University of Melbourne Magazine

Yarra battle extends Melbourne-Sydney rivalry

  • Melbourne University men's rowing team in action

    The 150-year-old sporting rivalry between Australia’s two oldest universities will be reignited in this year’s Australian Boat Race on the Yarra River.

    The rowing event on Sunday, October 22, will feature men’s and women’s eights from the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne’s women are undefeated in the past seven meetings, while Sydney have dominated the men’s event.

    The action starts with college races from 9am, with the main races from 9.45am in front of the Melbourne University Boat Club on Boathouse Drive.

    Free barista-made coffee will be available for spectators.