Although Australian Rules football – aka Aussie Rules, aka the footy – has now spread to other parts of the country, it is Victoria’s home-grown game and Melburnians are passionate about it. Often the first thing you’re asked when meeting a new group of people is which team you support. It would take too long to explain the principles of the game here but rest assured it is hard and fast and a spectacle even for the casual observer. Games are held during the Australian winter and Melbourne’s two venues are the MCG and Etihad Stadium. Tickets for most games during the season – unless it’s a blockbuster at the MCG – can be bought at the gate.