Let The F1 Spectator Australia page guide you around Melbourne’s Albert Park as you make your travel plans for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
- Useful information about the circuit and it’s location.
- Directions for getting to the track by car or public transport.
- Intuitive guide to this years ticket prices.
- Insider tips on the best grandstands and general admission areas to view all the weekends F1 action.
It can be quite a divisive event among F1 fans, some of whom consider it one of the season’s best, relishing it for it’s memorable races and sometimes unusual results. For others Albert Park will always be in the shadow of the much loved Adelaide street circuit which hosted the Australian Grand Prix prior to it’s move to Melbourne.
As an F1 spectator, the experience of going to the Australian Grand Prix can also be controversial. A visit to Melbourne is always something to look forward to, the city is vibrant and cosmopolitan and with the circuit sandwiched just minutes away from central Melbourne to the north and St Kilda to the south, the location couldn’t be better.
There are heaps of events taking place over the weekend of the race and the city’s party mode is in full swing. The Grand Prix organizers match this every year with some of the best support events you’ll see at a Grand Prix.
The downside, some might say are the views of the track which are often hampered my safety fencing as well as a generally narrow cone of vision restricting views to one or two corners. This is an unfortunate side effect of this kind of street-circuit-like venue.
Australian Grand Prix F1 Spectator Tips
- You can try your luck with twitter or your favorite F1 app but the most reliable way to follow the race is to tune into track commentary on 99.7FM.
- There are always fantastic support events for the Aussie GP, so try to catch as much of the action as you can. Previous years have featured historic race cars driven by ex F1 drivers, celebrity races, and speed comparison demonstrations between F1 cars and V8s.
- Don’t rush back to the sardine can on rails that is the post race tram. The gates usually stay open until about 8PM so you have ample time to soak up the atmosphere and deconstruct the events of the race with other F1 fans.
TOP TIP: Join the party at Pete’s Bar
Aussies love to party and on race weekend in Melbourne, Pete’s Bar is party central. Countless bleary eyed fans attest to the unbeatable ambiance at Pete’s where the reveling doesn’t even take a break for many of the support events. The bar’s monitors keep you up to speed with all the on-track action, so no worries there. The beer’s always flowing and the atmosphere is electric – and that’s before the lap-dancing on grand pianos even gets started.
Pete’s Bar is located near the paddock on the inside of the track. Look for the giant tent.
Things to do near Albert Park – attractions away from the circuit
As well as being a bona fide all round great city to hang out and enjoy it’s laid back cafe and bar scene, there are numerous other attractions to appeal to fans of motorsports in the city and surrounding areas.
Geelong Museum of Motoring & Industry
Focusing mainly on the mechanics of a motorcar, this lovingly curated museum is a monument to the historically significant motor manufacturing industry for which Geelong is known. Highlights include a replica of Henry Ford’s 1896 Quadricycle, built from his original blueprints.
Just 15km from Melbourne’s second airport, Avalon Airport, a trip to this museum might be a convenient way to kick-start or wrap up your Grand Prix weekend.
|Thursday - Sunday, 10AM - 5PM|
|Adult $10 |Child $7|
|+613 5273 4777|
|13-35 Mackey St, North Geelong VIC 3215, AUSTRALIA | GPS: -38.113848,144.356574 | View on map|
If you’re a fan of motorsports on two wheels as well as F1, you probably will already be familiar with the state of Victoria’s other Grand Prix circuit, Phillip Island. A regular on the MotoGP and world super-bike championship calendar, this world class circuit is only a 2 hour drive from central Melbourne. There are frequently events taking place at the circuit on 2 wheels and on 4 and if you’re in the region for an extended trip you might be lucky enough to attend one of them.
Even when there are no events scheduled there are plenty of things to do to satisfy the petrol head in you. There are practice days for cars and motorbikes, driver training, and a go-kart track.
|+613 5952 2710|
|Back Beach Rd, Phillip Island VIC 3922, AUSTRALIA | GPS: -38.498595,145.235395 | View on map|
Quick Facts and must-have Information
|Currency||Australian Dollar (AUD)|
Though often sunny and hot in true Aussie style, Melbourne’s autumnal weather at the time of the Grand Prix can sometimes be overcast and wet. Bring bucket loads of factor 50, and a rain coat just in case.
Australian Grand Prix Track Schedule 2016
|Friday 18th March|
|12:30 - 14:00||FORMULA ONE||PRACTICE ONE|
|16:30 - 18:00||FORMULA ONE||PRACTICE TWO|
|Saturday 19th March|
|14:00 - 15:00||FORMULA ONE||PRACTICE THREE|
|17:00 - 18.00||FORMULA ONE||QUALIFYING|
|Sunday 20th March|
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