The Australia Open is an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament and is one of only two Tour tournaments in the Oceania region. Sydney plays host to the tournament the week after the New Zealand Open. The Australian Open has a long history going back to the late 1980's and Sydney, and the tournament attracts the world’s top players to venture "down-under" for an Australian badminton experience.
The Australian Open, has a long history however the modern era began in
1989 when all five disciplines of the sport were played.
Between 1989 - 2008, the Australian Open was equivalent to a BWF
International Series tournament and was played in different venues around
Australia but mainly in the State of Victoria.
From 2009 - 2011 the event was held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic
Centre and from 2009 - 2010 it was a BWF Grand Prix level with prize money of
US$50,000 and then reaching a Grand Prix Gold level in 2011 with prize money of
From 2012 onwards, Sydney became the home for the Australian Open and
this was a highly desirable destination for the world’s top players. The
Australian Open maintained its Grand Prix Gold status from 2012-2013, and was
played in the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre in Darling Harbour in
From 2014-2017, the Australian Open was upgraded to a Superseries status
with prize money of US$750,000 and was held at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports
Centre. The only BWF World Superseries event in the Oceania region, the
tournament became a popular edition to the 12 leg BWF World Superseries ending