With a summer of tennis ahead of us, here’s all the info you need to find the best things to do at the Australian Open.
AO Live Stage
AO Live Stage is one of Melbourne’s hottest parties, returning with 15 days of consecutive music, including the hugely popular Coopers’ Saturday. We’ll be hosting the likes of Client Liaison, TLC, Tina Arena, Rudimental, Illy, Hoodoo Gurus and plenty more amazing acts. To kick-start 15 days of music, a fundraiser event for Smash MND is being held on the eve of the Australian Open, Sunday 14 Jan, headlined by Australian icon Jimmy Barnes. Be part of this amazing line-up and get your tickets now!
The AO Live Stage, at Birrarung Marr, opens from 5pm weekdays, 3pm weekends and from 10am on Cooper’s Saturday. A ground pass ticket is required to enter.
All patrons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Coopers’ Saturday is strictly patrons 18 years of age and above only. Please ensure you have photo ID upon entry. Access to the AO Live Stage is subject to capacity restrictions.
The AO Ballpark, a mini onsite theme park, is back in 2018 with plenty of fun for kids of all ages. This colourful and exciting space features some of the most popular Disney brands for the first time, including Star Wars, Marvel and Disney Princess. The popular LEGO and NERF zones also return. With a mix of adventurous activities, entertainment and the chance to rub shoulders with some of your superheroes, the AO Ballpark is a must-visit for all families.
The AO Festival returns in 2018 to the upper terrace of Birrarung Marr. With free entry, this chilled out space features some of Melbourne’s most delicious food offerings, the Canadian Club Racquet Club, DJ tunes and all the action of live tennis on the giant screens.
On the menu will be Biggie Smalls, Gingerboy, Doughnut Time, Hunky Dory Fish & Chips and Huon Salmon.
Drop in before or after your visit to the Australian Open, or simply head down to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Looking for other things to do in Melbourne while you’re here? Check out our post of the best Melbourne has to offer.