Every year in January, Melbourne welcomes the top-seeded tennis players from across the globe to compete in a gruelling 2-week grand slam showcasing the very best in serves, volleys and mental grit.
It’s a long slog for the athletes but provides countless opportunities for spectators to experience all that Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park have to offer. The best part about the Australian Open is that it truly has something for everyone. The team behind the Australian Open have developed a set of products, experiences and events that now appeal to almost every audience. There are a variety of budget-friendly options all the way up to first-class hospitality for the men’s and women’s finals. So, to help you select what works best for you, we’ve prepared a comprehensive list of all of your ticket and hospitality options.
Australian Open Tickets – General Admission
The Australian Open is a huge two weeks featuring the best tennis spread over upwards of 30 courts ranging from Rod Laver Arena seating 15,000 people to outside courts where you can secure spots very close to your favourite players. During the opening rounds, it’s not uncommon for some of the top 20 players to be playing on some of the outside courts, which means it’s possible to lock away a very affordable seat or standing space.
The Australian Open offers general admin tickets, which will get you through the front gates, where you can then stroll to some of the back courts. Here, you can basically sit where you’d like. It’s only when you hit show courts for example Margaret Court Arena etc where seated tickets are required. Some people try to plan their day by grabbing reserved seated tickets for the first half of the day before strolling the outside courts for the afternoon. Or, if you’d rather watch on the big screen, there is an awesome atmosphere there with deck chairs, cool drinks and food options at the new Beachhouse venue.
Australian Open Tickets – Packages
Moving onto reserved seating options, because the Australian Open is a multiday event, our team have tailored packages where we’ve done the hard work hand-picking the best matches, rounds and finals so you can attend for multiple days with ease.
Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Quarter Finals
For big tennis fans, you’d know that the quarter-finals are the time when it’s beginning to edge towards the business end of the competition. The time when the top seeded players begin matching up against each other. As a result, some of these matches are the best in the competition, with the occasional men 5 set match exceeding 6 hours of match time! Upper, lower, and super row seating can be secured across day and night sessions. These generally occur on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the second week and are our recommendation for the perfect middle-of-the-ground package with some serious value!
Australian Open Final 5 Package
The final 5 Australian Open package is exactly what the title sounds like – the final five matches. You’ll secure upper, lower or super row seating on Thursday to Sunday evening/ day sessions which will include a minimum of 2 x semi-finals and both men’s and women’s finals. This is our top pick if you want to truly experience the atmosphere across multiple days. Each of these games will most likely occur either in Rod Laver Arena or Melbourne Arena. In addition to the above, you’ll receive the classic Australian Open merchandise, and if you are coming from interstate, we can help you secure 3,4 and 5-star hotels across Melbourne.
Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Finals
If you are a little short on time but still want to experience the final weekend, then the men’s and women’s final is certainly your answer. This one is very popular with our interstate travellers who only want to take a day of annual leave and get over to Melbourne for a long weekend. You’ll secure seats within Rod Laver for the Saturday and Sunday twilight matches. Both matches start later in the day now which means a full day of activities in Melbourne beforehand. It’s also possible to elevate these final tickets with some of the hospitality components below. To make this happen, we recommend chatting to our team of travel specialists who can tailor your experience.
Australian Open Tickets – Hospitality Options
Right, so the team at the Australian Open have revamped all their hospitality options for 2023. They have introduced new venues and upped the ante on their existing ones. Now you can not only experience the best tennis action but turn it into a day of top-notch food, drinks and live music, too.
The lounge is a sophisticated cocktail venue and perfect for groups of 35-60 guests. The Lounge brings to the table curated menus of grazing plates by world-renowned chefs and premium beverage packages that include local wine and beers. If you are a large group reading this article, we can actually help you secure this entire venue. Or, if you are a smaller number, there are communal spaces available too.
Perched firmly above Melbourne Park, panoramic views are on offer across all the main courts. This space hosts up to 60 people per session and includes a carefully designed 3-course meal and unlimited flowing drinks. This venue is perfect if you truly want to make a day of it. It’s totally possible to team this 3-course lunch with a twilight match above.
For a truly exclusive and exceptional experience, the RLA Superbox is a viable method to elevate your final tennis tickets. This is the real deal and ultimate Centre Court viewing spot. Limited to 18 guests, you’ll be assigned a dedicated host who will deliver tailored food and beverages throughout the game. They are assigned for a full 6 hours, which means ample time to get stuck into some locally sourced produce and drinks to match.
Beach house Pass
Introduced in 2022, The Beach House now firmly occupies the entire northern side of Melbourne Park, and for good reason! This venue offers up a super laid-back environment that includes great food, phenomenal cocktails and a mix of open and private cabanas, deckchairs and even a beach tennis court. For those taking part in morning sessions at the tennis, you can participate in morning meditation, yoga and pilates sessions followed by a range of healthy breakfast options and juices. Another option is to actually just spend the day here, thanks to the big screen showing the best action on all the main courts!
Atrium Bar & Eatery
Also introduced in 2022, the Atrium Eatery and Bar is brought to you by a very special chef by the name of Ben Shewry. Heading up Attica, Ben has featured in the world’s 50 best restaurants. Adding the Atrium experience to your Australian Open ticket is something we highly recommend! You’ll be able to sit back in the lush greenhouse while tucking into some of the most sustainably sourced native ingredients. The menu is interesting and innovative and will both challenge and inspire your palette. Signature cocktails will also be flowing! Seating allocations are generally in 2-hour blocks and generally line up nicely with the major matches for the day.
As you can see, there is a pretty big list of options when planning your Australian Open experience. With all the above in mind, our team of travel specialists can help tailor, mix and match each session with the hospitality upgrades. In addition, we can help with accommodation (traditionally challenging to secure during the Australian Open dates), flights and activities. Chat to our team today.