Transforming Southbank

Southbank is the home of Melbourne’s arts precinct, a thriving business sector and is on the doorstep of the central city. It is also one of the most densely populated suburbs in Melbourne but it doesn’t have enough public space for people.

In 2018, the City of Melbourne will begin transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by shifting traffic to create 2.5 hectares of public space.

Southbank Boulevard roadworks will commence on Monday 16 July and run until Saturday 22 September 2018. This will involve closing Southbank Boulevard between Sturt Street and St Kilda Road to car traffic. Pedestrian, bike and tram access (No.1) will be maintained during this time (buses will be diverted). Detours for car traffic will be in place. All access to and from the Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park will be via Sturt Street.

We will update this page with information as the project develops and keep you informed of any access changes which may affect you and your journey to the Centre.

This project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet the public space needs of a rapidly growing population and create a series of unique public spaces. Click here to discover more on the City of Melbourne website.

You can also discover more by reading the City of Melbourne’s Southbank Boulevard and Dodds St Construction Bulletin below.


Melbourne Recital Centre and Southbank Theatre and our bars and restaurants remain open for business throughout the works.