Where did we come from?
Melbourne Sports Tours (MST) has been showcasing Melbourne's famous sporting venues for the past thirteen years. Husband & wife team, Anthony & Kirsty Grace, commenced touring in January 2004 after realising that no sports sightseeing tourism business existed in Melbourne. With so many international standard sporting events hosted at venues all within 6 kilometres of the CBD, the city of Melbourne is made for sports tourists. After many years of solid research and development (watching and playing sport and passion for the City of Melbourne) behind them, their vision grew wheels.
Kirsty initially completed a BA (Recreation) and worked as a roller skating rink Party Hostess, as Camp Leader, school & local council program coordinator. After 18 months managing a Conversation Cafe in Japan she completed a Tourism Grad Dip. She secured a job at Gray Line and worked in many roles over almost 10 years, including National Sales Manager – in ‘traditional, large coach’ tourism sales & marketing. In 2002 she established a tourism consulting business supporting small business operators such as Global Ballooning and Epicurean Food & Wine Tours, and fell in love with the concept of small groups, and personalised tourism.
Anthony started his business career on the streets of Melbourne as a pushbike courier. Over the next 13 years, he held various senior management positions within the transport industry, developing an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of Melbourne’s lanes and road systems. Anthony has always been a sports fanatic - any sport, any time - both as a player, trivia buff and spectator. He played two seasons of cricket in England as an International Guest player and over 200 games of senior Australian Rules football, as well as umpiring Aussie Rules in a leading suburban competition. Chosen as MC for many of his work & sporting club events, he has perfect characteristics for a sports tour host. Anthony has taken on the role of tour host for Cricket Australia Travel Office in recent years, leading tours to the UK for the Ashes, South Africa, New Zealand and soon to Sri Lanka. Most Australians envy his job.
Melbourne Sports Tours Vision
Melbourne Sports Tours strives to be the premier tour experience dedicated to the culture of sport in Melbourne. In doing this, we will be a vital part of any sporting enthusiasts stay in Melbourne, and recognised as such.
We contribute to Melbourne's tourism industry with unique, experiential tour offerings and endeavour to enhance the city's sporting profile.
Melbourne Sports Tours Values
We place an emphasis on being the most knowledgeable guides of Melbourne & sports. This involves staying up to date on current news, sporting & cultural issues as well as constant research on Melbourne and sports history. Our passion and enthusiasm for all things sport and Melbourne is shared with every guest. We endeavour to ensure that our guests experience this passion during their tour. We work to provide a personal and customized experience for every MST guest. We strive to exceed expectations of all of our guests on all tours. We aim to promote the rules and excitement of our unique game of Australian Football. Our product range is unique and experience focussed
Melbourne is the Sports capital of the World
It’s official: Melbourne is the sporting capital of the world for the last decade.
In April 2016, we were crowned the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City of the Decade at the 10 Year Anniversary Awards in Switzerland, confirming our claim as the world’s best city for sport.
The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards are the longest-running rankings of the world’s top sports hosts. We took out the one-off gong ahead of Berlin, London, New York and, of course, Sydney.
Melbourne is no stranger to the podium, winning the World’s Ultimate Sports City in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – and we’ve blitzed the field once more. Our city has been judged the 2016 Ultimate Sports City in the Large Cities category, and we’ve claimed the Best Venues category too.
We’re home to the Australian Open Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the MotoGP and a long list of blockbusters other cities can only dream of staging, including:
• The 2006 Commonwealth Games
• The 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships
• The 2010 UCI Road World Championships
• The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
• The 2015 AFC Asian Cup
Our legacy is unrivalled, but our future is just as outstanding. In the last 12 months alone, the Andrews Labor Government has secured the return of the Presidents Cup, the World Cup of Golf, the International Champions Cup and a Socceroos blockbuster with Greece.
Our world-class sporting precinct stands without peer. We have the iconic MCG, Etihad Stadium and AAMI Park. Add to that Melbourne Park and Hisense Arena and there really is something for everyone and the best of everything.
We have the most loyal and passionate fans too, who join visitors from all over the globe in turning out to our events each week. It’s why European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid choose our state for their overseas tours, and it’s why Sydneysiders had to come to Victoria to see a State of Origin match played in front of 90,000 fans.
The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards prove it: There’s no place on earth for sport like Melbourne
Minister for Sport, Tourism and Events - John Eren - See Full Press Release HERE
“It’s official: We are the sporting capital of the world. This award marks an outstanding decade of the biggest and best globally-renowned events.”
“The eyes of the sporting world are on Melbourne all-year round. We have all the top-class events, and we want more of them.”
“Whether it’s a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a Tennis Grand Slam, the world’s best Spring Racing Carnival or a one-off blockbuster at the MCG, Melbourne is at the top of the bucket list of sports fans right around the globe.”
What else are we doing? We're in the process of designing a new website called www.Sportoliday.com and www.SHEscapes.com These concepts have been bubbling away for the past few years. At Melbourne Sports Tours we see so many family and friends groups coming to Melbourne on holidays themed around sporting events. Anthony has also been working for The Cricket Australia Travel Office for the past few years hosting cricket tours to The Ashes, South Africa, Sri Lanka etc So, Sportoliday is a concept designed for the traveller who wants a holiday designed around sport