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Ride to the game

16 January, 2012

Forget pre-game traffic jams, costly parking and over-crowded public transport – go by bike.

Jessica Cornelius has the details. Maps by Wayne Murphy

Why not get your friends and family together and ride to the ground? Many sports grounds are located in parklands and by rivers, making them ideal to reach by bike.

Bike panniers and baskets are great for carrying snacks and cold beer, especially if you pack a few freezer blocks to keep them chilled. Afterwards, work off the half-time hot chips on the ride home.

Bike parking could be great at most stadiums, with the ample space surrounding them but it’s rarely provided at all. Seasoned bike commuters will know there’s always something you can lock to but at sports grounds you do have to be careful not to obstruct a high-traffic area. Often there’s a parkland fringe around stadiums, so you can always lock to a tree, though you will need a cable lock to get around one. Make it a tough cable because there’s a high risk of theft when parking at an outdoor venue. Check out Ride On‘s recommended locks.

If it’s too far to ride all the way from your house to the ground, you can ride to a train station and lock up your bike there. You could try taking your bike on the train but bear in mind that it can be difficult (and against the rules) to put a bicycle on a packed train. For the same reason you’d need to time the return train journey carefully as well.


Bellerive Oval

Derwent Street, Bellerive

  • The home of Tasmanian cricket
  • Also hosts AFL and occasionally soccer

North Hobart Oval

Corner of Ryde and Argyle Streets, North Hobart

  • Mainly AFL
  • Occasionally cricket and soccer

Hobart Showground

Howard Road, Glenorchy

  • Home of the Royal Hobart Show
  • AFL and soccer matches

KGV Oval

Anfield Street, Glenorchy

  • Home of Southern Football League and Glenorchy football and cricket clubs
  • Soccer, cricket, AFL



Suncorp Stadium

Castlemaine Street, Milton

  • Rugby league, rugby union, soccer, AFL
  • Some bike parking is available on the plaza

The Gabba

Vulture Street, Woolloongabba

  • Cricket and AFL
  • Home of Brisbane Lions and Queensland Bulls



Adelaide Oval 

War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide

  • Cricket, AFL and rugby league
  • Over 100 bike parking spots for bikes

Hindmarsh Stadium

Holden Street, Hindmarsh

  • Soccer and rugby league
  • Close to Bowden Station. Bikes can be carried on trains during off peak times.

AAMI Stadium

Turner Dr, West Lakes

  • AFL, soccer, cricket and concerts
  • Woodville station is a 6km ride away.



Etihad Stadium

Corner of LaTrobe Street and Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

  • AFL and occasionally soccer, cricket and rugby.
  • Bike parking at gates 1, 2, 7 and 9.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Yarra Park, East Melbourne

  • AFL and cricket
  • Bike parking between gates 3 and 4 and at end of the footbridge outside gate 1.

AAMI Park Stadium

Swan Street, Richmond

  • Rugby league and soccer



Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground

Driver Avenue, Paddington

  • AFL, rugby league, cricket and soccer
  • Bike parking in various locations surrounding

Sydney Football Stadium

Moore Park Road, Paddington

  • Rugby league, rugby union, soccer and concerts
  • Bike parking in various locations surrounding

ANZ stadium at Olympic Park

Olympic Park, Homebush

  • Rugby league, rugby union, AFL, soccer and cricket
  • Lots of bike parking, 35km of paths surrounding
  • Bikes permitted for ferry and train access as well



Pattersons Stadium

Subiaco Rd, Subiaco

  • AFL
  • Bike parking at Subiaco Station and along Rokeby Road


Nelson Crescent, East Perth

  • Cricket, cricket and more cricket
  • Bike parking available near Hay St

NIB Stadium

Corner of Pier and Brewer Streets, East Perth

  • Soccer, live music events
2 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 February, 2012 1:24 pm

    The parking and security issue is the prime concern – the yobs who get a skin full of grog can’t be trusted to leave other people’s possessions alone.

    If there was parkiteer style cages, I would consofer it

  2. Cathy Donaldson permalink
    12 April, 2012 9:27 am

    I like the maps by Wayne Murphy in this post. How did you create them Wayne? I’m looking for a way to make mine as nice. Thank you

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