With only a couple of months to go before the 2015 Cricket World Cup kicks off across Australia and New Zealand, you might be wondering how you are going to get around to see the matches being played.
Luckily, Mighty campers has put together a World Cup Cricket Camping Survival Guide. Below we have outlined all the basic information you need to safely plan, camp and watch this coming summer’s epic itinerary of cricket.
Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup matches be played?
The first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be on Valentine’s Day (February 14) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and in Christchurch. Australia will play England at the MCG and New Zealand will be taking on Sri Lanka in Christchurch. Both blockbuster openers are expected to draw big crowds. Another 42 cricket matches will be held before the first round of finals are played the Sydney Cricket Ground and MCG.
The final will be held at the MCG on the Sunday 29th March.
If you are looking to organise a cricket road trip to some of the Australian venues during the Cricket World Cup, you will need to know all about the fixtures and the venues.
There are seven Australian venues that will host a World Cup Cricket match. These include the following:
The most hallowed cricket ground in Australia is the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Known colloquially as “the ‘G”, the MCG is Australia’s favourite stadium is the birthplace of Test cricket. Already there is high anticipation for the opening clash between Australia and England as well as the February 26 clash between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Where to camp in Melbourne:
If you are staying in Melbourne for the cricket action, you can pull up stumps at
BIG4 Caravan Park in Ashley Gardens. This 4 star holiday park is just 30 minutes across town from the MCG and has powered sites from just $47per night. Alternatively,
Big 4’s Dandenong Tourist Park is a short drive south of Melbourne with powered campervan sites from $37AUD per night. Pick up and drop off your Mighty Campervan from the
Mighty Melbourne Branch on Ashley Street, Braybrook.
Known as a superb batting wicket, the Sydney Cricket Ground is the place to be if you want to see record-breaking scores. The lively city will also place host to a number of final matches.
Where to camp in Sydney:
The closest campground to the SCG is at the
BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Parkabout 24kms north of the CBD. Located on the Northern Beaches, it is an idyllic back ground perfect for a game of beach cricket after the spectacle. Powered sites start from $46AUD.
Said to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world, Adelaide Oval is also known as a ground filled with controversy, including the 1999 saga when Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was called for ‘chucking’ in a One Day match against England. The Sri Lankan’s almost abandoned the match over the umpire’s decisions. The Adelaide Oval is expected to entertain strong crowds in the 2015 Cricket World Cup especially for the opening match between India and Pakistan on February 15. Tickets to this match sold out in just 20 minutes.
Where to camp in Adelaide:
Big4’s Adelaide Shore Caravan Park is the best place to park the campervan for the night in Adelaide. Located on the city’s west coast about 20 minutes from Adelaide Oval, the sites begin from $36AUD per night. You can pick up your Mighty campervan from the aptly named
376 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park.
Located in Hobart, Belerive Oval has just a crowd capacity of 16,000 but has delivered some of Australia’s best known cricketing heroes including Ricky Ponting and David Boon. The Scotland will be well represented in Tasmania this March with two fixtures featuring Scotland’s cricket team.
Where to camp in Tasmania:
To get to Tasmania, you will need to pick up your Mighty campervan from our
Melbourne terminal and cross the Strait to the Apple Isle on the Spirit of Tasmania.
Barrilla Holiday Park is a four-star caravan park located just 12 minutes north of Bellerive Oval. Power sites are $40AUD per night, while unpowered sites are $17AUD.
Western Australia’s premier home of cricket is considered to have one of the quickest and bounciest wickets in the world. It is often a favourite venue for fast bowlers and pace bowlers. Perhaps to counter the speed of the wicket, the WACA’s outfield is also known to be extremely quick allowing for some quick scoring innings. Indeed, four of the top seven fastest scoring Test centuries have been scored at the WACA. Afghanistan are going to have their work cut out defending against the pace attack of Australia’s Mitchell Johnston and Mitchell Starc.
Where to camp in Perth:
Pick up your Mighty campervan from our depot at Redcliffe and pull up stumps at
Discovery Holiday Parksjust 16km from the WACA. Standard powered sites begin from $40AUD per night. Karen and her crew at
Mighty Perth can help you avoid all the traffic hotspots.
Named after the suburb in which it is located, Woolloongabba, Brisbane’s home of cricket has in the past been called a ‘concentration camp’, ‘filthy’ and a ‘barn’ by former cricketer, John Kay. Its reputation as a grubby ground compliments the description of the hard fought contests that have taken place at the GABBA in the past.
Where to camp in Brisbane:
The closest camp ground to the GABBA is the four-star
BIG4 Brisbane Gateway Resort. Located just 16km from Brisbane’s CBD, the park has plenty of campervan spots with prices beginning from $41AUD per night. Speak to Alex at Mighty’s
Brisbane depot about traffic tips to getting to the game on time.
Canberra’s premier sports ground is a small ground with a capacity of just 13,550 and has only recently started to host some major international cricket matches. There will be some interesting bouts in Canberra during the Cricket World Cup, including matches between Bangladesh and Afghanistan; and West Indies versus Zimbabwe.
Where to camp in Canberra:
Pick up you Mighty camper from our
Sydney depot in Mascot and drive three hours south to Canberra.
Alivio Tourist Park is located 15 minutes north of Manuka Oval and have powered sites from $55AUD per night.
Pimp your camper to supporting your cricket team
Whether you are part of the green and gold of the Aussie Fanatics, the red and white of the British Barmy Army or the pale blue of the Indian ‘Swami Army’, Mighty campers wants to help you support your team by proudly dressing up your camper in your team’s colours. Here are some tips:
- Drape your nation’s flag across the side of the camper
- Tie coloured streamers to the bull-bar
- Place a sign supporting your team in the passenger side window
- Make sure you pack your cricket jerseys
- Bring a bat, ball, wickets and an Esky to play some beach or park cricket
- Slip, slop, slap to protect yourself from the sun
Book tickets to the ICC World Cup 2015
With over 500,000 seats to the 2015 Cricket World Cup already sold Australia-wide, you will need to get in quick to secure a ticket. Book tickets to all the matches from the Australian website:
For those interested the ICC is still looking for volunteer during the World Cup, you can find out more information in their
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