10: Netball Since being introduced to Australia in 1897, netball has been the most popular sport for women of all ages.

9: ATHLETICS/TRACK AND FIELD For a small nation, Australia has hosted the Olympic Games twice (1956 and 200) and the Commonwealth Games four times (1938, 1962, 1982 and 2006).

8: Cricket Between BBQs and beach trips, Australians all over the country like to play cricket – it’s kind of our thing.

7: Tennis The Australian Open was first played in Melbourne in 1905 and has been a mainstay of the Grand Slam tournaments.

6: Rugby Rugby makes the list of the most popular sports in Australia, with mostly the eastern states of Australia play in the NRL or The National Rugby League – in fact.

5: Basketball Over 1.08 million Australians play basketball, a figure propped up by the huge number of children playing the game.

4: Golf Golf is a popular leisure sport for Australians. Australia has both private and public courses.

3: Soccer While we’ll call it soccer to differentiate it from other sports, the fact many Australians call it football now shows how far the game has come.

2: Cycling cycling easily takes the second spot on the list. With 2.343 million participants, 10.8% of all Australians take part.

1. Swimming Almost half (48.8%) of all children aged 6-13 take part, and while that participation figure drops to 10.1% for adults (14 years+).