Experience Melbourne at the Rugby League World Cup 2017

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Venue - Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, NSW. Photographer - Paul Barkley

Who is the world’s greatest rugby league playing nation? It’s a question that incites heated debate among fans worldwide and the only way to answer it is to let the scores decide when the Rugby League World Cup lights up in October 2017. National pride will be on the line as the globe’s finest heavy hitting teams face off at a series of heart stopping stadium matches throughout the event. You gotta love the buzz that the Rugby League World Cup generates. For it is quite literally history in the making as superstar players battle it out in a brazen show of guts and glory to win the most prestigious of league prizes – the The Paul Barriere Trophy.

Melbourne aka ‘Australia’s Sporting Capital’ will host the highly anticipated opening match between arch-rivals Australia and England on Friday October 27th.  Ensure you snare 2017 rugby league world cup tickets asap as this exciting opener is under a month away. AAMI Park is Melbourne’s premier rectangular sports and entertainment venue and central to the city. If you have some post or pre-match time kill, then the following quick guide to experiencing Melbourne will certainly help…

Feeding Time

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Teams - Australian Kangaroos Vs New Zealand Kiwis. Venue - Hunter Stadium, Newcastle. Photographer - Robb Cox.

There are so many fantastic eateries in Melbourne its darn difficult to narrow down the best. However, we must admit our committed team at Sportsnet Holidays have had our share of epic meals and thought we should at least point you to a few of our favourites;The Precinct Hotel – top pub grub in a relaxed atmosphere. Right around the corner from Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium this classic Richmond pub is an ace spot for RLWC pre-match dinner and drinks. Attentive staff that handle the crowds that frequently swell in during major sporting events with aplomb.


  • St Kilda – this trendy Melbourne suburb offers up a bunch of great restaurants and has the advantage of being home to Melbourne’s most famous beach
  • Mr Wolf is the best bet for awesome pizzas as it has reached mecca like status for pizza lovers – Little Wolf Bar is located within and accessed via a discreet archway – a cool spot for drinks too. 
  • Radio Mexico on Carlisle St, has the best taco’s and fajita combo’s in the zone and is one of Melbourne’s original Mexican restaurants.


The Newmarket Hotel is your go to for classy gastropub fare. The menu focuses on Californian flavours and it caters for large bookings. There’s ample indoor and outdoor seating and the architecture presents a suave modern retro feel. We like it a lot & you will too!

Party On!

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Teams - Australian Kangaroos Vs New Zealand Kiwis. Venue - Hunter Stadium, Newcastle. Photographer - Robb Cox.

I’d hazard a guess that if you’ve read this far than you’re all but ready for your rugby league world cup 2017 travel itinerary to include a spot of partying. It’d be rude not to celebrate Australia’s RLWC17 win over England…or maybe drown your sorrows if the result goes the other way. In any case Melbourne’s nightlife is always pumping. Find out where to go, here;

  • Crown Casino – after dark shenanigans sipping on cognac perhaps? Or is a little flutter at the roulette table more your style? Crown has many bars within the establishment that will make a night out with mates or your date nothing if not memorable.
  • The Gin Palace – a certified mecca for Gin drinkers. This is a Melbourne institution for those who appreciate fine cocktails amid a semi art deco setting. Slightly hidden Melbourne’s central CBD, just off Little Collins Street. It’s a classy joint with a smooth ambience.
  • The Imperial. Smack bang in the middle of the CBD is this ripper pub. It’s a big joint with a huge rooftop area that offers up awesome skyline views. There’s always a variety of live sports on the screen here that we’re sure you RLWC fans will appreciate.


Sportsnet Holidays have 1 & 2 night Melbourne Packages available for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup 2017. Guests of Sportsnet receive a slew of additional event bonuses including;


  • Entry into the Official RLWC2017 Welcome Function with an exclusive 4 course lunch, attended by legendary league panel guests such as Wayne Bennet and Mel Meninga. Plus, an exclusive live auction hosted by Chanel 7’s Mel McLaughlin.
  • Reserved Category A+ ticket to the opening Australia v England match (no waiting in line with your VIP access either).
  • Collectable RLWC merchandise packs.

Call now and we’ll have a central Melbourne hotel, event transfers and the above inclusions sorted before you can say… Heck Yessss the Rugby League World Cup is only a few weeks away.

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