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What’s open and closed over Easter

Easter is just around the corner and while most of us look forward to an extra-long weekend, it also means three days of public holiday ‘what’s open, what’s closed?’ uncertainty.

Well, never fear. The City of Melbourne’s trusty volunteers at the Melbourne Visitor Centre and Melbourne Visitor Booth have pulled together a list to help you make the most of the city during the holidays.

This post is from 2014. To find out what’s open over Easter in 2015, check out our updated post.

Melbourne Visitor Centre

Melbourne attractions
There’s no shortage of options to keep the family entertained over Easter, with these places open every day:

Sealife Melbourne Aquarium: 9.30am to 6pm
Crown Entertainment Complex: From noon on Good Friday
Eureka Skydeck 88: 10am to 10pm
Medibank Icehouse: 9am to 10pm (midnight on Friday)
Melbourne Zoo: 9am to 5pm
Royal Botanic Gardens: 7.30am to sunset (visitor centre open 9.30am – 5pm every day)
Wonderland Fun Park: 11am to 5pm
IMAX Melbourne Museum: 9.45am to late
Cooks’ Cottage: 9am to 5pm

Cinemas in the city
If movies are more your thing, all major city cinemas will open as normal over the Easter weekend.

Village Cinemas: Crown Casino (limited hours on Good Friday)
Kino Cinema: 45 Collins Street Melbourne
Cinema Nova: 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
Hoyts: Melbourne Central

Parks and gardens
Rug up, bring a picnic and (hopefully) enjoy the weather in one of Melbourne’s beautiful parks:

Birrarung Marr (and playground)
Carlton Gardens
Docklands Park and Victoria Green, Bourke Street
Fitzroy Gardens (Fairy tree, Tudor Village, Cooks’ Cottage and playground)

Architecture and public art
Autumn is a great time to explore Melbourne’s laneways, waterfront and architectural gems. See a full list of street art and public art.

Good Friday is a restricted trading day under Victorian law so most businesses will be closed. But if you’re desperate for some groceries, a handful of stores will be open.

7-Eleven: Federation Square, Swanston Street, Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street
IGA: 90 Spencer Street, 84 Flinders Street, 6 Freshwater Place (Southbank)

Most department and grocery stores will operate with reduced trading hours on Easter Sunday and Monday. Queen Victoria Market will be open on both Easter Saturday (6am to 3pm) and Easter Sunday (9am to 4pm) but is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

When you can’t face another hot cross bun or easter egg, plenty of places will be open to keep your belly happy.

Federation Square: most cafes and restaurants will open throughout Easter
Southgate: some restaurants will be open
Crown Entertainment Complex: most restaurants will be open
Docklands including NewQay and Waterfront City: some restaurants will be open
Chinatown: most restaurants will be open
Lygon Street, Carlton: some restaurants will open Good Friday, many will open the other days

Events in the city
For some family fun for a good cause, head to the Kids Big Day Out at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, or the Good Friday Family Fun Day Fundraiser at Wonderland Fun Park. There’s also a Easter Hunt at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

For some culture, check out the Latin Dance Festival or Dirty Dancing the Musical. And of course the Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs through to Easter Sunday.

Or if you’re a sports fan, there’s Rugby Union on Good Friday and Rugby League on Easter Monday.

For more ideas, visit What’s On.

Airport transfers and public transport
If you’re flying in or need to get about town, we won’t leave you stranded.

Melbourne Airport: Skybus operates to normal schedule (24 hours); Starbus operates from 5am to 10pm
Avalon Airport: Avalon Airport Transfers operates to normal schedule
Metropolitan public transport operates to a Sunday timetable on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and a Saturday timetable on Easter Monday.
V/Line regional transport operates to a special Sunday timetable on Good Friday and a special Saturday timetable on Easter Monday. Normal weekend services operate on Saturday and Sunday. Some services may require bookings.

Visitor information services
Melbourne Visitor Centre: open 10am to 5pm Good Friday, and 9am to 6pm all other days during Easter
Melbourne Visitor Shuttle: operates 9.30am to 4.30pm each day

The Melbourne Visitor Booth, City Ambassadors and the Melbourne Greeter Service will not operate on Good Friday, but operate all other days as usual.

For more Easter holiday ideas, don’t be a stranger – drop in to one of our Visitor Services locations for a chat, or visit What’s On.

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14 Responses to What’s open and closed over Easter

  1. Julie Webster says:

    Just wondering if most of the main stores will be open Easter Saturday. Thanks

  2. Alyce says:


    I was wondering what H & M’s trading hours are over the Easter weekend?


    • The Team says:

      Hi Alyce, they will be closed on Good Friday and open Easter Monday from 10am to 6pm. They will be open as normal on the other days.

  3. Karina says:

    Hi there, Im also wondering what nightlife such as bars and clubs will be opened over the Easter weekend

    Thank you

    • The Team says:

      Hi Karina, Many bars and clubs will be open but it’s best to check particular websites to be sure.

  4. Rebeca says:

    Is h&m open easter sat or sun?

  5. Cynthia says:

    Hi.. just wondering what kid friendly and casual eating places will be open , in the Docklands area, on Good Friday evening. Thanks

  6. Donna says:

    Will much be open in St Kilda? Any restaurants or cafes? Could you name a couple please?

    Thanks, this is a great service.

    • The Team says:

      Hi Donna, St Kilda is outside the City of Melbourne but there would be plenty of information available on Google about places to eat there. Good luck.

  7. Louise says:


    What time will Crown Casino close tonight (17th)/ early tomorrow morning (18th)?