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.

The City of Melbourne is transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by shifting traffic to create 2.5 hectares of public space.

Road Closures

Southbank Boulevard between Kavanagh Street and St Kilda Road is currently closed to vehicle traffic. Pedestrian, bike and tram access (No.1) will be maintained during this time (buses will be diverted).

Car Parks

Entrance to the Arts Centre Melbourne and Australian Ballet Centre car parks is currently via Sturt St or Kavanagh Street. Please note, pedestrian detours are in place and walks to the Centre may be slightly longer than usual.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access has been restored now the tram works have been completed, but we ask you to take care while walking to the Centre as road conditions have changed. Please note, pedestrian detours are in place and walks to the Centre may be slightly longer than usual.

Please note that work to pave the sidewalk on the corner of Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard from Tuesday 21 May to Friday 7 June may affect how you access the Centre on foot. Please observe the alternative routes in place during this period and allow extra time to arrive at the Centre.


For safe drop offs and collections we recommend Dodds Street which is located next to Southbank Theatre and can be entered via Grant Street. This location has four accessible car spaces. From there you will be able to walk along Southbank Boulevard past Southbank Theatre and the restaurants to our entrance.

If you have any questions about getting to the Centre, especially if you have access requirements, don’t hesitate to call us on (03) 9699 3333 for more information.

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.

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