Road Closures

Driving & Parking

It is recommended that all motorists avoid roads in the Southbank area including West Gate Fwy (westbound) and Olympic Park Precinct between 5:00am and 1:30pm. Participants in the event are encouraged wherever possible to catch public transport to the event.

If you do have to drive to the event, aim to arrive at your chosen car park by 6:00am to avoid most of the road closures and to give yourself plenty of time to get from your car parking location to the start.

Most roads on the course will be closed from 6am until about 1.30pm. Note: CityLink westbound (Domain Tunnel) will be closed from 9pm Saturday night.

Road Closures

2016 Run for the Kids Road Closure Map

2016 Run for the Kids Roads Closure Table

Road Closures and Re-opening Times. (times are approximate and subject to change)

Road Section Direction closed  Road Closure Time Anticipated Re-opening Time
Boathouse Drive West of Alexandra Avenue Both Directions 12:01am Sunday 8:00pm Sunday
Alexandra Ave/City Rd Southbank Bvd to Swan St Bridge Both Directions 5:00am 10:00am [1]
Alexandra Ave Swan St Bridge to
Anderson St
Both Directions Restricted Access 5am 10:00am [1]
Swan St Bridge Alexandra Ave to
Batman Ave
Both Directions 5am 10:00am [1]
Batman Ave Swan St to Domain Tunnel Both Directions 5am 10.30am
Batman Ave Swan St to Flinders St Both Directions 5am 10:30am
Batman Ave Swan St to William
Barak Bridge
Southbound 5am 10:30am
Batman Ave William Barrak Bridge
to Flinders Street
Southern Lanes (Contraflow arrangement on the
northern carriageway)
5am 10:30am
Birdwood Ave Domain Rd to
Linlithgow Ave
Both Directions 3:30am 11:30am
Domain Tunnel Monash Fwy to West Gate Fwy Westbound Only 9pm Saturday 12:30pm
West Gate Fwy Domain Tunnel to
Bolte Bridge

Westbound Only

5:30am 12:30pm
Bolte Bridge From West Gate
Freeway outbound
Northbound Only 5:30am 11am
Footscray Rd [2] Bolte Bridge to Pearl River Rd Westbound lanes (Restricted Access) 4:00am 11:30am
Pearl River Rd Footscray Rd to
Waterfront City Promenade

Both Directions

(Restricted Access)

5:00am 11:30am
Docklands Dr [3]

 West of Pearl River Road


Both Directions (Restricted Access) 6.00am 11.30 am
Harbour Esplanade [3] Navigation Dve to Dudley St Northbound



Bourke Street[3] West of Harbour Esplanade Both Directions 6:00am 11.30am
Collins St [3] West of Harbour Esplanade


Both Directions


6:00am 11.30am
Navigation Drive [3] West of Harbour Esplanade Eastbound 6:00am 11.30am
McCrae St [3] Harbour Esplanade to Batman Hill Dve Southbound 6:00am 11.30am
Victoria Harbour [3] West of Harbour Esplanade All directions (no access out of precinct) 6:00am 11.30am
Flinders St Batman Ave to Swan St Westbound 5:00am 10.30am
St Kilda Rd Main Carriageway Flinders St to Linlithgow Ave Southbound Only 5:00am 10.30am
St Kilda Rd (service
Princes Bridge to
Linlithgow Ave
Southbound Only 12:01am Sunday 11:30am
St Kilda Rd (service road)  Linlithgow Ave to Anzac Ave Southbound Only 5:00am 11.30am
Linlithgow Ave St Kilda Rd to
Alexandra Ave [4]
Both Directions Midday Saturday 8:00pm Sunday
Linlithgow Ave Government House Dve
to Linlithgow Ave
Both Directions 12:01am Friday 8:00pm Sunday
Anzac Ave St Kilda Rd to Government House Dve Both Directions 3:30am 11.30am
Southbank Blvd Moore St to City Rd Both Directions 5am 12:30pm
Power St City Rd to Sturt St Eastbound 5am 12:30pm
Kavanagh St Sturt St to Power St Both Directions 5am 12:30pm
Sturt St Alexandra Ave to Kavanagh St Southbound 5am 12:30pm

Domain Tunnel will be closed on the Saturday before the event for Maintenance, its closure will be managed by CityLink separately to this event.

[1] Contraflow from 10:am-12:30pm

[2] No access to Bolte Bridge/CityLink from Footscray Rd

[3] Limited Local Access before 7:45am and after 10:45am


Tip: Please do not park anywhere on the course.

Check with individual car park operators for Sunday operating hours.

There are several places to park relatively close to the start including the CBD and the Southbank area. The CBD can be accessed from the East (streets north of Flinders St), the South (via Kings Way) and from the North (streets east of Spencer St). Southbank can be accessed from the West (via City Road eastbound.

City Rd will be closed completely at Southbank Blvd (travelling towards the East) from  5am.

Please study the Road closure table to see what roads will be closed and how best to access your chosen parking destination. Plan your route into town carefully.

Note that normal on street parking restrictions apply throughout the event.

From the North

Vehicles will be able to access the CBD unimpeded from the North.  Please note the International Flower and Garden show at the Royal Exhibition Building is also on March 20, which will have an impact on traffic in the Northern part of the City.

Note: Do not use Spencer Street. Spencer Street southbound (between Collins Street and Albert Park) is the primary public transport route to the Grand Prix. Spencer  Street northbound will be local access only (no through traffic).

If you are coming in to the CBD on the Calder /Tullamarine, exit at Flemington Road to access the CBD, or exit at Montague Street from the West Gate Freeway to access Southbank.

From the South

Vehicles will be able to access the CBD unimpeded from the South via King’s Way or Punt  Road. Do not attempt to use Queensbridge Street or Batman Avenue. Due to the significant Road closures within the Southbank area, allow extra travel time.

From the East

Vehicles will be able to access the CBD unimpeded from the east using Victoria Pde, Albert St and Wellington Pde.

Where possible, avoid Flinders Street and instead use Spring Street to access the east/west streets such as Collins, Bourke & Lonsdale. If you are coming in on the Monash Freeway, you will be diverted at the Punt Road (Boulten Parade) exit. Motorists will enter Punt Road and travel in a northbound direction into Hoddle Street. The CBD can then be accessed by Wellington Pde, Albert  St and Victoria Pde as detailed above.

Swan Street will be closed between Punt Road and the Yarra River.

From the West

The West Gate Freeway will be open all day in the eastbound direction. Vehicles will be able to access the Southbank area by taking the Montague Street exit and then turning right under the Freeway to reach City Road.