A view of the MCG from Yarra Park.

Yarra Park

Yarra Park is one of the main public parklands in Melbourne and is located within the city’s vibrant sports and entertainment precinct. It provides the setting for the MCG and nearby Punt Road Oval.

Yarra Park has a significant indigenous pre-history, and is also noted for both its landscape and sporting heritage, dating back to the 1850s.

Like the stadium that adjoins it, Yarra Park is managed by Melbourne Cricket Club on behalf of the people of Victoria. MCC reports in to the Yarra Park Advisory Committee.

water recycling facility and landscape upgrade will secure the future of the trees in the park, which is all part of the Yarra Park Master Plan.

The MCC’s vision for Yarra Park sees the parkland being used by a variety of groups and individuals in a safe and reasonable manner. Here are just a few of them.

Vehicle parking

On most event days, when weather has not adversely affected the park’s condition, vehicles are permitted to park on the grasslands.

Parking costs $10 per vehicle and all money is invested back into the upkeep of the park.

Visiting an MCG event by car? View the Yarra Park vehicle parking schedule

Personal training

MCC welcomes and encourages the use of its beautiful wide open spaces by all park users for their fitness and recreational needs.

However, as the management of the park is governed by the Crown Land (Reserves) Act, it requires personal trainers to obtain a permit for such activity.

Download an application form, or call MCC on (03) 9657 8888 with any enquiries.

Barbecues and tailgate parties

Patrons planning on hosting tailgate parties will need to pre-register and seek a permit if they plan on conducting prohibited activities.

Erecting marquees, using noisy sound equipment and commercial activities are all prohibited in the park without a permit.

In addition, all patrons who wish to have a barbecue in Yarra Park on an event day are required to obtain a permit, as required under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act

The permit is free of charge.

Download a permit application form here

Please fill out the details required and submit to yarrapark@mcc.org.au. All applications must be submitted a minimum of three days before the event.

Please note that BBQ and tailgate activities are subject to the terms and conditions listed in the application form and will require a separate liquor  licence from the VCGLR (Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation) if patrons are intending to sell or distribute liquor. VCGLR permit applications can be downloaded via www.vcglr.vic.gov.au.