After months of music festivals in Melbourne it’s time for a huge sporting event. The Melbourne Grand Prix is one of the biggest events on the Melbourne calendar. Bigger than the AFL Final?? No of course not, that’s just crazy, but it is pretty big.

2017 sees the 82nd Formula 1 Grand Prix since the first Australian one was held at Philip Island in 1928. The penguins soon staged a protest and the event quickly moved locations. Now the Grand Prix is held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit at Albert Park in Melbourne and is contracted to be held there until 2020.

What to expect if you’re in Melbourne during the Formula 1 Grand Prix? Madness! Melbourne will be hectic, it’s one of hospitalities busiest periods and it will be hard to find accommodation on the day. Top Tip – Book ahead and do it quickly, no one wants to pay $850 for a night in a motel, so make your life a bit easier and do less damage to your wallet by checking out some of the hostels in the area. We have 3 in Melbourne to choose from, including one within walking distance of Albert Park, Nomads St Kilda.

Australian Grand Prix
By LGEPR [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Grand Prix Melbourne 2018

The Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix is held between the 23rd and 26th March, with loads going on over the 4 days. Sunday is obviously the big one with the actual race at 4:00pm. You might see some of the big names in Formula 1 racing like Dan Riciardo, Lewis Hamilton or Joylon Palmer.

Tickets range from $35 to $105 for general admission. Obviously Sunday is the big race day and GA tickets will cost your around $105 a pop. If you are on a budget, you can score cheaper tickets to attend the event after 4:00pm on the Thursday or Friday. Top Tip number 2 – Bag yourself a ticket ASAP before they go up.

Watching the Grand Prix is noisy, crazy and a heap of fun, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable day. Just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap because you’ll be out in the sun all day!

Entertainment:

On all four days of the festival you can catch live music and street artists until 8:00pm at the M Lane and Legends Lane stages, there are loads of food trucks, the Fan Zone where you may just get an autograph from a famous driver and LOADS more of on track and off track excitement!

Race Day:

Sunday 26th March is the BIG day to attend with the actual race kicking off at 4:00pm. Leading up to the big race you can catch the Stunt Car Championships, the Driver’s Parade and the RAAF Jets.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for accommodation check out Nomads Melbourne.

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