The Australian city of Melbourne, successfully hosted the XVIII Commonwealth Games between the 15 and 26 March 2006. Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia with a population of nearly 3,500,000 people. It was also the venue for the 1956 Olympic Games. The city is synonymous as a multicultural one, known for its arts, culture, parks and gardens, restaurants and love of sport. Whilst Bendigo, the venue for the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, and Lily dale hosted two of the shooting disciplines the majority of the sports venues were located along the Yarra River and within the city precinct.
The Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as the athletics competition took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), one of the world’s largest and most outstanding outdoor sporting grounds. The Athletes Village was located within three kilometers of the city Centre.