Getting to and from the Festival

St Kilda Festival consistently draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people to the precinct for the one-day event. Road closures are in place for Festival day, and delays can be expected on surrounding roads.

Public transport is the best way to travel to the St Kilda Festival and extra tram services will be in place to get you to the heart of the action and home again. Check the PTV app or visit for details.

From Southern Cross Station: Route 12a & Route 96a Departing Spencer St, Stop 122 (Southern Cross Railway Station/Spencer St). Extra services will operate every few minutes. This will be an accessible service.

From Melbourne Central Station: Route 16a: Departing Swanston St, Stop 8 (Melbourne Central Station/Swanston St)

From Flinders Street Station: Route 16a: Departing St Kilda Rd, Stop 13 (Flinders St Station/Fed Square)

Service alterations: Route 3a, 5, 6, 12, 16, 67, 72 and 96 trams are affected by temporary service alterations from 4.30am to last tram on Sunday 11 February 2018, due to the St Kilda Festival.

Trams will operate to their usual frequency, but some will only operate along part of their route, to ensure areas of high passenger demand are serviced. Information on Service Changes for Sunday 11 February is available here, and in the below customer bulletin and map.

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Bus routes 600, 606, 623 or 922 will get you to the festival.

Service alterations: Due to road closures in place on 11 February 2018, Transdev bus Routes 246, 600 and 922 will be diverted from their normal route from first to last service.

Take the Sandringham line.

From Balaclava Station: take tram Routes 3a, 16a, or walk along Carlisle Street.

From Windsor Station: take tram Route 78 along Chapel Street and get off at Carlisle Street, or take routes 5 or 64 along Dandenong Road and get off at St Kilda Junction.

From Elsternwick Station: take a Route 67 tram to Carlisle Street or a Route 246 bus running approximately every 20 minutes between Elsternwick Station and Punt Road/Union Street.

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Riding is a great way to get to and from the festival! Leave your bike in safe hands and hassle free at one of our free RACV Bike Valets. There will be two stations available from 9.30am – 10pm, one at either end of the Festival:

Coming from the City/Port Melbourne: take the Bay Trail or Cowderoy St to get to the Catani Gardens via Pier Road for the Catani Gardens RACV Bicycle Valet at the northern end of the gardens (E3 on the Festival Map)

Coming from the East/South: take Barkly or Mitford St to Blessington St and onto the Bay Trail to reach the Luna Park RAVC Bicycle Valet on the corner of Cavell St & Marine Pde (Q7 on the Festival map)

For everyone’s safety, please walk your bike within the Festival Precinct.

There will be three temporary taxi ranks in the Festival precinct:

  • Lakeside Drive (opposite Village Green Drive/B11 on the Festival map)
  • Catani Gardens on Beaconsfield Pde (opposite Mary St/E3 on the Festival map)
  • Marine Parade (opposite Shakespeare Grove, Q7 on the Festival map)

Taxi ranks will operate from 10am to midnight on Festival day, and are the best places to get a taxi as they staffed and well-lit. Remember the Festival precinct is closed to traffic. Taxis and rideshare services are unable to access closed roads.

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Disability drop off and pick up zone: located on Beaconsfield Parade adjacent to Catani Gardens, (F4 on the Festival map.) Please present your disability pass to access the drop off zone.

Disability Parking Area: There is a designated disability parking area on Fitzroy St, near the Fitzroy Bowls Club (C8 on the Festival map), and Belford St (N11 on the Festival map). Please present your disability pass to access these areas.

Accessible trams
Trams 96a, 12a, 3a and 16a are the closest services to the Festival precinct. For information on accessible trams please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

Accessible buses
Bus routes 600, 606, 623 or 922 are the closest services to the Festival precinct and are wheelchair accessible services. For information on accessible buses please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.


A number of full and partial road closures will affect access to the St Kilda Festival site. View the Road Closure Map here.

The festival attracts a high amount of traffic to the area around the Festival Precinct and parking is limited. Public transport is the best way to travel to the St Kilda Festival and extra services will be in place.


No on street parking will be available within the road closure area on Festival day and the following public car parks will be closed to general public access:

  • Belford Street West Car Park
  • Irwell Street Car Park
  • Seabaths Car Park
  • Shakespeare Grove Car Park
  • Peanut Farm Reserve Carpark

In addition:

  • Lower Esplanade Car Parks will be closed to public access between Friday 9 February and Sunday 11 February.
  • Car parking areas at the rear of the Palais Theatre will be closed to the public between Wednesday 7 February and Tuesday 13 February (subject to change).
  • Car parking areas on Blessington Street between Chaucer Street and Spenser Street will be closed to the public on Sunday 11 February.

Council Parking Enforcement Officers will be in the Festival precinct on Sunday 11 February. If you require any assistance with traffic management or parking enforcement on Festival day please call ASSIST on 9209 6777 .

Local residents can find more information here.

Roads throughout the St Kilda Festival precinct are closed for Festival day from 3am. Traffic to areas surrounding the precinct will also be affected. See the Road Closure Map for details.

Various parks and open spaces within the St Kilda area will be utilised for St Kilda Festival on 11 February 2018.

The installation and removal of equipment into these parks and open spaces has been designed to minimise impact both on the amenity itself and its availability to the public. Most public access pathways will be maintained throughout open spaces and parks, however some grassed areas and pathways may be unavailable for periods of time between Friday 9th and Monday 12th February 2018.

The following parks and/or open spaces will have Festival infrastructure installed:

  • Catani Gardens
  • South Beach Reserve
  • Beach Promenade
  • Alfred Square
  • O’Donnell Gardens
  • Cleve Gardens
  • Rotary Park
  • Foreshore
  • Captain Cook Lawns


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Address: 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Phone: 1300 884 373
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