Charter a Private Jet to the Australian Open
The Australian Open Tennis Championship, one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is the country’s largest annual sporting event. Getting its start in 1905, it is held every year in January – when it’s summer Down Under -- at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
If you are interested in going to Melbourne for the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a private jet flight for you into any nearby airport, including:
- Melbourne Essendon Airport, YMEN, MEB, Melbourne, Australia (8 miles)
- Melbourne Moorabbin Airport, YMMB, MBW, Melbourne, Australia (13 miles)
- Melbourne International Airport, YMML, MEL, Melbourne, Australia (13 miles)
- Point Cook Airport, YMPC, Melbourne, Australia (15 miles)
- Avalon Airport, YMAV, AVV, Avalon, Australia (32 miles)
- Leongatha Airport, YLEG, Leongatha, Australia (53 miles)
- King Island Airport, YKII, KNS, King Island, Australia (64 miles)
- Latrobe Valley Airport, YLTV, LTB, Latrobe Valley, Australia (81 miles)
- Wynyard Airport, YWYY, BWT, Wynyard, Australia (91 miles)
- Maryborough Airport, YMBU, Maryborough, Australia (92 miles)
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More about the Australian Open
It was a long road from the Open’s humble beginnings to its spot among the tennis world’s top four events, the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. In addition to the Australian Open, there is the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Wimbledon is played on grass; the French Open on clay and the Australian and U.S. opens on hard courts. Australia differs from all others with its state-of-the-art facilities that feature indoor play. Courts have retractable roofs that can be easily closed in case of rain or sweltering summer temperatures.
In the beginning, few competitors came because of Australia’s remoteness and lack of transportation inside the country. It drew its first foreign competitors, U.S. Davis Cup players, in 1946. But, Australia came a long way in a short time. By the 1960s, it dominated the tennis world and has since produced many of the sport’s top players.
The Australian Open, played on grass until switching to hard courts in 1988, had been rotated between Australian and New Zealand cities before being given its permanent home in Melbourne in 1972.
Things to do and see in Melbourne during the Australian Open
There’s plenty to see and do in Melbourne when not watching tennis. Surprising to many, Australia is almost as big as the United States and traveling from the east coast to the west is like traveling from New York to Los Angeles. If you would like to travel to other cities like Sydney or Perth, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a flight for you.
In Melbourne, you can:
- Get your bearings and plot your stay from the Eureka Skydeck, a viewing platform on Riverside Quay. If you dare, step into “The Edge,” a glass box jutting from the side of the building.
- Visit the Shrine of Remembrance in Kings Domain Parkland. Another place with great views, this war memorial sits atop a hill a short walk from the city’s free tram service.
- Check out the interesting architecture of Melbourne’s past on Flinders and Swanson streets, including the Gothic St. Paul’s Cathedral and the historic Flinder’s Street Station.
- Take a drive or a tour bus an hour east to the Dandenong Mountain Range with its towering mountain ashes and charming little villages where you can get homemade food and hand-crafted souvenirs.
- Take a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road. An hour southwest of Melbourne. The 150-mile road along the Victorian Coast has views you shouldn’t leave Australia without seeing.