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AFL and NRL – Accommodation Near The SCG

Australian Football League, (aka AFL or Aussie Rules) is an iconic part of this country’s identity, the Sydney Swans, originally the Victorian South Melbourne Club team brought the game to Sydney fans in the 1980’s being the first team to play for another State outside Victoria.

They won their first premiership as the Sydney Swans in 2005 and have been in the Grand Final more times than any other club, (other than Geelong) in the League. If you haven’t experienced the exciting game of Aussie Rules, then the Sydney Cricket Ground is one of the best places to enjoy the spectacle because you are so close to the action and when there’s over 40,000 fans roaring you can’t help but get involved in the crowd antics.

Or if it’s Rugby League, then the National Rugby League (aka NRL) is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in Australia. Since the game was first formed in 1895 in the North of England, it has slowly grown in international popularity. Today, NRL is one of Australia’s most watched sports, with the NRL Grand Final being one of the country’s most popular sporting events of the year and one of the largest attended sporting championship games in the world.

There is no better place to enjoy NRL than when it is hosted at our beloved Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) , while waiting for our new state of the art Sydney Football Stadium  to be built. Located in Moore Park, it is the closest sporting facility to Sydney’s CBD.

The SCG  is Sydney’s second largest stadium that offers an impressive seating capacity of forty eight thousand. This treasured venue has a sacred relationship with many Rugby League – hosting its first game in 1911 and having hosted more top-level premiership rugby league games than any other grounds.

In addition to NRL games, the SCG has also hosted major international sporting events, including the 1968 Rugby League World Cup Final and is home to the Australian national cricket team, NSW cricket team, the Sydney Swans and the Sydney Sixers. You can view the schedule of all sporting events at the SCG here. 

So if you are planning to attend the Footy at the SCG, rest assured that we have your accommodation sorted. Whether you choose to stay at one of our Randwick  properties, staying at one of our convenience locations means you will only ever be a short 10 minute ride from the SCG, with plenty of things for you to see and do in the local neighbourhood, before and after the games. Our properties in Randwick are particularly convenient, located next to Sydney’s new Light Rail, which takes you door to door, all the way to The SCG.


It’s so easy to access from Sydney Lodges via Sydney’s Light Rail, bus or rideshare/taxi. You can even walk if you want! How convenient!

From our Randwick  properties it’s a 15 mins trip by tram on the Sydney Light Rail or a 45 min walk (mostly through the glorious green park landscape of Centennial Park ).

See Google Maps  to the SCG from our properties:

If you are planning that trip to Sydney for the AFL or NRL, then be sure to make a day out of it – wander through creative Surry Hills or the tree-lined streets of Paddington and visit the designer/celebrity spotting strip of boutique shopping at “The Intersection”  and wander up Oxford Street for an early bite to eat before the game. If you are still buzzing after the game and looking for a nightcap, follow the crowd back up to Oxford Street where you will be spoilt for choice with the local offering of pubs and bars – sip your way through the local Paddington pub scene before heading back home to a comfortable bed, made with crisp fresh linen and fluffy pillows to rest your weary head and feet.

Making a day out of it from Randwick pop into a local cafe to enjoy brunch with a comforting morning cuppa (Page Two Cafe  , or 22 Grams in  Randwick); meander around the local neighbourhood during the early afternoon by walking to Moore Park; or sneak in an afternoon nap and grab a quick bite before the game (see plenty of pub, bar and restaurant options at the nearby Entertainment Quarter, next door to the SCG) before and after the game.

To plan a perfect trip to Sydney to enjoy any of the football codes at the SCG, look no further than our idyllic properties to provide the ideal accommodation for your stay.

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