Each March, one of the world’s most glamorous sporting events arrives in Melbourne, the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Join in the excitement as racing’s elite descend upon Albert Park in Melbourne, with teams and drivers testing their cars for the first time as the world looks on. Each March, the inner-city park is transformed into a spectacular, high-octane, high-speed racetrack, one of only five street circuits in the Formula One season. Here’s how to get amongst the action.
How to get there
It's easy to travel to the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix with Melbourne's public transport system, which includes trains, trams and buses. You'll find additional services on three tram routes, and tram rides are free for ticket holders. Walking is another option: Albert Park is only three kilometres (1.9 miles) from Melbourne’s city centre. See the Grand Prix transport page for up to date information.
Experience the full throttle atmosphere
General Admission ticket holders should perch on Brocky’s Hill to experience the full speed atmosphere of the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. From here you can see the cars charge out of turn nine and ten into one of the longest straights on the course. Over the four days, you’ll see the likes of V8 Supercars, the Porsche Carrera Cup, historic cars, and precision aerobatics by the Royal Australian Air Force. The program changes each year, but expect events like stunt shows, DJs, art installations, food trucks and family entertainment. Take a look at the track schedule to see which days are jam-packed with the most exhilarating races.
Meet the drivers
Each year, visitors have the chance to meet their racing idols. Past years have allowed racing fans to receive highly-coveted signatures at the F1 Fan Zone Stage. There may be daily signing sessions with V8 Supercars drivers and even Airforce pilots. Head for the Formula One Paddock Club™, where the drivers and teams relax in their hospitality suites between track sessions. Grandstand and corporate ticket holders sometimes get the chance to have a quick chat with the drivers as they take to the Melbourne Walk to the Formula One Paddock every day.
Rub shoulders with celebrities
Purchase a ticket to the Formula One Paddock Club™ for the full VIP treatment. Located directly above the team garages and overlooking the pit lane, you get intimate views right into the heart of the action. You’re far from the crowds in your own exclusive club with a distinct ‘Members Only’ feel. This is where you’ll rub shoulders with celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Eric Bana, John Travolta, Lenny Kravitz, Nicholas Cage and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in previous years have made the trip over for the festivities.
Feel F1 fever in the city
The Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix is renowned for its parties that take over Melbourne during March. The warm weather means it’s the perfect opportunity to make the most of Melbourne’s outdoor bars, and there’s plenty of great watering holes around Albert Park and in the city centre. Climb to the seventh floor of Curtin House to reach Rooftop Bar, a hotspot known for its excellent drinks, delicious burgers and impressive gaze over the city.