Sydney, Melbourne & the amazing Australia cities hosting Women's World Cup football: A 2023 fan tourist's guide

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GOAl looks at the must-see cities hosting the Women's World Cup in Australia

Australia will transform into a soccer hub in June and July, with five cities hosting games at the 2023 Women's World Cup.

From Perth in the west and Adelaide in the south, over to Sydney and Brisbane in the east, hosting duties will be spread across the continent, with New Zealand also sharing some of the responsibilities.

Here, GOAL takes a closer look at the five Soccer Cities in Australia playing host to Women's World Cup games in 2023.

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  1. Sydney


    Stadium:Stadium Australia
    Address:Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales

    Stadium Australia is the biggest venue in use at the 2023 Women's World Cup with a capacity of approximately 70,000 and it will be the focal point for a number of the tournament's key games, including the final.

    Stadium:Allianz Stadium
    Address:40-44 Driver Avenue, Moore Park

    Sydney Football Stadium, also known as Allianz Stadium, is the secondary stadium in Sydney for the Women's World Cup.

    Which games are on in Sydney?

    July 20Australia vs IrelandStadium Australia
    July 23France vs JamaicaAllianz Stadium
    July 25Colombia vs South KoreaAllianz Stadium
    July 29England vs DenmarkAllianz Stadium
    July 30Germany vs ColombiaAllianz Stadium
    August 2Panama vs FranceAllianz Stadium
    August 6Last 16Allianz Stadium
    August 7Last 16Stadium Australia
    August 12Quarter-finalStadium Australia
    August 16Semi-finalStadium Australia
    August 20FinalStadium Australia

    Sydney will host 11 games at the 2023 Women's World Cup, with hosting duties split between Stadium Australia and Allianz Stadium.

    Stadium Australia will host a total of five matches, including Australia's first game and the final, whereas Allianz Stadium will host six games - five group fixtures and one knockout round game.

    Where to stay in Sydney

    The map above has a variety of options for places to stay in Sydney.

    Things to do in Sydney

    • Check out the Sydney Opera House
    • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Body board or surf at Bondi Beach

    No trip to Sydney would be complete without seeing the majestic Sydney Opera House and don't just look at from the outside - book a guided tour, or nab some tickets to see a show!

    A trek to the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is also a must-do activity, according to Lonely Planet, with breathtaking panoramic views of the gigantic harbour available at the top of the 134m-high structure. Book a walk with BridgeClimb Sydney.

    Bondi Beach is a surfer's haven, with great waves and warm waters. Surf lessons are available on the beach for anyone who wants to learn from the best, but, even if you don't fancy getting into the water, there is plenty happening on terra firma too.

  2. Brisbane


    Stadium:Brisbane Stadium
    Address:40 Castlemaine Street, Milton, Queensland

    Brisbane Stadium is home to the A-League team Brisbane Roar and the multi-use venue has a capacity of over 56,000 for sporting events.

    Which games are on in Brisbane?

    July 22England vs Haiti
    July 27Australia vs Nigeria
    July 29France vs Brazil
    July 31Ireland vs Nigeria
    August 3South Korea vs Germany
    August 7Last 16
    August 12Quarter-final
    August 19Third-place play-off

    Brisbane will host a total of eight games at the Women's World Cup, including five group games and three knockout-round games.

    The home fans will be able to cheer on Australia against Nigeria on June 27, while England and Ireland will also contest games in the city. August 19 will be a date for visitors to note, with the bronze medal being decided.

    Where to stay in Brisbane

    The map above has a variety of options for places to stay in Brisbane.

    Things to do in Brisbane

    • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    • Visit the Gold Coast
    • Climb Mount Coot-tha
    • See the Botanic Gardens

    Situated on Australia's east coast, Brisbane is a sprawling metropolis, with no shortage of things to do.

    Tourists visiting the city should try to see the Botanic Gardens and if you are interested in wildlife, why not pay a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary?

    The stunning Gold Coast region is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as a number of theme parks, such as Sea World.

  3. Melbourne


    Stadium:Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
    Address:Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, or AAMI Park, is unmistakable, with its unique exterior design marking it out in the Melbourne landscape. It is home to a number of A-League teams, including Melbourne Victory, Western United and Melbourne City,

    Which games are on in Melbourne?

    July 21Nigeria vs Canada
    July 24Germany vs Morocco
    July 31Canada vs Australia
    August 2Jamaica vs Brazil
    August 6Last 16
    August 8Last 16

    Six games at the 2023 Women's World Cup will be played in Brisbane, with four group matches and two games in the round-of-16. Home fans will no doubt be keen to watch the Matildas on July 31 when they play Canada, but the likes of Brazil, Canada and Nigeria will be in town too.

    Where to stay in Melbourne

    The map above has a variety of options for places to stay in Melbourne.

    Things to do in Melbourne

    • Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
    • Do a tour of Melbourne Cricket Ground
    • Check out the Melbourne Skydeck

    Arguably the best way to see Melbourne is from the top of Eureka Tower, 300m up on the Melbourne Skydeck. If you'd prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, the Royal Botanic Gardens are truly rewarding, with a variety of sights to see.

    The City Circle Tram is an intimate way to tour the city and ranks highly on TripAdvisor's list of things to do in Melbourne. If you are into all sports, one of the biggest stadiums in the world can be found in Melbourne - Melbourne Cricket Ground. Known locally as 'The G', it has a capacity of over 100,000 and is the biggest stadium in the southern hemisphere.

  4. Perth


    Stadium:Perth Rectangular Stadium
    Address:Lord Street, Perth, Western Australia

    Perth Rectangular Stadium, also known as HBF Park, is home to A-League side Perth Glory. It has a capacity of just over 22,000 and is located quite close to the city's central business district.

    Which games are on in Perth?

    July 22Denmark vs China
    July 26Canada vs Ireland
    July 29Panama vs Jamaica
    August 1Haiti vs Denmark
    August 3Morocco vs Colombia

    Five group matches will be played in Perth during the Women's World Cup, with Denmark playing two of their games in the city. World Cup debutants Ireland will meet Canada in Perth, while Morocco take on Colombia in the last match.

    Where to stay in Perth

    The map above has a variety of options for places to stay in Perth.

    Things to do in Perth

    • Swan River Cruise
    • Hike through King's Park
    • Swan Valley wine tours
    • Segway & bike tours

    There are a number of river cruises available and they can be a relaxing way to see Perth, while some even include a wine tasting tour of the Swan Valley, for the amateur sommeliers among us.

    King's Park takes you a cool and lush journey through the botanical history of western Australia, with rare plants and wildlife everywhere you look. You can walk, take the bike or jump on the hop-on-hop-off tour bus.

    Take a tour of the Perth Mint building to see the world's largest gold coin, see the secured vaults and a melting house that dates back to 1899.

  5. Adelaide


    Stadium:Hindmarsh Stadium
    Address:Holden Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia 5007

    Adelaide United's home Hindmarsh Stadium is one of the smaller venues being used at the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but the atmosphere generated at the ground is always electric.

    Which games are on in Adelaide?

    July 24Brazil vs Panama
    July 28China vs Haiti
    July 30South Korea vs Morocco
    August 1China vs England
    August 8Last 16

    Adelaide will host five games at the 2023 Women's World Cup - four group games and one knockout-round match. China will play two of their games here - versus Haiti and England, with the likes of Brazil, Panama, South Korea and Morocco also coming to town.

    Where to stay in Adelaide

    The map above has a variety of options for places to stay in Adelaide.

    Things to do in Adelaide

    • Meander through Elder Park
    • Visit the Art Gallery of South Australia
    • Go to Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
    • See the Barossa Valley

    Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and, as such, boasts a wide array of cultural institutions that are worth visiting, including the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and the Art Gallery of South Australia, which houses hundreds of exhibits.

    Elder Park is a fantastic public park situated on the southern bank of the River Torrens, with a number of rejuvenating walks within.

    Wine lovers with a bit of time on their hands should certainly look into visiting the Barossa Valley wine country, which is an hour's drive to the north-east of the Adelaide.