Australian Open Tennis
How to get there .... train, tram or why not walk?
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Melbourne becomes the focus of the sporting world each January when it hosts the annual Australian Open Tennis tournament and the 2020 event is going to be as popular as ever. With many tourists and tennis fans in town to watch this world event, here's our suggestions on how to get there from the heart of the city.
There is the famous Melbourne tram system which, whilst the CBD is free to ride all year round, this free ticket is extended to Olympic Park for the duration of the #AusOpen. Just hop on and the tram will take you directly to the Garden Square area of the tennis venue.
Trains from the famous Flinders Street Station adjacent to Federation Square, leave every few minutes going to Melbourne's Eastern suburbs. Taking any train with the first stop at Richmond gives you plenty of choice and here's Public Transport Victoria travel planner if you want specifics. Don't forget, you'll need a MYKI card for this. Get off at Richmond Station and take a short tram ride either to Olympic Park or the Hisense Arena which is the southern access point for the tennis.
Our recommedation though is to walk. The Olympic Park area is a short but interesting stroll from Federation Square right into the #AusOpen Village. At Federation Square, walk toward Princes Bridge and just before the bridge, turn left behind 'Taxi Kitchen' and down the riverside walkway toward Melbourne's famous BIRRARUNG MAR, opened in 2002.
From the start of the footpath, you can ride the free bicycle rickshaws that will take you to the village entrance. From the entrance to the village, it's a short walk through the stalls and entertainment including sun cream and of course refreshements, all on the edge of the Yarra river where sitting on the bank and watching the world go by are popular as ever.
Feeling energetic yourself, there's always the popular Melbourne Bike Share scheme with docking stations at Federation Square and all round the Olympic Park area.
Walk or cycle, here's some tips that we found useful as the #myguidemelbourne team opted to stroll.
The entrance to the village can't be missed and here you can find ticket sales, cloaking and accreditation too.
The Melbourne weather can be known to be unpredictable to say the least and even if it's not sunny, you still need to take precautions and the sunscreen station provided all we needed ... and it was free.
Keeping hydrated is key to enjoying your time at the tennis and there's plenty of free water stations both on the stroll to the village and in the village too (see our TOP TIPS at the bottom of the article)
Walking through the AO Village will lead you straight to the AO Tennis entrances which we found fast and effortless even with the now expected bag check and security pat down. Some of the team wwent to the right, took a tree lined walk continuing along the Yarra and in through the entrance at Rod Laver Arena.
A short stroll and the best way to the tennis in our opinion which just leaves us with a couple of tips and we hope you enjoy this part of the world tennis Grand Slam Tournaments.
- Take a drinking bottle from home. Plenty of free refill stations and cost, once in the venue, is high.
- A packed lunch might be a consideration especially with a large family. Lots of food available and variety but again, the cost did seem a little high.
- Wear a hat .. the free sunscreen is great but the top of the head will suffer. You're out there a long time.
- Good quality sunglasses especially if you're watching from the many BIG screens
- Additional sunscreen protection to carry with you
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Melbourne ..four seasons in one day is not a myth
Keep up to date with all the matches, results and playing schedule on-line with the
My Guide Melbourne #AusOpen tournament planner.
Enjoy the tennis and all that Melbourne has to offer while you're here ... in one of the world's most liveable cities.