The Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit is a street circuit, based around the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park. Being a street circuit, for nine months of the year the roads/circuit can be driven along by ordinary vehicles.
The Australian Grand Prix is usually the curtain raiser to the Formula One Season. The circuit has been hosting the Australian Grand Prix since 1996, when it replaced the Adelaide Street Circuit and is due to continue hosting the race until 2023 at the least.
Location & Travel
The circuit is based around the Albert Park Lake, a few kilometres to the south of Melbourne CBD.
Air – Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine Airport) is the second busiest airport in Australia, with international and domestic connections to many of the world and Australia’s destinations.
The airport sits approximately 25km north of Albert Park and Melbourne CBD, with Skybus being the most convenient option of getting to the CBD. From the Thursday to Sunday on race weekend the Skybus has additional services that stop at Gate 1 or at Fitzroy Street (near Gate 10).
Car – There is no public car parking at the circuit, it is advised to park in the city and utilise the free tram services to access the circuit.
Tram – Ticket holders for the Grand Prix travel free on trams between the city and circuit over race weekend. There are 3 options for getting to the circuit:
- Light Rail GP Express – runs from Spencer Street (corner of Collins Street) to Gates 1 and 2.
- Clarendon Street GP Express – runs from Spencer Street (corner of Collins Street) to Gate 3.
- St Kilda Road GP – runs from Swanston Street (outside Federation Square)
Ticket prices vary considerably depending on which day you attend and which kind of ticket you want – varying from VIP to Grandstand to General Admission.