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Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
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Why visit Melbourne during the Australian Grand Prix

Posted 01 December 2016
If you’re going to schedule a visit to Australia, why not plan it around the Melbourne Grand Prix? As if you really needed another reason to visit.

The Formula 1 season kicks off again next March. And no doubt the former world champion, Lewis Hamilton, will be looking to take the Melbourne crown from his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg.

So if you’re planning a holiday Down Under next year, why not head over to Melbourne’s Albert Park? It's a win, win. You can be a part of the racing action and see more of this modern city.

Melbourne's race schedule

Not only is it the first weekend of the Formula 1 season, the Australian Grand Prix is one of the country's best sporting events. There’s endless fun for families including post-race music concerts, as well as stunts, displays, entertainers and competitions throughout the weekend.

F1 cars

Race day is always on the Sunday, but that’s not where the weekend starts. For racing enthusiasts the action begins on Thursday when supercar demos, Porsche Carrera shows and various other track events take place. The Formula 1 drivers take to the circuit for the first two practice sessions on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday ahead of the main event.

Where to stay in Melbourne

With so much to see and do, it’s sensible to stay in the city so you can make the most of your weekend. Fortunately, this being Melbourne, your options are extensive. Staying here will reduce the need to rush to get to Albert Park, plus it won't be far for you to go so you can relax at the end of the day.

In Melbourne you can wake up with views of the Yarra River in complete comfort or right in the middle of the action in the art district. Simply choose the level of luxury you require.

Whatever location you pick there are great transport links to the circuit. A few of our recommendations include the Park Hyatt Melbourne for luxury in the centre of town or the impressive Crown Towers Melbourne, situated on the banks of the river.

Albert Park F1 track

What’s more, a stay in Melbourne will open up the rest of the city to you, not just the race circuit. And it’s one of the most stylish and cosmopolitan cities in Australia.

So aside from the racing, what else is there to do should you want a break from screeching tyres and wheel-to-wheel action?

What (else) can you do in Melbourne

For a continuation of the thrills you get from the track, head up to Eureka Skydeck at Riverside Quay. It’s a good idea to start your visit to the city here as you’ll have stunning views from the platform and use the panorama as a map to plot where to go. The biggest kick is reserved for those who brave ‘The Edge’ - a glass box over the edge of the building, from where you can see directly below.

Melbourne is also only about an hour from the start of the Great Ocean Road. So if you just can’t get enough of cars over the F1 weekend, hit this scenic 243-kilometre route along the Victoria Coast.

Are you planning to visit Melbourne for the opening weekend of the Formula 1 season next year? Or perhaps you have already been? Let us know on our Facebook page or give our Travel Designers a call to start planning your trip today.