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 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 |
|Alexandra Ave||Swan St Bridge to
|Both Directions Restricted Access||5am||10:00am |
|Swan St Bridge||Alexandra Ave to
|Both Directions||5am||10:00am |
|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
|Batman Ave||William Barrak Bridge
to Flinders Street
|Southern Lanes (Contraflow arrangement on the
|Birdwood Ave||Domain Rd to
|Domain Tunnel||Monash Fwy to West Gate Fwy||Westbound Only||9pm Saturday||12:30pm|
|West Gate Fwy||Domain Tunnel to
|Bolte Bridge||From West Gate
|Footscray Rd ||Bolte Bridge to Pearl River Rd||Westbound lanes (Restricted Access)||4:00am||11:30am|
|Pearl River Rd||Footscray Rd to
Waterfront City Promenade
|Docklands Dr ||
West of Pearl River Road
|Both Directions (Restricted Access)||6.00am||11.30 am|
|Harbour Esplanade ||Navigation Dve to Dudley St||Northbound||
|Bourke Street||West of Harbour Esplanade||Both Directions||6:00am||11.30am|
|Collins St ||West of Harbour Esplanade||
|Navigation Drive ||West of Harbour Esplanade||Eastbound||6:00am||11.30am|
|McCrae St ||Harbour Esplanade to Batman Hill Dve||Southbound||6:00am||11.30am|
|Victoria Harbour ||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
|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 
|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.
 Contraflow from 10:am-12:30pm
 No access to Bolte Bridge/CityLink from Footscray Rd
 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.