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Travelling to and from THE ROYAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Arriving by car: The Royal Children’s Hospital is located on Flemington Road in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the Melbourne CBD. The hospital is only minutes from the city centre, and a 20-30 minute drive from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine).
Parking: Abundant car parking is available beneath the hospital in an underground car park.  Access is via Entry 1, 2 or 4 from Flemington Road.  To gain entry, take a ticket from the ticket box at the boom gate and the gate will open.There are two sections to the car park; one section is beneath the hospital at 50 Flemington Road, and the other is beneath the new retail precinct next to the hospital at 48 Flemington Road.  The two sections are linked by underground roadways, and the Blue lifts in 48 Flemington Road take you directly to Main Street – a short, indoor walk to the main clinical areas of the hospital.
Car Park Rates
0-1 hour         $12.00
1-2 hours    $18.00
2-3 hours    $23.00
3-4 hours    $26.00
4-5 hours    $27.00
5-6 hours    $34.00
Daily maximum    $34.00
Each day thereafter      $10.00
7 day maximum rate    $56.00
Night flat rate
(Enter after 4.00 pm each day,
exit before 8.00 am the next day)    $8.00
Lost ticket fee
(Daily maximum applies)    $34.00
All prices include GST and are based on a single entry.
Cash, Visa and Mastercard credit cards are all accepted.
The car park is managed on behalf of the RCH by an external contractor.  All revenue generated by the entire car park remains at The Royal Children’s Hospital.
Disabled parking: bays are located on each level of the car park and you are required to display your disability parking permit at all times.

Public transport: There is a tram stop right outside the hospital and trams on routes 55 and 59 run through this stop.  Although this tram stop is a “super stop”, at this time low floor trams do not run on these routes.  Trams running towards the city stop on the side closest to the hospital, whilst trams running away from the city stop on the opposite side.  Trams on route 57 stop in Abbotsford Street which intersects with Flemington Road just west of the hospital.

Route 55  This tram travels from West Coburg through to Domain Interchange on St Kilda Road.  It passes the Zoo and Royal Park and travels along William Street in the city, stopping at Flagstaff station on the way.  Use this tram to travel to the Zoo and the State Netball & Hockey Centre.

Route 59  This tram travels from Airport West through Essendon and Moonee Ponds, past the hospital to Flinders Street station.  It travels along Elizabeth Street in the city, stopping at the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Central, the Emporium and Bourke Street Mall on the way.

Route 57  This tram travels from West Maribyrnong through Ascot Vale, Flemington and North Melbourne to Flinders Street Station.  It also travels along Elizabeth Street in the city.  Use this tram to travel to the Centrelink office in Newmarket, Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong, the Showgrounds and Flemington Racecourse.

Catch the following trams if you need to find your way to The Royal Children’s Hospital from a train station in the central business district of Melbourne:
From Southern Cross Station: walk along Collins or Bourke Street to William Street, then catch the route 55 tram.
From Flinders Street Station: exit the station from the Elizabeth Street end of the platforms and catch a route 59 tram in Elizabeth Street.
From Flagstaff Station:  catch a route 55 tram in William Street.
From Melbourne Central Station: catch a route 59 tram in Elizabeth Street.
From Parliament Station: travel along Bourke Street to Elizabeth Street, then catch a route 59 tram.
The closest railway stations to the RCH are Royal Park and Flemington Bridge on the Upfield line.

For more information about public transport, including bookings for V-Line services and timetables, please speak to the staff and volunteers in the Family Hub.  Myki cards can be purchased and topped up at Woods Pharmacy in Main Street, Ground floor (Beach).


On the ward: Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay overnight with their inpatient child.  For safety reasons, we can only allow one parent to sleep over each night, and siblings are not permitted to stay.  The daybed in each inpatient room becomes a bed at night with sheets, blankets and pillows provided.

Off the ward:
Ronald McDonald
House has 47 rooms for parents/carers of critically ill children, breastfeeding mothers and parents/carers who have had to travel a long distance.  Please see the Ronald McDonald House website for more information.
Ronald McDonald House 9345 6300  22 Gatehouse Street, Parkville
There is limited parent accommodation at the hospital on Level 2 (Forest) of the East Building, and an accommodation fee is charged for these rooms.
Due to demand, there is usually a waiting list for parent accommodation. Further assistance and a list of nearby hotels and motels is available from the Ronald McDonald House office or the Family Resource and Respite Centre.

The Larwill Studio  is part of the Australian owned and operated Art Series Hotel Group, and is located within the RCH precinct.
Families attending the hospital are eligible for a discounted room rate (subject to availability). Visit and enter the promo code RCDINT in the Corporate Code box, The Larwill Studio  48 Flemington Road, Parkville alternatively call 1800 278 468 or email

Family Resource and Respite Centre
9345 4662
North building, ground floor (Beach)

Food for families and visitors

The RCH does not supply food or beverages for parents, siblings or visitors. You will find tea and coffee making facilities in ward parent lounges and The Family Hub. You are welcome to supply your own food and drinks when your child is in hospital, and these can be stored in the fridge in the parent lounges (for inpatient families) or in the The Family Hub (for outpatient families).
Please ensure that all food is clearly labelled with your name and the date you placed the items in the fridge. Unlabelled food or food left for more than three days will be discarded. There is no freezer available for family use.
There are a number of food outlets at the RCH: Parkville Café and Little Parkville Café, Aruba, Degani and Sandrock cafés; Trampoline gelato; Shuji Sushi and McDonald’s. The retailers at the hospital are Rainbow Convenience Store, Woods Pharmacy and RCH Shop and Kids Health Info.
All are located on the Ground floor (Beach), in (or adjacent to) Main Street. Trading hours vary, but many operate from 6:30am to 10:00pm every day.
Vending machines are also located on all levels of the hospital except the Ground floor.


Set amidst the natural beauty of Royal Park, there are many gardens, secure playgrounds and landscaped areas at the RCH.

The Great North Court, at the end of Main Street on Ground floor (Beach) is a large, welcoming outdoor space with a secure playground, seating, a gas barbecue, sweeping lawn area and an amphitheatre for special events, performances and entertainment.

Some outdoor spaces, such as therapy gardens, have been purpose built to assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients and have restricted access.

Shopping options nearby

There are a number of shopping centres close to the RCH.  The closest small supermarkets are located at 75 Flemington Road and in Errol Street North Melbourne.  The closest large supermarkets are located in the CBD, Union Square in West Brunswick, Lygon Court in Carlton and Barkly Square in Brunswick.

The Queen Victoria Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is a short tram ride away.  Any of the three tram lines running near the hospital will take you there.  You will find a huge variety of fresh food along with clothing, gifts, souvenirs and other miscellaneous goods for sale.

Errol Street in North Melbourne is an easy 15 minute walk from the hospital, or a short tram ride on route 57.  You will find cafés and restaurants, hairdressers, banks, a public library and a variety of small retailers in this shopping strip.

The CBD is a short tram ride away and it is there that you will find the widest variety of shops and businesses.  Catch the route 59 tram from the front of the hospital to access central Melbourne.

Further information, including addresses and maps, is available from
The Family Hub on the Ground floor (Beach) of the North Building.
Department of Human Services.

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