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Australian Open

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

Each January, Melbourne plays host to this famous tournament and draws visitors from all over the world, with most of the main notable matches held at the famous Rod Laver Arena. As the tournament is held in January every year, it’s the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season.

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.

Schedule

15 January 2018 to 28 January 2018

Event Times

Event schedule will be released in early January 2018

Venue

Rod Laver Arena

Address

Olympic Blvd
Melbourne, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9914 4400

Prices

Ground Passes (+Hisense Arena): From $40
Margaret Court Arena: $41
Rod Laver Arena: $77
Men's Final: From $403
Women's Final: $199

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  • Hello,

    I’ll be in Melbourne during round 4 and quarter finals, but I was told that all the best tickets are sold on pre-sale.
    Is this information true? Or if I wait until October for the general public sale, can I still find good seats available (ex. Category 1 seats)?

    Thank you so much,

    Marcelo

    • Hi Marcelo,

      Unfortunately, yes. Many of the premium seats are purchased during pre-sale or by corporate clients, sponsors and the like.

      You can still get good seats during the public sale, but it is best to put the dates in your diary (once released) and try and purchase them as soon as they go on sale. Rod Laver Arena is a large stadium, so seats in the Upper sections are fairly far away. That said, other courts are much smaller, so you may prefer to attend a match at Hisense Arena or Margaret Court to get a little closer for a cheaper price.

      Hope this helps,
      Jess

  • Hi,
    I can’t take too much time off from work in January but would love to see Federer play. Would you know when the draw will be released or when would be the best time frame to book in order to see Federer play?

    Thanks,
    Dilee

    • Hi Dilee,

      The draw wont be announced until the weeks leading up to the tournament. If you are confident in his ability to make the finals, then I would book for the last few days of the tournament when all the finals will be played (around 25-28 January).

      Kind regards,
      Jess

  • I realise that the Ground Pass tickets for 2018 aren’t being released until October this year. Just as guide for pricing, I’m wondering what the Ground Passes cost for kids and adults in 2017 please?

    Thank you!

  • You say tickets wont go on sale until October/November so why are they on sale on various internet sites now
    And the prices you quote above are they the price as the other sites are dearer. As we are travelling from North Qld and have flights etc to book I/m now a bit confused

    • Hi Elva,

      In my other comment, I am quoting the official price as advertised on the Australian Open website. The tickets from third party sites will always be more expensive than the official website as the third party sites charge a commission fee.

      If they are on sale already from third party sites, they have probably bulk purchased from the Australian Open and bank on people wanting to book early to charge a premium rate. If you want to purchase from the official seller, then you will need to wait until Ticketek has them on sale in October/November – the prices will be cheaper.

      Hope this clarifies things for you.

      Kind regards,
      Jess

  • Please provide information including prices on Seniors ticket packages you have available now. We are interested in premium seats and would like a ground pass and tickets to the both mens and womens events and to the Mens final. I am interested in tickets to Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arena and I believe the Hisense tickets are included in the pass. Can you advise? Thank you

    • Hi Irene,

      Tickets wont go on sale until late in 2017 (October/November). We will provide a link from this page once tickets go on sale. So maybe bookmark our page and check back with us later in the year.

      The 2017 Australian Open did not offer seniors tickets, however if you have a concession card, you are entitled to a discount on selected entry tickets.

      So to answer your question, there are no ticket packages available as of right now and I am not aware of pricing for the 2018 event. Please check back with us in a few months.

      Kind regards,
      Jess

    • Hisence ticket are included but you have to queue up for the unsold seats in the arena on that day.
      Better to buy Hesense tickets and sit there most of the day. More shade than other stadiums.
      Also you get more matches than Rod Laver Arena.
      Plus you can also wander around the outside courts (like you can with all other tickets)

    • Hi Robert,

      Tickets wont go on sale until late in 2017 (October/November). Ticketek has been the official ticket seller for years, so I assume they will be the official ticket seller for 2018.

      We will provide a link from this page later in the year once tickets go on sale. So maybe bookmark our page and check back with us later in the year.

      Kind regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Paul,

      Super Row seats are the front row seats in the lower level
      Category 1 seats are located at the end of the court (lower level)
      Category 2 seats are located on the side of the court (lower level) and the first eight rows of the upper level at the end of the court
      Category 3 seats are located in the upper level.

      Regards,
      Jess

    • Hi Kathleen,

      I have checked their mailing countries and it appears that yes, they can be.

      Usually Viagogo offers E-Tickets as well as mailed tickets. However it appears that for Australian Open tickets, mailing is the only option. They state: “Secure and tracked express delivery – We will notify you by email when tickets have been dispatched. Signature required on delivery.

      So simply follow the link here to the Australian Open and put in your home address.

      Have a fantastic time on your holiday and enjoy your time in Melbourne!

      Regards,
      Jess

  • Hi, I am planning a trip to watch Australian Open 2017, I notice that the official sale of ticket will be in early October. I just wonder why there are a few website that are selling tickets now? How does it work? I am from Asia and grateful if anyone could advise a safe way to secure the tickets.
    Thanks, Bella

    • Hi Bella, this is a great question.

      Ticketek Australia is the official partner and ticket seller to the Australian Open. They will have the biggest range of tickets available for all events during the tournament. As you say, their tickets are not yet on sale.

      There are also a number of other authorised sellers of Australian Open Tickets. They are allocated a certain number of tickets from the Australian Open and are selling them right now. They will charge a higher price.

      I hope you enjoy the Australian Open 2017 season!
      Best Regards,
      Jess

        • Hi Bella,

          The Viagogo tickets are sold for more than through Ticketek. As an independent reseller, Viagogo set their own prices and booking fees. Depending on the event, sometimes ticket prices can be only a few dollars more and at other times, popular tickets that are hard to come by can sell at a premium price.

          If you want the cheapest ticket available, you are best to wait and purchase through Ticketek. Just note that Ticketek also places a number of fees on top of their ticket prices including a “payment processing fee” which applies around 2% of the total price to the transaction if you are using a credit or debit card; and a “service/handling fee” which is charged at around $5-6 per transaction. However it will still work out cheaper than Viagogo.

          The benefit in purchasing from Viagogo is that you can secure the tickets you want for a particular date now without having to wait. Otherwise, you can wait and save some $$. It is entirely up to you!

          I hope this helps!

          Regards
          Jess

    • Hi Lauren,

      If previous years are an indication, tickets wont go on sale until around the first week of October.

      Check back as we will update our link to purchase tickets once the 2017 season tickets are available for sale.

      Regards,
      Jess

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