The Australian Open kicks off the annual Grand Slam competition that takes place in four major cities all over the world… and what better city to host the first major tournament of 2017 than our beloved Melbourne?
The French Open takes place in May and June at Stade Roland Garros, while Wimbledon draws crows during June and July. The US tournament, held in New York’s Flushing Meadow, rounds out the year in August and September.
But let’s be honest, the Aussie Open really is the best of the lot! (Us? Biased? Never!)
There is SO much going on during these two weeks in January. In fact, you don’t even need to be a tennis fan to guarantee you’ll find some sort of activity or entertainment that you will love.
The Australian Open is more than just tennis. We look at some of the numerous activities that are taking place over the last two weeks of January. There’s something for everyone at Melbourne Park!
Australian Open Activities
Daring activities including rock-climbing will have the young ones testing their courage!
AO BALLPARK Stage
Kids will love the interactive performances and meet-and-greet sessions at the BALLPARK Stage. A variety of lovable characters will be appearing throughout the tournament, including Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Scooby-Doo, and Paddington. View dates and show times here.
Medibank Play Park
The simple concept of a bouncing floor can keep kids entertained for hours. Head to the trampoline at the Medibank Play Park and show off your best bounces.
ANZ Tennis Hot Shot Fan Zone
Kids can get a taste of the big stage as they play on mini courts. They’ll also participate in fun drills where they’ll learn new skills and get moving.
Yonex Japanese Garden
The kids have had their fix, now it’s time for yours: slip away to the tranquil Japanese Garden and get your Zen on.
Kia Get Fan Ready
Stand out from the crowd and get ready for the match with Kia’s face painting station. Show your true colours and support for your favourite player!
Emirates Roaming Cabin Crew
No, you’re not at the airport. Emirates Cabin Crew will be roaming all around the park, handing out prizes, snacks, and other fun treats. Keep an eye out for them!
Food and Drinks
Woolworths Free Fruit
Woolworths are providing free fruit for kids at the AO BALLPARK, so make sure you stop by for a healthy snack between activities. The promotion runs every day of the tournament at selected times.
Lavazza Coffee Lounge
Craving your daily caffeine hit? Look no further than the slick Lavazza Lounge. You can also score a sample of Lavazza’s newest instant coffee!
One of Melbourne’s most popular restaurants will grace Aus Open guests with their authentic and high quality Mexican food throughout the entire tournament.
(Their Collins Street restaurant is located just steps from Le Garage’s Flinders Lane exit, too!)
Mouth-watering Greek fare is hard to beat. There’s just something authentic, familiar, and comfortable about Chef George Calombaris’s delicious food.
Tokyo Tina is not your traditional Japanese restaurant. And we mean that in the best way possible. The eclectic menu is usually found in its Windsor restaurant, but for two weeks you can enjoy Tokyo Tina at the Aus Open, too!
Enjoy one of Melbourne’s BEST burgers throughout the entire tennis tournament. (And did someone say ‘fried chicken? Yum!)
The amazing food just keeps on coming! Think of Jimmy Grants as Gazi’s younger and more casual cousin. Indulge in a souva, munch on some chips, and enjoy fresh salads.
To avoid disappointment, please note that many of the listed restaurants above operate during specific hours. Make sure you check out Aus Open’s official site for times.
There are so many more food options available that it would be hard for us to mention them all! Be sure to check out the full list here.
The Australian Open has really spoiled us when it comes to music performances! Here’s a taste of who you can see and hear throughout the tournament:
- Tkay Maidza (14th January)
- Missy Higgins (15th January)
- Birds of Tokyo (16th January)
- The Temper Trap 18th January)
- The Living End (19th January)
- Jimmy Eat World (20th January)
- Peking Duk (21st January)
View the complete performance schedule (including supporting acts) here.
Hear the Roar at the 2017 Australian Open
There is so much happening through these fantastic two weeks… and oh yeah, you might catch a tennis match or two, as well!
Just kidding. We can’t overlook the tremendous effort of all tennis players – both local and international – that grace Olympic Park during two of Melbourne’s best weeks of the year.
Book your Australian Open parking in advance at Le Garage
Last year, more than 720,000 people attended the games. That number is climbing significantly every year. Will you be attending this year?
A day out at the tennis can be exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting (especially if it’s warm), but Le Garage Flinders Street parking wants to make your experience as seamless as possible.
Rod Laver Parking: important info you need to know
You’re probably searching for Rod Laver parking, and while the stadium usually does provide parking, it’s important you know that during the Aus Open, there is NO public parking access at Melbourne & Olympic Parks (which includes Rod Laver Arena).
Only bus bookings are accepted during the tournament period.
Pre book your Australian Open parking online in advance at Le Garage.
Our Flinders Street parking facility is just a short walk from all the Aus Open action, and not only do you benefit from great discounts, but you also guarantee your spot.
Stress-free Melbourne CBD parking? Where do we sign up?!