Australian Open Fever Along The Yarra River

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Late January in the Yarra River Precinct only means one thing – tennis!

The hardened tennis fans will be happy to join the endless queues at Melbourne Park for just about everything. Good luck to you and don’t forget the sunscreen. 

For me, I prefer my tennis on the big screen, next to the river, with ready access to unlimited food and drinks – without any queues. 

In our part of the world, there are two locations to choose from: Federation Square and Common Lawn on South Wharf.

Fed Square’s big screen tennis needs no introduction to Melburnians. If you’re after crowd atmosphere, it’s the next best thing to being at Melbourne Park.

If you can grab one of the deck chairs and get someone to do the fetching of food and drinks from the restaurants and bars that surround you, then you’ll be in tennis heaven!

A little further away, but the ultimate in kick-back relaxation is the Common Lawn, located in front of Common Man restaurant on South Wharf. 

There’s deck chairs and tables a-plenty, food and drinks laid-on, without having to lift a finger, plus lots of shade for those 30+ degree days and evenings.  OK, so the screen is not nearly as big as Fed Square’s, but at the Common Lawn you’re right up close and it has a great sound system.

When you’re ready for something more substantial to eat, you can either order from Common Man without leaving your chair, or, if you can tear yourself away from the big screen for 60 minutes, there’s a wealth of reasonably priced eateries 60-120 seconds walk away. The Meat Market, Boho and Munich Brauhaus are right next door, then a little further along South Wharf promenade is Plus 5, Bangpop (Thai) and Akachochin (Japanese).

If you only have an hour or two after work, then both Fed Square and South Wharf’s Common Lawn will be screening after-hours.

Aus Open schedule

Fed Square

Common Lawn, South Wharf

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