Australia’s motor racing history can be traced back at least 90 years, with its Grand Prix having been run 83 times. The race was run in a large number of venues in all Australian states, between the first race on Philip Island in 1928 and the present. It didn’t become a round of the Formula 1 World Championship until 1985, where it was run as the last race in the season in Adelaide for 10 years.
Since the move to Albert Park, Melbourne, in 1996, the Australian Grand Prix has traditionally opened the season. The circuit isn’t a permanent fixture, though. It takes around 290,000 man hours to assemble it each year, which they do six weeks before the race. Nevertheless, the site has a strong racing heritage, having hosted non-championship races since 1953. The current racing circuit of 1996 onward has been significantly modified from the original 1950’s track.
The park itself, when it’s not being used as a race track, is a recreational space popular with the locals, and it includes sporting facilities, areas for picnicking and a five-kilometer walk. It is dominated by a large lake, around which the temporary circuit is built.
The Australian Grand Prix boasts one of the highest attendances of all the circuits on the calendar, receiving 300,000 visitors over the weekend and around 100,000 spectators on race day. Like the majority of the F1 circuits on the calendar, Melbourne offers a range of race day experiences for fans, some unique to its own circuit and others that are standard across all countries.
The Paddock Club, for example, offers a VIP bar, dining, and parking, plus pit lane tours and premium race viewing in virtually every F1 Grand Prix event, and experiences are available through organizers such as https://edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/hungary/. Whether you’re interested in Hungary’ F1 Paddock Club, camping for the weekend in Monza, Italy, or an F1 VIP package in the US, there are plenty of organizers that can cater.
The Australians are so good at organizing their Grand Prix and providing top-notch hospitality that Australian representatives have assisted some of the newcomer nations to the calendar in planning their own F1 race weekends. A trip to Melbourne is worth considering for F1 fans. Albert Park is set to host the F1 Grand Prix until at least 2023.