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Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street

The City of Melbourne is giving our neighbourhood a facelift – 2.5 hectares of beautiful new green public spaces along Southbank Boulevard and its surrounds!

Construction commenced in July 2018, and while there'll be plenty of long-term benefits to the Melbourne Arts Precinct, there'll also be some short-term impacts to visitors, including temporary road closures, changes/diversions to roads and traffic lights, and changed access to our car park.

Our Car Park will remain open 24/7 during this time.

So what's this project all about?

City of Melbourne Vision

City of Melbourne's vision for our neighbourhood is to transform Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street into one of Australia's most pedestrian-friendly places and linking the Domain Parklands to the Yarra River. You can view the interactive Draft Concept Plan here.

Please refer to the Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street website for more detailed information.

Southbank Boulevard Construction Bulletin Update

How will this affect your visit to Arts Centre Melbourne?

The key changes associated with the project and directly affecting your visit to Arts Centre Melbourne in are:

  • Vehicles approaching Sturt Street from St Kilda Rd/Linlithgow Avenue can no longer turn right from Southbank Boulevard into Sturt Street. Access to the Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park from Southbank Boulevard is now via a right hand turn into Kavanagh Street.
  • All cars exiting the Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park onto Southbank Boulevard now have to turn left. Access to the west is either via Alexandra Avenue/City Road or as operational requirements allow, an exit onto Sturt Street from the lower level of the Car Park.
  • Trams will continue to operate, and buses will be diverted.
  • Pedestrians will continue to have access to the precinct.


Keep checking this web page for up-to-date information on the project timelines, changed traffic conditions and any Arts Centre Melbourne car park changes. If you're planning to visit us for an upcoming show, we'll also include a message in the pre-show email which will remind you to check this page for updates to ensure you can have a smooth experience when you visit.

More project info

To find out more about the implementation of Transforming Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, please contact 9658 9658 or visit

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