Summer is well and truly upon us in Australia, which means the whole country goes crazy for the Australia Open in Melbourne. The start of this major sporting event means balmy nights come together with top tennis talent, and endless days are spent watching the games unfold with a beverage in hand and a barbecue on the go.
Throughout the event, live entertainment takes place at the Grand Slam Oval, where the tennis is held, as well as on big screens at Garden Square. For tennis fans, this is the ultimate event. If you’re taking any Melbourne tours at this time, expect to see and hear a lot about the Open, which is a huge part of the city’s calendar.
The world’s greatest athletes come to Melbourne to show off their skill, including big names like Nadal, Federer, and Venus and Serena Williams. Each year the event seems to get bigger and better, promising guests and onlookers the chance to watch the games alongside a series of other fun cultural events.
This year, the Australian Open takes place from the 16th to the 19th January, bringing you three whole days of tennis and sporting action.
What’s On at the Melbourne Open
It’s not just tennis that draws people in to this major event. The program of fun, cultural events alongside it does too, as well as the fun, laidback atmosphere that descends on the city during this time of year.
Australian Open Sessions
Music plays a big part in the event, and the Australia Open Sessions run throughout the three days, bringing onlookers the chance to see big-name bands and local talent who provide a lively soundtrack to the Open.
Australian Open Ballpark
At the ballpark, families can watch all the action on a big screen while tucking into delicious food and enjoying the stalls and rides that are on display.
The festival runs alongside the main event, bringing visitors a collection of bars, food stalls, and live music while they watch their tennis favourites battle it out on the court.
If you’re a sports lover, the Australian Open is a key time to visit Melbourne, partly because you can see sporting greats working their magic, and partly because the atmosphere in the city during the event is incredible, with lively shows, tasty food to try, and a program of accompanying events to enjoy.