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 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020.

The event will commence its build on the Monday 6 January 2020 and dismantled by Friday 17 April 2020. The official event will be staged between Thursday 12 and Sunday 15 March 2020.
 
While every effort will be made to minimise disruption to park users and the local community, some activities may occur at times outside those listed. 

IMPORTANT DATES AND ACCESS CONSIDERATIONS
 
  • Event Dates: 12-15 March 2020
  • Albert Park closed: 10-16 March 2020 
  • Golf Course closed: 2-20 March 2020

Infrastructure Installation and Dismantle Activites can be viewed here.

For all enquiries, please email communityrelations@grandprix.com.au.

Alternatively, you can contact one the following below;

  • AGPC Reception: (03) 9258 7100 - General enquiries about the event.
  • Parks Victoria (Albert Park Office): (03) 8427 2010

AGPC will establish a community relations office 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. Further info will be provided in due course.

Community Relations Office Opening Hours 

The Community Relations Office is currently not operational. For any enquiries, please contact AGPC on (03) 9258 7100. 

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 (03) 8427 2010 or parkweb.vic.gov.au.

Businesses within Albert Park require a Local Access Zone permit to access their premises during AGPC occupation of Albert Park. You can obtain a permit on request through the Community Relations Office on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or our main office on (03) 9258 7100. They are also available at three 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
Community Day

This year, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation is pleased to offer free General Admission tickets to our local community on Thursday 12 March. Thursday entry also includes free access to all grandstands.

Residents and business owners residing within 1 - 83 Queens Road, postcodes 3182, 3205 and 3206 can present a valid ID showing their address to any ticket office and be granted General Admission access.

For further enquiries, please contact the Community Relations Office on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or our main office on (03) 9258 7100.

Community Health Services and Emergency Services

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

Community Playground

The Community Playground next to the Middle Park Bowls Club will remain open except during the Grand Prix Race Period (10-16 March 2020). The playground will be accessible via the Middle Park underpass car park or Aughtie Drive.

Cyclists

Access will be maintained for cyclists on all park roads except during access periods and the Grand Prix Race Period (10-16 March 2020).

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.

Due to the changed conditions please take care when riding through the area. 

General Community Information

The Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 will be staged from 12-15 March 2020.

Motorsport-related activities will take place from Wednesday 11 March at 7:00am until approximately 7:30pm on Sunday 15 March.

The Track Schedule is available at the following link 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.

Infrastructure Installation and Dismantle Activities

Throughout the duration of the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020, regular access to Albert Park Reserve may be affected due to the installation and dismantle of infrastructure.

Whilst every effort will be made to minimise disruption to park users and the local community, some activities may happen at times outside those proposed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Any changes will be made in consultation with Parks Victoria and other affected parties where possible and appropriate.

Infrastructure Installation and Dismantle Activites can be viewed here.

Local Access Zones

The City of Port Phillip Council has allocated a Local Access Zone (LAZ) around the surrounding area of Albert Park for the four-event days. This means parking and access are restricted to all vehicles unless displacing a LAZ permit. These Free LAZ permits will be issued to eligible residents and traders within the Local Access Zone by March 5 2020. These areas are implemented to reduce total traffic around the event to enhance the experience for the local community.

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 is 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 have any general queries or believe you fall within the LAZ and do not receive your LAZ permits, please contact the Community Relations Office on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au.

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

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 10 to Monday 16 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.
 
There will be no access through the entry off Aughtie Drive between Tuesday 10 to Monday 16 March inclusive. Foot traffic into the facility will be via the aquatic entry adjacent to the multi-deck car 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 melbournesportscentres.com.au/msac or call (03) 9926 1555.
 
Noise Levels

Event activities will occur from Wednesday 11 March to Sunday 15 March from approximately 7:00am - 7:30pm daily. Event activities may be loud (e.g. track activity and air displays).

The use of soft foam disposable earplugs are advised for residents whom would like to reduce the noise levels.

Aerial activities and flyovers will occur at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020. These activities may be loud. If noise is a concern to yourself or your pets, please review the Track Schedule.

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 (Albert Park Office): (03) 8427 2010 or visit parkweb.vic.gov.au.

Pets and Dog Walkers

It is recommended that pets sensitive to noise be kept indoors during track activity and aerial displays.

Dogs can be walked in Albert Park as per 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 Track Schedule.

Public Transport Information

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) 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)
    • Thursday and Friday: Additional services.
    • Saturday and Sunday: Shortened service (bus replacement service to operate from Spencer Street between 5.30am-8.30pm).
  • Tram Route 12 (Clarendon Street)
    • Thursday and Friday: No change.
    • Saturday and Sunday: Express between Collins Street and Spencer Street to City Road, including additional tram services and bus replacements to supplement the current timetabled service.
  • Tram Route 16 (Fitzroy Street)
    • Thursday and Friday: No change.
    • Saturday and Sunday: Shortened service.

Alternatively, buses have been allocated to replace tram Route 96, to minimise any inconvenience.

Trains and a shuttle service will allow access to gates during the event.

Light Rail GP Express

Spencer Street (corner Collins Street) to Gates 1 and 2.

  • Thursday and Friday: Trams will run as per usual schedule (not express). 7-8 minute intervals during peak times.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 4-5 minute intervals during peak times.

Clarendon Street GP Express

Spencer Street (corner Collins Street) to Gate 3.

  • Thursday and Friday: Trams will run as per usual schedule (not express). 8-10 minute intervals during peak times.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 5-6 minute intervals.

St Kilda Road GP Shuttle

Swanston Street (outside Federation Square) to Gates 5, 8, 9, and 10.

  • Thursday and Friday: 3-minute intervals during peak times.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 2-minute intervals during peak times.

Peak Times

  • Thursday and Friday: 8.00am-10.00am and 4.45pm-6.15pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am-1.30pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm.

Off-Peak Times

  • Thursday and Friday: Normal weekday timetable.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Normal Saturday timetable.

The above services are free for Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 ticket holders between the city and the circuit*.

Please note, normal tram fares apply on other tram routes that operate past the circuit. The Light Rail GP Express will operate express between Southern Cross Station (Spencer Street) and Gates 1 and 2. The Clarendon Street GP Express will not stop between Spencer Street and City Road on Saturday and Sunday (but will stop at all stops from City Road onward). For up-to-date information, download the TramTRACKER® app.

Restricted Parking

Parking restrictions will be imposed during the event for areas within the Cities of Port Phillip, Stonnington and Melbourne.

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: (03) 9209 6777
  • City of Stonnington: (03) 8290 1333
  • City of Melbourne: (03) 9658 9658

Please note, there is no public parking within the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

Road Closures

Access to Albert park will be restricted during the Grand Prix Race Period (between 12:01am on Tuesday 10 March until 11:59pm on Monday 16 March 2020. Motorists, park tenants and park users should note that there will be periods of restricted access on certain days before and after the Grand Prix Race Period. The majority of Albert Park Reserve will remain open to the general public at all other times.

Access to Lakeside Drive between Albert Road and Ross Gregory Drive and the road linking Lakeside and Queens Road (south of Greenfields) are closed with access restricted to AGPC and Parks Victoria approved users only.

Aughtie Drive and other roads within the park will be most affected outside of the Race Period as detailed below:

  • Monday 10 February 2020 to Thursday 5 March 2020

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

  • Friday 14 February 2020 to Monday 2 March 2020

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.

  • Thursday 27 February 2020 to Thursday 19 March 2020

No entry to Roy Street from Queens Road during this time. Access available via St Kilda Road. Exit from Roy Street is only via Queens Lane from 12 March until 15 March.

  • Tuesday 3 March 2020 to Wednesday 4 March 2020

Queens Road temporary closure between 10:00pm-6:00am.

  • Friday 6 March 2020 (9:30am) to Monday 9 March 2020 (7:00am)

Lakeside Drive will be closed to all general public traffic.

All other roads will remain open, except for short term temporary closures due to construction work and the Grand Prix Race Period. Minor delays expected.

  • Monday 9 March 2020 to Tuesday 10 March 2020

All roads closed from 7:00am Monday to 12:01 am Tuesday.

  • Tuesday 10 March 2020 12:01am to Monday 16 March 2020 11:59pm

Grand Prix Race Period.

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

  • Monday 16 March 2020 to Thursday 19 March 2020

All roads closed 11:59pm Monday to 3:30pm Thursday.

This closure will only be implemented if required. AGPC will endeavour to have all roads (except Lakeside Drive) open by Monday 16 March 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • Tuesday 18 March 2020 to Wednesday 19 March 2020

Queens Road temporary closure between 11:05am-3:00pm.

  • Friday 20 March 2020 to Friday 27 March 2020

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

  • Friday 20 March 2020 to Friday 27 March 2020

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.

Temporary Closures
  • Monday 23 March 2020

Overpass 7 across Ross Gregory Drive is scheduled to be dismantled.

Traffic controllers will be present at either end of the closure on Albert Road Drive and at Turn 13, 14 and at the U-turn at Lakeside Drive/Village Green to advise motorists and cyclists on access during all times of the traffic treatment operation.

  • Tuesday 24 March 2020

Overpass 3 across Albert Road Drive is scheduled to be dismantled.

Traffic controllers will be present at either end of the closure on Albert Road Drive and at Turn 13, 14 and at the U-turn at Lakeside Drive/Village Green to advise motorists and cyclists on access during all times of the traffic treatment operation.

Schools

Middle Park Primary School is located within the Local Access Zone area and will require a Local Access Zone vehicle permit between the event dates (Thursday 12th March 2020 – Sunday 15th March 2020).

South Melbourne Park Primary School is not located within the Local Access Zone area on Thursday 12th March and Friday 13th March 2020. Parents and staff at the school will therefore not require a Local Access Zone vehicle permit. The zone will increase and capture this area on Saturday 14th March and Sunday 15th March 2020 which are non-school days.

For further enquiries, please contact the Community Relations Office on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or (03) 9258 7100.

Schools will notify parents directly of any changes to normal daily procedures.

If required, individuals can apply for a vehicle access permit during the mentioned dates by contacting the Community Relations Office, please email communityrelations@grandprix.com.au.

Security

Before, during and after the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020 there will be security on site at Albert Park.

For any security concerns or enquiries, please email communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or call (03) 9258 7100 during business hours. If you see anything suspicious please call 000.

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