In 2015 the opening round of the F1 World Championship will be hosted at Melbourne’s Albert Park, from March 12-15, 2015. The Albert Park street circuit is a favourite of F1 teams; the last five world champions will be battling for victory with homegrown hero Daniel Ricciardo at the helm.
Grand Prix 2015 general admission attendees can watch all the on-track action from a number of vantage points and make the most of the bumper entertainment line up off the track. That includes the Ultimate Speed Comparison, pitting a Formula 1 car against a high performance race car and a standard Mercedes-Benz road car to test both speed and driver skill. And the Shannons Historic Demonstration, both on track and off track at the Shannons Historic Demonstration Paddock, will feature 60 vintage racing cars, showcasing the various eras of motorsport.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate, as well as online in advance. Early bird prices are available until March 1, 2015. A four day adult pass is $149, a family pass $300. Single passes are available for each individual day, prices vary. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult – their tickets can be obtained at the gate.
Melbourne’s beautiful Albert Park’s unparalleled lakeside street circuit, between the city centre and Port Phillip Bay, is bound to provide an unforgettable F1 experience. It is just a 15 minute drive south, down Route 20. However there will be no public parking at the circuit. You can park your Melbourne Airport car hire in the city and catch a free express shuttle tram to Albert Park. (Other public transport services will require tickets.)
If you are travelling to Melbourne expressly for the F1 Grand Prix, you may choose to stay in the Albert Park area itself, in Port Melbourne. Accommodation options include Albert Rd Serviced Apartments on Albert Rd; Middle Park Hotel on Canterbury Rd; and Bayview on the Park or Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Hotel, both on Queens Rd. All are handy to the circuit. Ticket holders will appreciate the easy proximity; Albert Park is a great attraction in Melbourne, whether you are srolling through the greenery or watching the sun set over the lake with the Melbourne city skyline in the background.