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Australian Cricket In Johannesburg

Australian Cricket Tourists On The Field During The Lunch Break At Wanderers Cricket Stadium | Johannesburg | Gauteng | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

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Confirmed Schedule Coming

Tour: Johannesburg
When: Sept - Oct 2026
Dates: 8 Nights
Hotel: Radisson Blu Gautrain
Twin/Double PP: A$3000+
Single Room PP: A$4000+
Book: Without Obligation For A$1
Visit:
Joburg Tourism

Australian Cricket In Johannesburg

We love Johannesburg.

Many say 'there's no reason to be in Joburg' or 'get to Johannesburg and get out!'

That's hard when every Australian Cricket Tour to South Africa has us scheduled to play at least one format at incomparable Wanderers 'Bull Ring'.

The Embankment Of Wanderers Cricket Stadium | Johannesburg | Gauteng | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

We've visited the 'City of Gold' or simply 'Joburg' or 'Jozi' countless times since 1997 and have never had a bad experience. It is big, bold, brash, stylish and cool.

Slick suburbs of Rosebank, Melrose, bohemian Melville (favoured hangout for two nearby universities), and gentrified 'villages' of Greenside, Parkhurst, and Norwood, can entertain you for a week without cricket.

Australian Cricket Tourists Enjoying After-Play Windhoek Lager And Castle Lager At The Wanderers Club | Johannesburg | Gauteng | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

So, when the cricket is on and you are 'forced' to go, you will discover Joburg isn’t so bad. In fact, Jozi is not bad (where we go!) and remains our favourite South African city, which is getting even better.

We admit that living in the flashy northern suburb of Sandton is far from the dangers of downtown and Soweto (below), which certainly aren't as they were when we first visited in 1997.

Transgender Street Performer Near Mandela House In Vilakazi Street Soweto | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

Like any city in the world, there are places you don't need to go. With urban renewal programs and cultural regeneration, especially Newtown adjacent Park Station (bus and train terminus), you can go further 'downtown' today than when Australian Cricket returned to Johannesburg in the 1990's.

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With spare time before or after a test match head downtown to Museum Africa, the very chilling Apartheid Museum, and Constitution Hill on the site of the Old Fort Prison.

As common as scaling Table Mountain in Cape Town, and almost as cliche as striking a pose at Taj Mahal, visit Soweto (South West Townships) and see Mandela House Museum in Vilakazi Street.

Nelson Mandela Quote On The Wall Of Mandela House On Vilakazi Street | Soweto | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

We day-tripped to Soweto in 2014, but in 2026 we'll let you decide to go or not. It's not for everyone, but easy to reach from our hotel in Sandton.

4km from the enormously tiny ‘Bull Ring’, Sandton in the 1990's was THE place to stay purely for safety (we didn't live there, we toughed it out at Backpackers Ritz!). We stay in Sandton now for the entertainment and convenience. It is a place to love, not just live.

Nelson Mandela House At 8115 Vilakazi Street | Orlando | Soweto | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

Where we stayed in 2018 doesn't mean we will stay there in 2026 (we are always researching), though we would love to.

Radisson Blu Gautrain has a beautiful rooftop pool and bar (below), excellent breaky, gym, free area shuttle, and is opposite Nelson Mandela Square!

Radisson Blu Gautrain Rooftop Restaurant And Bar | Sandton City | Johannesburg | Gauteng | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

Conveniently the hotel faces Sandton Gautrain (pronounced 'howtrain') Station that brings you safely & swiftly from O. R. Tambo International Airport.

Before you say, "I'm not taking a train in Johannesburg", the Gautrain is safer and much quicker than driving.

A$15* and 15 mins later you'll be in Nelson Mandela Square's cafes, bars, pubs, & restaurants where we imbibe pre-, during, and post-test match.

Australian Cricket Tourists At Centurion Gautrain Railway Station | Centurion | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

(*It's A$20 and 30mins from O.R. Tambo to Centurion (above), should we play at SuperSport Park, 37km north of Wanderers Stadium and 16km south of Pretoria)

Fingers crossed we play in 'Jozi' in 2026 to have 8 nights in the ‘big smoke’. Match tickets, and awesome apparel are some of the inclusions, along with two awesome dinners at which a Protea is welcome to join us.

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We won't include match day transfers as it is safe walk from Sandton if you want to get your 'steps up' or you can take an app-based taxi for A$4 (2 persons, Nov. 2023).

If golf is your thing, there are ripping courses near Sandton, including Wanderers Golf Club, behind Wanderers Stadium (below).

Further out, rent a car to glitzy Sun City to tee-up on the championship Gary Player Country Club or Lost City Golf Course.

Australian Cricket Tourists Playing Golf At Wanderers Golf Club Behind Wanderers Cricket Stadium (Seen In The Distance) | Johannesburg | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

Depending on the schedule, if you didn't join us in Namibia to begin, 6 hours drive east is famous Kruger National Park if you want to tick the box on this famous park.

This said, it doesn’t matter where you go as every South African city has nearby private or national parks. If wildlife is not your thing, the wilds of cricket in South Africa will create desire to tour again and again and again. Much like us!

An Elephant At A Waterhole In Addo Elephant National Park Near Port ELizabeth | Gqeberha | Eastern Cape | South Africa | Australian Cricket Tours

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