Australian Open one of many coming Melbourne events

The first major of the tennis season starts in Melbourne on Monday 13th January and will finish on Sunday 26th January, which is perfect for visitors who have a free day during their Australian holiday tour.

The tournament’s main Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arenas are in the centre of the city right next to the Yarra River and just across from another famous Australian sporting stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which recently hit the headlines after the England Cricket tTam lost there in the latest Ashes series.

Melbourne: a city with much to offer

The Australian Open is just one of many attractions and events that are going on in the Melbourne area soon, as visitors can also enjoy a special “Alice in WonderSand” exhibition.

Beginning on 10th January, Frankston Beach, which is just a short drive away from the centre of Melbourne, will see an array of sand sculptures depicting scenes from the Alice in Wonderland movie and book popping up.

The exhibition from award winning sculptors runs until 18th January and visitors lucky enough to see the display will be able to get a glimpse of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, enter the Mad Hatter’s tea party or see the evil Queen of Hearts.

If you would prefer not to take the trip to Frankston Beach, then there are always the other attractions in Melbourne such as the Melbourne City Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Aquarium and the Queen Victoria Market, as well as the Eureka Tower, that can be explored.

Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Melbourne, there is one thing that is for sure and that is the fact that you will not be disappointed, as Australia’s second most populous city has an array of activities and events for all different kinds of people to enjoy.

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