Going to the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne

Going to the 2016 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park

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    Discussion area for people going to the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.

    Curtis Unicomb

    I am going to the Australian GP in 2016 in April. It is going to be great. I have been every year since 2012 and enjoy every moment of it.


    I’ll be there, I have been to all but 2 of them since 1996…


    Anyone kind enough to share what’s a good spot for a solo traveler? I’ve checked out some of the AirBnb accommodation, staying near Albert Park isn’t too expensive. I’m open to ideas and suggestions from you locals.

    Daniel Watts

    Just purchased my tickets. Am coming from England and visiting my brother in Australia, and thought it would be rude not to coincide my visit with the GP! I see the tickets includes Thursday, I’ve been too many GPs before and have never had a Thursday ticket. Does anyone know what this Thursday day is for?


    @danwat There’s quite a lot of support categories doing races and qualifying sessions on the Thursday, but it’s not nearly as full on as the Saturday and Sunday rosters. The off-track attractions are also running on the Thursday. Autographs and driver spotting are usually done on the Thursday.

    Depending on your ticket, if you have GP advantage, there are some events you can access. In the afternoon, Gold GP advantage tickets can go on a pit lane walk. It’s a rather large crowd, and you get herded past the garages rather swiftly. If you’ve ordered your ticket recently, you won’t qualify for Gold GP Advantage anyway, so that isn’t an option.

    My opinion is that you would get more value out of doing something else in Melbourne on the Thursday.

    Daniel Watts

    Thanks for your advice David
    I thought it may be driver spotting and autograph sessions.
    I have GP advantage, not the gold membership, although not necessarily sure what the GP advantage gets me!


    I do recommend going on the Thursday. I found it lots of fun and it gives you some experience around the grounds so on Friday you know where you are going. It is also good to practice your commute to the track on the Thursday if you are unsure. (I did get lost that day so it helped me for the next three days). The V8 Supercars Practice and Qualifying is interesting and you can get very close to their garages if you are interested.

    Daniel, I am guessing if you have the ‘Silver GP advantage’. There is a pit walk on the Thursday morning which is rather interesting. Also certain areas are GP advantage only (bars etc.) which is nice.

    Hopefully I can make it to the GP from Sydney this year. I just have to convince someone else…😟


    I’m also going and I’m a Gold advantage member, happy days!


    I went in 2011 and want to go again. Any idea on the best Grandstand to view the race from?


    0830 Gates open to public
    0915-0930 V8 Supercars Prizewinners hot laps
    0930-0950 Aussie Racing Cars Practice
    1010-1030 Cleanevent Carrera Cup Practice
    1045-1105 Australian GT Practice
    1115-1135 The Ultimate Speed Comparison Practice – All cars
    1145-1205 Historic Demonstration
    1205-1215 Red Berets Parachute Display
    1220-1240 Cleanevent Carrera Cup Qualifying
    1300-1320 Aussie Racing Cars Qualifying
    1340-1400 Australian GT Qualifying
    1420-1450 V8 Supercars Manufacturers Challenge Practice
    1510-1530 Cleanevent Carrera Cup Race 1 (8 laps)
    1540-1550 The Ultimate Speed Comparison Demonstration #1
    1600-1620 Australian GT Race 1 (8 laps)
    1625-1635 Navy Squirrel Helicopter Aerial Display
    1640-1710 V8 Supercars Manufacturers Challenge Qualifying
    1730-1750 Aussie Racing Cars Race 1 (8 laps)
    1900 Gates closed to public

    Daniel Watts

    Not long now to the GP, can’t wait for this one! Flying out to Australia on Friday

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