AFL Grand Final Long Weekend at Habitat HQ
Melbourne is buzzing with tourists. Hotels, hostels and backpackers will all be full this weekend - which is a long weekend in the city.
Melbourne hosts the AFL Grand Final on Saturday between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs in what is already an historic event. The celebrations kick off with the traditional Grand Final parade of the members of the two teams through the city on Friday. Other big events include the traditional North Melbourne breakfast on Saturday.
The game starts at 2:30. If you can't get to Melbourne the game can be watched throughout the world at Australian bars, cafes and restaurants in most cities. But watching the game live in Australia's number one sporting arena with 100,000 other spectators is a truly memorable experience.
The Western Bulldogs have not won a grand final since 1954 when they played under the name Footscray - 62 years ago. If they are successful John Shultz will present the cup to the Western Bulldogs captain. He played in their grand final team in 1961.
The Sydney Swans last won the AFL Premiership in 2012. If they are the winners this year they will be presented to them by Peter Bedford who won the Brownlow Medal in 1970 while playing for the South Melbourne Swans (the team moved to Sydney in 1982).
If you need accommodation in Melbourne you will need to book in advance to be sure of a bed.