Great news for tennis lovers all over the world. The hottest grand slam of the year – Australian Open is back. Melbourne’s scorching summers are going to witness gladiatorial tennis contests on its iconic hard courts of Rod Laver Arena. Reigning stars of current generations like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will once again battle for supremacy. Melbourne will be at its best to cater to plenty of tennis fans and tourists alike. The month of January is certainly the best time to visit Melbourne. This year, plan a memorable holiday in Melbourne and witness the most glamorous event of the tennis calendar in style.
Australian Open 2017
The 105th edition of the Australian Open is scheduled to enthral global tennis fans from 16th to 29th January 2017 at the iconic Melbourne Park. Novak Djokovic is the men’s defending champion while Angelique Kerber of Germany is the reigning champion of the ladies’ section. The four-time Australian Open Champion, Roger Federer is not even in top 10 seeding while Rafael Nadal is currently seeded 9th. The usual tournament hot favourites are Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.
Serena Williams, the most successful professional ladies’ tennis player of all time, would love to add another grand slam to her illustrious career. The 35-year-old has clinched the Australian Open a record sixth time, but, will face tough competitions from the likes of Angelique Kerber of Germany and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. You will get to see plenty of tennis action including Men’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Men’s and ladies’ Legends Doubles, Boy’s and Girl’s and Paralympics games.
Top Things to Do in Melbourne
Add Australian Open to your travel itinerary while planning a staycation in Melbourne. This city of culture offers numerous attractions to enjoy during your stay here. Check out some of the things that you can enjoy in Melbourne and Australia during the hottest tennis tournament of 2017.
- Catch the hottest T20 cricket league in the world –The Big Bash League in January and support Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars, the two local sides.
- Check out some matches of A-League, the fastest growing football league in the world and support 3-times winner Melbourne Victory.
- Enjoy a scenic drive on the Great Ocean Road and admire the stunning panoramic landscapes, windswept beaches and the famous limestone rock formations of 12 Apostles.
- Take a ride in the century-old Puffing Billy Steam Train that runs along the scenic Dandenong Ranges in the state of Victoria. This is a very popular family friendly activity in Melbourne.
- Watch the famous Penguin Parade at the Phillip Island and have memorable encounters with unique Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, Tassie devils and cute penguins.
- Sip the finest wines and taste the delicious Australian Cheese during a visit to the famous Yarra Valley, renowned for producing top quality wines in the world.
- Admire the panoramic views of Melbourne with a hot-air balloon ride and have plenty of fun with your kids at the Melbourne Zoo and Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium.
- Explore the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. You will find cafes, restaurants, shops and kiosks here.
Top Things to do on your holiday in Australia
Australia is a vast country with a varied geography and climate. During your stay in Melbourne, you can experience few more Australian cities, each being different in character and outlook.
Melbourne’s famed compatriot Sydney is an all-time favourite city for travellers. This iconic city is renowned for its spectacular harbour front and world class events like the famed New Year’s Eve fireworks show. Sydney has a world class wine and dining scene, plenty of tourist attractions and unspoilt nature of Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
The Australian capital city of Canberra gets less mention on the tourism circle despite having a distinct style and character from Melbourne and Sydney. Known as the “Bush Capital”, Canberra has a leisurely pace of life, abundant nature parks and lakes, important governmental institutes and key museums and art galleries.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia state and is steadily growing in reputation, as a tourism destination with an emphasis on providing eco-friendly tourism experiences. The iconic train, The Ghan starts from Adelaide and travels to Darwin up north, traversing the Red Zone of Australia’s hot and dry desert. Adelaide offers nature hikes, bike rides, wine tasting tours and scenic beaches.
Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is a delightful city with a blend of history, art, culture and some of the best seafood in the world. Surrounded by deep Australian rainforest and abundant nature with a beautiful harbour, Hobart is also an exciting Australian destination to visit on your next holiday Down Under.