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Going to the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park
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2nd April 2014, 11:45 at 11:45 am #255091
Discussion area for people going to the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.15th June 2014, 14:10 at 2:10 pm #263118
I’m thinking about going for the first time next year. I’m from Tasmania so flights and accommodation and all that would be involved. Does anyone have any suggestions of where to stay and what grandstand? I was thinking the Jones, but is it worth the money?17th June 2014, 10:58 at 10:58 am #263198
Inwent to the 2011 race, and did my own tour of the first sector myself. At the start of the race, I was on the hill at the exit of Brabham (T2). It was chockers and very difficult to see the cars drive past. Turn 3 has a little grandstand of 3 of 4 rows which was right up against the barrier, which i think would’ve been a fantastic spot on the first lap. From there onwards its all private viewing or something.
The pit straight is pretty self-explanatory, you can sit infront of the S/F line, get a good view of the podium, etc.
Turn 1/2 has lots of viewing spots. There is grantstands left, right, and center, and there is the mound i mentioned earlier. The grandstand the drivers fly towards before turning into T1 is actually placed slightly left (driver’s right) for run-off, so if you want to see as much of the pit straight, book tickets for the furthermost seating possible on the right hand side (driver’s left).
Your decision really is pending on whether you want to get on the track invasion or whether you want to just watch the race and get the Spirit of Tasmania whenever it leaves. Given the podium’s positioning, it will be difficult to see it if you are running from Jones. Sitting straight infront means you can jump the fence and watch from below.19th June 2014, 14:27 at 2:27 pm #263420
It all depends on your budget mate!
Stands- I sat in Prost Stand this year (last corner) but also got to swap with mates and have a session in Jones (T1). I preferred Prost Stand to be honest but the seats in Jones were right down the front, so if you go Jones certainly go higher in the stand. Prost was good as you get them around the last 2 corners, down the straight or see them into the pits and also you have a big screen. The screen where we sat in Jones not as good, but a better seat would fix that position wise.
I have not sat in any other stands at the back of the circuit so cant comment there, but just having a walk around the GA hills are pretty packed, especially around the fast chicane. I think the good stands in Melbourne are between $450-600 AUD so quite reasonable so if you can get the best seat as there is not too much variation really. Also get yourself to “Pete’s Bar” near the Paddock Club entrance near the pits- some great songs and a good party tent!
I have been in the Paddock Club the previous two years before this one, and a very expensive exercise (Around $4200 AUD) if you can do it (at least once!!) please do so- you do get to see the drivers, teams, cars up close and you may sneak a garage tour if you whoo the right person- I have :)
Hotels- 2012- stayed at the Rendezvous on Flinders St just opposite the train station. Nice and clean, cheap at about $200 per night, no pool for an early morning dip and the one bar empty- F1 fans were not abundant really. If on a budget its fine and right in town.
2013- Splashed out and went Crown Towers- best of the best and we paid about $600 per night (about $1000 if not in Paddock Club with their discount), you will see drivers and the teams all the time, but they are not siting around in the foyer. A great hotel but not quite worth the money really.
2014- We won a trip through Australian GP Corp and they put us up in the Oak On Market (Just off Flinders street), its 5 min walk to Crown Casino, great room, clean, good breaky and a nice bar. We didn’t pay but speaking to F1 fans (heaps compared to the 2012 hotel above) it was about $300 twin share per night, so quite reasonable. I would recommend this one for sure.
I didn’t stay there but mates were at the Crown Promenade (opposite Crown Towers) a very nice hotel, great bars, you will have a few teams and drivers there and they booked last minute at around $360 per night. Value for money this is a lot better that the Towers!
There are plenty of good restaurants in Melbourne of course, but many quite expensive. If you like Chinese food head to the Dragon Boat in China Town- I have been there 6 times in the last 3 years- try the satay entrée :)
Flights- As the race starts late arvo for Europe TV viewing, to get from the track after the race to the airport is extremely hard, unless Bernie lends his helicopter. We done it in 2013, were late, just got on and will never do it again (this is just MEL to ADL). My suggestion is to spend Sunday night, go to the Dragon Boat for a feed and fly out Monday morning or arvo.
The Australian Grand Prix is excellent and the on and off track action is the best world wide- enjoy Tassie Devil!! :)20th June 2014, 7:55 at 7:55 am #263531
I find St. Kilda convenient for access to the track. If I’m flush it’s the Cosmopolitan though I have stayed at the Acland St. Easystay. Acland St. has plenty of cafés and restaurants . I stay in the Clarke stand. That way I get the 16 Tram to St.Kilda in St. Kilda Rd. which avoids the Canterbury Rd.crush.
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