Five Things To Do At The Australian Open That Don’t Involve Watching Tennis

In Melbourne for the Australian Open 2018? If you need a break from the courtside action, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. From music performances to a 60-metre dual zip line, here are five alternative things you can do with a Ground Pass.

Grab a drink at the Canadian Club Racquet Club

Everyone’s favourite summer pop-up bar is back and promises to be even bigger and better than before. Perched beside the Yarra River at Birrarung Mar, the pop-up bar will keep punters hydrated with Canadian Club on tap and a delicious array of Canadian Club cocktails. Pull up a retro white chair or grab a comfy spot on the lawn and catch all the latest Australian Open games on the big screen.

Watch a performance at the AO Live Stage

The Australian Open may attract the biggest names in tennis, but it also attracts superstar performers. If you have a ground pass, head to the AO Live Stage for 15 consecutive days of music with performances from the likes of Illy, Rudimental, Daryl Braithwaite, Client Liaison and more. RnB legends TLC will close the festival with a headline performance on January 28.

Go around the world (without a passport) at the Grand Slam Oval

Grand Slam Oval (GSO) returns with a fun new look for each city area – all in the name of summer fun! GSO will be split into four areas representative of the Grand Slam cities (Melbourne, Paris, London, New York), with the new addition of a fifth city, Tokyo in GSO East. Each area will be themed to suit each city with food & beverage offerings, partner activations, and entertainment to match. Think: Can Can Dancers in Paris, table tennis and live music in London and Pikachu visits in Tokyo.

Zip line, climb or play lego the AO Ballpark

This mini onsite theme park at the Australian Open Ballpark boasts a 60-metre dual zip line, LEGO city build where kids can showcase their building skills, race head-to-head or beat the clock in the Speed Challenge or even attempt to reassemble a model from memory in the blindfold challenge, a NERF battle zone, Disney Princess Adventure Zone featuring a high ropes course (the only one of its kind in Australia!), Star Wars Padawan Training, Marvel Experience with spider-man climbing wall and Avengers vertical ball maze.

Check out the AO Partner activities

AO Partners have amped up the entertainment elements all across the Australian Open site. Kids are going to love virtually ‘driving’ a brand-new Stinger along the Great Ocean Road, soaking their feet in the Mastercard splash pool, and visiting with characters like Emirates’ Leila the Camel and Disney’s Minnie Mouse.


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