Australian Open 2020 – Travel Packages & P&O Cruises
Sportsnet Holidays’ Official Australian Open 2020 packages include:
- Your choice of Ground Pass and/or Rod Laver Arena and/or Margaret Court Arena ‘Category Lower’, ‘Category Upper Shade’, ‘Category Upper Sun’ or ‘Category Upper’ ticket(s)
- A great range of Quality, centrally-located Melbourne hotel accommodation options
- Entry to the EXCLUSIVE Sportsnet Super Suite in Melbourne Arena (if you purchase a package which contains a ticket(s) to a session in the first week of the Tournament)
- PLUS much more!
The Australian Open is Australia’s biggest tennis tournament and one of the world’s most renowned majors. Played in January each year, the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam® tennis tournament of the calendar year. Known as the ‘Happy Slam’, the Australian Open is a player and fan favourite alike for its reputation for having a laid-back, almost festival-like atmosphere. In fact, in recent years the Australian Open has become like a festival beyond just it’s lively atmosphere!
|Official Event Name:||Australian Open 2020
|Event Start Date:||20 January 2020|
|Event Start Date:||2 February 2020|
|Event Official Website:||https://ausopen.com/|
|Performers||To Be Announced|
|Event Location:||Melbourne Park|
|Event Address:||Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia|
|Package in Range:||11|
|Package Prices From:||$129|
More about the Australian Open
Holding the record for the highest attendance ever at a Grand Slam event (a record-breaking incredible 780,000 people went through the gates in 2019), the Australian Open has transformed from itself from what many people considered to be the smallest Grand Slam to arguably the biggest!
Played on iconic bright blue Plexicushion hard courts, the Australian Open’s biggest matches take place in Melbourne Park’s three main stadiums – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense Arena). For two weeks during Summer there is no better place on Earth than courtside at the world-famous Melbourne Park to share in all the action and exhilaration of Grand Slam® tennis! Join Sportsnet at Melbourne Park in 2020 to witness the passion, the drive, the courage and determination as the world’s top tennis players fight for the ultimate prize! Summer in Melbourne sees a dynamic, thriving city buzzing with energy! Restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and beautiful bayside towns are just waiting for you to explore! We have no doubt you will enjoy fabulous time in this great city of our and are excited to share it with you!
When you’re not checking out the world’s best compete for the biggest share possible of the AUD $62,500,00 in prize money on offer in one of Melbourne Park’s three world-class arenas in Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena or Melbourne Arena, there’s plenty to see and do including: shopping; fine dining in one of the dozens pop-up restaurants; sipping on a refreshing drink or two in one of the many beer gardens; listening to live music from some of Australia’s biggest artists and up-and-comers alike; and even trying your hand at one of the many activities including comparing your serve speed to the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams!
Boasting world-class music acts, special events and activities, themed food trucks and some of Melbourne’s finest eateries, there’s so much to experience in addition to watching the likes of Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios and many more competing for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup (men) and Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup (women). Without a doubt, there is no better place to be in Melbourne in January than in the stands of Melbourne Park’s three main stadiums – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense Arena), or experiencing the lively, exciting festival-like atmosphere among the outdoor courts and Garden Square! Not to mention during the summer the entire city of Melbourne buzzes with energy and you’ll feel the extra excitement in the city for the two weeks of the Australian Open! Restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, eccentric galleries, spacious parks and beautiful bayside towns are also all just waiting for you to explore! We have no doubt you will have a fabulous time in this great city of ours and we’re excited to share it with you!
Why travel to the Australian Open 2020?!
- It’s one of only four Grand Slams and it’s right in our backyard!
- It’s by far and away the cheapest Grand Slam to attend.
- There’s an incredible atmosphere around Melbourne Park – it’s like a big party/festival!
- So much to see and do other than watching the tennis!
- Within the grounds of Melbourne Park there’s some of Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants in pop-up form
- Cool bars
- Fun activations with amazing show bags. For example, compare your serve speed to the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams; or sing karaoke in a car with Thanasi Kokkinakis and Daria Gavrilova via VR
- Awesome live performances – last year included the likes of Craig David, Bastille, Birds of Tokyo, Jet, Angus and Julia Stone and Dean Lewis among many others
- Melbourne is a great place to visit any time of the year, but during summer it’s at another level – you’re not as likely to experience Melbourne’s infamous ‘four seasons in a day’ weather!
- One of the world’s most vibrant and diverse ‘foodie’ cultures.
- Arguably the world’s strongest ‘coffee culture’.
- Countless cool laneway bars, but also more than it’s fair share of pubs.
- Between the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria), Melbourne Museum and more than a dozen theatres in the CBD, there’s isn’t a shortage of art culture either.
- Visitors can take a day trip to the Yarra Valley and/or the Mornington Peninsula – both of which less than 90 minutes from the CBD
- Being the sporting capital of Australia, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of other sport for you to check out whilst in Melbourne!
- Due to the sometimes very high heat the matches are played in, the Open never fails to deliver on its fair share of upsets! Matches are often just as much a mental battle as a physical one and the more skilful player does not always prevail.
Australian Open 2020 Fast Facts:
- The first tournament was staged in 1905.
- There have been 107 editions of the event, it was not held in 1916 – 1918 and 1941 – 1945 due to the two World Wars.
- The tournament has actually been staged in five different Australian cities and two New Zealand cities.
- Melbourne has held the tournament the most times with 55.
- The tournament was not considered a major until 1924.
- The tournament wasn’t open to professional players until 1969.
- The current prizemoney pool is $62,5000,000 – the winner gets $4,100,000 and the runner-up gets $2,050,000. Players get $75,000 even if they don’t win their first round match – not bad for a few hours work!
- Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has won the Men’s Singles Championship the most times with 7; Australia’s Margaret Court has the most Women’s Champion titles with 10.
- There has not been an Australian Men’s Singles Champion since 1976 (Mark Edmonson); and there hasn’t been an Australian Women’s Singles Champion since Chris O’Neal won the tournament in 1978.
- Prior to 1988, the Australian Open was a grass court event
- From 1972 to 1987 it was Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club that hosted the Australian Open – it’s hard to imagine that it was hosted at a venue that only had one stadium (and one with a capacity of only 8,500 at that)!
- The courts have been blue since 2008, previously they were green like at the US Open.
- Melbourne Park has three stadiums: Rod Laver Arena (RLA), Margaret Court Arena (MCA) and Melbourne Arena. RLA and MCA require specific tickets, however people can still access Melbourne Arena with just a General Admission ticket.
- 2019 was another record-breaking year of attendances for the Open – 780,000 people went through the gates over 2 weeks!
|Package Name||Nights of Accom Incl||Price (from)||Package Name||Nights of Accom Incl||Price (from)|
|Men’s & Women’s Final||3||$1,587*||Middle Weekend (Sportsnet Super Suite)||3||$811*|
|P&O ‘Pacific Explorer’ Cruise||6||$1,599*||First Week (Sportsnet Super Suite)||7||$1,807*|
|Quarterfinals & Semifinals + Melbourne United Basketball Match||3||$1,472*||Final Five Sessions||5||$3,103*|
|Semifinals||2||$1,700*||Pick & Choose||2||$365*|
|Quarterfinals||3||$1,630*||Sportsnet Super Suite + Ground Pass Ticket||0||$129*|
|Middle Weekend (Rod Laver)||3||$1,485*|
Please note that the below is bast on last year’s schedule and is therefore subject to change.
|ROD LAVER ARENA||MARGARET COURT ARENA||MELBOURNE ARENA||OUTSIDE COURTS|
|Mon 20th Jan||First||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Tue 21st Jan||First||Day||10:00am||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Wed 22nd Jan||Second||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Thu 23rd Jan||Second||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Fri 24th Jan||Third||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Sat 25th Jan||Third||Day||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Sun 26th Jan||Fourth||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Mon 27th Jan||Fourth||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am||11:00am|
|Tue 28th Jan||Quarterfinals||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||No Play||11:00am|
|Wed 29th Jan||Quarterfinals||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||No Play||11:00am|
|Thu 30th Jan||Match TBA||Day||10:00am||11:00am||11:00am||No Play||11:00am|
|Women’s Singles Semifinal||Not before 2:00pm|
|Women’s Day Ceremony
Women’s Singles Semifinal
|Men’s Singles Semifinal||Night||5:00pm||7:30pm|
|Fri 31st Jan||Women’s Wheelchair Doubles Final,
Men’s Wheelchair Doubles Final
Mixed Doubles Semifinal
|Women’s Doubles Final||Not before 4:00pm|
|Men’s Singles Semifinal||Not before 7:30pm|
|Sat 1st Feb||Girl’s Singles Final
Boy’s Singles Final
Quad Singles Final
Women’s Wheelchair Final
Men’s Wheelchair Final
|Twilight||12:00pm||1:00pm||No Play||No Play||1:00pm|
|Women’s Singles Final||7:30pm|
|Men’s Doubles Final|
|Sun 2nd Feb||Mixed Doubles Final||Twilight||4:00pm||No Play||No Play||No Play||No Play|
|Men’s Singles Final||7:30pm|
Australian Open 2020 travel packages and P&O cruise packages
“Craig, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for organising our holiday at the Open. It truly was a fantastic experience for me and my wife and something she will remember and treasure. I would not hesitate in recommending your company to family or friends in the future.“
– Stephen Wilkinson, January 31 2019
“Dear Craig, Thank you for the early offer for next year. We’ll consider it. May I also what a wonderful experience it was booking through Sportsnet! Your rapid response and detailed options we could consider was impressive! And then the subsequent communications and delivery of passes to our hotel was seamless and excellent customer service. We had the very best time and the cricket museum was out of this world. We would definitely recommend Sportsnet to our network.“
– Jane Watson, January 31 2019
“Hi Glynn, My friends and I were so impressed with your service, booking, Super Suite and ease of everything – looks like we have roped more people in for next year’s trip. Honestly it was fabulous and we were already planning for next year before we got off the cruise 😀“
– Sophie Stone, January 31 2019
“Hi Glynn, We had a fabulous time at the Open and are definitely interested in being there in 2020. Love the Langham, definitely my favourite place to stay and our seats were amazing. Was looking forward to next year before this one was over!“
– Michel Holmes, January 31 2019
“Many thanks, Glynn. We had a fabulous trip again and the Cat 1 tickets in both stadiums were excellent. I will be in touch further for 2020.“
– Tony Reynolds, January 31 2019
“Hi Glynn, A quick note to say thanks very much for your help in arranging our Melbourne AO experience. We had an awesome time – the tennis was great, the shopping was great, the weather was great, the bikes were great, the city was great, the accommodation was great! I will be sure to recommend your services to my friends and family.“
– Andrew Saunders, January 31 2019
“Tennis day 1… the Sportsnet Super Suite is sweet!!! Very happy ladies today. Excellent service and assistance in the suite. We are already organising a bigger party contingent for 2020. Excellent service all round.“
– Sophie Henge, January 30 2019
“Hi Craig, Anne and I want to say thank you for you great customer service by alerting us that our session one (Category 1) seats were in the sun and that you offered us a solution to downgrade to seats in the shade and refund the price difference. We appreciated the the opportunity to move to the shaded seats, which we really need as senior citizens. I also appreciated your explanation of the new RLA seating when I phoned you. The seats were excellent and made for a very enjoyable experience and we would book with Sportsnet Holidays in the future. On our return trip to Sydney when asked about our trip, we were very happy to endorse Sportsnet Holidays.“
– Anne and Ian Smith, January 30 2019
“I have just come back from a week in Melbourne from the tennis. I would like to thank Sportsnet for the great tickets and choice of apartment that you organised, but most of all I would like to give a special thanks to Ian Hill for the service and help he gave us on Tuesday the 15th. We had a great day and also on the Thursday, the Sportsnet Suite was a great addition for us on both days. Thanks again to Sportsnet.“
– Diane Gibbons, January 29 2019
“Just returned from the cruise. Had a fabulous time. Thank you all for your help. Evenrything ran smoothly. Will be using you guys again if we decide to take a sporting holiday. Do you do netball?“
– Jenny Thomas, January 24 2019
“We recently had a trip on P&O Cruise, Sydney to Melbourne to watch Australia Open. Totally recommend that to others. Great experience, stress free holiday all organised by Sportsnet Holidays!“
– Jill Robinson, February 15 2018
“After a disastrous experience at the French Open a few years ago with another company, it was a joy to use Sportsnet for the AO this year. They kept in regular contact with me throughout, secured great tickets in exactly the area we requested and the Wrap on Southbank hotel was very comfortable and brilliantly located (we walked to the tennis and also to the city centre). For someone travelling 10,000 miles from the UK for the event all of this was very important. Well done and a huge thanks again.“
– Ian Dickson, February 14 2018
“Sportsnet team were fantastic, great package for the Australian Open 2018! Really enjoyed the air conditioned comfort during the very hot days. Thanks team for a great few days.“
– Caramel Henderson, February 12 2018
“My son and I attended our very first and super exciting Australian Open through Sportsnet. I cannot recommend them highly enough! Friendly, flexible, meticulous organisation of our accommodation and tickets to the most fun we’ve had in ages! Access to the Hisense lounge was a fantastic bonus. Can’t wait to go again, and yes, we will be organising through Sportsnet! Bravo!“
– Amanda Kemp, February 14 2018
“Attended the Australian open could not fault our tickets for the tennis or the accommodation. All our dealings when booking the package was excellent.“
– Tracy Burn, February 14 2018
“My husband and I used Sportsnet in 2016 for a wonderful experience in Melbourne for the Australian Tennis Open tournament.We booked our hotel and quarter final 2 days tickets through them and from the moment we arrived had a wonderful experience.The hotel and staff were excellent and the seating was just as we had requested. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sporsnet for any future holidays in Australia.“
– Carol Reeves, February 14 2018
“We used sportsnet for our 2017 Australian open trip and couldn’t have enjoyed it more! We purchased tickets to the men’s final day brunch which was awesome, a really well organised and fun morning. The team was also very helpful with all of our enquiries“
– Tanya Larkin, February 14 2018
” We have booked 2 sporting events through Sportsnet Holiday and both have been amazing (Australian Open 2016 and Grand Pix 2015).The staff are excellent, helpful, friendly, give you options and advice. Their prices are excellent:competitive, service is fantastic, they do all of the hard work organising a great experience for you (accommodation, tickets, special events) .. all we needed to do so was sit back and relax! Their experience in these events give you options you would be none the wiser if you tried to book on your own. Both of our experiences were seamless and I would highly recommend Sportsnet Holidays to anyone. Well done � Sportnets Holidays !“
– Renea Quine, February 14 2018
“My name is Tracey Mifsud and for the past few years we have dealt with Glynn for our Australian Open tickets. Not only does he get us great packages that my kids and I will remember for a life time but he always follows up any request. He is helpful, friendly and informative. I hope that his supervisors acknowledge his wonderful customer service and how much it is appreciated. Kind regards, Tracey Mifsud.“
– Tracey Miffy, February 14 2018
Men's & Women's Finals PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • 3 Nights Accommodation • Category ‘Upper Sun’ Tickets to 2 Sessions: Sun Feb 1 & Sun Feb 2 (both days Twilight Sessions) at Rod Laver Arena
P&O 'Pacific Explorer' Cruise Package (departing Sydney)From: SOLD OUT HIGHLIGHTS: • 6 Nights Accommodation • All main meals aboard the Pacific Explorer (selected restaurants) • Groundpass Tickets and Entry into the Sportsnet Super Suite for 3 Days: Tue 21 Jan, Wed 22 Jan & Thu 12 Jan • Return transfers from the P&O Pacific Explorer to Melbourne Park
Quarterfinals & Semifinals + Melbourne United Basketball PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • 3 Nights Accommodation • Category ‘Upper Sun’ Tickets for 4 sessions: Wed 29 Jan & Thu 30 Jan (Day & Night Sessions) at Rod Laver Arena • Access to the Melbourne United basketball game at Melbourne Arena from a private viewing suite
Semifinals PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • 3 Nights Accommodation • Category ‘Upper Sun’ Tickets for 3 sessions: Thu 30 (Day & Night Sessions) and Fri 31 Jan Twilight Session at Rod Laver Arena • Access to the Melbourne United basketball game at Melbourne Arena from a private viewing suite
Quarterfinals PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • 3 Nights Accommodation • Category ‘Upper Sun’ Tickets for 4 Sessions: Tue 28 Jan & Wed 29 Jan (both days Day & Night Sessions) at Rod Laver Arena • Access to the Melbourne United basketball game at Melbourne Arena
Middle Weekend Packages (Rod Laver Arena)HIGHLIGHTS: • 3 Nights Accommodation • Category ‘Upper’ Tickets for 5 Sessions: Fri 24 Jan (Night Session), Sat 25 Jan & Sat 26 Jan (both Day & Night Sessions) • Access into the Sportsnet Super Suite at Melbourne Arena for 2 days
Middle Weekend Package (Sportsnet Super Suite)HIGHLIGHTS: • 3 Nights Accommodation • Groundpass Tickets and Entry into the Sportsnet Super Suite at Melbourne Arena for 3 Days: Fri 24 Jan, Sat 25 Jan and Sun 26 Jan
First Week (Sportsnet Super Suite) PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • 7 Nights Accommodation • Groundpass Tickets and Entry into the Sportsnet Super Suite at Melbourne Arena for 7 Days: Mon 20 Jan, Tue 21 Jan, Wed 22 Jan, Thu 23 Jan, Fri 24 Jan, Sat 25 Jan & Sun 26 Jan
Final Five Sessions PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • 5 Nights Accommodation • Category ‘Upper Sun’ Tickets for 5 Sessions: Thu 30 Jan (Day & Night Sessions), Fri 31 Jan (Twilight Session), Sat 1 Feb (Twilight Session) and Sun 2 Feb (Twilight Session)
Pick & Choose PackagesHIGHLIGHTS: • Minimum of 2 nights accommodation • Your choice of Groundpass and/or Rod Laver Arena and/or Margaret Court Arena or Melbourne Arena Ticket(s)
The Sportsnet Super SuiteHIGHLIGHTS: • Exclusive to Sportsnet Holidays’ clients • Air-conditioned • View the action from either behind glass or inside Melbourne Arena • Comfortable, padded chairs • Private bar and cafe serving light refreshments