Rod Laver Arena Tours
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Best known as the home of the Australian Open tennis tournament, Rod Laver Arena hosts a variety of sporting events and concerts by big-name musical acts. The stadium features a retractable roof to keep players, performers, and spectators shielded from Melbourne’s notoriously unpredictable weather.
Named after Aussie tennis player Rod Laver, the arena sits in Melbourne Park on the north shore of the Yarra River, not far from the Central Business District (CBD). You can see the arena by booking tickets for a tennis match or a concert or taking a behind-the-scenes tour. Some city sightseeing tours also pass by the stadium.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Behind the scenes tours are only offered a few days a week; check the schedule and book ahead.
- You’ll have to go through a security screening to enter the park; be prepared to have your bags searched. There is a cloakroom that will store prohibited items like backpacks, large bags, laptops, and tablets.
- There is bike parking outside the arena.
- The arena is wheelchair accessible; contact the venue for wheelchair seating.
- Visitors who do not bring a bag can enter through the (faster-moving) bag-free entrance lanes.
How to Get There
The arena is located on Olympic Boulevard, inside the Melbourne Park complex. The easiest way to reach the area via public transportation is to take the tram to the Rod Laver Arena/Melbourne Park stop. There is also a bike-share station near the arena. Parking is limited.
When to Get There
The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season and takes place in January. During the rest of the year, the arena’s schedule includes other tennis matches, concerts, kids’ events, WWE Live, and movie events.
In 2019, Rod Laver Arena reopened after a period of renovation. Update facilities include a new main public entrance, known as the Grand Entrance, that has three levels and is home to numerous places to eat or get a drink, including the Upper Deck rooftop bar. The arena also has larger concourse spaces that make moving through the building easier and more accessible entrances.
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Rod Laver Arena
Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House, and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade for an optional cruise along the scenic Yarra River.
Immerser yourself in nearly 200-years of sports and sports history during this guided, small-group walking tour designed for those who love all things athletic. See the National Tennis Center where the Australian Open is played and make a stop at important stadiums and arenas as well as the Olympic Park, AAMI Park and more.
Whether your passion is for cricket, rugby, AFL, golf, athletics, tennis, or another sport, sports-mad Melbourne has something for you. On this sports-themed tour of the city you’ll learn about the various sports that are played in Melbourne, and the stadiums and arenas in which they’re played. Hear stories about memorable sports personalities, and anecdotes from Melbourne’s sporting past and present.
Get an enchanting new perspective on Melbourne aboard a hot air balloon flight over the city at sunrise. Soar over modern skyscrapers, urban parks, famous sporting arenas, and the Yarra River as early morning light bathes the skyline in a rosy glow. After your unforgettable flight, toast the new day with an optional champagne breakfast.
Nature and Wildlife
Discover Australia’s cultural capital, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road, and spot wildlife on Phillip Island with this action-packed, 4-day tour, including accommodation. Explore Melbourne during a sightseeing tour and see key spots such as the Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Then watch the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, and set out along the Great Ocean Road toward the Twelve Apostles.
A small group tour taking you on a journey through Melbourne's amazing sporting past and present and an expert tour through its incredible sporting facilities on the doorstep of the city. Hear from local experts, stop for a snack and coffee break at one of the sport stadium cafes and then complete your tour with admission to the unique Australian Sports Museum. Relaunched in March 2020 it is a museum unlike any other in the world.
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