The following information is provided to inform local residents and businesses located around Albert Park of changes to the surrounding areas as a result of the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

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General Community Information 

The following information is provided to inform local residents and businesses located around Albert Park of changes to the surrounding areas as a result of the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. 

The 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be staged from 23 to 26 March. Grand Prix and motor sport related activities will also take place from Wednesday 22 March starting at 7.25am until approximately 5:45pm on Sunday 26 March. The Track Schedule will be confirmed shortly so please check back for more details.

From 12.01am Tuesday 21 March to 11:59pm Monday 27 March Albert Park Reserve will be closed to the public. Access to the park will only be gained by presenting a valid event credential or valid ticket on event days.

A Community Relations Office will be established in Albert Park adjacent to Gate 1 near the Middle Park Station underpass in the lead up to the event. This is to assist with any community related matters and for the distribution of Local Access Permits to eligible residents and businesses. The Community Relations Office will be open from Monday 13 March to Sunday 26 March.


The Community Relations Office will be open from Monday 13 March to Sunday 26 March.

  • Monday, March 20 - 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 21 - 8:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 22 - 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 23 - 7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Friday, March 24 - 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Saturday, March 25 - 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 26 - 8:30am - 6:00pm
Local Access Zones

The City of Port Phillip council has allocated a Local Access Zone (LAZ) across the four event days in surroundings areas of Albert Park to ensure vehicles of patrons attending the event are kept to a minimum in local areas. Free LAZ permits will be issued to eligible residents and businesses within the Local Access Zone in February 2017.

Residents and business residing within the Local Access Zone will be automatically sent two LAZ permits. The LAZ extends further to surrounding areas come the Saturday and Sunday of the event. Please see Local Access Only Zone maps for Thursday and Friday  and for Saturday and Sunday.

Only vehicles displaying this permit will be allowed to access LAZ areas during the event. Selected perimeter roads will be closed and access will be restricted to certain entry points during the event. Access at these entry points will be controlled by security engaged by the City of Port Phillip. If you have any concerns, please contact the City of Port Phillip on (03) 9209 6777.

Please note LAZ permits are for access only and DO NOT override local government parking regulations/restrictions. The City of Port Phillip are responsible for providing households and businesses temporary parking permits over the event days. If you do not receive temporary parking permits and believe you are entitled to receive them, please contact the City of Port Phillip on (03) 9209 6777.  

If you believe you fall within the LAZ and do not receive your LAZ permits please contact AGPC’s Community Relations Officer at or phone (03) 9258 7120 to secure a LAZ permit. Any requests for additional passes can be submitted in the same way. 

If you have any other queries, please call the Australian Grand Prix Corporation Community Relations Officer on (03) 9258 7120 or

Road Closures

Albert Park Reserve remains open to the general public with the exception of the Grand Prix Race period (21 - 27 March). However, motorists, park tenants and park users should note that there will be periods of restricted access on certain days pre and post the Grand Prix Race Period. Access to Lakeside Drive, Aughtie Drive and other roads within the park will be most affected outside of the Race Period as detailed below:




Monday 20 February – Thursday 16 March


Lakeside Drive closed weekdays between 9:30am and 3:30pm.


Lakeside Drive closed weekends between 7:00pm Friday to 7:00am Monday


All other roads will remain open, except for short term temporary closures due to construction work. Minor delays expected.



Friday 17 March (9:30am) to Thursday 30 March (3:30pm)

Lakeside drive will be closed to all public traffic


All other roads will remain open, except for a short term temporary closure due to construction work during the Grand Prix Race period. Minor delays expected.


Tuesday 21st March to Monday 27 March

Grand Prix Race Period


Albert Park Reserve and all roads within Albert Park Reserve closed to the public

Tuesday 7 March to Monday 3 April

No Entry to Roy Street from Queens Road during this time. Access is available via St Kilda Road. Exit from Roy Street is only via Queens Lane from 23 – 26 March inclusive

Public Transport Information 

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation has worked closely with public transport operators to encourage patrons attending the event to use public transport to reduce traffic entering the local area.

Changes will affect the following services during the event:

  • Tram route 96 – St Kilda light rail
  • Tram Route 12 – Clarendon Street
  • Tram Route 16 – Fitzroy Street

Alternatively buses have been allocated to replace tram route 96, 12 & 16 to minimise any inconvenience.

Trains & a Shuttle Service will allow access to gates during the event:

Light Rail GP Express
Spencer Street (Corner Collins Street) to Gates 1 & 2

  • Thursday & Friday: Peak Times: 4-5 minute intervals.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Peak Times: 3-4 minute intervals.

Clarendon Street GP Express
Spencer Street (Corner Collins Street) to Gates 3

  • Thursday & Friday: Peak Times: 8-10 minute intervals.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 5-6 minute intervals.

St Kilda Road GP Shuttle
Swanston Street (outside Federation Square) to Gates 5, 8, 9, & 10

  • Thursday & Friday: Peak Times: 2 minute intervals.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Peak Times: 1 minute intervals.


Peak Times

  • Thursday & Friday: 8:00am – 10:00am and 4:45pm – 6:15pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 1:30pm and 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Off Peak Times

  • Thursday & Friday: normal weekday timetable
  • Saturday & Sunday: normal Saturday timetable


The above services are free for GP ticket holders between the city and the circuit*

NOTE: Normal tram fares apply on other tram routes that operate past the Circuit. The Light Rail GP Express and Clarendon Street GP Express will run express between Spencer Street and Gates 1 & 2. The Clarendon GP Express will not stop between Spencer Street and City Road on Saturday and Sunday (but will stop at all stops from City Rd onward). For up-to-date information download the TramTRACKER® app.

*Free travel only valid on day of ticket.

Please see the Public Transport Victoria website for more information at or call 1800 800 007.

Infrastructure Installation and Dismantle Activities

The 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix is fast approaching and we would like to take this opportunity to advise you of the infrastructure installation and dismantling process associated with the event.

The event will be staged at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit from Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 March 2017.

Throughout the duration of the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix regular access to Albert Park Reserve may be affected due to the installation and dismantle of infrastructure. For more information on areas and times affected please click here to see the Infrastructure Installation and Dismantle plan. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to park users and the local community, some activities may occur at times outside those due to minor alterations to the works schedule.

Important dates and Park access considerations

Event Dates

23 – 26 March 2017 (Event)

Albert Park Closed

21 – 27 March 2017 (Event week)

Golf Course Closed

13 March – 3 April 2017

Outside these periods, Albert Park (including the Community Playground), remains open to the public. Commercial businesses are open at the discretion of the operators.

Individual sporting clubs using Albert Park have information about the installation and dismantling activities.  For further information about any changes to sporting activities please contact the relevant sporting club.

Particular installation activities will require areas within Albert Park to be fenced off or access to be restricted (with public access not permitted).

Road Closures

Lakeside Drive Restricted Access: 20 February – 16 March & 31 March – 7 April 2017

During the above periods Lakeside Drive will be closed to public traffic between:

- 9.30am – 3.30pm each week day; and

- 7.00pm Friday to 7.00am Monday each weekend.

Lakeside Drive Closed: 9.30 am Friday 17 March to 3.30 pm Thursday 30 March 2017

Albert Park Precinct all roads closed: Tuesday 21 March 2017 – Monday 27 March 2017

At other times, temporary road closures may occur and minor traffic delays may be experienced due to the installation of specific localised infrastructure

Contractors’ Hours of Work

The typical hours of work are expected to be between 7am – 6pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Work may be required outside these times to achieve the works schedule, and will only be permitted with the prior approval of AGPC in limited circumstances. After dark works will only occur in very limited situations during the installation and dismantle phase.

Key Contact Details

For further information or to advise any concerns regarding the infrastructure installation, dismantling and Albert Park renovation activities, please contact:

  • Project Managers’ Site Office: (03) 8699 2700
  • AGPC Reception: (03) 9258 7100
  • Parks Victoria (Albert Park Office): (03) 9695 9000

The AGPC, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Restricted Parking 

Parking restrictions will be imposed during the event for areas within the Cities of Port Phillip, Stonnington and Melbourne. Areas include: unrestricted access, some changed parking restrictions at the time of the event, approval of current Council parking permits. Please note relevant Councils are responsible for distributing additional or temporary parking permits when required. Contact your local Council with any concerns:

City of Port Phillip: 9209 6777

City of Stonnington: 8290 1333

City of Melbourne: 9658 9658

Maps which highlight Local Access Zone and relevant parking restrictions can be found here.

General Park Users

Outside the Grand Prix Race Period all of Albert Park remains open for use by the community except for fenced construction sites and controlled work areas.

Signage will indicate restricted areas whilst infrastructure is being erected and dismantled. Please obey these signs for your safety.

Motorists, park tenants and park users should note that there will be periods of restricted access on Lakeside Drive, Aughtie Drive and other roads within the park on certain days.


Access will be maintained for cyclists on all park roads except during access periods and the Grand Prix Race Period. Clearly signed detours will be provided during the restricted access periods on park roads and other pathways where necessary. Please obey these signs for your safety. Cyclists should be aware that temporary speed humps will be installed on some shared pathways. 

Noise Levels

Event activities will occur from Wednesday 22 March to Sunday 26 March from approximately 7:30am – 6:30pm daily. Event activities may be loud (e.g. track activity and air displays). The use of soft foam disposable earplugs are advised for residents who would like to reduce noise levels. 

Aerial activities and flyovers will occur at the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. These activities may be loud. If noise is a concern to yourself or your pets, please review the Grand Prix Event Schedule here.


Pre, during and post the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix there will be security on site at Albert Park. For any security concerns or enquires please email or call 9258 7120. 

Access to businesses in Albert Park Reserve 

Outside of the Grand Prix Race Period, commercial premises operating in Albert Park remain open for business. For further information on hours of operation and access to these businesses please contact the business directly or contact Parks Victoria on 13 19 63 or  

Access to premises within this area requires a Local Access Zone Permit. You can obtain a permit on request through the Community Relations Office. Email or call (03) 9258 7120, they are also available at three of the City of Port Phillip Town Halls:

  • South Melbourne Town Hall; 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne.
  • St Kilda Town Hall; Corner Brighton Road and Carlisle Street, St Kilda.
  • Port Melbourne Town Hall; 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne.
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

MSAC remains open throughout the Grand Prix Race Period. Access and car parking for MSAC during the Grand Prix Race Period from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 March will be via the multi deck car park with entry and exit only from the Albert Road and Cecil Street intersection. The Southern car park will be closed during this time.

To gain entry into the car park, a Melbourne Sports Hub membership card is required. There will be no access through the entry off Aughtie Drive between Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 March inclusive. Foot traffic into the facility will be via the Aquatic entry adjacent to the multi deck car park.

As a result of the Grand Prix and the increased activity around the park, to ensure you get to MSAC on time we suggest you:

  • Leave earlier than you would normally.
  • Consider parking further from MSAC and walking to the facility.
  • Use public transport.

For facility operating hours visit or call (03) 9926 1555.

Parks Victoria

For further information about Albert Park Reserve or recreational boating activities on the lake in the lead up and during the event, please call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 19 63 or visit

Community Health Services and Emergencies Services

All community health services will operate normally. For emergency assistance telephone 000. Emergency vehicles have 24 hour access to the area.


Schools will notify parents directly of any changes to normal daily procedures. Middle Park Primary School is located within the Local Access Only Zone area. If you require a permit to access Middle Park Primary for drop off and pick up of school children please contact the Community Relations Office or on (03) 9258 7120 to secure a permit before the Grand Prix Race Period.

Community Playground

The Community Playground next to the Middle Park Bowls Club will remain open except during the Grand Prix Race Period (21-26 March). The playground will be accessible via the Middle Park underpass car park or via Aughtie Drive.   

Alcohol Consumption in Public

Local laws will be in place to prohibit the consumption or possession of alcohol in unsealed containers in any public place, other than in licensed premises, from Monday 20 to Monday 27 March 2017 inclusive. The City of Melbourne has also declared major events alcohol free in streets and reserves inclusive of the 2017 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Pets and Dog Walkers

It is recommended that pets sensitive to noise be kept indoors during Formula 1 sessions and aerial displays. Dogs can be walked in Albert Park as usual with the exception of fenced work areas and during the Grand Prix Race Period.

For a full list of event activities please refer to the Event Program schedule once confirmed for the 2017 event.

Additional Information

For any additional information on community matters leading up to, during or after the event, please contact or call the Australian Grand Prix Community Relations Officer on (03) 9258 7120. 

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