Madonna tour coming to Australia, announcement soon

AFTER a 20-year wait, Madonna's long-suffering Aussie fans will finally be rewarded this week.

The queen of pop will announce the highly anticipated Sydney concert dates for her MDNA world tour, due to arrive in Australia in January.

She last played here in November, 1993, performing three shows at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Back then, Peter Andre was her local tour support.

Promoted by Live Nation Entertainment, Madonna kicked off the stadium tour in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on May 31 with dates announced up until December 22 in Cordoba, Argentina.

After a Christmas and New Year's break, the 53-year-old Material Girl is then expected to bring the show Down Under.

Madonna never fails to shock and, not surprisingly, her current tour has come with its share of controversy. Most notably, she exposed one of her breasts during a performance in Istanbul.

She's also been criticised for charging too much - tickets range from $45 to $600.

"Start saving your pennies now. People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags," Madonna responded in an interview earlier this year.

"So work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I'm worth it."