Australian Open Tickets & Things to Do in Melbourne
Grab your Australian Open tickets, pack your bags, and head to Melbourne for one of the biggest tennis events of the year. From January 20 to February 2, 2020, see tennis superstars like Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and Rafael Nadal rally on the court. More than just world-class tennis matches, Melbourne Park becomes a festival with outdoor concerts, tasty food venders, live viewing screens, and exciting activities during Australia’s Grand Slam.
Beyond the tennis courts, Melbourne offers plenty of things to do during the Australian Open. Wander the city’s enchanting laneways and experience Melbourne’s world-famous coffee culture. Explore The Land Down Under on the Great Ocean Road and meet kangaroos, koalas, and little blue penguins up close on Phillip Island.
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Australian Open 2020 Ticket Packages
Australian Open 2020 Ground Pass
A Ground Pass is the cheapest AO ticket option, but it still gets you a lot. You can access all the matches scheduled at Melbourne Arena, 1573 Arena, Show Court 3, and the outside courts. Join the lively crowds chanting and cheering in the stands or watch the top-billed matches live on outdoor screens. You can get up close to rising stars and big-name players at practice sessions and autograph signings. Bask in the festive Australian Open atmosphere while rocking out at the AO Live Stage, chowing down at food stalls and enjoying family friendly activities.
Australian Open 2020 Upper Shade Ticket Package
Stay out of the hot summer sun while watching top-tier matches in Rod Laver Arena with the Upper Shade Ticket Package. Since all the Australian Open venues were built specifically for tennis, every seat provides you a great view from serve to match point. With the Upper Shade Ticket Package, you also receive an Australian Open merchandise pack that includes an AO cap, gym towel, seat cushion, and fan. Plus, you have access to the happenings on the grounds all day.
Australian Open Tickets and Wine Tasting Experience
What could possibly make watching adrenaline-pumping tennis matches even better? Add wine! With your Australian Open Ticket and Wine Tasting Experience watch world-class tennis in the Rod Laver Arena with Upper Shade seats. Then, relax while sipping some of the best local vintages at The Vault in the Grand Slam Oval. Learn all about Victorian wines from your expert sommelier guide.
Australian Open 2020 Show Court Finals Package
Secure your seats to the watch history unfold during the AO 2020 men’s and women’s finals. Before the final showdown, celebrate your time at the Grand Slam with fine dining on the court at Melbourne Arena. Also, with your Show Court Finals Package, enjoy live entertainment, Q&A sessions with tennis legends, and take your photo with the Grand Slam trophies.
How to Get to the Australian Open 2020
Flying into the Melbourne Airport is the easiest way to get to the Australian Open from afar. You can travel to Downtown from the airport on the Skybus shuttle (runs 24/7), public transportation (cheapest but slowest option), ground transfer, taxi, or rental car.
The blue tennis courts of Melbourne Park are only a 10-minute walk away from Downtown. If you’re not in the mood for a stroll, public transportation makes it easy to get to the Australian Open. Ride tram route 70 and hop off at stop 7B for the Rod Laver Arena or 7C for the Melbourne Arena. Tram rides are free for Australia Open ticket holders. If you’re staying further out, the nearest train stations to the Grand Slam action are Richmond, Flinders Street, and Jolimont.
Where to Stay During the Australian Open
As the highest attended Grand Slam event, with over 780,000 attendees in 2019, accommodations in Melbourne can fill up fast. Be sure to book your hotel, hostel, or vacation rental for the Australian Open early. Also, consider bundling your hotel with your flight to save money.
Stay close to courtside in one of the many hotels near Rod Laver Arena. From Downtown Melbourne, you can easily walk to the Happy Slam’s various festivities and find great shopping, dining, bars, and nightlife in the area. Additionally, East Melbourne, Southbank, Melbourne CBD, Cremorne, Richmond, and South Yarra are all top areas for places to stay during the Australian Open.
Remember, January is in the summer in the Southern Hemisphere, so stay cool by booking a hotel with a pool in Melbourne. Your kids are sure to love you for it. And if watching the pros gets you fired up, make sure you get a hotel with a tennis court so you can practice your swing.
Top Things to do in Melbourne
Just because you’re going to the Australian Open doesn’t mean your whole trip has to be about tennis. Get out and explore the many things to do in Melbourne or take a day trip to see Australian wildlife.
Laneways of Melbourne Walking Tour
Full of individual flare, Melbourne’s lively and colorful pedestrian laneways are a must-see attraction. Get an insider’s perspective with a local guide as you wander through Melbourne’s hub of vibrant art, food, style, and nightlife. See the creations of world-famous street artists, pop into chic cafés for a quick nibble, and stroll past the edgy bars and concert venues of AC/DC Lane.
Great Ocean Road & 12 Apostles Small Group Day Tour
If you want to escape the city and the crowds for a while, take a day trip into nature along the Great Ocean Road. Traverse Australia’s most famous scenic highway with stops along the way to see surfers catching waves, walk through the rainforest, and marvel at the majestic 12 Apostles rock formations. You may even see some wild lorikeets and koalas along the way.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Get a whole new perspective on the city with a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. As you slowly glide through the sky, enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of famous landmarks, glittering skyscrapers, and the distant peaks of mountains across Port Phillip Bay. At night, the Melbourne Star lights up with a dazzling display of colors for a romantic ride through the sky.
Phillip Island Wildlife & Penguin Parade Small Group Tour
One of the most popular places to see penguins in the wild, Phillip Island, is an enjoyable day trip from Downtown Melbourne. On the way, stop by Maru Koala & Animal Park to experience Australian wildlife like koalas and kangaroos up close. Then, as the sun begins to set, watch as dozens of little blue penguins come to shore and waddle right past you to their nests for the night during the Phillip Island Penguin Parade.
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Spend a luxurious evening upon the Yarra River on the Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise. Dine upon a scrumptious 4-course meal prepared by gourmet chefs while gliding by city sights at night. A variety of local wines and beverages complements your evening under the stars.
The biggest stars in tennis are heading to Melbourne for the Grand Slam in 2020. Pick your Australian Open tickets, book your hotel, and get ready for an ace adventure this January!