Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s most anticipated events in the sporting and social calendar. Dating back to 1861, it is the most prestigious annual thoroughbred horse race in Australia. Hosted at Flemington Racecourse as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival every year, the 3,200 metre race features 24 nominated horses from all around the world.

There are nine other races taking place throughout the day on November 6 but, known locally as ‘the race that stops the nation,’ the Melbourne Cup will take centre stage at 3pm and is a major event not to be missed!

 

Betting on the 2018 Melbourne Cup

This year’s prize money will offer a combined $7,300,000 for the top 10 horses with the winning horse winning a whopping $6.2million.

Around 300 horses are nominated for The Melbourne Cup every year but the final field of 24 will be officially announced on November 3. Most bets are therefore placed in the final three days leading up to the race rather than too far in advance.

If you’re planning on betting on the race, make sure you compare information from various bookkeepers. Each bookie will offer different odds based on market trends, their own analysis and bets they’ve already taken. So do your research! Or just pick the horse with the funniest name, sometimes that works too…

 

Where to watch the 2018 Melbourne Cup

If you’ve got yourself a spot at Flemington Racecourse for Melbourne Cup, congratulations – you’re clearly winning at life. If however you’re not one of the fortunate ones with access to the actual racecourse, there are plenty of other places around Melbourne where you can watch the race, enjoy the atmosphere and celebrate in style.

 

St Kilda

Combine the Melbourne Cup excitement with a relaxed beachy atmosphere by heading to the fun and vibrant St Kilda area. Republica is offering big screens, 3 course meals and a glass of bubbles $67pp .

 

Yarra River

Enjoy the action across 8 big screens at the Wharf Hotel on the banks of the Yarra River. Their full a la carte menu will be available on the day along with sweepstakes and live music after the races. You can also enjoy $5 schooners, wines and spirits during happy hour between 4-7pm.

 

Accommodation for Melbourne Cup 2018

Melbourne hotels, or really any Melbourne accommodation during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival (which runs from 3 – 10 November) will be in high demand and should therefore be booked in advance.

A Punthill, we have plenty of serviced apartments in Melbourne across various suburbs. Our apartments in Melbourne CBD are all a 15 minute drive from Flemington Racecourse whilst our South Yarra apartments are less than 10 minutes by taxi from St Kilda or 12 minutes to the Wharf Hotel. We also have spacious three bedroom apartments available at our Manhattan hotels which are perfect for large groups or families.

Or if you’re a family looking for Melbourne accommodation apartments away from the the city’s major party hubs, we have plenty of options to choose from across various other Melbourne suburbs as well as Brisbane CBD if you fancy enjoying the action all the way from the Sunshine State!

Regarded by many as the culture capital of Australia, Melbourne always has plenty of things going on. Whether you love sports, music, film or educating yourself at museum exhibitions, there are many exciting and fascinating things happening in Melbourne over the next few weeks.

So what’s happening in Melbourne in August and September 2018?

 

New York’s Museum of Modern Art comes to Melbourne
(9 June—7 October 2018)

This international exclusive celebrates 130 years of modern and contemporary art. For a limited time only, the National Gallery of Victoria will present a world premiere exhibition of works from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art. Featuring works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and many other world greats, this exhibition is not to be missed!

 

Melbourne International Film Festival
(2
19 August)

One of the world’s oldest film festivals is back for its 67th year. Featuring films old and new from Australia and beyond, this is a must-see for all film buffs!

 

Melbourne Day
(30 August)

Whether you’re a tourist or a Melbournian living elsewhere, join in the celebrations as the city marks the 183rd anniversary of the city’s founding.

 

P!nk in Concert
(28—20 August)

With her reputation for acrobatics and superb vocal talents, P!nk is guaranteed to wow audiences at the Rod Laver Arena during her 2018 world tour.

 

Melbourne E-sports Open
(1—2 September)

Be part of the first ever Australian E-sports festival. From the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League finals to the Overwatch Contenders Australia finals, this two-day festival will host some of the biggest names in E-sports!

 

Vance Joy in Concert
(8—15 September)

Dreamy Aussie singer and winner of Best Male Artist at the 2015 ARIA Music Award, Vance Joy will be performing for a whole week at the Rod Laver Arena.

 

AFL Grand Final
(29 September)

Probably the most important final in the Aussie sports calendar will kick off at 2.30pm at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

 

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
(Opens 22 September)

Produced in collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, this exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth and features extensive works from his physical and digital archives, many of which are leaving South Africa for the first time. This brand new exhibit makes its world premier in Australia at the Melbourne Museum before touring around the world in 2019.

 

Looking for serviced accommodation in Melbourne?

We have several conveniently located serviced apartments in Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs. To book or find out more about any of our Melbourne apartments, head to our website.

AFL Grand Final day is almost upon us. This year, the most anticipated final of the Aussie sports calendar will kick off at 2.30pm on September 29. So if you haven’t already, now’s the time to book your apartment hotels in Melbourne for the big day!

Any respectable sports fan would love to be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to spur their team on to win the AFL Grand Final. So if your team has made it, you better move quickly and book an apartment now.

 

Grand Final Weekend Events

Of course, the biggest part of the weekend is the all-important final. But why not make a long weekend of it and soak up all of the AFL Grand Final fever?

 

Grand Final Parade

Head down a day early and see the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade. Supported by City of Melbourne, the parade gives supporters the chance to see all of the players taking part in the grand final.

Soak up the atmosphere with marching bands and roving entertainers as the Toyota HiLuxes parade the Grand Final teams from the Old Treasury Building to the Live Site at Yarra Park at the MCG on Friday, September 28.

 

MCG Open Day

On September 30, the MCG will open its doors for the 6th annual MCG Open Day. It’s a free one-day-only event where supporters can access areas of the stadium which are usually off-limits to the public, including the famous hallowed turf!

 

Punthill Apartment Hotels Melbourne

We have several serviced apartments across the Melbourne area. So whether you’d like to be in the heart of the action near the CBD or out in the leafy suburbs, we have an apartment to suit you.

Our Manhattan Hotel Melbourne is within walking distance from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and offers modern warehouse style 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. You can get there on foot within twenty minutes or if you’re in a rush, it’s only a three minute drive.

Our South Yarra hotels are also within easy reach at a 6 minute drive or 35 minute walk from the MCG.

We also have plenty of other options across Melbourne’s CBD or the surrounding suburbs. If you fancy bringing the kids and don’t want to stay in the heart of the city, try our new Ivanhoe apartments. Situated just 10km away, they are in close proximity to the action but in a peaceful, family friendly suburb.

 

Book Now!

To book any of our Melbourne apartments or for information on any of our other apartments including accommodation in Brisbane CBD, head to our website.

Great news for anybody looking for accommodation options in the Greater Melbourne area: Punthill have now officially added several Ivanhoe apartments to our already expansive list of serviced accommodation in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs.

Whether you’re visiting on business or looking for somewhere to stay just outside of the city’s hustle and bustle, here’s everything you need to know about our Ivanhoe apartments.

 

Where is Ivanhoe?

Ivanhoe is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most exclusive suburbs. Located 10km east of the city’s Central Business District, it is known for its leafy and green characteristics.

Many residents find Ivanhoe to be the best of both worlds. The plethora of European trees give it a country feel but it’s only a 15 minute drive from the heart of the city. The area is renowned for expensive houses and is a sought after neighbourhood for raising children. It’s very safe and very family friendly.

 

What’s there?

Our Ivanhoe apartments are located opposite the Austin Health Precinct and Olivia Newtown-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. They are the perfect accommodation for anybody visiting a sick relative or friend. They allow quick and convenient access to the hospital so you can focus on providing your loved one with as much support as possible.

Our apartments are also within easy commute to the corporate catchment area in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne making them the perfect option for business travellers too.

There are also plenty of dining options nearby as well as plenty of family friendly venues and activities. All our Ivanhoe apartments are just a short walk from Burgundy Street Heidelberg, a thriving retail, cafe and restaurant precinct.

 

Punthill Ivanhoe Accommodation Options

If you’re looking for Ivanhoe accommodation options, look no further than Punthill. We have one bedroom apartments, one bedroom executive apartments or two bedroom apartments available. All of which offer fantastic sweeping views of the city’s skyline.

All our apartments come equipped with air-conditioning & climate control, complimentary internet access, sitting areas, televisions, in-house washers & dryers and state of the art kitchens.

Our apartments are serviced daily. The building also offers secure parking, a cafe and a gym.

Whether you’re in town on business, fancy a city-adjacent break with the kids or are visiting a sick loved one at hospital, our Ivanhoe apartments can offer you comfort and convenience in one of Melbourne’s most desirable suburbs.

On Thursday 30th of August 2018, Melbourne will celebrate 183 since the city’s founding on a day aptly named Melbourne Day. Melbourne residents old and new will come together to remember the day the first European settlers docked the Enterprize on the North Bank of the Yarra River in 1835.

So how will you be celebrating this year? Here are some ideas on how to make Melbourne Day 2018 your best one yet.

 

Host A Barbie

What better way to celebrate an Australian city than to do what Aussies do best? Get your nearest and dearest round to your garden and enjoy some sausage sizzle! Celebrate all things Aussie buy stuffing yourself with Anzac Biscuits, TimTams, Pavlova and some VB if you’re old enough!

Got lots of relatives living out of town? No problem! Check out our various Melbourne accommodation apartments and put them up in style.

 

Head To The Festival

Although the official events haven’t been announced by the Melbourne Day Committee yet, you can bet that the city will put on a fantastic free concert just like last year’s ‘Rocking Melbourne 182’. Take in the atmosphere and enjoy a fun day of music and celebrations in the heart of the city.

 

Catch Up On History

Educate yourself and your kids on the history of this great city with a trip to a museum. Many will offer free exhibitions in honour of Melbourne Day. Remind yourself about the historical European settlers as well as honour the Aboriginal history of our wonderful home.

 

Watch The Flag Raising Ceremony

Who doesn’t love a bit of pomp and ceremony every now and again? Join your neighbours and Lord Mayor to see the raising of the Melbourne flag and commemorate this historical day in style.

 

Give Back To The Community

Give back this Melbourne Day by volunteering at your local homeless shelter. Celebrate everything that makes our city great by helping those in need.

 

Celebrate With Friends & Family

Whether you live in Melbourne or have moved away, celebrate Melbourne Day by coming together with your friends and family.

If you’ve moved away, book one of our many Melbourne accommodation apartments and come home for Melbourne Day. Place yourself in the heart of the celebrations in the CBD or in our many locations across several suburbs to be closer to friends and family.

For information on any of our Melbourne accommodation options or to find the right hotel for you, click here.

Exciting news for film buffs across Australia – the full line-up for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival has now been announced. Hurry up and book your serviced apartments in Melbourne now to enjoy over two weeks of documentaries, shorts and feature films from all over the globe.

 

So What Should I Watch?

The good news is there’s plenty of different options in all sorts of genres across various Melbourne venues. For a look at the full program or to buy a mini pass or passport for the festival, head to MIFF website. But for now, here are some ideas to get you started!

 

Comedy

Watch Aussie star Rose Byrne take to the screen with Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke in the cooky rom-com Juliet, Naked. An adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel, this movie explores the unlikely relationship between a musician, his biggest fan and his girlfriend.

 

Documentaries

Our New President is a bizarre telling of how Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States through the lens of Russian propaganda. Scarily hilarious, this documentary won the Sundance Special Jury Prize and is described by its director as a documentary “without a single true statement in it”.

Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle tells the tale of Julieta Salmerón who wished for lots of kids, a monkey and a castle when she was a child and ended up, aged 80, with exactly that. This heartwarming Spanish documentary was made by Julieta’s son with over 14 years and 400 hours of footage from her life.

 

Inspirational Stories

The iconic 1980 Australian documentary, Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters is restored and screened at this year’s festival to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Exploring the violence of the Mardi Gras’ first night in Sydney and the discrimination that followed, this documentary serves as a reminder of how far the LGBTQIA+ community has come, and how far we still have to go.

 

Book Your Accommodation Now!

Place yourself in the centre of the action at one of our serviced apartments in Melbourne. Choose from a range of sizes and locations in the Melbourne CBD and Inner Suburbs to suit your needs.

Or if you love film but not enough to brave the Melbourne weather, check out our Brisbane apartments for a warmer winter getaway.

 

Melbourne is the home of great live music. On any given night, you can head out to one of the many diverse venues throughout the city and experience amazing local and international acts. Here are our picks for great shows in Melbourne this May.

The Killers

May 4, 5 and 6 2018, Hisense Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)

The unmistakable voice of Brandon Flowers will fill Hisense Arena at the beginning of May for The Killers’ huge Australian and New Zealand tour. The Killers are notoriously good at playing live, so you won’t want to miss out on these three nights in Melbourne. It’s sure to be an epic alternative rock experience, including all of your favourites from Mr. Brightside to The Man.

Missy Higgins

May 13 and 14 2018, Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)

Homegrown musician Missy Higgins is on a tour to share her fifth studio album, Solastalgia, and is in Melbourne for two nights at the beautiful Palais Theatre. Missy’s live performances are spine-tingling, and on this tour she’ll be joined by folktronica musician Gordi. Find a good spot in the theatre and prepare to be taken on an emotional journey with Missy’s ultra-honest lyrics.

The Man in Black – The Johnny Cash Story featuring Tex Perkins

May 12, 2018, Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)

Tex Perkins’ homage to Johnny Cash sold out last year at the Athenaeum Theatre, so he’s bringing it back to the Palais Theatre this May along with the Tennessee Four and Rachael Tidd. Tex won a Helpmann Award for his role, so expect some amazing storytelling and all of the best nostalgic Cash songs with a Tex Perkins twist.

Archie Roach

6 May 2018, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne

Five-time ARIA winner Archie Roach comes to the hallowed acoustic venue of Hamer Hall for just one night in May before he heads to Brisbane and to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Find your tickets now to experience the entirety of Archie’s album Dancing With My Spirit, recorded two decades ago with vocalist trio Tiddas. This is sure to be a truly special night.

The Whitlams

9, 10, 11 and 12 May 2018, Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC, Australia

The Whitlams celebrated their 25th anniversary last year by playing with Australia’s best orchestras around the country. This May, they’ll be bringing songs from their entire catalogue to a selection of metro and regional venues, including the Corner Hotel in Richmond for four nights. The final available night looks to be sold out soon, so snap your tickets up fast!

For central Brisbane accommodation close to all of these May music events, explore our various locations at Punthill Apartment Hotels.

Punthill Apartment Hotels’ newest location is set to open in Ivanhoe soon! Located at 443 Upper Heidelberg Road, our new Ivanhoe hotel apartments will provide high quality accommodation in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs. This carefully planned location gives you even more choice in addition to our other great accommodation options nearby.

The new Ivanhoe location will place you within easy walking distance to Burgundy Street in Heidelberg, where you’ll find modern cafés, fine dining restaurants and every retail amenity you could possibly want: whether that’s a hairdresser, chemist or newsagent. If you have time to spare in between meetings, you might like to check out the nearby Heide Museum of Modern Art, Ivanhoe Public Golf Course or the Warringal Parklands, where you might spot a platypus in the Yarra River. Your apartment will also be right on the doorstep of the Austin Health precinct, Warringal Private Hospital and the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.

Punthill Ivanhoe’s new tower easily provides some of the best views available to the north of Melbourne’s CBD. Depending on your particular apartment, you’ll be able to relax on your balcony and take in the view, spanning from the city skyline to the spectacular Dandenong Ranges. It’s a stunning spot to enjoy a drink in the evening as the city lights glitter below.

As with all of our locations, our Ivanhoe hotel apartments are meticulously designed and finished with the most modern of materials. These new suites are light-filled, spacious and styled with a luxe minimalist approach. They’re truly designed to impress and provide the perfect environment if you need to hold business meetings here while travelling. Of course, you might also wish to keep those views all to yourself and treat your apartment as a sanctuary at the end of a long day, and here’s why…

Each of the apartment suites offers WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living areas and TVs with Foxtel. You can easily work from your apartment’s work station, while daily servicing and laundry facilities will make an extended stay entirely comfortable. Parking is included for your stay, and there’s a gym in the building where you can stay in shape. We also have a café and bar onsite to start and end your day in style.

Call 1300 964 821 at any time of day to book for stays from 1 September 2018 onwards, and you’ll be one of the very first to stay at our stunning new Ivanhoe location.

The next few months are shaping up to be very exciting for music lovers with P!nk, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift all performing their world tours in arenas across Melbourne and Brisbane.

P!nk’s ‘Beautiful Trauma’ world tour will visit Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre during July and August whilst Katy Perry will visit the same arenas across just three dates in August as part of her ‘Witness: The Tour’ schedule.

Taylor Swift fans can meanwhile look forward to her ‘Reputation Stadium Tour’ which visits both cities in October and November.

These three American songstresses have 13 Grammy Awards and a total of 53 nominations between them. Along with their impressive album sales and long-term pop careers, each vocalist has a reputation for putting on a spectacular live show.

P!nk is renowned for her highly physical routines and breathtaking acrobatics whilst Katy Perry’s crazy and provocative costumes have sold out arenas worldwide. And whilst Taylor Swift’s love life and celebrity feuds dominate many of the headlines, her 10 Grammys and 31 nominations speak for themselves. You can expect all three ladies will put on one hell of a show!


Pink: ‘Beautiful Trauma Tour’ Dates

Melbourne: 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28 July and 28, 29 August at Rod Laver Arena

Brisbane: 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23 August at Brisbane Entertainment Centre

 

Katy Perry: ‘Witness: The Tour’ Dates

Melbourne: 2 & 3 August at Rod Laver Arena

Brisbane: 8 August at Brisbane Entertainment Centre

 

Taylor Swift: ‘Reputation Stadium Tour’ Dates

Melbourne: 26 October at Etihad Stadium

Brisbane: 6 November at The Gabba

 

Make A Weekend Of It

See P!nk, Katy Perry and Taylor Siwft perform in style and make a weekend of it from our Melbourne and Brisbane Serviced Apartment.

If you’re looking for Melbourne or Brisbane Hotels, look no further than Punthill’s range of accommodation including Long Stay Serviced Apartments in Melbourne.

Brisbane Hotels

Our Brisbane Hotels offer numerous accommodation options to suit various group sizes. Our serviced apartments are located just a twenty minute drive from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and a ten minute drive from The Gabba. It’s also within a short walk from Central Station and Queen Street Mall.

There are many bars and restaurants within easy reach so you can enjoy a few drinks before or after the show. If you’re travelling as a family, you can always order take-away and relax in the comfort and luxury of our serviced apartments and enjoy a bottle of wine or two after the kids go to bed.

Melbourne Hotels

Our Melbourne Hotels are also conveniently located, with one located bang slap in the middle of the Rod Laver Arena and the Etihad Stadium. Situated near the Melbourne CBD, it’s within a ten minute drive (or a twenty-five minute walk) of both venues.

Surrounded by restaurants, bars and within easy reach of several shops, our Melbourne Hotels are also the perfect location to enjoy a city break. For families, it is also within walking distance from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AAMI Stadium, Federation Square and the Botanical Gardens so there’s something for everyone!

Book your Brisbane or Melbourne Vacation Now

Click on these links to view all our accommodation options in Brisbane and Melbourne. Book now to enjoy a city break fit for a rock star!

Mickey, Minnie and their pals Goofy, Anna, Elsa, Simba, Ariel, Woody, Buzz and many more are making their way around the country for the 2018 Disney on Ice Australian Tour.

Celebrating 100 years of magic, fun and colourful characters, this ice skating spectacle is a family treat not to be missed.

You can watch the spectacular “Let it Go” from Frozen or “Hakuna Matata” from the Lion King and many other Disney classics performed in Brisbane from 29 June to 2 July at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and in Melbourne’s Hisense Arena 5 July to 10 July.

This year, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia will join the cast to make their Disney On Ice Debut with a special mission. Their task is to enlist the audience to solve an off-ice caper. Their mission must be completed before the on-ice action can begin!

For your chance to see the Disney Princesses and their pals gliding along in their sensational costumes and enjoy breathtaking moments from classics like Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more, purchase your Disney on Ice tickets here.


Brisbane Show Times:

June 29 – 3pm & 7pm

June 30 – 10am, 1:30pm & 5.30pm

July 1 – 10am, 1:30pm & 5pm

July 2 – 11am & 3pm

Melbourne Show Times:

July 5 – 3pm & 7pm

July 6 – 11am, 3pm & 7pm

July 7 – 10am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm

July 8 – 10am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm

July 9 – 11am & 3pm

July 10 – 11am & 3pm


Make it a family weekend you’ll never forget!

Our Spring Hill Hotel in Brisbane offers various accommodation options to suit your family’s size and needs. Our serviced apartments are located just twenty minutes from the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and a short walk from Central Station and Queen Street Mall. There are plenty of nearby eateries so you can enjoy some food before and after the show. Or if the kids are exhausted from all the excitement, you can order take-away and enjoy the comfort of our serviced apartments over a well-earned glass of wine.

In Melbourne, our Flinders Lane Hotel is within a ten minute drive (or a twenty-five minute walk) from the Hisense Arena and is situated in the heart of the CBD. It is also within walking distance from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, AAMI Stadium, Melbourne Tennis Centre, Federation Square and the Botanical Gardens. It’s the ideal location for a city break the whole family can enjoy.

Book one of our serviced apartments now to experience the Disney magic in comfort!

International Comedy Festival

The International Comedy Festival is a beloved and eagerly anticipated fixture on the Melbourne calendar each year. It’s almost upon us again, with its biggest and best program set for 2018. The festival begins on 28 March and runs until 22 April, so now’s a great time to cover what to see and where to find Melbourne accommodation to suit.

Physical comedy, political satire and good old stand-up
There really is something for everyone at this year’s Comedy Festival: from clean harmless fun, to acid-sharp observations of human behaviour. International acts include Arj Barker, Jeff Green, Jim Gaffigan, Emma Malik, Alex Edelman and James Veitch, while the local line-up includes Akmal, Becky Lucas, Dave Thornton, Demi Lardner and Zoë Coombs-Marr. Tom Ballard will also be hosting two shows of Comedy for Good: A Benefit for Youth Homelessness which puts laughter to good use towards a very serious problem. With over 600 shows to pick from you may have a tough time seeing it all, so the best way is to buy tickets for the names you know and choose some smaller events at random for some great surprises.

Family-friendly humour to tickle the funny bone
There are plenty of kid-friendly events at this year’s event. We love the sound of Your Parents Disappear: Revenge of the Parents! by Alex and Luke, and the Shakespeare-inspired Comedy of Errors for Kids from the UK comedian Gillian English. There’s also a bunch of free family entertainment taking place at Federation Square throughout the daytime, so feel free to loiter and join in on the fun.

Where to catch the giggles
Laughter fills just about every major venue in Melbourne during the International Comedy Festival, including the Melbourne Town Hall, ACMI, the Comedy Theatre, Federation Square and The Melba Spiegeltent. We’d recommend taking the chance to explore the city’s quirkiest venues, from speakeasies to local breweries, to see some of the best up-and-coming talent from here and overseas.

When you’re seeking out Melbourne accommodation for the festival, it will be best to stay centrally so you’re close to most of these venues and the city’s various public transport options. Treat yourself to a stylish apartment at Punthill Little Bourke, Punthill Manhattan or Punthill Flinders Lane for the best proximity to most of the festival’s program. You’ll have your own kitchen and spacious living spaces to recoup after each late night of comedy. For assistance booking any Melbourne or Brisbane accommodation, contact the friendly team at Punthill Apartment Hotels.

Australian Grand Prix

We know you’re ready and raring for the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix to start! This year’s massive event kicks off the series of 21 races across the globe from China to Canada, seeing champions such as Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton battle it out on each bend. Find your vantage point for the thrilling two-hour race to rule them all on Sunday 25 March.

There are plenty of incredible highlights for spectators this year in addition to the main race. The on-track events are of course the main attractions, including the Australian GT Championship where GT4 cars will join the GT3 cars for the first time. Watch the first ever Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 and Championship at the Grand Prix, and be there trackside for the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli – Asia Pacific. Watch three very different types of car fulfil their potential in the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison, then see the classics of the F1 family from Ferrari, Austin Healey, McLaren and more pass by in the Historic Parade.

In between watching the action on the track, there’s also a lot of entertainment to be found. The Melbourne Walk gives you the chance to get up close and personal (and maybe even snap a selfie) with your driving heroes. Music lovers should make their way to Heineken Village for the Black Eyed Peas DJ Set featuring Apl.de.ap and Taboo plus special guest Jessica Reynoso. If you’re the hands-on type, then make your way to the Pit Stop Challenge where you can change your own tyre in record time at F1 Central. If you’re after something more relaxed, simply stroll past the Automotive Avenue Car Club displays of all vehicles old and new.

Seeking accommodation for the Australian Grand Prix in March?
If you’re planning to be at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit between 22 and 25 March, you’ll be looking for close and convenient accommodation close to Albert Park. Luckily there are a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments to choose from in the Melbourne CBD and inner suburbs.

You might choose to stay right in the city at Punthill Northbank Melbourne, Punthill Flinders Lane, Punthill Little Bourke or Punthill Manhattan and soak up the nightlife and energetic pace of the CBD. Alternatively, you could stay close to the amazing Prahran Market, boutique shops and modern cafés of South Yarra at Punthill South Yarra or Punthill South Yarra Grand.

Whichever location you choose, you’ll have plenty of space and a fully equipped kitchen to help you recharge your batteries before another day of excitement at the Grand Prix.