Out bucket list includes all of the Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments. Next up is Australian Open 2015. Never been there and never talked with anyone who has been there. So looking for any and all suggestions for travel, lodging, etc. Current (vague presently) include flying to Hawaii (live in midwest) for a couple of days before flying on. We usually like to go to the matches the end of the first week of play, and probably only attedn two or three days of matches. Rest will be vacation. Thanks for any and all recommendations and suggestions.
Great bucket list item! I've never been to Melbourne (Aussies pronounce it "Melbun") so can't assist much there, however if you have any Sydney questions, I may be able to answer.
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I recommend flying a Qantas A380 out of Los Angeles (not sure if they fly A380's out of DFW) and purchasing premium economy seats if you can swing it (unless of course you have unlimited financial resources and can spring for first class, by all means!). Premium economy is a great value, and Qantas service is far superior to that of U.S. airlines. The A380 aircraft is my favorite for long haul flights, especially with the right seats. I've never flown via Hawaii, so not much help there, and sorry.
I'm sure you'll hear from others regarding a stay in Melbourne, and welcome to Insiders.
Just returned from the 2014 Aussie Open and truly believe that you will find the 2015 to be extraordinary. We have been to dozens of tennis venues worldwide, including the other Slams, and confidently state that Melbourne tennis facility is the best ever. In addition to Laver and Hisense stadiums ( specific seat tickets required), there are 4 more out court small stadiums plus 24 more out courts. Of course if you have Laver/Hisense, you also have total access to the entire property. Or you can purchase grounds passes only, which is the most economical method. Your choice of late in the first week is exactly what we always seek, as the second round, Wed. and Thurs. usually has every top ranked man and women playing somewhere during those 2 days....and the doubles begin on Thursday also.