Getting to the Festival

Public transport

Public transport will operate over the Easter weekend. Visit the PTV website for details.

Please note, a number of road and bus stop closures will operate to accommodate the Torchlight Lantern Procession and Gala Parade. Services will be affected from Saturday April 14 from 4.30pm - 11pm to accommodate the Torchlight Lantern Procession and on Sunday April 15 between 6am - 6pm to accommodate the Gala Parade.

 
Route 5 Kangaroo Flat – Huntly via Bendigo Station
  • From Huntly will travel detour via McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Short St, High St to Kangaroo Flat via normal route.
Route 50 Epsom Station – Bendigo Station
  • From Epsom will travel detour via Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St to Epsom via normal route.
Route 51 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Jackass Flat
  • From Epsom will travel detour via Lucan St, Arnold St, McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St, Hargreaves St, Baxter St, McCrae St, Arnold St, Lucan St to Epsom via normal route.
Route 52 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Arnold St
  • From Eaglehawk will travel detour via Holmes Rd, Arnold St, McCrae St, Baxter St, Hargreaves St, Chapel St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Chapel St, Hargreaves St, Baxter St, McCrae St, Arnold St, Holmes Rd to Eaglehawk via normal route.
Route 53 Bendigo Station – Eaglehawk via Eaglehawk Road
  • From Eaglehawk will travel detour via Eaglehawk Rd, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Myrtle St, Don St, Eaglehawk Rd to Eaglehawk via normal route.
Route 54 Bendigo Station – Maiden Gully via Calder Highway
  • From Maiden Gully will travel detour via View St, Barnard St, Don St, Myrtle St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Myrtle St, Don St, Barnard St, View St to Maiden Gully via normal route.
Route 55 Bendigo Station – Kangaroo Flat via Golden Square
  • From Kangaroo Flat will travel detour via High St, Short St, Hargreaves St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Queen St, Short St, High St to Kangaroo Flat via normal route.
Route 60 Bendigo Station – East Bendigo via Strickland Rd
  • From East Bendigo will travel detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to East Bendigo via normal route.
Route 61 Bendigo Station – La Trobe University via Strathdale
  • From Strathdale will travel detour via McIvor Rd, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, McIvor Rd to Strathdale via normal route.
Route 70 Bendigo Station – Strathfieldsaye
  • From Strathfieldsaye will travel detour via Williamson St, Myers St, Mitchell St to train station.
  • From train station will travel detour via Mitchell St, Myers St, Williamson St to Strathfieldsaye via normal route.

Please note on Sunday April 16 main inbound bus stop at Mitchell St will be moved up one block to Chemist Warehouse. Main outbound bus stop will be moved to Mitchell St between King St and Wills St at Captain Snooze. Pall Mall and McCrae St bus stops will be closed ALL day.  Bendigo Railway Station bus stops will operate as normal ALL day.

 

Driving

If you are driving to the festival, here are the key things you need to know.

 
Road closures

Select roads will be closed throughout the festival precinct at different times over the weekend. See details below:

Road Closure Calendar

There will be various detours around the central business district so please follow the road signs.

 
Car parking

During the festival, two multi-story car parks will be open with parking free of charge:

  • Hargreaves St (opposite the Bendigo Library)
  • Edward St (Cnr of Edward St & Queen St)

Hours of Operation:

  • Good Friday: 6am – 6pm
  • Easter Saturday: 7am – 10.30pm
  • Easter Sunday: 6am – 6pm
  • Easter Monday: 6am – 6pm
 
Bus and Long Haul Parking

Bus and long haul parking will be available at:

  • Tom Flood Sports Centre
  • Bath Lane
  • Hopetoun Street
  • Hargreaves Street near Bendigo Bowling Centre
Car Park Closures

Please note that the Queen Elizabeth Oval and McCrae Street carparks will be closed from 6am Saturday April 15 until 5pm Sunday April 16 for parade assembly.

 

Bendigo Tramways

Park outside the CBD near one of five tram stops and catch the tram into town. The Easter Weekend Vintage Talking Tram ticket is valid from Good Friday to Easter Monday with trams departing regularly.

A shuttle service is available from the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Park your car at either end of the tram tracks and catch the tram to and from the parade between 9.20am – 2.40pm, Easter Sunday.

Adults: $2, Concession/Child: $1. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets visit Bendigo Tramways or call 03 5442 2821.

 

Bicycle Access

Why not jump on your bike, ride to the festival and avoid the hassle of parking a car? We are providing a designated area for bike parking in Rosalind Park, allowing you more time to explore the festival precinct.

The bike parking area is available from 10am – 5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is an unsupervised area so remember to bring your bike locks and don’t forget your helmets.

 

Frequently Asked Questions