Each day Arts Centre Melbourne brings people together for remarkable experiences. Sitting beneath one of Melbourne’s great architectural highlights – the magnificent spire – Arts Centre Melbourne is Australia’s largest performing arts centre, sitting at the heart of the city’s vibrant Arts Precinct.
Arts Centre Melbourne is much bigger than even most Victorians realise, comprising three venues on both sides of St Kilda Road: The Theatres Building has the impressive State Theatre, Playhouse and intimate Fairfax Studio; Hamer Hall is a premier venue for musical performances, including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and Sidney Myer Music Bowl is popular for open-air concerts.
More than merely a place to see a show, this buzzing cultural precinct is a tourist attraction in its own right that can be explored and enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Visitors can peruse the works of renowned Australian artists such as Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan lining the walls of the building or take a guided tour (daily at 11am). Also on Sundays (10am to 4pm), local artisans showcase their unique handmade goods – perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts – at the Sunday Market on the Arts Centre Melbourne lawn. Explore the stories of contemporary Australian music at the Australian Music Vault free exhibition open daily.
There are plenty of great places to eat and drink. The Barre is perfect for a pre-show wine, meal or late-night drink. For a quick coffee and cake break try Café Vic or Protagonist on the forecourt. At Hamer Hall, Bombini Buzz is serving micro roasted Melbourne coffee and ice-cream during the day, morphing into a pre-show bar alongside Fatto – Italian by Hand, Teatro Mediterranean Cuisine & Tapas and Saké also overlooking the Yarra River.Each night at 6pm, Arts Centre Melbourne releases at least 20 tickets to select evening performances for the thrifty price of $30 per ticket available at the Theatres Building box office. It’s a great way to see a top-quality show while being kind to the hip pocket.
On site car parking is available 24 hours a day and public transport is convenient with tram stop 14 located on St Kilda Road and Flinders Street Station a short walk.
100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004
1300 182 183
Monday to Friday: 7.30am until late
Saturday: 8.30am until 8.00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am until 5pm or after last performance
Monday to Sunday: 10am until 6pm
Hours of opening may alter on Public Holidays and subject to performances.
FREE entry to buildings and the Australian Music Vault
Ticket prices apply for performances.