Melbourne’s extensive list of sporting events also includes one of the four major tennis world Grand Slams – the Australian Open. In January every year, Melbourne hosts this tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and the surrounding courts of Melbourne Park.
Visitors of all ages come here to witness their favourite tennis stars in action – the only Grand Slam tennis championship held in the Asia Pacific. Based on prize money, popularity, tradition and world rankings, the Australian Open is considered to be one of the top Grand Slams in the world.
Australian Open – 2018 Tennis Dates, Ground Pass & Finals Ticket Prices
In 2018, come and watch Serena Williams and Roger Federer defend their 2017 titles and watch other top seeded players and young up and comers compete for one of the biggest matches in world tennis.
Transport to and from the Australian Open is made easy by the free tram services that run on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. All you need to catch the free tram is a valid Australian Open ticket for that day. The service operates until one hour after the end of play. Trains are also a convenient option with Flinders Street, Jolimiont and Richmond Stations all within easy walking distance. From Flinders Street walk past Federation Square via Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River and follow the signs. There is limited car parking available, so those choosing to drive should arrive early.
There will be heaps of entertainment at the Australian Open this year with the “AO Open Sessions” with heaps of live music from many Aussie favourites.
For kids, there will be a mini theme park called the “AO BALLPARK” which will offer entertainment including a LEGO Play Zone, Medibank Play Park, NERF Battlezone HQ, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone and mini-courts, a stage with all-day entertainment, Bob the Builder dance zone and Adventure Park. The AO Ballpark will run for the duration of the tournament.
As this is an elimination event, it is not possible to book a ticket to see a particular player, as the schedule for the next day can only be announced on the night prior. This tournament is a highlight of the nation’s summer sporting event calendar. Tickets are sold in advance, so those interested in attending should check out our links below for tickets to the various scheduled matches.