Supermarkets, public transport and tourist attractions: What’s open in Melbourne on the Grand Final public holiday this Friday
- The AFL Grand Final public holiday will hit Melbourne this Friday
- The biggest disruption will be to public transport thanks to the parade
- Most shops and markets will remain open, but there will be no Post service
Melbourne residents are looking forward to the AFL Grand Final public holiday on Friday, and we’ve got the low-down on what will be open on the big day.
The biggest disruption is expected to be to public transport thanks to the Grand Final Parade, but the majority of shopping centres, supermarkets and markets across the city will remain open with normal hours.
Australia Post, however, has confirmed there will be no mail or parcel deliveries on the big day.
The AFL Grand Final public holiday with its famous parade will hit Melbourne this Friday
Metro Train services will run to a Saturday timetable but there won’t be any Night Network services.
Yarra Trams will run to a Saturday timetable but there won’t be a Night Trams service and Route 30 will not operate.
Tram Services will be impacted by the parade, and those affected will have an ‘a’ next to their route number.
Tram service changes for Grand Final Parade:
From 9:30am to 1:40pm:
Route 11a trams will operate between West Preston and Stop 12 St Vincent’s Plaza.
Route 48a trams will operate between North Balwyn and Stop 13 Simpson St.
Route 12a & 109a trams will divert via La Trobe St between St Vincent’s Plaza and Southern Cross Station.
Extra trams will operate along Collins St between Victoria Harbour Docklands and Stop 6 Town Hall.
City Circle trams will operate a shortened route between Waterfront City Docklands and Stop 6 Russell St, via Harbour Esplanade and Flinders St. Stops along La Trobe St and Spring St will not be serviced by City Circle trams.
From 10:15am to 1:40pm
Route 75a trams will divert via Swan St along Route 70 between Russell St and Riversdale Junction.
Extra trams will operate along Bridge Rd, Power St and Riversdale Rd, between Stop 13 Simpson St and Stop 39 Camberwell Depot.
*For the AFL Grand Final parade and Grand Final day the free tram zone has been extended.
Extended Free Tram stops are to:
- Stop 9 — Wellington Parade/Lansdowne Street
- Stop 10 — Wellington Parade/Jolimont Road
- Stop 11 — Wellington Parade/Jolimont Station
- Stop 7a — William Barak Bridge
- Stop 7b — Rod Laver Arena
- Stop 7c — MCG/Hisense Arena
Source: Public Transport Victoria
Most Metropolitan buses will run to a Saturday timetable, but some will be altered or may not run. Night buses will operate as normal.
V/Line train and coach services will run to a Saturday timetable with some altered services.
Commuters are advised to check the Public Transport Victoria website for full details and further information.
The biggest disruption is expected to be to public transport thanks to the Grand Final Parade
Commuters are advised to check the Public Transport Victoria website for full details
- Melbourne Central: 10am-6pm
- Melbourne Emporium: 10am-6pm
- Bayside: 10am-5pm
- Highpoint: 9am-9pm
- Chadstone: 9am-9pm
- Eastland: 10.30am-5.30pm
- Northland: 10am-5pm
- The Glen: 10am-5pm
- Pacific Epping: 10am-6pm (Various food and entertainment vendors will stay open until late)
- Pacific Werribee: 10am-5pm
- Westfield Plenty Valley: 10am-5pm*
- Westfield Geelong: 10am-5pm*
- Westfield Doncaster: 10am-5pm*
- Westfield Southland: 10am-5pm*
- Westfield Fountain Gate: 10am-5pm*
- Westfield Knox: 10am-5pm*
*Some stores and restaurants trading hours may vary.
The majority of shopping centres and markets across the city are set to remain open as normal
Markets and supermarkets
Queen Victoria Market: Fresh produce 6am – 3pm, Specialty shopping 8am – 3pm
South Melbourne Market: 8am – 5pm
Prahran Market: 7am – 5pm
Preston Market: 8am – 6pm
Footscray Market: 7am – 7pm
Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA stores across the city are due to operate to normal hours, but customers are advised to check local store websites for further details.