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The Race returns to Australia for the first time since 2005-06

The Volvo Ocean Race goes back Down Under in 2017-18 for the first time in over a decade, with a stopover in Melbourne – a city considered by many to be the cultural and sporting capital of Australia.

Melbourne sits on the south-eastern tip of the country, almost equidistant from Adelaide in the west and Sydney in the east. The city is the capital of the state of Victoria, a picturesque region with national parks, an abundance of beaches and alpine mountains. 

The city houses iconic places such as the Royal Botanical Gardens – one of the finest on the planet, The Royal Exhibition Building, which won the Unesco World Heritage status in 2004, and the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

In addition to world–class sport, the state of Victoria also produces excellent wine, which can be tasted in anywhere in Melbourne, but is a favourite of rooftop bar frequenters.

And here’s a bonus: Melbourne is a warm city with temperatures ranging from 25-30°C in December, and much of the month is dry.



The 13th edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Alicante (Spain) - more info here.