Upcoming major sporting events in Australia

Leading into the Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralympic Games, Australia is hosting a number of events. This green and gold decade of events provides an unprecedented opportunity to inspire the next generation as our athletes strive for excellence in their own backyard.


2023 World Athletics Cross Country Championships

The World Athletics Cross Country Championships is coming to Bathurst in 2023. Over 700 international athletes will compete in various distance races at the iconic Mount Panorama. The event will also host a series of mass participation community cross country events.

When: 18 February 2023
Where: Bathurst, New South Wales


2023 World Transplant Games

The World Transplant Games is the largest organ and tissue donation awareness event. Every 2 years over 3,000 transplant athletes from around the globe take part in the games over 6 days. The games celebrate the importance and success of transplantation, living a healthy and active lifestyle, and the gift of life.

When: 15 April – 21 April 2023
Where: Perth, Western Australia

Find out more: 2023 World Transplant Games


2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

In 2023 Australia and New Zealand will host the biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever. The world’s largest women's sporting event brings together the best female football nations every 4 years. The 2023 tournament will be the first to be co-hosted, the first in the Southern hemisphere and the first with 32 teams.

When: 20 July – 20 August 2023

Australian host cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide

New Zealand host cities: Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton and Wellington

Find out more: 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup


2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships

Penrith will welcome the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 25 years after it last hosted the event. This event occurs every year, except during a Summer Olympics year. Follow the world’s best male and female canoeists as they compete in various events over 6 days.

When: 1 October to 6 October 2025
Where: Penrith, New South Wales

Find out more: 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships


2026 BMX World Championships 

Brisbane will welcome over 3,000 of the world’s best BMX riders for the UCI BMX World Championships. Competition for male and female elite and junior events will run over 9 days. The event will be at Australia’s only Olympic standard BMX Supercross track, the Sleeman Sports Complex. The annual event was last held in Australia when Adelaide hosted in 2009.

Where: Brisbane, Queensland

2026 Commonwealth Games

Victoria is set to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games for the second time in 20 years. Victoria 2026 will be the first predominantly regional Commonwealth Games, with just the opening ceremony at the MCG. Competition will be hosted across 4 regional hubs Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland.

It will be the sixth Games held in Australia, with Sydney hosting in 1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982, Melbourne in 2006, and the Gold Coast in 2018.

Where: Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland, Victoria


2027 Rugby World Cup

Rugby’s pinnacle event — the Rugby World Cup — is returning to Australia in 2027. 40 years on from the inaugural tournament in 1987 Australia will host for the third time. Follow along as 20 of the world’s best men’s rugby nations compete for the world title.

Find out more: 2027 Rugby World Cup

2027 Netball World Cup

Sydney will host the 2027 Netball World Cup for the third time. The tournament brings together the world's best female netballers every 4 years for competition over 10 days. Teams from 16 nations will compete to decide who takes home the championship crown.

Where: Sydney, New South Wales

Find out more: 2027 Netball World Cup


2028 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2028. Follow along as 16 of the world's best men's cricket teams compete in 20 over cricket for the title. This is the first T20 World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, after successfully co-hosting 50 over tournaments in the past.


2029 Rugby World Cup

Australia will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2029 for the first time. The tournament, held every 4 years, will showcase 12 of the world’s best female rugby nations as they compete for the championship crown.

Find out more: 2029 Rugby World Cup


2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games  

On 21 July 2021 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elected Brisbane host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Brisbane 2032 Games). This result will see Australia host the Olympic Games for the third time and the Paralympic Games for the second time. This event brings together thousands of athletes from over 200 nations around the world.

Where: Brisbane, Queensland

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