Your Anzac Day AFL experience starts here. Don’t miss the biggest home and away clash of the year as Collingwood takes on Essendon at the MCG. With our AFL Anzac Day 2022 packages, you’ll enjoy starting off the day with deluxe hospitality hosted by Collingwood, Essendon or neutral at the MCG. Hear from special guests, game-talk and enjoy entertainment with gourmet food and drinks before heading to your reserved seats at the MCG for the big match. Some hospitality options will also include half-time refreshments, just steps from your seat. Stay in Melbourne at quality 4-star and 5-star hotels and make a weekend of it with other AFL matches, attractions, day trips, and optional travel services available.
We’re working on our AFL Anzac Day Packages for 2022 and plan on releasing these in the second half of 2021. If you’re interested in coming along, please join the waitlist now.
Learn about the event and what you can expect.
Commemorate the fallen at the AFL Anzac Day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon
The annual AFL Anzac Day clash is the second biggest game of the AFL season (behind the Grand Final) and is always an unforgettable experience. Two of the biggest clubs in the game will put everything on the line to pay tribute to our fallen Anzacs.Read moreRead less
You can experience the fierce rivalry first hand in 2022 with a travel package including official hospitality, match tickets, accommodation, and optional travel services. Hospitality is the best way to warm up for the big game. Enjoy a special lunch and guest speakers at a nearby venue or onsite at the MCG, before strolling to your reserved seat. The match day commemorations begin with the Last Post followed by a moving 1-minute silence as almost 100,000 fans pay their respects to the fallen heroes of our time.
This match is a truly unique and unforgettable experience, and one you will treasure for years to come; no matter which team you support!
We look forward to welcoming you to the mighty MCG in April 2022.
Facts, FAQs and travel information.
First inaugural match: 1995, the match ended in a draw with both teams scoring 111
2021 winner: Essendon 109-85
Most goals scored in a game: 9 (Sav Rocca of Collingwood)
Dual Anzac Medalists: James Hird and Scott Pendlebury (3)
Team with the most wins: Collingwood (15 wins of 25 matches)
The modern-day Anzac match was conceived in the mid-1990s by Essendon’s coach at the time, Kevin Sheedy. After serving two years in the Army, he considered the impact football had on Australians and the role it could play in tributing those who have served their country. Though matches had previously been played on Anzac Day, the first modern-day Anzac match between Collingwood and Essendon quickly became highly-anticipated with thousands flocking to the MCG to watch the big clash. With a whopping 94,825 fans in attendance, the crowd could be heard from more than 1 km away. This record-breaking attendance remains one of the highest attendances in AFL history.
The Anzac match has continued to grow in popularity throughout the years, with sell-out crowds attending each year. It is a day for Australians to celebrate the Anzac spirit and pay tribute to those who have served the nation.
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and sits on the banks of the Yarra River. It’s home to many of Australia’s best-known landmarks including Melbourne Cricket Ground, NGV, and Royal Exhibition Building. It is also the birthplace of Australian Rules Football. Melbourne’s growth was largely thanks to the discovery of gold in Victoria in mid-1851; diggers rushed to Melbourne causing a large population growth and heightened wealth. With this came a need for public infrastructure; large public buildings were erected including Parliament House, the Melbourne Gaol, the State Library, Melbourne Town Hall, and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The city continued to boom throughout the late 1800s, with Melbourne quickly becoming the richest city in the world; the tramway system was built, large commercial buildings erected and coffee places and terrace houses were popping up everywhere. After World War II Melbourne expanded again due to immigration from southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Collins street became popular with boutique shops and open-air cafes, now locally known as The Paris End of Town. Melbourne today is known for its diverse culture, arts and music scene, incredible food and coffee, beautiful beachside towns and love of sports. Popular places to visit include the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Luna Park, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Museum.
April is Autumn in Melbourne which means the days are getting cooler after summers heat. You can expect highs of 21°C and overnight lows of 12°C. Sunset is around 5.40pm, so we suggest dressing in layers, allowing you to enjoy the afternoon sun and keep warm as night approaches.
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