Three years on from its last Grand Prix, Formula 1 makes a welcome return to Albert Park in Melbourne. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2022 Australian Grand Prix on April 7-10.
It has been over two years since Formula 1’s last attempt at staging the Australian Grand Prix. The Albert Park race was scheduled to be the first race of the 2020 season, but the emergence of coronavirus saw the event cancelled just hours before the opening practice session. F1 was scheduled to return to Melbourne in November last year, but the race was once again called off as the pandemic continued.
This year’s Australian Grand Prix will be the first to be held on a revised layout of the Albert Park track. Interest in the 2022 event has been huge, with five new grandstands added to accommodate more fans. The Australian Grand Prix has been the traditional season-opener since moving to Albert Park in 1996. This year, it is the third round of the season. The 2006 and 2010 races are the only others at the track which were not the first Grand Prix of the year.
Getting around in Melbourne
Metropolitan Melbourne is host of the Australian Grand Prix. The city is home to almost five million people, with the population having almost doubled since F1 first visited in 1996. There’s a definite buzz around Melbourne’s streets on Grand Prix weekend, so make the most of your visit to one of Australia’s leading cities!
From sports museums and cricket grounds, to road trips and markets, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Australian Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities. There are hotels to suit a wide range of budgets in Melbourne. If you’re still looking for a place to stay, check out our accommodation guide.
Wherever you’re staying, be it in the city centre or the beachside suburb of St Kilda, the circuit is linked by reliable and affordable public transport. Don’t forget, trams in the city are free for F1 fans on Grand Prix weekend.
Heading to Melbourne for the first time? All the essential travel information, including coronavirus entry requirements and information on visas is in Travel Basics.
130,000 fans expected on Sunday
The 2022 Australian Grand Prix marks the 25th time that F1 has raced at Albert Park. The event has always had a healthy attendance figure and 2022 could be a record-breaking year. While the race day attendance is capped at 130,000 due to coronavirus-related restrictions, the event could still attract a record weekend figure. This year’s numbers will be boosted by five new grandstands.
Prior to its hiatus in 2020, the Australian Grand Prix was usually one of the top three best-attended races of the year. In 2019, 324,000 fans flocked to the circuit over the race weekend in the event’s highest weekend figure since 2005. A perk of the Melbourne race is that it is relatively cheap to attend. In 2019, the event was in the top eight affordable races based on average ticket prices and one of the most affordable for local residents.
Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Australian Grand Prix!
Trackside at Albert Park
2022 will be F1’s first race on a revised layout of the Albert Park circuit. Changes to the venue have been made in a bid to improve the race spectacle, creating better chances to overtake and cutting the lap time by around 5 seconds.
Five new grandstands have been added for the 2022 race, improving viewing opportunities for fans. The largest of the additional grandstands is on the revamped high-speed section of track between Turns 8 and 9. In 2019, General Admission tickets for the Australian Grand Prix were renamed ‘Park Passes’. The name may have changed, but the tickets still offer the same great value for fans. For the first time, Park Passes have sold out for the 2022 event. If you have a Park Pass we advise getting to the circuit early to secure the best viewing spots!
One of the great things about the event is the jam-packed support race line-up, which has more support race action over four days than any other event on the calendar. This year, the ever-popular Supercars Championship will be on the support bill, along with the Porsche Carrera Cup and the new S5000 Championship.
The event will also include Porsche demonstration, historic demonstration laps plus a Targa Florio Parade. You can find all the vital information about watching the race at Albert Park, including session times, on our Trackside page.
Off track on race weekend
Away from the race track, there’s plenty going on over Grand Prix week in Melbourne.There’ll be two 2021/22 A-League Men’s matches at AAMI Park in the lead up to the Grand Prix. Melbourne City take on Sydney FC on April 6, while Melbourne Victory play Melbourne City after F1 qualifying on April 9.
Looking for live music? Crowded House, who originate from Melbourne, will perform at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, around 4km north of the circuit, on Saturday April 9. Live events are aplenty in Melbourne. Elsewhere in the city, you can take in performances of musical Hamilton and stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which are both currently showing in Melbourne’s East End. More events in Melbourne can be found on the Visit Melbourne website.
There’s also always a vibrant atmosphere at the Queen Vic Night Market on Wednesday evenings. More off-track ideas for your stay in Melbourne can be found here.