Ultimate guide to nailing a day at the Australian Open
Grand slam guide: How to ace a day at the Australian Open 2020.
The Australian Open hits town from 20 January to 2 February, and there are many changes in store for the much-loved event that showcases our city to thousands of international visitors and a worldwide TV audience of millions. The event will extend from Federation Square to Richmond Station, with festival favourites including the Ballpark, Grand Slam Oval and Garden Square set to be bigger and better than ever. There is also a stellar line-up of music on the AO Live Stage (opening with a bushfire benefit concert), fine food from some of the city’s top restaurants and chefs and, of course, the world’s best tennis players battling it out across multiple courts.
With so much to do and see beyond the action on court, how can you survive a long day or evening at the Open? Whether it’s your first visit or you’re a seasoned AO veteran, here’s how to ace a day at the country’s richest tennis tournament, plus tournament director Craig Tiley’s top tips for making the most of your visit.
Your ultimate guide to the Australian Open 2020
When is the Australian Open?
The Australian Open runs for 15 days from 20 January to 2 February.
How do I get there?
If you are planning on driving, the Yarra Park Car Park, accessible via Gate 3 off Punt Road, is the closest. Parking costs $10 (cash), with all money invested into upkeep of the park. You can find metered parking along the Yarra River on Alexandra Avenue and around the Royal Botanic Gardens on Birdwood and Linlithgow avenues. There are also secure parking facilities in the CBD and on Southbank.
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One of the easiest ways to get to the Australian Open is by train. Melbourne Park is just a short walk from either Richmond, Jolimont or Flinders Street stations. The last train services will depart Flinders Street Station at midnight during the week, and hourly from midnight on weekends.
Note that due to Metro Tunnel works during January, buses will replace trains on the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines between Flinders Street and Caulfield stations. The Sandringham line will also have buses replacing trains after 8.15pm from 20 to 23 January.
Australian Open ticket holders can travel free on the Route 70 tram from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Arena (Melbourne and Olympic Parks) tram stops from Monday 20 January to Sunday 2 February. There is also an AO shuttle, which runs between Fed Square and Melbourne Arena, with trams every two to three minutes.
Need help planning your journey, or finding the nearest car park? Download RACV’s arevo journey planner app for real-time public transport information, traffic updates and even closest parking locations.
Which entrance should I use?
There are five main entrances to the Australian Open
- City Entrance: Closest to the city, Flinders Street station and the Birrarung Marr precinct. If walking, access via Tanderrum Bridge.
- Garden Square Entrance: Access by foot, tram or rideshare.
- Grand Slam Oval: Closest to bike parking and pick-up/drop-off points for taxis, water taxis, and public and chartered buses.
- Eastern Plaza Entrance: Closest to the Yarra Car Park and new Practice Village.
- Richmond Entrance: Closest to Richmond Station and a short walk to the new Practice Village.
How much are tickets?
Tickets start from $54 for a Ground Pass ($5 for children aged three to 14), with stadium seats starting from $72 for Margaret Court Arena. Expect to pay upwards of $300 for stadium seats during finals rounds and book early to avoid disappointment; many sessions are already selling out.
Where can I buy Australian Open 2020 tickets?
Tickets are available online through ticketmaster.com.au/ausopen and through Ticketmaster retailers.
What does a ground pass ticket get you?
This access-(almost)-all-areas ticket gets you into all outdoor courts (including Melbourne Arena), the AO Live Stage, AO Ballpark and all-new Practice Village, as well as entry to myriad bars and dining options where you can soak up the sun, the sport and the festival atmosphere. If you want to see a game at Margaret Court or Rod Laver Arena, you will need to buy Stadium tickets separately.
The AO Live Stage and Garden Square are fan favourites at the Australian Open tennis festival.