Australian Open

Guide to Melbourne during the

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Each January, tennis fans and athletes descend on Melbourne for the Australian Open Grand Slam. Here are our hottest tips for enjoying the buzz on and off the courts!

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Settle into luxury

First thing's first; you'll need a great base! Luckily, Melbourne is ripe with top notch hotels – choose a spot in the heart of the city, such as the Ritz Carlton, to be right amongst the excitement.

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There are plenty of options to enjoy the tennis; spectate on days one and two to see a range of players on the outdoor courts, or attend one of the evening games for the best chance at watching the biggest stars.

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Enjoy the fanfare

Pop up bars, hands-on games and food stalls are just a few of the highlights to get involved in off the court. When you're not attending a match, you can grab a grounds pass to party with fellow tennis fans.

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Soak up the city's buzz

You don't have to be inside the arena to get amongst the action! Catch a live-stream in Federation Square, cheer with the locals at a heaving sports bar or watch crowds roll by from a laneway café.

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Savour the summer

The Australian Open is held during the Aussie summer, when Melbourne's seaside suburbs and riverside haunts are at their liveliest. Take time to unwind on the sand at St Kilda or charter a boat along the Yarra River.

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