Altona Beach Precinct Trial

  • Project typeRoads and Streetscape Project
  • Project scheduleTrial commences Monday 17 December 2018 and Friday 1 March 2019


What a great summer it has been in Altona. Thank you to our community for enjoying the precinct trial along with us. As of Monday 4 March 2019, we are winding up the Altona Beach Precinct Trial.

We are taking a staged approach in moving out of the precinct. The parking extensions will be the first to go on Monday 4 March 2019.

The traffic closure on the Esplanade will remain in place until after the Labour Day long weekend, after which time the precinct will go back to normal and reopen to all traffic including vehicles.

 What we are doing

Council will trial a temporary closure to vehicles of the Esplanade through the summer season. The section of the Esplanade in Altona between Bent and Pier Streets will be closed to vehicles during the summer as a seasonal trial.

The closure will commence Monday 17 December 2018 and run throughout the summer holiday period. Traffic conditions will be consistently monitored throughout the trial to assess and minimise impacts.

The trial aims to link the beachfront with nearby reserves, the Altona Life Saving Club and the many cafes and shops on Pier Street, while improving pedestrian safety.

Summer is one of the busiest periods for traders, locals and people who come to enjoy one of Melbourne's best beaches. Closing the section of the Esplanade to cars will help create a safe, pedestrian friendly shared space. 

For pedestrian safety, cyclists will be required to share the closed section of the road or use the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.

The trial will look to activate this section of the Altona foreshore and provide a space for market stalls, beach pop ups and outdoor dining for the beach end of Pier Street.

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Check out the Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 662KB) and the vehicle detour map on the Altona Beach Precinct Trial(PDF, 4MB).

Get involved

Follow this link to the feedback page.  You can complete the information as many times as you wish throughout the trial, as we recognise that your thoughts may change throughout the duration of the trial.

What's happening in Altona over summer?

There is something happening for every member of your family in Altona this summer. Follow this link to check out the events coming to the Altona Beach precinct this summer.

The activation

Focusing on the section of Pier Street between Queen Street and the Esplanade, visitors will see a number of changes. To accommodate for increased outdoor dining spaces and to increase the width of footpath for pedestrians, the parking spaces running alongside the shops will be temporarily removed. In these locations, the height of the road will be temporarily raised to ensure a smooth transition from the existing footpath through to the new space. There will be new street furniture in this section of Pier Street to create a barrier from the cars on the road, increasing patron safety.


Perspective image of Pier Street

A number of temporary 'beach box' shelters will also be erected along Weaver Reserve that will be available for people to use and enjoy. These shelters will be available for all visitors to use and don't require bookings. A number of large games will also be available in Weaver Reserve for people to use.


 Pop up beach boxes for Weaver Reserve




   Types of large games available for use in Weaver Reserve 

The closure of the Esplanade between Bent Street and Pier Street will be marked by water filled traffic barriers and tree planter boxes on the open road side. Within the closed section of the Esplanade you can expect to see streetprint marking with the Altona postcode on the road, planter boxes with trees to generate shade within the space with seating around the planter boxes. A pop up table tennis table will also be provided to encourage activity within the shared space.

Space will also be left for emergency services to access the area if required.


Changes to current parking conditions on Pier Street.

To accommodate for the loss of parking on the trading side of Pier Street, the car spaces on the Logan Reserve side will be time restricted (2 hour limit parking). Additionally, six car spaces This ensures a high turnover of patrons for the traders at the bottom end of Pier Street.

Driving along the Esplanade

You will no longer be able to drive the full length of the Esplanade due to this trial closure between Pier Street and Bent Street.


Traffic management signage will detour you along the Bent Street to Queen Street and then back down Pier Street, or vice versa. Electronic signage will inform you of the closure on all major access roads into Altona.

We do ask that if you want to travel through Altona and do not need to travel along the Esplanade that you look at using alternative streets to the Esplanade and Queen Streets. Locals are encouraged to travel along Blyth Street or Civic Parade to avoid the traffic if travelling through to another destination.

Where can I park?

It is recommended to park at the Altona Civic Centre on Civic Parade (at the top end of Pier Street) as the parking is unrestricted during the weekends. It will also give you the opportunity to view the shops and businesses on offer along the Pier street strip. 

If you park on local residential streets in Altona we ask that you park appropriately, obey the road rules and be mindful that local residents still need to get in and out of their driveways.


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