Plan ahead and make sure you don't miss a moment of the action MotoGP™ Guru by Gryfyn Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2023.
With more options than ever before, our goal is to make your journey down to Phillip Island as stress-free and straightforward as possible.
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
381 Back Beach Road
The TAC Pause Stop program encourages motorists to pull over, take a break and recharge so everyone can get to their destination safely. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before you travel and take a break every two hours on your way to Phillip Island.
Plan a Pause Stop at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre, or any of the 62 Centres across Victoria, for a break along your journey.
A pause from the road might save your life. Find a place to pause using the map below.
Make your journey down to Phillip Island as stress-free and straightforward as possible with plenty of travel options.
Forget petrol prices, parking costs and designated drivers. Just sit back, relax in five-star coach comfort, and be driven straight to the track and back again with our Catch-a-Coach service.
One-way trips are available to and from Melbourne and Phillip Island - just pick the option which best suits your needs.
Please note, that all Melbourne departures and arrivals are from the Southern Cross Coach Terminal.
Coaches will depart for Phillip Island between the following times:
- Friday, coaches depart Southern Cross Station between 6:30 am - 9:30 am
- Saturday, coaches depart Southern Cross Station between 6:00 am - 10:30 am
- Sunday, coaches depart Southern Cross Station between 5:30 am - 8:30 am (Updated)
Simply arrive at Southern Cross Coach Terminal between these times and hop on the next available coach.
- Melbourne CBD: Southern Cross Station Bus Terminal
- Cranbourne (Sunday only): Cranbourne Highway Service Road, in front of KFC
- Sunday, 22 October at 7:30 am
- Clayton (Sunday only): Monash University Clayton car park, off Wellington road (Google Maps: Location, Nearby Parking)
- Sunday, 22 October at 7:00 am
A pre-booked wheelchair-accessible bus will operate from Melbourne (Southern Cross Coach Terminal) to Gate 3, each day of the event. Phone bookings for this service are essential by calling (03) 9258 7100.
All Catch-a-Coach services drop off and pick up at Gate 3 on Gap Road at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, with the following exceptions:
- Thursday one-way service: Departure at 2:00 PM from Southern Cross Station. Drop-off at Gate 1, followed by Cowes V/Line Bus Stop (Thompson Ave/Chapel Street)
- Monday one-way service: Pick-up at Cowes V/Line Bus Stop at 11:00 AM (Thompson Ave/Chapel Street), followed by Gate 1 at 11:30 am.
Coaches depart the circuit from Gate 3 back to Melbourne during the following time periods:
- Friday and Saturday: Depart between 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
- Sunday: Depart between 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Updated)
The last coach departs the circuit when the gates close. Please ensure you leave enough time to get to the Gate 3 coach stop before the gates close.
Regional Bus Services
Dandenong to Cowes
V/Line operates a coach service from Dandenong Station to Cowes, the main township of Phillip Island. There are plenty of accommodation options in Cowes as well as food and drink options. From Cowes, you can get to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on the local bus services.
Bookings are essential on 1800 800 007 or online.
For train timetables from within the suburban network to Dandenong, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.
Cape Paterson/Inverloch/Wonthaggi to Circuit
South Coast Bus operates a service between Cape Paterson/Inverloch/Wonthaggi and Gate 3 at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event.
For patrons wishing to travel to/from the Inverloch and Wonthaggi areas, please contact South Coast Bus directly to book a pre-paid service.
Bookings are essential. For bookings or more information, please call South Coast Bus on +61 3 5951 4600.
Wonthaggi to Cowes
South Coast Bus also operates a PTV route service from Wonthaggi to Cowes. Bookings are not required. For more information on this service, please call South Coast Bus on +61 3 5672 1462 or +61 3 5952 2500.
For more information, please call South Coast Bus on +61 3 5951 4600 or visit the South Coast Bus website.
Grand Prix Shuttle Service
There are four Grand Prix Shuttle services that operate to/from the circuit:
- Cowes Central,
- Cowes West-Ventnor,
- San Remo – Cape Woolamai, and
- Rhyll - Silverleaves
The Grand Prix Shuttle service departs from Gate 1 of the Circuit until 6.00 pm and from the Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre Car Park between 6.00 pm till midnight.
Tickets are $18 for a day pass or $10 for one-way (available for return from circuit trips and evening service only).
The service will be operating at a higher capacity across all event days. For the most up-to-date information and timetable, click on the link below.
Melbourne Suburban Train Network
Trains can be taken to the following locations to link up with services to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit:
- Southern Cross Station - Catch-a-Coach
- Dandenong Station - V/Line Coach to Cowes (Click here to access Cowes Inverloch timetable)
For train timetables from within the suburban network, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.
Regional Train Network
Regional V/Line train services connect with the Melbourne suburban network at Southern Cross Station.
For train timetables from within the V/Line network, please use the trip planner on the Public Transport Victoria website.
A fast cat passenger ferry operates daily between Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula and Cowes, Phillip Island. The travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
For timetables, fares and online bookings, please visit www.westernportferries.com.au.
Booking online is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.
Airports and Transfers
Enjoy easy access from two international airports, with excellent transport links across Victoria.
- 162 kilometres (101 miles) from Melbourne Airport
- 190 kilometres (118 miles) from Avalon Airport
SkyBus offers quick and frequent service to Southern Cross Station from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). SkyBus can be taken to Southern Cross Station to link up with Catch-a-Coach service to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
The quickest and easiest way to get to the MotoGP™ Guru by Gryfyn Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2023 is by helicopter! Leave traffic and parking problems behind as you travel in style between the city and the circuit in under an hour.
PHS offers charter helicopter flights from Essendon, Moorabbin and Tyabb Airports direct to the Phillip Island Circuit. Prices are listed below
Essendon Airport Transfers
- One-Way flight: $895 per person
- Return: $1,195 per person
Moorabbin Airport Transfers
- One-Way flight: $695 per person
- Return: $845 per person
Tyabb Airport Transfers
- Fly in from the Mornington Peninsula
- Return: $450 per person
The helipad at the circuit is located to the west of Gate 7.
Helicopter Scenic Flights
Get a bird's eye view of the MotoGP™ Guru by Gryfyn Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2023! A scenic helicopter flight will take you on two laps of the Circuit (approximately 6 to 9 minutes), providing a unique view of the Circuit with stunning photo opportunities of Phillip Island and the Bass Straight.
Scenic helicopter flights can be booked in person at the Helipad outside Gate 7, or at the ticket sales booth located at GP Expo. A scenic flight costs $120 per person.
You can also book online before the event by visiting the website of our helicopter partner PHS. Pre-bookings do not lock you into a particular time or date, just keep hold of your voucher and present it at the helipad when you are ready to fly.
Wondering how to get to the helipad at Gate 7 if you’re on the other side of the circuit? Holders of a voucher for the Scenic Flights can catch a ride to the Helipad via the VIP Hospitality Shuttle.
For those who wish to fly their own helicopter to the circuit, you will need to register and complete a Helicopter Landing Registration Form.
For all details relating to helipad landings, please contact PHS on (03) 9580 7433 or email email@example.com.
If you are travelling by motorcycle or car from Melbourne, access to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is:
- via Citylink (M1) or Eastlink (M3) tollways
- Monash Freeway (M1)
- South Gippsland Highway (M420)
- Bass Highway (M420) and Phillip Island Link Road (B420) to San Remo
- Phillip Island Tourist Road (B420) and Back Beach Road (C478) across Phillip Island
From the Monash Freeway, signs will clearly identify the route to the circuit, which will include clear directional signs to the circuit parking areas. For regular traffic reports, tune in to 3AW or Triple M radio stations.
For taxi service on Phillip Island, please call (03) 5952 2200. The Taxi Rank is located at Gate 3, on Gap Road North. Please note, taxis are in high demand during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend and long delays may be encountered.
Parking is available at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit. Access is via Gate 2 on Back Beach Road. Parking is available for cars and motorcycles. The MotoGP™ Guru by Gryfyn Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2023 utilises destination parking (parking based on return destination), therefore allowing an easier exit each day.
All vehicles will be parked between Gates 1 and 7 and patrons can enter the circuit via either of these gates.
All public parking is paid for upon arrival at the car park (cash and card accepted). Purchasing of parking is not available prior to the event.
- Vehicle parking $18 per day.
- Motorcycle parking $13 per day
The following are the main public car/motorcycle parks available at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Cowes Return Parking
- Melbourne Return Parking
- Motorcycle Parking
- Accessible Parking - located directly outside Gate 7. To park in this area, the vehicle must display a valid disability parking permit. An accessible parking sticker can be arranged through AGPC in the lead-up to the event, please call (03) 9258 7100.
- Lukey/Siberia Parking - Melbourne Return Parking for cars and motorcycles. Located near Gate 3
- Patton’s Parking – Cowes Return Parking for cars and motorcycles. Located opposite Gate 1.
Park and Ride
Parking in town at either Cowes or San Remo is also recommended. The Grand Prix Shuttle service can then take you to/from the circuit. For more details, see Grand Prix Shuttle Service details.
Cloaking at the MotoGP™
Cloaking is available for all patrons at the event. Secure cloaking is located at the Public Storage facility within the Circuit Motorcycle Parking Area near Gate 1. The cost to cloak your first item is $5, and $3.50 for each additional item.
Motorcycle helmets are not permitted into the event and can be cloaked. Patrons can also cloak any other riding gear (inc boots, gloves, jackets and vests).
Prohibited items as well as big and bulky items that are not allowed into the event, such as eskies, fireworks and bicycles, will not be accepted.