If you’re heading to Bendigo’s first White Night plan ahead and take public transport instead of driving.
That’s the message from the City of Greater Bendigo, which is urging people to avoid expected parking headaches on September 1.
Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said that White Night was shaping up to be a fantastic event for local residents and visitors to Bendigo.
“Planning is well advanced to ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“There will be a road closure from 4pm on Saturday, which will restrict people’s ability to drive into and around the immediate event precinct.
“We are expecting large crowds for this event so we are urging residents to consider taking public transport, Bendigo Tramways or even a taxi, as parking will be at a premium on the night.
Cr O’Rouke said the busiest times are expected to be from 8pm to 11pm.
“There are lots of great options including the Park and Rides which are free and will operate continuously from three locations (Bendigo Racecourse, Lansell Square and La Trobe University in Flora Hill) throughout the night,” she said.
“The best way to enjoy your White Night experience and avoid any parking headaches is to plan ahead.
Extra coach and bus services will also run for visitors wanting to be part of White Night.
V/Line train services will run to the normal timetable on top of extra coach services running from Bendigo to Melbourne every hour from 11pm until 3am, stopping at major hubs.
In addition, coaches will run to and from Seymour (via Heathcote), Maryborough (direct) and Echuca (via Rochester and Elmore).
Coaches will depart each town at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm, departing Bendigo again at 10pm, midnight and 2am.
Local bus services in Bendigo will run to the normal timetable until 8pm and starting from 6pm, five White Night bus routes will be running every half hour until 3am.
Trams will run from the Central Deborah Goldmine, Bendigo Joss House, Tyson’s Reef and Lake Weroona between 6pm to 3am
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