What better combination than sport and the city? If you’re looking for somewhere new to head this year, how about using the first month of the year to enjoy Melbourne, and the Australian Open?
If you’ve love tennis, this is a must do. Running from 16-29 January 2017, the biggest names in the game will all come together in one place, namely Melbourne Park, and will fight it out on the court for the first Grand Slam title of the year. Last year’s winners, Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber, are odds to win again, but a new number 1 in the men’s game, namely Andy Murray, and the resurgence of Serena Williams, could bring about a truly epic battle for both the men and women’s titles.
The Australian Open is, as we have mentioned, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year on the ATP and WTP tennis tournament calendars, and finding tickets for the Australian Open can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. The best advice is to always stick to official and reputable websites, and the Box Office of the venue itself. There are many unscrupulous types out there who are only too happy to take your money in exchange for a ‘ticket’ but you will soon find out that your ‘ticket’ is not valid at all. Stick to official lines for a successful outcome.
Of course, Melbourne is sports mad at the best of times, and you will find a truly celebratory and exciting atmosphere in the air. It’s certainly worthwhile getting out and about and checking out some of the other attractions however, as this is a vibrant and big city, packed with nightlife, shopping, and culture. This is the second largest city in the country, and is obviously located within the state of Victoria. Very close to the Great Ocean Road, you should certainly get out and see at least some of it, if not all of it! You can also venture out into the Grampians National Park with ease, helping you see a little more than the city itself.
Try and stay somewhere as central as possible, as this will help you when finding your way around the city, however there are easy links through public transport wherever you want to go, including the venue of the tennis tournament itself. Certainly check out St Kilda for a beachside vibe, which is laid back and totally summer-fun in its atmosphere too.
Put simply, Melbourne is about much more than sport, but if you can venture out to the Australian Open, you’re combining your sporting hobby, with one of the best cities in the world.