Venue Information

Victorian Opera performs in Melbourne's best theatres and concert halls choosing our venue to give our audiences the best possible experience.

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse and Hamer Hall

100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Be guided by its colourful spire to this exceptional venue where world-class companies and artists regularly perform. Its proximity to the CBD and public transport makes it the ideal venue for city workers and suburbanites alike. Enjoy the convenience of a range of dining options before settling in for a performance to remember in the sumptuous Hamer Hall or the more intimate Playhouse.

Echo and Narcissus 17, 19, 20, March
Parrwang Lifts the Sky 19 June
The Friends of Salamanca 1, 2 October
The Butterfly Lovers 13, 15, 16 November

The Arts Centre Melbourne website features detailed information on accessibility and venue access.

Transport Details

Public Transport

  • Train - Get off at Flinders Street Station in the Melbourne CBD and walk for a few minutes along St Kilda Road, over Princes Bridge and the Yarra River.
  • Tram - Trams that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne, 'Arts Precinct' stop number 14: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

Parking

  • Open 24 hours a day, the Arts Centre Melbourne car park entrance is accessible from 4 Sturt Street. Current special flat rate is $17 to park within a 24 hour period. The Arts Centre Melbourne car park is located just minutes from the theatres, NGV, and central Melbourne.
  • In the interests of visitors safety, Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park is now a cash-free facility. Please ensure you have a valid credit or debit card to pay for your parking.

Palais Theatre

Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Restored to revitalise its glorious history and provide an enhanced audience experience, this extraordinary heritage building has outstanding acoustics for opera. Take advantage of the beachside location and nearby restaurants before stepping into the Palais Theatre’s foyer and marvelling at the ornate atmospheric theatre style.

The Sleeping Beauty 23, 25, 26 February
Lorelei 30 June and 1, 2 July
Voss 4 August
The Who's Tommy 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 August

Where to eat near the Palais Theatre.

The Palais Theatre website features detailed information on accessibility and venue access.

Transport Details

Public Transport

Train - Sandringham Line to Balaclava Station - Cnr Carlisle Street and William Place, Balaclava. Take Tram 16 to Acland Street.

  • Tram - Trams that stop in front of the Palais Theatre stop number 138: 16, 3a, 96
  • Bus - Bus routes that include a stop near Palais Theatre: 246, 600/922/923, 606, 623

Taxis

A designated taxi rank is located on Acland Street near the Carlisle Street intersection, outside the The Vineyard. 

Parking

There are many parking options just a short stroll from the Palais Theatre. Visit the Palais Theatre website for full details.

Accessible Parking

There are two accessible car parking spaces in Lower Esplanade. Access is via Jacka Boulevard through the St Kilda Triangle Car Park. 

Please note: Lower Esplanade access from Cavell Street is closed 3 hours prior to doors time. Cars displaying a Category 1 disabled parking permit (blue permit) are exempt from paying City of Port Phillip parking fees. If you are being dropped off at the theatre, passengers can alight vehicles on Cavell Street. Visit the Palais Theatre website for full details.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave

When the weather warms up, the Bowl comes to life with everything from rock concerts to Carols by Candlelight. Melbourne’s largest outdoor performance space is a versatile venue in the lush surrounds of Kings Domain, next to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Things at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl are a little different than you may remember. This iconic venue has been transformed into a COVIDSafe space, with a reduced capacity and new socially distanced seating configurations. 

The Pearl Fishers 22 April

Seating options

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl has been transformed into a COVIDSafe space, with a reduced capacity and new socially distanced seating configurations. There are three ticket categories - Private Decks, Stalls Tables and Balcony Seats. We recommend planning ahead as each option reserves a designated area for your group in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and must be booked in one transaction. Guests can attend in groups of up to two, four and six. Single tickets are also available. 

View Sidney Myer Music Bowl map

Detailed information to plan your visit can be found at liveatthebowl.com.au and via the Ticketek website.

Transport Details

Public Transport

  • Train - Flinders Street Station is a short tram ride or 10-15 minute walk from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Outside Flinders Street Station, trams travel south on St Kilda Road to the venue. 
  • Tram - Tram stop #17 on St Kilda Road is the closest tram stop. The following tram routes stop here: 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 & 72.

For timetables and maps, visit ptv.gov.au.

Parking

  • Limited pay and display parking is available in the streets surrounding the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • The Arts Centre Melbourne car park is open 24 hours a day. Current special flat rate is $17 to park within a 24 hour period. This car park is located just 10 minutes by foot from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
  • In the interests of visitors safety, Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park is now a cash-free facility. Please ensure you have a valid credit or debit card to pay for your parking.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible Parking   - There are 4 x 4hr wheelchair accessible parking spaces available on Linlithgow Avenue at the bottom of Gate 1.  Alternatively, the Arts Centre Melbourne car park is approximately 10 minutes from the entrance to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and has wheelchair accessible parking available on the bottom level.
  • Accessible Public Transport  - The closest train station is Flinders St Station and the closest tram stop is Arts Precinct / St Kilda Rd (from a wheelchair accessible, more level terrain perspective) .  Tram stops along St Kilda Rd are wheelchair accessible, however not all trams servicing those stops are low floor.  To find out if the next tram will be a low-floor tram, look for the wheelchair symbol on tramTRACKER®→ 
  • Drop Off   - There is no formal drop off area onsite, however there is a small break in parking with curb cut access on Linlithgow Avenue at the bottom of Gate 1, which can be used for a quick drop off if needed.   A golf buggy will also be on-site in this area if you require assistance getting from the street to the venue entrance. Detailed access information can be found at liveatthebowl.com.au.

Melbourne Recital Centre

31 Sturt Street, Southbank

A modern music venue based on classic European concert halls but built for twenty-first century audiences in the heart of the Southbank arts precinct. With beautiful carvings of native Hoop Pine lining the walls, entering Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is like stepping inside a giant instrument where you feel the special synergy between the audience, artists and architecture.

The Melbourne Recital Centre website features detailed information on accessibility and venue access.

The Merry Wives of Windsor 3, 4 December

Transport Details

Public Transport

  • Train - The nearest station is Flinders Street, located approximately 10 minutes walk from the Centre. 
  • Tram - Stop 17 on the Route 1 service is conveniently located at the Centre’s doorstep on Sturt St. This is a platform tram stop providing level access to low floor trams, passenger shelter and protection from traffic. Alternatively you can alight at Stop 16, in front of the National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres). This stop is serviced by routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72.
  • Bus - Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220. 
  • The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne’s CBD every 15 minutes, and stops at the corner of Southbank Blvd and Kavanagh Street (Stop 10). An all-day ticket for the Shuttle costs $5 and children under 10 years can travel free.

Parking

  • Limited on-street parking is available around Southbank or you can choose from a variety of conveniently located car parks when attending events at the Centre. Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park (enter from Sturt Street) – 150 metres north along Sturt Street. The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park (2 Kavanagh Street) – 150 metres north along Sturt Street, then left into Kavanagh Street
  • Parking for people with a disability is available in both Sturt Street and Dodds Steet (limited spaces in both areas), and also available at all major car parks in the vicinity, including Arts Centre Melbourne Car Park and The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park.

Taxis and Ride Share

The Sturt Street entrance of the Centre is the safest place for taxis and ride share drivers to pick up and drop off. A taxi rank is located on St Kilda Road in front of the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne. If you have any questions, please ask a Melbourne Recital Centre staff member.

All our venues are easily accessible by car, bus, train or tram. Victorian Opera supports the use of public transport as per its sustainable development policy. Plan your public transport journey.