Major sporting events
Thousands of Australians travel every year to attend major sporting events. Read this page to learn about:
Each Olympic Games occurs every 4 years. Each time, a different country hosts the event. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) publishes details for each.
Also see details of corresponding Paralympic Games (International Paralympic Committee).
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
You won’t be able to travel to Japan to attend the Tokyo 2020 Games as a spectator. Japanese authorities issued a statement on 20 March 2021 announcing their decision to not allow overseas spectators at any Olympic or Paralympic events due to the continuing health risks and travel complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Athletes and officials attending the Games still need an exemption to leave Australia from the Department of Home Affairs. All athletes and officials travelling to Japan for the Games must follow a playbook of strict rules and regulations put in place by Japanese authorities, starting 14 days before departure to Japan.
The Commonwealth Games occurs every 4 years. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) controls both the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Participants are from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. This covers about 1/3 of the world's population.
The destination changes for each event. The next events are:
While the audience is smaller than Olympic Games, tourists flock to each host city before, during and after the events. This increases risks to travellers.
- Learn more about the Commonwealth Games (CGF).
Cricket world cup
The Cricket World Cup (International Cricket Council) is the world's top cricket tournament. It's the finale of a global qualification process over several years, that narrows to just 10 teams.
It takes place in a different destination every 4 years. The next one is India 2023.
- Learn more about the Cricket World Cup (ICC).
Football (soccer) world cup
The FIFA World Cup is the pivotal tournament for international football (soccer). Managed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the FIFA World Cup is the second largest sporting event globally.
The tournament is every 4 years. A different nation hosts it each time. The qualifying phase is the 3 years prior.
Rugby world cup
The Rugby World Cup (RWC) is the key rugby union tournament globally. It's the 3rd largest sporting event in the world. The top 20 teams from nations around the world participate.
It runs for seven weeks, every 4 years. A different country hosts it each time.
Events are at venues across the host nation. This means it's not just one city that is flooded with international tourists, it's many.
The next Rugby World cup is France 2023.
- Learn more about the Rugby World Cup (RWC).
- See our general advice for taking care of your health.
- See our general advice about staying safe and avoiding danger.
- Read our travel advisory for your destination.
- For more information on international events, see the Harmony Day calendar of religious and cultural events (Department of Home Affairs).
Explore this page for information about staying safe and secure during the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah (Mecca).
Ramadan is the most important month on the Islamic calendar. Explore this page to learn local laws and customs during Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, after Ramadan.