Get pulses racing at the F1 Australian Grand Prix this March
March is one of the busiest and best times of the year in Melbourne, thanks in particular to the exhilarating Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix!
This year’s event will be held from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th March at Albert Park Lake. Get ready for four days jam-packed with thrilling on-track events and a variety entertainment zones.
There’s so much going on each day from morning until night, but here are a few highlights:
Porsche Carrera Cup (first race)
Thursday 23rd March
First F1 Practice Session
Friday 24th March
Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes
Saturday 25th March
F1 Drivers Parade
Sunday 26th March
RAAF Roulettes and PAAF F/A-18 Jet
Sunday 26th March
Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix
Don’t miss the big one! The race starts promptly at 4pm and will finish around 6pm.
Sunday 26th March
View the entire track schedule here.
F1 Fan Zone
In the fan zone, you can get your merchandise and souvenirs signed by motor sport legends! Merchandise is also available for purchase here. The F1 Fan Zone is a must for any racing enthusiast.
How could an event be held in Melbourne without a major focusing on what we’re going to eat? We can’t help it – Melburnians LOVE food! The M-Lane is a collection of the best food trucks as well as street art and live music. This vibrant hub is sure to be a fan favourite throughout the event.
View the food trucks that will be on offer here.
Kids under 14 can enjoy free entry. The Kids’ Corner will test skills and get your children moving. There’ll be Porsche Kids’ Driving School, a Disney-Pixar Cars Pit Stop, and a Kids Sporting Zone (including netball, soccer, and golf).
Located less than 5kms from Urban Central, it’s easy to make your way to Albert Park Lake!
We recommend opting for public transport where possible – that means there’ll be no worries about parking or possible road closures! (View more details here.)
Public transport map
View this map to find the best way to get to Albert Park (by either tram or bus), depending on the day you will be attending as well as the gate you’ll need to enter from.
Secure your tickets now!
Nothing beats being there live, so make sure you secure your tickets soon!
The F1 Australian Grand Prix is one of the most popular events on Melbourne’s bustling events calendar, attracting car fans and racing enthusiasts from all over the world. Last year, more than 270,000 people attended across the four days!
Grand Prix tickets
- General admission tickets start from $39
- Follow this link and select your ticket type and attendance day/s to see a breakdown of available tickets
Accommodation and what’s on in Melbourne
Now we’ve sorted out where you’ll play, it’s time to work out where you’ll stay!
Located just south of Melbourne CBD, Urban Central is just a stone’s throw away from Albert Park Lake. On the days you’re not attending the motor event, you can:
- Catch a tram to the city and explore shops, alleyways, and arcades
- Head to the Yarra Promenade in a short 5-10 minute walk and enjoy the riverside restaurants, bars, and Crown Casino
- Jump on a tram and head to a nearby beach including St Kilda
- Get cultured and visit ACMI, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Immigration Museum, and the Old Melbourne Gaol
- Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens or Fitzroy Gardens
- Discover delicious food at the South Melbourne and Queen Vic Markets
What’s on in Melbourne?
Sticking around in Melbourne a little longer? Great! There’s lots on in March and April, including The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (31st March-9th April) and the International Comedy Festival (29th March – 23rd April).
Oh, and footy’s back, too!
About the Australian Grand Prix
The AusGP is one of Melbourne’s most recognised and celebrated events. It’s been held 79 times since it was first run at Phillip Island in 1928, and prior to its move to Melbourne in 1996, it was held in Adelaide from 1985-1995. Before that, it was held in variety of venues across the entire country.
Drivers Lex Davidson and Michael Shumacher are recognised as those with the most number of wins (4 wins each), while McLaren is the constructor that holds that title (12 wins).
Germany’s Nico Rosberg was the winner last year (with Mercedes)… who will it be this year?
(Ps. The last time an Aussie won was Alan Jones way back in 1980!)