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Cato Street Car Park Re-Development

During the Cato Street Car Park Re-development, there will be NO access to the old Cato Street Carpark.

What does this mean for me?

If the Cato Street Car Park is your normal ‘go to’ parking place, you’ll need to find alternative parking or transport when visiting the Market until the parking project is complete (May/June 2019).

If you don’t normally use the Cato Street Carpark, the flow-on effect of reduced parking in the precinct may, unfortunately, mean that your normal place to park, may be busier, or unfortunately full.

So, the options as suggested by Council, are:

Nearby alternative parking options to Prahran Market include:

  • Elizabeth Street: 644 car parks, one minute walk
  • Woolworths rooftop: 160 car parks, two minute walk to Prahran Market
  • Jam Factory (Garden Street, South Yarra): 970 car parks, seven minute walk
  • 28 Chapel Street, Windsor: 140 car parks, 15 minute walk
  • 8-14 King Street, Prahran: 300 car parks, seven minute walk

The Jam Factory and King Street, Prahran car parks have accessible parking spaces and the Woolworths rooftop has an elevator serving both levels.

council map

Stonnington City Council has promised a car park guidance system to direct people to nearby parking. Digital directional signage will provide real time information on nearby parking availability, it is expected that this system will be installed by the end of February.

Free parking shuttle bus: Please note that Stonnington City Council has cancelled this service.



Our top tips for getting to the Market:

  1. New Tip: We’ve noticed that there are plenty of car parks in the Elizabeth Street Car Park after 2.30 pm (especially during the week) so it might be worthwhile considering a change in your shopping schedule and popping by in the afternoon instead?
  2. If you arrive at the Elizabeth Street Car Park between 9 – 10 am, parking bays are normally available on the lower deck.  Thereafter, try heading straight to the top level of the Elizabeth Street Car Park.  There is a lift for your convenience.
  3. Scope out the free one-hour parks on Commercial Road and the 15-minute bays on Elizabeth Street – they have a pretty high turnover.
  4. Check out the on-street parking on Barry Street (located behind the Elizabeth Street car park) – it’s often a forgotten gem.
  5. Stretch your legs and try out the Jam Factory carpark – it’s not as far as you’d think.
  6. Get familiar with your local tram services – there’s the 72 on Commercial Road and the 78 goes all the way up Chapel Street.
  7. Take advantage of the ‘carry out’ service offered by many of our traders if you have parked a little further away than normal.
  8. Check to see if your favourite traders offer delivery.

For comments, queries or complaints RE the development and how this is affecting you, please contact Ian McLauchlan, Transport & Parking Manager,  Stonnington City Council:  8290 2005

Please note the market does not manage or own the Elizabeth Street Car Park. Please contact Stonnington on the above number for any complaints or feedback.


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