Are you one of those spectators who watch the tennis from your TV at home just because you dread the thought of travelling all the way into the CBD only to head home straight after a game of tennis? Guilty. My friends, could we have been more wrong. The Australian Open is not just an occasion that is exclusively for viewing tennis but rather another reason to explore and delight in the various events that are opportunely provided by the competition – and celebration – of this sport.
We’ve sought out the very best events and entertainment that you can take the pleasure of exploring, indulging and celebrating in.
START THE PARTY AT…
Nothing starts a party off like good music does, and this year Heineken’s Live Stage features a variety of Australian artists and bands of differing genres. So whether you like pop-rock or indie music, this year’s music line-up at the Australian Open will certainly have some sick beats and tunes to your liking. Head down to the Heineken Live Stage for musical performances every night this fortnight.
|TUE 20TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||1ST ROUND||SHEPPARD|
|WED 21ST JAN||6PM – 7PM||2ND ROUND||BOOM CRASH OPERA|
|THU 22ND JAN||6PM – 7PM||2ND ROUND||PIERCE BROTHERS|
|FRI 23RD JAN||6PM – 7PM||3RD ROUND||JON STEVENS|
|SAT 24TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||3RD ROUND||SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM|
|SUN 25TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||4TH ROUND||LURCH & CHIEF|
|MON 26TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||4TH ROUND||DARYL BRAITHWAITE & ROSS WILSON|
|TUE 27TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||QUARTERFINALS||HUSKY|
|WED 28TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||QUARTERFINALS||GOSSLING|
|THU 29TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||WOMEN/MEN SEMIFINALS||THE PREATURES|
|FRI 30TH JAN||6PM – 7PM||MEN’S SEMIFINALS||THE POTBELLEEZ|
|SAT 31ST JAN||4PM||WOMEN’S FINALS||MELODY POOL, LANIE LANE & KATE MILLER-HEIDKE|
|SUN 1ST FEB||4PM||MEN’S FINALS||STEVEN MOTLOP, DIESEL & JOE CAMILLERI AND THE BLACK SORROWS|
CONTINUE THE PARTY AT…
Heineken Saturday on the 24th of January is one of the most highly anticipated days during the Australian Open. With Sneaky Sound System headlining Heineken Saturday’s music line-up this year and their ‘Legends Of Tennis’ theme featuring a trio of Australian Talents, it is a day that you must dress up for and not miss out on! This year Heineken has introduced its Heineken House Bar, featuring their revamped two level Heineken bar, air-conditioning to beat the heat and a lounge bar overlooking the beer garden. And avid lovers of Instagram get this – Heineken will be launching their new Instalab printers that allow users to print out their Instagram photos instantly! You will definitely find us there. Get down to the Heineken Bar located next to the Giant Screen and the Heineken Live Stage in the Grand Slam Oval.
For those of you who have a greater affinity for wine and cocktails, 25th January is Jacob’s Creek Sunday. Sip on cocktails brought to you by Jacob’s Creek and watch the action live on the big screen at Cool Harvest Hill.
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT…
The Grand Slam Oval is the precinct of entertainment at the Australian Open and there are so many places to explore and a mountain of prizes to won!
Try out the Kia Rally slot car experience and download Kia’s GAME ON app on your phone to go into the draw to win a brand spanking new Kia Cerato.
MT FRANKLIN DOME
Get yourself some refreshments at the Mt Franklin Dome where you can taste the Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling Flavours and take a unique Australian Open 2015 souvenir photo inside the Dome.
Do you love going to the snow? Well, now you can experience it at the Canadian Club Snowball by being hit in the face with a snowball – what’s more memorable is that you can get a personalised slow-mo video to share the comical moment with your friends.
EMIRATES WORLD TOUR CHALLENGE
Hit as many Emirates destinations as possible when they light up on the world map and if you’re the top scorer you will win a trip for two with Emirates to Paris to watch the French Open men’s finals – worth trying for because who doesn’t want to go to Paris!
When you purchase a Lacoste polo, you receive complimentary embroidery at your request – ideal for the fashion partisan.
Want to meet your favourite tennis players up close? Head to the Autograph Island located alongside the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots mini courts for a once in a lifetime chance to obtain an autograph and meet the famous tennis players up close.
FOR THE CULINARY ENTHUSIASTS…
You can count us in here! This year there are many exciting new cafes and bars at the Australian Open. We’ve got you covered on where to have quick easy eats and what restaurants you can sit in for finer dining.
If you need quick and easy meals, there are a variety of selections such as Stack Burger Co., The Galley Fish & Chips, Cleaver & Coop, The Butcher’s Block, Fry Guy just to name a few.
For those who prefer a culinary experience with more flair and leisure can opt for either Grass & Grain or Bistro Estelle. Grass & Grain’s cuisine will feature their extremely fresh local produce where their beef, lamb and chicken are grain and grass fed – hence the name. With stunning views over Melbourne’s CBD and the Yarra River, Grass & Grain will be open from Monday 19th until the Wednesday 28th of January and also do not require bookings. At Bistro Estelle, you can experience and savour the exciting tastes created by one of Melbourne’s leading chefs and restaurateurs – Scott Pickett. Open from Monday 19th til Monday 26th January, with no bookings required.
For further information regarding events and tickets, please visit www.ausopen.com