Well done you – you’ve only gone and got yourself tickets to the Tornadoes grand final!
Now to get to the State Basketball Centre in Victoria’s Wantirna South by 5.45pm Saturday.
If you haven’t got flights sorted already, here’s the sitch.
You’re going to be laying out at least $204 to fly over on the Thursday or Friday, or you can take a 12pm Saturday flight for $174.
Getting back to sunny Launceston is a bit friendlier on the savings, especially if you don’t mind coming back bright and sparky Sunday morning ($58).
A 9.05am flight is $171, or if you can wait it out until Monday you can get a 6.35am flight for $95.
Monday mid-morning and early evening flights are less than $140.
GETTING TO THE GAME
Now is the time to start rekindling friendships with your Melbourne acquaintances and drop hints that maybe it wouldn’t kill them to drive you around for the weekend.
Failing that, you can grab a taxi from the airport to the city for about $60 or get the Skybus to Southern Cross Station for $19.50.
From there you’re looking at a train ride, bus and a brisk 500m walk to the stadium which should take you between 70-80 minutes all up, or a bit longer if you get busted for not having a Myki card.
WHERE TO EAT
Now you’re in Wantirna South, so far so good!
But you’ve got no idea where to eat and why would you, you’ve never even heard of this place before because Tasmania is the best.
Unfortunately, the stadium is on the edge of a massive highway so you’re probably better off eating before you get in, trying your luck at the stadium or finding somewhere near your accommodation after the game.
The good thing about Melbourne is that things are open after 9pm, so you can celebrate the Tornadoes’ glorious title win long into the night without having to be at home keeping the noise down for the neighbours.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
If you’re hanging around over the weekend there’s plenty to do.
The Hobart Chargers are playing immediately after the Torns so you could hang around and watch them on Saturday night, and there’s plenty of footy on.
Richmond and Essendon play at the MCG on Friday night, and on Sunday there’s the Western Bulldogs and… never mind.
The Melbourne International Film Festival has its last hurrah this weekend, while Carlton’s Melbourne Museum is hosting a one-off fossilised objects exhibition on Sunday.
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