between Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium next door. Sports fans can participate in tours of both venues and visit the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum. Tours take approximately 1.5 hours and detail the history of each stadium, the teams, trophies and legends. Nearby, Centennial Park offers the chance to unwind with lakes, grassy landscapes and plenty of shade. Visitors can explore the variety of wildlife including black swans, turtles, flying foxes and European carp. There are several notable heritage buildings and residences in the park, plus several picturesque picnic areas.
The easiest way to reach Sydney Cricket Ground is via public transport. Buses operate from Central Station and Sydney’s CBD. Disembark at Oxford Street, Cook Road and Anzac Parade for Allianz Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. Taxis and Uber operate to the sports arenas, and there is a permanent taxi rank located in the Entertainment Quarter opposite Hordern Pavilion. Visitors driving will discover parking in Moore Park precinct, although this can be expensive on event days.
In the late 1860s, Moore Park was opened as a recreational venue for rugby club university games. As the city grew, so did the need for a dedicated sporting arena. When the first Sydney Cricket Test took place in early 1882, the ground boasted two grandstands. The Members Pavilion came later, and when the tram route was opened along what is now Anzac Parade, the cricket club became accessible to most of the city. Today, Sydney Cricket Ground is easy to reach, and the area offers more than sports. With a plethora of entertainment areas and surrounding parkland, there’s something for everyone.