Summer in Melbourne is the best!
We get to enjoy some time off, spend countless afternoons lazing by the pool or heading to the beach, and of course, celebrate Christmas!
There’s also one event that rolls around each January that’s quintessentially Melbourne: the Australian Open!
Running almost every year since 1905, the Australian Open is a staple of summer.
Thousands of visitors – both local and international – descent upon the city or huddle around TV sets to catch the thrills, spills, surprises and triumphs that come with Grand Slam tennis.
Affordable Rod Laver Arena parking this tennis season
Planning a day or evening at the tennis? Lucky you! To help you have a great time, we’ve highlighted some considerations you should make.
First, you’ll want to check the weather and pack accordingly – many of the smaller courts are uncovered, meaning games can be played during rain or under a hot sun.
Make sure you pack adequate protection, including hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a poncho for unexpected rain.
And of course, you can’t forget about your parking situation!
Did you know that this year, the multi-level car park at Melbourne park will be closed throughout the entire tournament?
Melbourne Park only offers limited (and expensive) on-site parking during this period.
The better alternative? Le Garage!
Our convenient Flinders Street location at the Paris End of the CBD makes getting to and from the tennis a cinch: in just 6 minutes by foot you’ll be breathing the same air as the world’s most elite tennis starts!
The 2019 Australian Open
- When: Monday, 14th to Sunday 27th January, 2019
- Where: Melbourne Park, including Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena
- Time: Day and night schedules. Click here for the full schedule
Played over a two-week period, the Australian Open kicks off Melbourne’s sporting calendar with a bang!
And just like tournaments of the past, 2019 is promising a healthy serving of action and excitement!
The last 15 years of men’s tennis has been dominated by four names: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray.
These guys may have a total of 13 Australian Open titles between them, but they ought to make room for the new kids on the block!
There are a lot of newcomers who’ve been making splashes elsewhere in the tennis world, including Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who just a few days ago hit the number 14 seed following his win at the Sydney International tournament – and who only turned pro 3 years ago!
Although, the greats really are known as that for a reason: remember how Federer overcame the odds to clinch his sixth Australian Open last year, at the age of 37!
We’ll be cheering on our girls including Ash Barty, the only Aussie female seeded in the top 20, as well as Daria Gavrilova, Sam Stosur, and Isabelle Wallis, the 22-year-old making her Aussie Open debut!
After a year without Serena Williams, the queen of women’s tennis makes her return to the sport, looking to reclaim her throne and catch up to Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams – she’s only one behind, sitting pretty on 23!
While many are predicting she’ll reach the landmark number, there’s no guarantee she’ll pull it off: she’ll be facing some stiff resistance in the form of defending champ Caroline Wozniacki, as well as number 1 seed (and last year’s runner up) Simona Halep.
Other events during the Open
The Australian Open has evolved into more than just a tennis tournament – Melburnians love an excuse to throw a party (who doesn’t?), and the 2019 Australian Open is no exception!
In addition to some world-class tennis, there are also plenty of other attractions and events running alongside the tennis for people who turn up earlier than needed.
The big one is the AO Live Stage, a 15-day music festival that runs parallel to the tennis itself.
Featuring musical stars just as hot as the tennis ones, this year’s festival will see performances from local and international names including:
- Birds of Tokyo
- Craig David
Choose Le Garage for affordable Rod Laver Arena Parking
Located just minutes by foot from all the action, Le Garage is the perfect place to park your car no matter when you’re attending the 2019 Australian Open.
Our CBD garage offers 24/7 parking. Moreover, you can pre-book your parking spot in advance – landing you a nice little discount, too!
Booking is easy – all you need to do to enjoy guaranteed, discounted parking is to click here.
View our standard and discount rates here.