The Australian Open, also called The Grand Slam Asia-Pacific, is the 1st Grand Slam/Major tennis tournament of the year and often unpredictable, providing spectators with upsets, surprises and unexpected results. Played on hard courts outdoors, the tournament takes place in the beautiful environment of Melbourne Park every January. It is a mandatory stop for top ATP and WTA players which oftentimes shows who is in top shape after thorough end-of-the year preparation. Many say the Australian Open determines who will be the players to watch throughout the rest of the year. Past AO winners include great names such as Federer, Djokovic, Agassi, Laver, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Serena Williams and many others.

Australian Open 2019



  • January 14-19, 2020 – Projected (?) Qualifying
  • Jan 20 – Feb 2, 2020 – Championship

Australian Open Schedule and Tickets

Australian Open Ticket Options

  • Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena multi-session tickets on sale at 9am on Wednesday October 3, 2018 (AEDT).
  • Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Hisense Arena single session tickets and ground passes on sale at 9am on Tuesday October 9, 2018 (AEDT).
  • Ticketek is the official ticket seller for the Australian Tennis Open
  • Ticket Resellers – while these sites are not "officially" approved by Tennis Australia, they do allow those who REALLY want to watch an opportunity to buy tickets. These are also VERY reputable companies, with excellent customer service and 100% guaranteed tickets. Our recommended Australian Open reseller sites include StubHub and VividSeats.
  • Australian Open Tickets generally go on sale in early October. More info:

Australian Open Schedule and Tickets

Annually, more than 700,000 people visit the Australian Open, so don’t forget to save your seat in one of the 5 show courts and arenas: Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Area, Margaret Court Arena (also called Court One) and Show Courts Two and Three, each of which accommodate 3,000 people. The main three stadiums each have a retractable roof, which can be easily closed in case of high temperatures or bad weather conditions. Traditionally, day sessions feature three matches on Rod Laver Arena and three matches on Margaret Court Arena. During the evening there are typically two matches played.

About Australian Open Grounds Passes

Day session ground passes and kids ground passes include access to the grounds at any time on the day stated on the pass, as well as access to all matches scheduled on Melbourne Arena, Show Courts 2 and 3 and the outside courts. Three and five-day ground passes include access to the grounds at any time, on any three or five days of the event except for the middle weekend. Patrons may watch matches scheduled on Melbourne Arena, Show Courts 2 and 3 and the outside courts.

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Rod Laver Stadium Schedule (2020)

Jan 20 – Feb 2, 2020 – also see StubHub to compare prices

Margaret Court Stadium Schedule

Margaret Court Stadium hosts sessions for the first 8 days and 6 nights only.

  • Jan 14-25, 2019 (Day Sessions – 11am) and Jan 15- 20 (Night Sessions – 7pm) – see VividSeats and StubHub for up to date schedules and tickets.

Hisense Area (Melbourne Arena) Stadium Schedule

Hisense Area Stadium hosts sessions for the first 8 days only.

  • Jan 14-21, 2019 (First 8 Day Sessions Only – 11am)- see VividSeats and StubHub for up to date schedules and tickets.

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Australian Open Hotel Picks

Melbourne’s Hotels – Experience the city in a home away from home – stay at condos, vacation rentals, apartments, and enjoy an unlimited number of amenities! Here are our top apartments, hotels, homes and more at which to stay during the Australian Open!!!

Melbourne Vacation Rentals and Apartments

  • 381 Cremorne Apartments – Five star boutique accommodatiosn in the heart of Melbourne. 381 Cremorne is one of Melbourne’s newest apartment rentals located only 0.4miles/15 minutes walking from Rod Laver Arena. They are very comfy, spacious, and provide easy access to public transportation. Live like a local and experience the best restaurants, bars, music and sport!
  • Adara Richmond – Looking for apartment-style living with friendly staff, and great customer service? Stay at Adara Richmond – another apartment style hotel located only an 8 minute walk from Melbourne Park! Apartments are a great choice for travelers interested in sports, coffee and cafes.
  • The Arena – Experience Melbourne life in this 2-bedroom apartment with a modern, fully equipped kitchen and a private bathroom. And even more! Located 0.7mile from Melbourne Park, The Arena provides its guests with breathtaking sunsets and stunning city views! So grab one of the wines from famous Yarra Valley, take advantage of apartment’s BBQ facilities, relax, and enjoy Melbourne’s beauty.

Australian Open Boutique Hotels

  • The Richmond Club – Traveling with family or friends? Book this two story holiday home located just 0.9 mile from Rod Laver Arena, and experience true home away from home. Home sleeps up to 5 people and has everything you can imagine having in your own house – a fully equipped kitchen, washer & dryer as well as a parking spot! It is located just minutes away from cafes, shops, and the best gastro pubs in town! Cheers!

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Australian Open Luxury Hotels

Want to stay at the best of the best? A destination within a destination? The Crown Towers Melbourne is the only one five star Forbes Travel Guide Rating property in Melbourne. It is a part of Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex. Located on Yarra River, Crown Towers Melbourne is considered to be Melbourne’s art deco gateway. Marble, mirrors, crystal chandeliers, luxurious gaming facilities, fashionable boutiques, fine dining, 14 bars and nightclubs, along with The Waiting Room and its classy jazz! Don’t forget to revitalize at the Crown Spa, the only 4-star spa in Melbourne. All of this and more are waiting for you just a mile away from Melbourne Park!

Besides traditional hotel accommodation, Melbourne provides visitors with a vast number of apartments, condo hotels, and vacation rentals, which often come with more and better amenities than traditional hotels. Many of them are larger in size, include fully equipped kitchens, washing machines, fitness centre, pool and BBQ areas. It’s like having home away from home! Plus, many of them are located in the city centre, less than 1 mile from Melbourne Park, so that your best bet is to stay in the heart of the city. Additionally, you will get to live and experience a true Melbourne lifestyle!

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Australian Open Parking, Shuttles and Driving

There is very limited parking available each day for families in Melbourne Park’s Eastern Car Park, which must be pre-booked via Ticketek. Public parking can be found at Yarra Park via Gate 3 and Gate 5. Disabled car parking is subject to availability and must be reserved with your tickets. For those being dropped off by car, there are designated areas on the north side of Olympic Boulevard opposite Olympic Park.

Public Transport Victoria = Your best friend!

Unlike other world famous tennis venues, Melbourne Park is conveniently located in the close proximity of city center and some of Melbourne’s key visitor attractions, so your best choice is to pick a place close to Melbourne and Olympic Parks. However, if you happen to explore other parts of the city, the well-developed public transportation system will take you back to your favorite tennis site. Make sure to always have your phone, so you can access and find a right way back to Hisense or Rod Laver Arena at any time! You may take the FREE Yarra Trams on Route 70, trains to Richmond, Flinders Street and Jolimont stations located just minutes from Melbourne Park, or take bus 605 Route to Batman Avenue located next to the main entrance. If you, however, absolutely need your car, your best bet is public parking at Yarra Park.

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Venue Information

Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne & Olympic Parks
GPO Box 4611

Show courts: Rod Laver Arena (14,570 seats), Hisense Arena (9646), Margaret Court Arena (7500), Show Court Two (3000) and Show Court Three (3000). The Australian Open not only offers some of the most exciting tennis in the world, but the site, location, event and destination are as much show pieces as the tennis. One can book guided tours and visit player locker rooms, explore the Walk of Champions and see the halls of Melbourne Park with all the famous trophies. Additionally, the AO has incorporated a Festival, an Autograph Island where one can collect valuable signatures from their favorite players and the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame!

Melbourne and Olympic Parks Grounds Map

Australian Open 2019

  • 9 – 12 January 2019 – Qualifying
  • 14 – 27 January 2019 – Main draw

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Australian Open Transfer & Ground Transport

GroundLink Airport Transfer and Private Drivers

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Australian Open Car Rentals

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Australian Open Flight Info

The Melbourne Airport (MEL) is about a 30 minute drive (South East) to Melbourne Park and a taxi will cost approximately $40.

FlightHub is our favorite site to search for cheap flights to anywhere. They have amazing customer service and their search results allow you to narrow down by dozens of options, including airline, # stops, etc, as well as sign up for fare alerts.

Sometimes, waiting a few days or a week may make a huge difference in airfare prices. Check the cheapest flight options at FlightHub.

Cheap Flight Tips:

1) Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the cheapest days to fly. Next lowest fares are usually Thursday and Saturday (which usually means you can catch quarter finals on Friday, and head out on Saturday)

2) If you've already searched multiple times on a site for airfare, trying going private or incognito on your browser, which may show newer and lower rates

Cheap Flights for Tennis Events

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Melbourne Popular Activities & Things to Do

Vibrant hub of style, sport, culture and dining, that is Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, and the 2nd most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Melbourne is for everyone – for the young and the older ones, for nature lovers, art enthusiasts, sport fans, and culinary addicts.
Visit National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), and experience the oldest and most visited art gallery in Australia, stop at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image to learn about the history and development of a television and film, and check out Melbourne’s Cricket Ground, city’s main stadium for cricket and the beloved Aussie rules-style of rugby.

If you are a nature admirer, make sure to visit Melbourne’s Zoo, Australia’s oldest zoo, located in Royal Park, and Royal Botanic Gardens close to Yarra River. In addition, it is worth making time for Twelve Apostles Rock Formation in Port Campbell National Park.

Although it can get really warm in Melbourne during the Australian Open, the weather provides visitors with the number of benefits in the form of delicious fresh produce from the local markets such as Queen Victoria Markets, 5 regions with about 70 wineries located in Yarra Valley offering culinary tours, and the endless dining and rooftop bars opportunities during warm evening nights!

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Prior Australian Open Dates:

  • Jan 14-27, 2019
  • Jan 15-28, 2018
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