Chapter 13
Accessing Melbourne
Melbourne and Olympic Park
Melbourne and Olympic Park Management (9286 1600, Tickets 9286 1234, operates the three sporting and entertainment
venues located on Swan St, south of the city: The Tennis Centre, The Glasshouse
and Olympic Park.
The Tennis Centre
The Tennis Centre is easily accessed from the city via Batman Ave at Princess Bridge.
The centre is open to the public (9am 5pm), and tours are available and conducted on
a demand basis so it is advisable to call ahead and book. The only way to view the
centre court (via the wheelchair lift) is on a tour, cost adult $5, child $2.50.
Pedestrians can access the Tennis Centre by walkways from Yarra Park (take care
as the gradients can be steep, exceeding 7.2%). Parking is limited, there are
several spaces available on Swan St, you can park in the commercial car park next
to Olympic Park (across Swan St), or book one of only a few spaces under the
centre when you arrange your tickets.
Access into the venue is not plainly visible, you can head under the centre to
Administration Reception or see an attendant (particularly during the Australian
Open tennis), who will show you through a side door. In each case you will be
shown to a lift to the concourse level which provides access to the Centre Court
and to the outside courts, Show Courts 1 & 2. You will need to seek directions to get
to Show Court 3 and other outside courts. Accessible seating is prearranged on
Centre Court while platforms cater for wheelchair seating on Show Courts 1, 2 & 3
(the best position at these courts).
Access to Centre Court is via small lift located by door 8 and operated by an
attendant. A unisex accessible toilet is also by this door. F accessible toilets are
near doors 3 & 7, a M accessible toilet is by door 4. There is a unisex accessible
toilet on the side of Show Court 3.
Improvements are ongoing, for example, a hearing induction loop for Centre Court
productions has recently been installed, and an addition to the sports and
entertainment precinct is currently under construction next to the tennis centre. A
Multi Purpose Venue (tennis, basketball, cycling etc), will include much improved
bridge access above the railway lines from Yarra Park and linking the MCG. When
completed (late 1999/early 2000) it should exemplify perfect access and viewing
for people with disabilities.

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