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4 budget-friendly sporting venues in Melbourne

IF you’re passionate about sport but are finding it difficult to find venues to play, we’ve heard your frustration. Kai Yi Wong has compiled a comprehensive list of sporting venues around Melbourne.

Are you starting to make friends with your couch and bed? Have you entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of TV hours watched? Or you simply want to go out on a bright and sunny Sunday morning with some mates to get your blood flowing?

If you want to start on a sport, or have always wanted to know where to play a certain sport you love, Meld has the answer for you. Below is one half of our list of the top sports that we think you might want to play, and have come up with some details for your benefit.

Squash

Where can I play?

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), 1 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park VIC 3206

La Trobe University (LTU), Bundoora, VIC 3086

When are they open?

MSAC: Monday – Friday (6.00am to 11.00pm), Weekends and Public Holidays (7.00am to 8.00pm)

LTU: Monday – Friday (6:00am to 10:00pm), Saturdays 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 10:00am to 10:00pm

How much will it cost?

MSAC: Click here for pricing details

LTU: $16.80/hour (public), $14.30/hour (LTU community), $12.60/hour (LTU students)

Contact details

MSAC: Dial (03) 9926 1555 to book or for more information.

LTU: Dial (03) 9479 2973 to book a court or to find out more.

 

Basketball

Where can I play?

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), 1 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park VIC 3206

When are they open?

Monday – Friday (6.00am to 11.00pm), Weekends and Public Holidays (7.00am to 8.00pm)

What can I play?

1. Casual – drop in and shoot some hoops. No bookings required, pay on day at a reception point in the Centre.

2. Multi-visit passes – purchased in conjunction with a Melbourne Sports Hub Membership at main reception, provides savings with multiple visits

3.Full court and stadium bookings – Single court bookings can be done at main reception. Should be done in advance of booking date.

How much will it cost?

Click here for pricing details.

Contact details

Dial (03) 9926 1555 to book or for more information. 

 

Bowling

Where can I play?

Choose from either AMF, which hosts birthday parties, corporate functions or league games, or Strike, an entertainment powerhouse complete with karaoke, cocktail bar and funky lights.

AMF Clayton: 1866 Princes Highway, Clayton VIC 3168

AMF Chadstone: 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 3148

Strike QV: 245 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, 1300 787 453,

Strike Melbourne Central: Level 3, Melbourne Central, 211 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000

When are they open?

AMF Clayton: Every day, 9.00am till late

AMF Chadstone: Every day, 9.00am till late

Strike QV: Every day, 10.00am till late

Strike Melbourne Central: Every day, 10.00am till late

How much will it cost?

AMF: 10% off if you book online. Click here for more details.

Strike: (10am – 4pm) $14/game, $22/2 games

(4pm – late) $16/game, $26/2 games

Additional family packages apply. Click here for more details.

Contact details:

AMF: 03 9544 5789 (Clayton), 03 9568 7921 (Chadstone)

Strike (QV and Melbourne Central): 1300 787 453

 

Badminton

Where can I play?

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), 1 Aughtie Dr, Albert Park VIC 3206

Altona Badminton Centre, Paisley Park, 271 Mason St, Altona North VIC 3025

La Trobe University (LTU), Bundoora, VIC 3086

Opening hours:

MSAC: Monday – Friday (6.00am to 11.00pm), Weekends and Public Holidays (7.00am to 8.00pm)

Altona North: Monday – Friday (10.00am to 11.30pm), Weekends (10.00am to 9.00pm)

LTU: Monday – Friday (6:00am to 10:00pm), Saturdays 8:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 10:00am to 10:00pm

How much will it cost?

MSAC: Click here for pricing details

Altona North: Click here for pricing details

LTU: $16.80/hour (Public), $12.60/hour (LTU Student)

Contact details:

MSAC: Dial (03) 9926 1555 to book a court or find out more

Altona North: Dial (03) 9391 0880 to book a court or find out more

LTU: Dial (03) 9479 2973 to book a court or find out more

Are there any other sporting venues you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments box below!

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  1. If you find it hard to get a full pickup basketball game at msac try basketball613

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