The ultimate 2020 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix guide
Start your engines and get ready to go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 – here’s everything you need to know about making the most of this year’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Update 13 March 2020: Australia’s Formula 1 Grand Prix has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
From 12 to 15 March 2020, the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix events will be held at Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, with the first round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship taking place on the final day. The prestigious championship is recognised as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Make the most of your trip by choosing an F1 Ticket Package so that you can enjoy the exclusive benefits of meet-and-greets with racing legends, a guided tour of the track and a Paddock Club Reception. If you choose not to purchase an additional package, any ticket to the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix gives you access to AusGP Sessions, which offers fans a live music experience in M-Lane where food, art and entertainment come together in one place. This year’s Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is bound to exhilarate and excite, so here is our go-to guide to get you all revved up and ready to rumble.
Witness the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season opener in style with an exclusive package that will ensure an unforgettable experience.
This ticket will give you access to a hospitality suite of your choice. The Paddock Club places you at the heart of the action, right above the Formula 1 team garages. In the suite, you can soak up the electric atmosphere with premium views of Walker Straight and Pit Lane and exclusive access to The Lounge and tiered rooftop viewing deck. Other hospitality suites on offer include: Marriott Bonvoy Lounge, Brabham Corporate Box, Fangio Lounge, Race Cube, Torque Bar and Pit Entry Supercars Club Suite, which will have supercar driver guest appearances from Friday to Sunday and a reserved dining seat.
Don’t be left in the dust – the Grandstand ticket allows you to watch the action from a premium viewpoint. Choose between one of the eight grandstands, including the Fangio Grandstand overlooking the start/finish line where pre-race ceremonies are had and flags are waved, and the Jones Grandstand, which allows you to watch the cars brake on the limit at the end of the Main Straight. Each grandstand has screens and plenty of bar and food options.
For an additional upgrade, join Club 15, where you can experience the penultimate corner as driver’s battle it out for a position. Club 15 is the place to be, with food trucks, live music and a 360-degree bar.
Children 14 years and under can access AusGP Park Pass areas for free, provided they are accompanied by a paying adult ticket holder.
How to get there
Once you have booked your ticket and are set to go, it is important that you know how to get there, right?
Lucky for you, all event ticket holders have free tram travel, with trams departing from the city and arriving at the circuit at regular intervals. There is no public parking at the circuit, so if you are driving, your best option is to park in the city and catch a free tram service. There are also Uber zones and Taxi ranks at the circuit if you favour those modes of transport.
Make a pit stop at the Crown Metropol or Crown Promenade for an exclusive ‘rest and refuel’ offer. Available from 12 to 14 March on AusGP weekend, you will receive 10% off the best available rate, valet parking, a bottle of sparkling wine and a lazy 12:00pm late checkout. Each room at Crown Metropol features specially commissioned works of art, bespoke contemporary fittings and designer furniture. To make your stay extra special, gaze at panoramic city views in the pool deck, while you recline on plush lounge seating. If you prefer to rest and refuel at Crown Promenade, you will be able to admire the floor to ceiling windows that provide stunning views of Melbourne’s cityscape. With its central Southbank location, you will also be able to take advantage of the Crown Melbourne entertainment complex.
Take your Formula 1 Grand Prix experience to the next level by indulging in a Pit Stop Lunch at Carousel between race sessions on Sunday 15 March. Delight in a premium buffet and two-and-a-half-hour beverage package, inclusive of beer, wine and soft drinks from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. You’ll need to be speedy, as spots are limited and sure to sell out quickly.
All ticket holders are also able to relish in a 25% off meal at participating venues between 5:00pm and 8:00pm, such as Groove Live Bar and Terrace, Emporio Pizza & Pasta, Margo’s Café, Gochi, Velvet Bar and San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ.
Take your celebrations further than the tracks…
Formula 1 Grand Prix fanatics can celebrate F1 milestones beyond this year’s Grand Prix with St Hugo and some of Melbourne’s top restaurants. St Hugo is the official wine supplier of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, and has partnered with Entrecôte, Grossi Florentino, Rockpool and Sake from now until 23 March 2020 to celebrate milestones in F1 history, such as Asia’s first Grand Prix in 1976 (Sake), Fangio’s dramatic win in Monza in 1953 (Grossi Florentino), and the moment in 1996 when Jack Brabham became the only driver to win the Formula 1 World Championship in a car that carried his own name (Rockpool).
Over four days, AusGP Sessions, presented by Fox FM, will provide you with good vibes and great live music. Among the various performers is Australia’s favourite duo, Peking Duk, the hit makers responsible for your favourite songs who entertain their audience with onstage showmen antics. Electric dance band, Client Liaison, DJ and producer, Benson, and elite performer and DJ, Tigerlily, will also join the ranks at this stellar music series.
Running alongside the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is World Tour Melbourne. The world tour bushfire relief charity concert will be held on Friday 13 March at Lakeside Stadium and will showcase renowned global talents. Headlining the concert is Miley Cyrus, who will be joined by country-rap star, Lil Nas X, pop duo, The Veronicas, and DJ, Seb Fontaine. International superstar, Robbie Williams, will headline the concert on Saturday 14 March and will be supported by Pete Murray and Seb Fontaine. Be a part of this touring music phenomenon, as it launches its new global series in Melbourne.