Witness the launch of the F1® season

The 2018 Formula 1® season goes from 0 to 200mph in a flash. Will you be in Melbourne for the weekend of 22 - 25 March to witness the exhilarating speeds of the first race of the year, The Australian Grand Prix? Be trackside as the top drivers in the world compete for one of the sport's most coveted titles. Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and defending champion Sebastian Vettel are just a few of the massive names set to battle at wicked speeds in front of a race day crowd of nearly 100,000 spectators.

But, race day is just the final lap of what will be an exceptional week of F1® festivities in Melbourne and you're invited to it all. The Australian Grand Prix is much more than a Sunday race and the days before the main event alone are worth travelling to Oz for. Aerial displays, concerts, Fan Zones, car displays and driver interactions are just a few of the festivities available to attendees in previous years. Every season, the party seems to get bigger and 2018's Australian Grand Prix should be no exception.

The festivities take place at Albert Park, one of the most picturesque and unique F1® racetracks on the planet. The track is literally embedded in the city limits, sandwiched between Melbourne's hopping central business district (CBD) and the iconic beaches of St Kilda. Attendees can be watching windsurfers in St Kilda at lunch and an hour later be asking Lewis Hamilton for an autograph. Or on race day, spectators can grab a flat white coffee and smashed avocado breakfast from one of Melbourne's famous cafes and easily be in their grandstand seat by lunchtime.

A race week like this is a favourite of F1® fans across the globe. That's why you'll want to get your flights and hotels quickly now that dates have been announced. Tickets are not on sale yet, but you can sign up for notifications for when they are. The drivers typically land in Melbourne a week before the race and we recommend that you do the same!

Once you've arrived, you're free to explore the city's art-covered laneways, world-renowned restaurants, Victorian architecture, memorable landmarks and stunning beaches. There's days worth of exploring to be done before the race festivities even begin. After the Grand Prix, we recommend you take a victory lap around Victoria by booking a package. Penguins, hot springs, rainforests and kangaroos await.

The world's fastest cars in one of the world's most famous destinations. Be here when we put the 'Grand' in Grand Prix.

Quick information

Race weekend:Race weekend:22 - 25 March
Where: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Road, Albert Park
Ticket costs: 4-day pass 99GBP, 1-day pass 18GBP
Suggested travel dates: All of March
Suggested hotel location: Within Melbourne CBD
Find out more: grandprix.com.au