All you need to know about the Australian Open

The Australian Open is BACK on January 20, with an incredible summer of tennis promised.  

With so much happening over the two weeks, we’ve put together a guide to the Australian Open so you don’t miss a thing – you are WELCOME.  

Dates, sessions & timings 

First things first: the Australian Open main draw starts on January 20, finishing on February 2 with the Men’s Singles’ Final.  

There are two sessions each day for the first week of the Australian Open, with morning sessions starting from 11am and night sessions starting from 7pm onwards each day. Week two winds down more, with timings varying as the competition finishes.  

With a ground pass, you can expect to watch all kinds of matches: singles and doubles, juniors, men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments.  

As you buy your ticket in advance and the running order is determined by how the play goes, it’s a little bit like a tombola as to who you’ll be seeing. Which makes it more fun, right? 

Make sure to check the Australian Open website, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena or Margaret Court Arena social media accounts on the day of the match to see how the fixtures are shaping up.  

Ticket types explained  

OK so, there are two different types of tickets you can buy: Stadium tickets or Ground passes.  

Stadium tickets mean you’re guaranteed a seat at the match you’re booking in to (either Rod Laver, Margaret Court or Melbourne Arena) for a day or night session.  

If you buy a day stadium ticket, you can enter the precinct from 10am and stick around for as long as you like, enjoying the food, shops and live music. If you get a ticket for an evening session, you’ll be able to enter the precinct from 5.00pm onwards (but can still enjoy everything that’s going on).  

Ground passes allow you to enter the precinct from 10am and you can stay and play all day. With a ground pass, you have access to all outdoor courts, the AO Live Stage, AO Ballpark and all new Practice Village.  

Give tennis a go, check out the shops, treat yourself to a drink (or three) and listen to some live music while you’re at it. Ticket prices start at $54 for adults but are just $5 for children (age 3-14) every day,  meaning you don’t have to break the bank for a fun, family day out.  

The AO Live Stage  

There are loads of great artists playing this year, promise. 

Access to the AO Live Stage is included in your ticket, and you’ll find the full line up for the two weeks of the Australian Open here.  

The AO Live Stages is fun for all ages, but just FYI, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 are 18+ only.  

Non- tennis activities  

Tennis might be the main event, but there are plenty of activities to make a real day of it.  

Kids will love the AO Ballpark which has everything from aqua play to obstacle courses, as well as stage shows and a climbing wall. They can also cool off in the supersoaker zone at the AO Hilltop, before winding down and watching the tennis or daily film.   

Adults can watch the tennis in a chilled out setting from the Grand Slam Oval, Garden Square or the AO Hilltop, with plenty of options to eat, drink, shop and socialise. There’s also a Skyflyer attraction* so you can see breathtaking views of Melbourne, and table tennis and karaoke singalongs – one thing’s for sure, you won’t be bored.  

*You will need to pay and purchase a ticket to use this ride.  

How to get here 

We’d recommend making your way to the Australian Open by public transport – we've got extra trams running throughout the course of the Open and if you can get free travel on trams if you present your Australian Open ticket on the day you’re visiting.  

Your nearest train stations are Richmond, Jolimont and Flinders Street, with entries to Melbourne Park at Richmond Station and Federation Square.   

Plan ahead and leave plenty of time to get here – buses will be replacing trains along some lines, so double check Public Transport Victoria (PTV) before coming to make sure you’re up to date on any delays/route changes. 

If you can help it, avoid bringing your car – it's going to be pretty hectic and we expect nearby parking to fill up fast. Onsite public parking is not available for the duration of the AO, but there’s limited parking available at Yarra Park Car Park. Check the MCG website for opening times and entry gates. 

To book accessible parking, contact Ticketmaster on 1300308999. There’s also a pick up and drop off zone available on Olympic Boulevard outside Melbourne Arena, but you can only stop for a brief time. Further information about accessibility at the Australian Open can be found here. 

What you can and can’t bring with you  

The Australian Open have put together a full list of what you can and can’t bring in with you, check it out if you have any questions.  

Bottom line, though, your bag needs to fit under your seatyou can bring in your own food and drink (provided the drink bottles are plastic and non-alcoholic) and prams will need to be cloaked (see FAQ section) before you enter an arena or court.