5 Reasons to Visit the Australian Grand Prix

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Albert Park hosts the first race of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne. Whether you’re in search of the sun, or wanting to get up close to the new cars, here are five reasons why a trip to the Australian Grand Prix is not to be missed!

1. The first race of the season

What better place to celebrate the start of a new season than at a street circuit which allows fans to get up close to the racing action. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an event on the Formula 1 calendar which is more highly anticipated than the Australian Grand Prix. Albert Park has almost exclusively hosted the season-opening race since 1996.

After six days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Australian Grand Prix is the first time to see the new cars run in anger. After all the pre-season chatter, the stopwatch never lies in F1 – and that will be the case in qualifying, as we get our first glimpse of the competitive order. When Sunday rolls around, who’ll take the early lead in the championship?

2. Soak up the late Australian summer

The Australian Grand Prix is held in the first of the country’s autumn months, but the summer sunshine is still very much in place when the Albert Park race is held. While the heat is not as intense as in January or February, temperatures can still reach around 25°C. Though you can expect sunshine, don’t be surprised to experience rainfall too – which has the potential to turn the on-track action on its head! Our advice is to pack sun cream and a foldable chair (if you’re in a general admission area) – you’ll be all set for a weekend of racing in the sunshine!

3. Friendly Melbourne

Melbourne really gets into the party atmosphere on Grand Prix weekend and welcomes F1 fans with open arms. The best way to get the most out of your trip to the Australian Grand Prix is to stay in the city centre or close to the track. We’ve rounded up some of the best accommodation options here. With excellent transport links (including free tram rides for F1 fans) you should find that accessing the circuit is a struggle-free task!

Though you’ll find the food within the circuit is mostly expensive and not particularly great, thankfully there are plenty of great options for food just outside of the circuit’s gates. Options include a popular local pub and a classic Aussie burger bar. More information on restaurants near the circuit can be found in Off-Track Activities.

4. A huge event

Perhaps more so than any other race, the Australian Grand Prix feels like a grand event. In 2019, F1 hosted its first ever Season Launch event in downtown Melbourne ahead of the race, allowing fans to see the drivers up close and celebrate the start of a new season. There’s plenty of other opportunities to get close to the drivers over the weekend, especially at the circuit’s ‘Melbourne Walk’. More information can be found here.

In addition, the Australian Grand Prix prides itself on providing one of the largest support bills of any race on the F1 calendar. Historic displays, Supercars, Porsche Carrera Cup, Formula 4 and Australian GT races have all featured on the schedule in recent years. The all-new V8-powered S5000 series will race at the Australian Grand Prix in 2020, with five-time Albert Park podium finisher Rubens Barrichello rumoured to be taking part. With further aerial displays and events running at the circuit’s Action Zone, there’s never a dull moment at the Australian Grand Prix!

5. An extended Australian road trip

Away from Albert Park, if you have more time to explore the area, taking a trip on the legendary Great Ocean Road is a great way of seeing the best of what Australia has to offer. The 243km road was built as a war memorial and has become one of the country’s most popular attractions, as well as one of the world’s most scenic drives.

The city of Torquay is the starting point of the route, and is located a little over 100km from the Albert Park circuit. The route passes by some of Australia’s landmarks, including the Twelve Apostles. You can find even more off-track ideas for your Australian Grand Prix trip here.

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix takes place on 12-15 March. For information about attending the race at Albert Park, check out the F1Destinations Travel Guide.

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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