Albert Park in Melbourne was used for a non-Championship Australian GP as early as 1953, the first year the circuit was used. As the name suggests, it was laid out in a park and ran around a lake. Melbourne boasts that it is the sporting capital of Australia, it had hosted the Olympic games, and city officials and businessmen lured the Australian GP away from Adelaide from 1996.
A medium-fast circuit with some extremely long sweeping curves over its 2.349 miles, Albert Park immediately became as popular as the slower circuit at Adelaide had been. The main difference wa that whereas Adelaide had hosted the final race of the year, Melbourne hosted the opening round therefore, 1995-6, two Australian GPs were run consecutively.