It’s always fun to have events on your itinerary when you travel. Major activities that you have to be in a certain place for make exploring the rest of the city or country a little more structured

So, for your upcoming festive season travels on Australia’s east coast, the following events are great bookmarks to help guide the rest of your adventure. Get a rental car in Melbourne to start you off on the right foot and then experience some of the most famous and exciting events in our great country.

1. The Boxing Day Test Match – Melbourne Cricket Ground

You don’t have to love cricket, or even sport, to enjoy the famous Boxing Day Test Match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It’s one of the most famous sporting venues around the world for a start, and this year will play host to the penultimate Ashes test of the summer as Australia face off against England.

Cricket fans will be in full voice, but anyone who loves a day in the sun drinking beer and eating what is essentially pub food will love the Boxing Day Test. You don’t have to stay for the whole five days, but the first two days are particularly enjoyable for everyone. It’s like a big party, so head along and enjoy the spirit of sport.

2. Field Day – The Domain, Sydney

When you’ve had enough of the cricket, make a beeline for Sydney before the end of the year. Field Day in Sydney is renowned for being one of the best ways to bring in the New Year.

A friendly atmosphere in The Domain (a beautiful outdoor venue) sets the scene for a night of hip-hop, indie, electronic fun. The atmosphere is super engaging, and you’ll love singing in 2018 with all the party people at Sydney’s most popular boutique music festival. Head out earlier in the day and see the last sunset of 2017 with the fine folk you’ll be dancing with for the rest of the night.

3. The Australian Open – Melbourne Park

The Australian Open is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year and plays host to some of the most exciting sports stars in the world. Think Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams (who has hinted at a return to the sport for the Aussie Open), Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza – a combination of the greatest to ever play the game and upcoming superstars.

The tournament Main Draw runs from January 15-28, so you’ll have a bit of time to recover from your New Year’s celebrations before getting back to Melbourne for this exciting two-week event. Travel down the coast and stop in at some of the most magnificent beaches you’ll ever find before sitting back and relaxing while you watch maybe the best tennis you’ll ever see in your life.

The women’s final is on the 27th and the men’s is the next day. If you only want to see the opening few rounds, you could save a bit of money, but if you’re more into the business end of sports, stick around for the finals. Again, you don’t have to be the world’s biggest tennis fan to enjoy a few days at Melbourne Park with your family and friends.

These three events would be a lot to cram into your summer holiday, but they’ll make it memorable and that’s what it’s all about. For help getting yourself between cities and to the beach in between, hire a rental car from East Coast Car Rentals. Get in touch today for more information.