Tickets – 2018 Australian Grand Prix

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Your guide to buying tickets for the 2018 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 22-25. The best places to watch the action, including a full rundown on general admission, grandstands and hospitality tickets.

All prices below, unless stated otherwise, are quoted in $AUD. The ticket offer has remained fairly constant at Albert Park in recent years. You can buy 4-days roaming access in General Admission for $165 or a grandstand seat from $299. The views from grandstands at Albert Park are generally limited to one or two corners. Some stands have a more expensive ‘premium’ section at the top which is covered, offering protection from the elements and better views. Most fans agree that the best grandstands are located on the first corner. We prefer the Brabham Grandstand on the inside of the circuit, but Jones (on the outside) is also a solid choice. Of the cheaper grandstands, the Schumacher grandstand on the Senna curve at the end of the lap is also a solid choice.

2018 Australian Grand Prix Tickets

Ticket / GrandstandPrice for 4 days ($AUD)
General Admission$165
Waite, Schumacher, Clark$299
Webber, Senna$315
Moss$345
Prost, Fangio$425
3 Champions$475
Brabham, Jones, Shumacher Premium$499
Senna Premium$499 (SOLD OUT)
Ricciardo Premium, Piquet Premium $560
Fangio Premium, Prost Premium$560 (SOLD OUT)
GP Advantage membership
If you purchase your 4-day grandstand ticket early enough, you are entitled to become a GP Advantage member. This gives you access to pitlane and pit straight walks, and a special food & drink enclosure. The cutoff for Gold Membership is normally around 8 months before the race (July 31). For Silver membership, you need to buy before November 30, 2017.

Premium ticket packages with F1 Experiences

F1 Experiences offers six ticket packages at the Australian Grand Prix, all with exclusive extras that you cannot buy elsewhere! Prices range from $699 USD for the Starter Package, which includes a Schumacher grandstand seat plus “Drive the Track” tour and more, up to $6089 USD for the Legend package, which includes full weekend access to the Paddock Club, including a guided tour of the F1 paddock and a ringside seat for the podium ceremony at the end of the race. Other packages include a guided tour of the F1 paddock and drinks in the Paddock Club. Click here to learn more and buy.

3 Champions Grandstand tickets

The 3 Champions offers,  in which you sit in a different grandstand on each day of the weekend, are probably best suited to the first time fan who is not familiar with the track and wants to sample a variety of vantage points over the weekend. The packages, all priced at $475 for four days, are named after the stand where you will be sitting on race day:

  • Brabham 3 Champions: Friday = Jones / Saturday = Fangio / Sunday = Brabham
  • Fangio 3 Champions: Friday = Brabham / Saturday = Jones / Sunday = Fangio
  • Jones 3 Champions: Friday = Fangio / Saturday = Brabham / Sunday = Jones

General Admission at the Australian GP

Four-day tickets cost $165 ($88 concession) for adults and $330 for a family of four (two adults and two children aged 15-17, or one adult and three children aged 15-17). Children aged 14 and under get FREE entry to General Admission with a paying adult. The cheapest race tickets provide access to the circuit but not a reserved seat. If you are on a budget and prepared to cover plenty of ground on foot over the weekend, General Admission is the way to go. Despite having no elevation, Australia has a deserved reputation for offering some of the best general admission viewing areas on the current calendar. New general admission features have been added over the years to provide a better spectator experience for fans, including grassy viewing mounds and raised concrete viewing platforms. You can get very close to the cars at several points around the track, though your views are always obscured by the catch fencing. Large viewing screens designed for Grandstand ticket holders can be viewed by general admission fans at various parts of the circuit, including near turns 2, 9, 11 and 12. The best general admission vantage points get very busy on Saturday and Sunday, particularly ahead of qualifying and the race, so if you are determined to watch the action from a particular spot, get there early. See below for some videos showing General Admission views.

Australian GP grandstand tickets: need to know

  • Grandstands in Australia are not raised high off the ground. Try and get a seat in a higher row so your view won’t be obscured by the safety fencing.
  • Children’s tickets are available for all grandstands. Prices are seat at around 40% of the full adult price.
  • All grandstands have large viewing screens opposite so you won’t miss any of the on-track action.
  • Grandstand seats are not reserved on Thursday (but there is no on-track F1 action on this day)
  • Premium tickets are covered and located at the top of some grandstands (apart from Ricciardo and Piquet, which are all premium grandstands)

ALBERT PARK GRANDSTAND VIEWS & ANALYSIS

Webber

Webber is located at the start of the main straight, between the last corner and opposite the pits area of the V8 supercars. It offers a view of the final corner and start of the pit straight, but without pit, grid, or start views.

Schumacher

Perhaps the pick of the grandstands in the cheapest price bracket, Schumacher is located between turns 15 and 16 and adjacent to the pit entrance. Note: you can also buy tickets for the “Ferrari Supporter Zone,” which is a dedicated section of the Schumacher grandstand.

Waite

The popular Waite grandstand, located on the East side of the Albert Lake next to turn 12 also offers a great view of high-speed turns 11 & 12. There are often thrills and spills at these corners. The Kids Area and food and entertainment options are close by.

Clark

Also on the Eastern side of the lake, the Clark Grandstand offers views of turn 9 and turn 10. Expect lots of on-track action, particularly in V8 supercars. On the downside, you are a long way from the off-track action on the other side of the circuit.

Senna

The Senna grandstand is situated on the main straight, close to the final corner with views of the pit entrance and support pits. Cheaper than the adjacent Prost grandstand (which is closer to the corner), but still a good choice for a budget grandstand.

Moss

Moss is located at the end of the main straight, before the first corner and adjacent to the more expensive Jones grandstand, which has a better view of the corner. Tickets are cheaper in 2016 however, so it’s worth considering.

Fangio

Fangio is located on the start/finish straight opposite the F1 pits. Despite offering little chance of on-track thrills, Fangio does offer a ring side seat for the build up and start of the race, as well as the finish and podium celebrations.

Prost

Adjacent to the Schumacher grandstand, but higher priced due to the better view of both turns 15 and 16, the pit entry and a view of the cars going down the main straight.

Brabham

Brabham offers similar views to the Jones stand (turns 1 & 2), but is located on the inside of the track, so also offers a view down to turn 3. Unlike Jones, Brabham has the sun behind it for most of the day, a definite positive. The best views are from the higher rows on the right side.

Jones

The Jones stand is situated on the outside of the track at the end of the pit straight and offers views of the pit straight and first corner, a great place to watch the start of the race and lots of passing maneuvers. Best views in Jones are from seats higher in the stand. A downside to Jones is that it faces the sun for most of the day.

Ricciardo Premium

One of only two grandstands located on the inside of the track (the other being Brabham), the World Champion Grandstand is located on turn 4 and offers views of turns 3-5. The stand is all covered and has its own dedicated catering and bar facilities.

Piquet Premium

Situated on turn 3 with a great view of the cars approaching this low-speed corner and also a view of turn 4. The all premium Piquet stand is covered and has its own dedicated bars and catering facilities located directly behind the stand.

ALBERT PARK GENERAL ADMISSION VIEWS

GA: Turn 3

Although a little cramped and without elevation, turn 3 is a slow speed corner which allows fans to get very close to the cars (both on the inside and outside of the corner.) There are a few spots with gaps in the safety fencing providing opportunities for amateur photographers and trees provide cover from the sun.

GA: Turns 6 & 7

You can get very close to the cars on the inside of Turn 6 and then see them across the lake as far as Turns 9 and 10. This area doesn’t get so congested, even for the race, so it’s a good option if you want to escape the crowds, but it is a long walk from the other parts of the track.

GA: Turns 9 &10

Adjacent to the Clark Grandstand, this is a great spot to watch the cars approaching turn 9 and 10, where there is always lots of action in all racing categories over the weekend. You can also see the video screen for the Clark Grandstand and there are food and drink options close by.

GA: Turns 11 & 12

This large viewing mound with a viewing screen – also known as Brocky’s Hill –  is directly beside the Waite grandstand and provides a great opportunity to see the cars coming down the back straight and going into the high speed turns 11 & 12. This area is very popular, so get there early on race day to reserve your space.

Been to Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix? Leave a comment below and tell us where you like to watch the action.

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