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Melbourne Cup 2019 public holiday guide: What’s open and what’s not in Melbourne

Public transport

Metropolitan trains: services will run to a Saturday schedule, but no all-night services. Extra services will run to Flemington. Express trains from Flinders will run every 15 minutes, and extra trains will run from Southern Cross and North Melbourne Stations every 10 minutes.


Regional trains and coaches: services will run to Saturday timetable. Vline and coach passengers should change at Flinders and catch a Flemington Racecourse service.

Trams: Trams will operate on a Saturday timetable, with the last tram one hour earlier than usual. Route 30 trams will not operate, and there will be no Night Network services. Seven extra trams will run along the number 57 line.

Buses: services will run to a public holiday timetable.

On the roads: limited parking is available at Flemington racecourse.


Coles: Normal trading hours, check local stores here.

Woolworths: See for revised opening hours.



: Normal trading hours, check local stores here.

IGA: Normal trading hours, check local stores here.

Shopping centres

Melbourne Central: 10am-7pm

Melbourne Emporium: 10am-7pm

Chadstone: 10am-6pm

Highpoint: 9am-5:30pm

Northland: 10am-5pm

Westfield Doncaster: 10am-5pm

Westfield Southland: 10am-5pm

The Glen: 10am-5pm

Myer Melbourne: 9:30am-7pm



Casey Super Clinic Pharmacy:

Open 8am-midnight, 50 Kangan Drive, Berwick, 9769 9824

Mill Park Super Clinic Pharmacy: Open 8am-midnight, 250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9437 7437

​Mulqueeny Midnight Pharmacy, Prahran: 9am-midnight, corner Williams Road and High Street, Prahran, 9510 3977

Chemist Discount Centre, Craigieburn: Open 24/7 Shop 2A Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, 340 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn, 9308 4981

Ascot Vale Pharmacy: Open 24/7, 67-69 Union Rd, Ascot Vale, 9370 4146

Balwyn Day and Night Pharmacy: Open 24/7, 310 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, 9836 3245

​Tambassis Pharmacy, Brunswick: 8am-8pm, corner Sydney and Brunswick roads, Brunswick, 9387 8830

Slade Pharmacy, Richmond: 8am-10pm, ground floor, 89 Bridge Road, Richmond, 8420 0700

Chemist Warehouse St Albans: 8:30am-9pm, 327 Main Road East, St Albans, 9366 3545


Mill Park Super Clinic: Open 24/7, 250 Childs Road, Mill Park, 9436 4155

Medical One, Elwood: 9am-6pm, 61 Brighton Road, Elwood, 9531 9811

Medical One, Frankston: 9am-2pm, 47 Davey Street, Frankston, 9781 3966

Medical One, Sunshine:


9am-2pm (no bulk billing), 324 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, 9310 2947

Medical One, Moonee Ponds: 8am-1pm, 14 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, 8325 1111

Medical One, QV Melbourne: 9am-1pm (no bulk billing), Level 3, 23 QV Terrace, 292 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 8663 7000

Belmont Bulk Billing and Family Medical Clinic: 8am-6pm, 141 High St, Belmont, 5241 3000.

Chelsea Heights Medical Centre: 8am-midnight (bulk billing), 205 Thames Promenade, Chelsea Heights, 8785 9900

Hastings Family Medical Centre: 8am-midnight (bulk billing), 9 Queen St, Hastings, 5972 8000


Queen Victoria Market: closed.

South Melbourne Market: closed.

Preston Market: closed.

Prahran Market: 7am-5pm.

Footscray Market: closed.

Pet services

24-hour Vet: 24/7 Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE), 5 Hood Street, Collingwood, 9417 6417

Lort Smith Animal Hospital North Melbourne: 8.30am – 5pm for routine consults and emergencies, 5pm-midnight for emergencies only. 24 Villiers Street, North Melbourne, 9328 3021

Lost Dogs Home North Melbourne: 9am-3.30pm. 2 Gracie Street, North Melbourne, 9329 2755

Melbourne attractions

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium: 9:30am to 6pm. Last entry 5pm

Crown Entertainment Complex: Open 24 hours. Most restaurants open with several Melbourne Cup Day lunch options. 9292 8888

Eureka Skydeck 88: 10am-10pm, last entry 9.30pm, 9693 8888

O’Brien Group Arena (formerly Medibank Icehouse): public skating 9am-3:45pm, 1300 756 699

Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary: 9am-5pm, 1300 966 784

Royal Botanic Gardens:


Melbourne open 7:30am to sunset. Cranbourne open 9am to 5pm. 9252 2300

IMAX Melbourne Museum:

9:45am until late

Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre and Cook’s Cottage: 9am-5pm, last entry 4.45pm. 9658 9658

Melbourne Museum: 10am-5pm, 131 102

National Gallery of Victoria: 10am-5pm, 8662 1555

Puffing Billy Railway: Open, trains leave Belgrave at 10.30am, 11.10am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm. 9757 0700

Visitor information services

Melbourne Visitor Hub at Town Hall: 9am-6pm

Melbourne Visitor Booth: 9am-5pm

City Ambassadors: 10am-4pm

Melbourne Greeter Service: Starts 9.30am from the Melbourne Visitor Hub at Town Hall. Further details available here

Melbourne Town Hall Tours: Closed

Airport transfers

Skybus operates to normal schedule to and from Melbourne Airport and to and from Avalon Airport (24 hours), 1300 759 287; Starbus operates to normal schedule (from CBD 5am – 10pm, from airport 6am – 10pm), 8378 8700.

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