Grazeland Melbourne has only been open since 26 March 2021, but it's obvious every man and his dog knows about it. Located at 20 Booker St, Spotswood, next to Scienceworks and 5km from Melbourne's CBD, it's open on the weekends - Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12 midday to 10pm and Sun 12 midday to 9pm. Entry is $2.50 per person and paid at the main gate. Children under 12 are free. Carers accompanying a person with disabilities will not be charged an entry fee. Pets are welcome but must be people friendly and kept on a short leash at all times.
1 of 3 huge arched undercover areas - Metro: filled with eateries & a big screen
There is parking on site, as well as on-street parking, including dedicated disabled parking. If you're going via public transport, take the Werribee/Williamstown line to Spotswood train station. Grazeland is a short 10 minute walk (500m) from the station. If travelling from Flinders Street, the train journey takes approx. 18 minutes train ride from Flinders Street station. You can even get there via the Williamstown ferry service which stops at the Spotswood jetty, right in front of Grazeland. It takes approx. 35 minutes travel time from Southbank to Grazeland.
If public transport is an easy option for you, I'd suggest you do that. The car park was full and on street parking was out of control with cars parked all around and up to a few hundred feet from the venue. We got lucky that there was a car pulling out and we managed to grab the parking spot. If you love cycling, you can travel by bike via the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail that runs on the foreshore adjacent to Grazeland. The dedicated bike trail extends 23km to Altona Meadows and the bike punt and connects to the Docklands and CBD. You'll find 100 bike racks right at the front gate at Grazeland.
Huge stage - Mish Fornito duo performing @The Arch Stage
Grazeland is more than a mecca for foodies. There's live entertainment and you can choose between the Arch Stage which features local headline acts and the Metro Stage if relaxing sounds is what you want, like acoustic and jazz vibes. There are also roving performers on site to put a smile on the faces of little ones. If you want to know what the lineup is for this upcoming weekend from Fri 16 April to Sun 18 April, see here. There's enough talent scheduled to bring on another huge crowd. The live music really adds to the atmosphere and there are so many good musos, at some point, you have to tell yourself you can't spend all day there, and peel yourself away homeward bound.
If you are a musician or a roving performer, they're always on the lookout for amazing new artists to join the team. Check out their services page and get familiar with the core offering that is Grazeland, and see if you fit into the category. If you don't, that's okay too, as they're open to unique acts to keep the place relevant and fresh. Grazeland has a range of work opportunities at the venue itself, and other areas like weddings, corporate events, major events, and other celebrations. See here if you want to join the team.
For those who feel the need to shop, there are a small number of market stalls that could satisfy the urge, however, Grazeland is all about the eateries - it's three bars, one cafe and Sweet Street. However, Sweet Street is not the only dedicated place for sweets and desserts. Throughout the venue, you'll find plenty enough to satisfy that sweet tooth. We found comfort in Doughville's Mars and Gaytime doughnuts.
You'll find African, American, Asian, Australian, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Polish, Scottish, Spanish, and South American cuisine to name a few, with quite a few offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. I even managed to find a vegan sausage at Grazeland.
Craving the Asian taste, I went straight for my favourite cuisine, Thai at Tiger Prawn and Indonesian flavours at Pondok Nasi Bakar, where the rice was grilled slightly, wrapped in banana leaves. As you can see in the image further down, it was a quarter grilled Indonesian flavoured chicken, the rice, a chilli and soy sauce and a piece of fried tofu and soybean. That was not all - we dived into the Korean twist potato, a tray of meat lovers delight and some dumplings. It is a foodie mecca after all - it would be a shame not to eat!
Keep in mind that Grazeland is fully licenced and therefore anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. t's also best to stay in touch with the venue via social media, so you'll be the first to know if the park is closed due to extreme weather. Other than that, Grazeland is open even if it's raining as 75% of the park is undercover. During the colder times of the year, parts of the park will be heated. Get all the FAQs here.
Grazeland Melbourne is so huge, it could handle a major concert. You can also have your next function at Grazeland with a range of private, undercover spaces and rooms that can cater from 20 to 150 people, Friday to Sunday. For larger functions, you can book out the entire park Monday to Thursdays - suitable for up to 5000 people and a minimum spend applies. For more information about functions and available packages email them at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully, there are plans for a multi-storey carpark. Had we not got lucky with the single parking spot we found, it could have been a whole different mood approaching Grazeland. Once there, the Westgate Bridge in the background is just a phenomenal sight that immediately disarms you. There's a viewing platform, where you can just lean on the railing and look out onto the horizon at the bridge or watch a ship going past.
A large venue with so many restaurants/eateries deserves and needs a huge crowd, so getting the parking sorted further would be the way to go. From my experience at Grazeland, I'd happily go there every weekend for food and entertainment. Take a few friends and family and you may not want to leave! The musicians were phenomenal, so it's clear it's a well-curated program and the roving entertainment was very engaging and friendly; perfect for the kids. Each sector also seems to have its colour-coded furniture and the whole place had a great vibe.
We entered via the Main Entrance (see map further below) and walked straight into The Meadow to the inviting sounds of live music on The Arch stage which is massive. That bridge in the background just got me! It also happens to be my favourite bridge. The Meadow seems the largest area with the Metro a tad narrower, but it does have a Big Screen at the end which was screening free movies for the kids. Down the Boulevarde is the third huge undercover area, again filled with eateries and leading to Sweet Street for the sweet-toothed.
If you've not yet visited Grazeland Melbourne, prepare for a long relaxing day as the entertainment was top-notch, and of course the obvious - the eateries. Just be prepared to look for parking if you're not one of the first to arrive on site. If you do manage to tear yourself away, you can also visit Scienceworks close by which will keep the kids happy no end. If you want to go back to Grazeland for the evening entertainment and the ambiance of lighting, atmosphere, and so forth, what's another $2.50 entry between eateries. It no doubt goes towards a good cause like the upkeep of such a massive venue.