Venue & Location

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Location Address
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

The Arts Centre Spire has become an iconic landmark in the Melbourne skyline since it first rose from the site in 1984. The original plans for a single performing arts building envisaged the entire site topped with a 126-metre Spire. However, the changes to the original building designs meant the Spire, too, had to be rethought. Sir Roy Ground's investigations into the possibilities of an open-lattice space-frame design coincided with technological developments used in the stadium construction for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Sir Roy's revised 137-metre design included spectacular gold webbing around its lower section, simulating the flowing folds of a ballerina's tutu. This design was subsequently adopted, although the height was reduced by 22 metres to 115 metres. Some years later, as a result of increasing structural deterioration of the original upper Spire structure, the opportunity arose to replace the tower and add a further 46 metres to the original construction. Completed on 12 January 1996, the Spire now reaches 162 metres above street level and is topped by a 10-metre mast. The total weight of steel in the Spire and mast is 97.7 tonnes. With an array of venues under its spire, the Arts Centre is the flagship of the performing arts in Victoria and focal point of the cultural precinct. Australia's largest and busiest performing arts venues, the Arts Centre stages more than 4400 performances and public events at its three venues: the Theatres Building, hosting the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio; the Hamer Hall concert venue; and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Arts Centre Melbourne is host and partner to national and state companies such as Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. The centre also operates the largest performing arts learning and participation program in Australia.


Getting Here 

By Tram

Trams that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, "Arts Precinct" stop number 14: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

By Train

Get off at Flinders Street Station in the Melbourne CBD and walk for a few minutes along St Kilda Road, over Princess Bridge and the Yarra River.

By Car

Open 24 hours a day, the Arts Centre Melbourne car park entrance is accessible from Sturt Street

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Entry to the Arts Centre Melbourne car park is located on the corner of Sturt and Kavanagh Streets, Southbank and is easily accessed from St Kilda Road / Southbank Boulevard and Alexandra Avenue / City Road.

Parking Rates

Early Bird: $17 flat rate
Monday to Friday - Enter before 10:00am and exit by 6:30pm
*Pay on arrival available – not bookable in advance

Day: $35 flat rate
Monday to Friday - Enter after 10:00am, exit by 7:00pm
*Pay on arrival available – not bookable in advance

Evening: $26 flat rate
Monday to Saturday - Enter after 4:00pm, exit by 4:00am the next day
*Pay on arrival available – not bookable in advance

Pay on arrival available. Overstay rates apply at $6 per hour up to a maximum of $55 per 24 hours. Valet: Available from 5:30pm; for booking up until 3pm on the day required. Disabled parking bays are on both levels.

Dive in to discover the distinct flavours of Melbourne destinations.

Spend some time in the city centre and you'll discover it's neatly divided into little pockets for you to explore. Find art, bars and restaurants up and down in the laneways, retail therapy for any budget in Bourke and Collins streets, and creative outlets on show in Flinders Quarter. St Kilda Road means galleries and gardens, while neighbouring Yarra Precinct and Docklands deliver waterside views by the boatload.

Just a tram ride away, the eclectic neighbourhoods on the city fringe offer endless possibilities. Take your fixie for a spin in the uber cool northern suburbs Collingwood, Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote. Flex your plastic in retail meccas South Yarra, Prahran and Toorak. Take your beach towel (or yacht) to bayside St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne, and go west for more fabulous food and beaches.

M what not to missEnjoy Australia’s Food, Sport and Culture Capital

Melbourne offers a kaleidoscope of world-class events in autumn - here’s what’s happening during the week of the conference:

  • Good beer Week
  • AFL Round *, featuring 5 games in Melbourne@
  • Beautiful: The Carole King musical
  • Art’s Centre Melbourne: Australian Music Vault
  • Performances: Beethoven’s Eroica, Tosca. La Traviata, Anthony & Cleopatra
  • Melbourne has been voted world’s most liveable city for the seventh year now

Melbourne airport FAQ.

Melbourne international and domestic airport is located approximately 30 minute drive (25km) from Melbourne CBD. 

Airport Shuttle

Melbourne Sky Bus operates a return express airport shuttle service 24/7, including all public holidays, from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) to either Melbourne CBD Southern Cross Station or to 5 stops within the Docklands and Southbank precincts. Tickets are available to purchase online, or via the ticketing booths at either Melbourne Airport or Southern Cross Station. There is free wifi available on the airport shuttle. For details on their departure times, check pick up/departure locations, or to book tickets please visit the Sky Bus website here;

Hotel Transfers

Sky Bus also operate a free city hotel shuttle from a variety of hotels in Melbourne between 06:00 - 22:30 weekdays and 06:00 - 19:00 on weekends. For more information about the Free city hotel shuttle please visit their website here;

Taxis & Ride Share

Taxi ranks are conveniently located across each terminal at Melbourne airport. A trip from Melbourne airport to Melbourne CBD will cost approximately $65-$70 AUD one way (traffic dependent). Estimate your fare here. 

Uber is regularly available within Melbourne. Uber drivers pick up travellers from two locations at Melbourne Airport, for Qantas, International and Virgin Australia passengers, the ride-share pick up zone is lane 1 of the forecourt. For Jetstar, TigerAir, Rex or AirNorth passengers, the pick up zone is level 2 inside the T4 Ground Transport Hub. For more information see the Melbourne Airport website here; 

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