Located just 7km from Melbourne CBD and 15 minutes from Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Showgrounds and is easily accessible by public transport or car.
Friday 9th October – 10am – 5pm [Peter Cundall to officially open the festival at 10am] [He is only here Friday.]
Saturday 10th October – 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11th October – 10am – 4pm
Parking at Melbourne Showgrounds
Melbourne Showgrounds provides limited on site parking for events. Please go to Gate 5 off Langs Road, Ascot Vale. You will be directed by parking staff.
Melbourne Showgrounds is a fully accessible venue with access ramps to all pavilions and buildings. Dedicated disabled parking spaces are available onsite. Please view Melbourne Showgrounds event calendar for event entry gates prior to your arrival. Disabled toilets are situated within or in close proximity to all pavilions and buildings.
The festival has (a limited number of) wheelchairs available on site.
Arriving by bus
Bus No. 472 (Williamstown to Moonee Ponds) stops along Langs Road and Epsom Road.
Bus No. 404 (Footscray to Moonee Ponds) stops on the corner of Epsom and Ascot Vale Roads.
For more information: Travelling by Bus
Arriving by tram
Tram No. 57a (West Maribyrnong to Elizabeth Street, City) stops at the main entrance (Gate 1) of Melbourne Showgrounds on Epsom Road. Entry via Gate 1 or 1A.
For more information: Travelling by Tram
Travelling by train
Due to an unexpected change of plan by Public Transport Victoria, trains will NOT be available to Melbourne Showgrounds. We apologise for any inconvience but the organisers were not made aware of this change of decision until 7 October 2015.
For further transport options including an A-B journey planner, please visit Public Transport Victoria.
Public Transport Victoria regrets to advise that there will be no special trains scheduled to run into the Showgrounds over this weekend as had been previously organized by Exhibitions Pty Ltd.
However, there are 4 additional trams been planned to run from 9am to 7pm each day to assist with the normal timetabled Route 57 which will run from Elizabeth Street / Flinders Street to Melbourne Showgrounds in a 4-5 minute frequency.
Public Transport Victoria suggests visitors board a Craigieburn train (20 minute frequency) from either Flinders Street, Southern Cross Station or North Melbourne Stations, alight at Newmarket Station to catch the tram 57 to the Showgrounds which is less than 5 minute journey.
See their website for travel planning.
- Try: www.melbourneshowgrounds.com/visitors/accommodation
- Alternatively, we have secured a special hotel rate normally reserved for people attending conferences. For any booking made via HotelsCombined by visitors going to the Horticultural & Gardening Festival, you can get a 10% rebate.
To receive a rebate, you must select and book a hotel through HotelsCombined.com. Rebates are made via PayPal only.
After you have made a booking, email HotelsCombined with the following information:
- Your full name and email address.
- Name of conference you have attended.
- Accomodation reservation receipt with booking number.
- Your PayPal email address.
By Email: ConferenceRebates@hotelscombined.com
T&C from HotelsCombined: The name on your reservation receipt must match the name registered at the conference. We will refund your 10% rebate within 1 week after the end of conference. * For more details click here.
* In this instance, the Horticultural & Gardening Festival has been registered as a conference as we have presentations, speakers and workshops as part of the event.