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.

Grand Prix Melbourne 2017

On-track events

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

4:20pm-4:45pm

First F1 Practice Session

Friday 24th March

12pm-1:30pm

Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes

Saturday 25th March

1:20pm-1:35pm

F1 Drivers Parade

Sunday 26th March

2:25pm-2:40pm

RAAF Roulettes and PAAF F/A-18 Jet

Sunday 26th March

2:35pm-3:20pm

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

4pm-6pm

View the entire track schedule here.

Entertainment

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.

M-Lane

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’ Corner

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).

Getting there

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

Check out our accommodation types here or book online NOW!

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!)