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® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

Ahead of the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 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 22 until Sunday 25 March 2018.

The map provided outlines the infrastructure installation and dismantling in the precinct. Click here to open the map.

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 due to minor alterations to the works schedule.

Important dates and access considerations
  • Event Dates: 22-25 March 2018 (Event)
  • Albert Park closed: 20-26 March 2018 
  • Golf Course closed: 12 March-2 April 2018

For all enquiries, please email enquiries@grandprix.com.au or contact:

  • Site Office: (03) 8699 2700
  • AGPC Reception: (03) 9258 7100 
  • Parks Victoria (Albert Park Office): (03) 8427 2010
  • After-Hours Contact (Security): 0401 776 038 (20 January-20 April)
Community Cinema

As a proud supporter of the local community, the Australian Grand Prix invites you to the Community Cinema at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit. Click here for more information.

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 Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.

The Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be staged from 22-25 March. Grand Prix and motorsport-related activities will take place from Thursday 22 March at 7.25am until approximately 5.45pm on Sunday 25 March. Further information regarding track activity and the Track Schedule is available here.

From 12.01am Monday 19 March until 11:59pm Monday 26 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.

Our 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 12 March to Sunday 25 March.

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 2018.

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 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 believe you fall within the LAZ and do not receive your LAZ permits, please contact the Community Relations Office on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or (03) 9258 7134 to secure a LAZ permit. Any requests for additional passes can be submitted in the same way.

If you have any other general queries, please call the Community Relations Office on (03) 9258 7134 or communityrelations@grandprix.com.au.

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)
    • 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 GP 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.

Road Closures

Albert Park Reserve remains open to the general public with the exception of the Grand Prix Race Period (20-26 March). However, 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.

Access to Lakeside Drive between Albert Road and Ross Gregory Drive and the road linking Lakeside and Queens Road (south of the Lago Lounge) 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 19 February-Monday 19 March
    • Lakeside Drive closed weekdays between 9.30am to 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.
  • Thursday 8 March-Thursday 29 March
    • 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 22 March-25 March.
  • Tuesday 13 March-Wednesday 14 March
    • Queens Road temporary closure between 10.00pm-5.00am.
  • Tuesday 20 March-Monday 26 March
    • ​Albert Park Reserve and all roads within Albert Park Reserve closed to the public.
  • Monday 26 March-Thursday 29 March
    • All roads are closed between 11.59pm-6.00pm.
  • Tuesday 27 March-Wednesday 28 March
    • Queens Road temporary closure between 10.00pm-5.00am.
  • Thursday 29 March-Tuesday 3 April
    • Lakeside Drive open over Easter Holiday Weekend between 3.30pm-9.30am.
  • Tuesday 3 April-Friday 6 April
    • Lakeside Drive restricted access between 9.30am-3.30pm.
Infrastructure Installation and Dismantle Activities

Throughout the duration of the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, 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.

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

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.

Cyclists

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 21 March to Sunday 25 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 whom would like to reduce the noise levels. 

Please be aware that a fireworks display is planned for Wednesday 21 March in the evening. It is recommended that pets sensitive to noise be kept indoors during the display.

Aerial activities and flyovers will occur at the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. These activities may be loud. If noise is a concern to yourself or your pets, please review the Track Schedule.

Security

Before, during and after the Formula 1® 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, there will be security on site at Albert Park.

For any security concerns or enquires, please email communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or call (03) 9258 7134.

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 parkweb.vic.gov.au.

Access to premises within this area requires a Local Access Zone permit. You can obtain a permit on request through the Community Relations Office on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or (03) 9258 7134. 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
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 20 to Sunday 25 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 20 to Monday 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 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 msac.com.au 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 parkweb.vic.gov.au.

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.

Schools

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

Middle Park Primary School is located within the Local Access 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 on communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or (03) 9258 7134 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 (22-25 March). The playground will be accessible via the Middle Park underpass car park or 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 19 to Monday 26 March 2018 inclusive.

The City of Melbourne has also declared major events alcohol-free in streets and reserves inclusive of the Formula 1® 2018 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 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.

Additional Information

For any additional information on community matters leading up to, during or after the event, please contact communityrelations@grandprix.com.au or call the Australian Grand Prix Community Relations Office on (03) 9258 7134.

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