Music and Culinary Culture
At the University of Melbourne – Parkville
We’re at the tail end of two months’ worth of high quality programming and we’ve saved the best for last. Held during the daylight and night hours, Shimmerlands features an outdoor cinema, outdoor music amphitheatre, multiple bars and an outdoor dining area.
Welcome to Shimmerlands
Trams to Shimmerlands
Jumping on a tram is by far the most convenient way to travel to Shimmerlands.
From the CBD
Catch any tram headed north on Swanston Street:
From the Northern Suburbs
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Trains to Shimmerlands
Get off any city loop train at Melbourne Central. From there catch any tram 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 headed North along Swanston St. Get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University/Swanston St.
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Drive to Shimmerlands
Parking is recommended at the Cardigan/Grattan st car park, as most of the other parking options in the area close at 10 pm.
We recommend that you plan to make a drop off as there are limited accessible parks available. If you park in the accessible parks you will need to purchase a ticket from the machine and display it alongside your disabled parking permit
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WHERE IS SHIMMERLANDS?
We are located in the heart of the University of Melbourne - Parkville campus. Enter via Gate 3 from Swanston Street. Follow your heart or the signs or find directions here
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Shimmerlands is conveniently sandwiched between two tram lines on Royal Parade and Swanston street for easy access. Consult Getting Here for detailed transport options.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPENING HOURS?
Shimmerlands is open everyday from Jan 4th - February 26th 2017.
Monday - Friday: 5pm - 11pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 12pm - 11pm.
Check out our events calendar for all free, ticketed and public events at Shimmerlands.
SHIMMERLANDS UNDER 18 POLICIES
Shimmerlands is a fully licensed venue, therefore standard licensing restrictions apply to minors who are not permitted on premises unless under constant supervision by a suitable adult guardian.
Further restrictions and advisory:
Shimmerlands Outdoor Cinema is not suitable for young children, toddlers or babies. Standard Australian Classification Board advisory and restrictions apply to applicable sessions. Please check the relevant classification for the screening you wish to attend with a minor.
By attending a PG, M or MA15+ with a minor, you are taking full responsibility for their behaviour and their response to the content of the film. We also recommend familiarising yourself with the movie's Parents Guide on iMDB.com.
Due to capacity restrictions, all patrons must hold a ticket however children under 16 are eligible for concession.
Shimmerlands Outdoor Music events constitute an adult environment and are not suitable for young children, toddlers or babies. Should you decide to bring young children to an event, we ask that you provide ear protection for them.
Due to capacity restrictions, all patrons over 5 must hold a ticket.
IS THERE FOOD?
Absolutely! We have curated a selection of Melbourne’s best restaurants and dragged them outside for the Summer. Expect to feast on wonders from:
Burn City Smokers,
Pizza courtesy of SPQR,
Caffeinated goods by St Ali,
All Day Donuts,
Ice cream by Pidapipo, and more!
The food quarter is open everyday from 5pm weekdays/12pm weekends and public holidays, and is free entry and open to the public.
Food, bar and DJs from 5pm weekdays and midday on weekends. See the program here.
IS THERE A BAR?
You bet there is! In fact there are a few!
Free and open to the public (over 18 only), the Pavilion, lawn and food quarter are all licensed.
Open from 5pm - 11pm each day, earlier on weekends and later for special events.
Drop down after work and on the weekends for music on the lawns. See the program here.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD & DRINKS
Due to licensing, BYO drinks and food is not permitted! BYO Good vibes.
WHAT TIME DO FEATURE FILMS START?
Cinema sessions begin from 8:30pm but vary across the season as we need to wait until it is dark enough to ensure a pleasurable viewing experience..
Doors for the cinema area open at 8:00pm and seating is first in best dressed.
We highly recommend coming down early, grabbing a bite in the food quarter, having a drink in the Pavilion, on the lawns and enjoying the grounds.
Look out for free music events before cinema screenings on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights, and afternoon programs organised by Andee Frost on Saturdays.
See the program here.
HOW DO I BUY TICKETS?
The tickets for each event are listed on the website.
If a session doesn’t sell out tickets are made available on the door. However, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as most sessions do sell out!
HOW DO I USE A PROMO CODE?
You can find information on how to use Promo codes on
HOW DO I USE A GIFT VOUCHER ?
Your Shimmerlands Gift Voucher is a unique code that allows you to book online for any Shimmerlands Cinema session in our 2017 season.
You will need to pre-book your ticket online to guarantee a seat.
To redeem your voucher, proceed through the transaction as per normal and at checkout, select 'Use Gift Voucher' in Payment Options. Enter the voucher code and click 'Check Value'. If your voucher has value remaining, you can use it towards your purchase. If the value of your voucher is less than the total amount of your cart, you will have to follow standard payment prompts to pay the outstanding amount.
Once you have completed your booking your ticket/s will be sent to you. All that remains to do is print them out or show us the QR code on your phone on the night. We care about dolphins, so please privilege the latter option if your mobile allows it!
Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO USE AN ADMIT 1 / COMPLIMENTARY CINEMA PASS
A Gift Admit Pass or an Admit 1 Comp Pass is a unique 7-digit serial code that allows you to book online for any Shimmerlands Cinema session, as long as it has not expired. These passes may either be issued in case of a rain-out, gifted as part of a promotion, or may have been purchased prior to 2017.
You will need to pre-book your ticket online to guarantee a seat.
To book using your pass start by selecting the film you wish to see. Below the regular price types you will see the button Enter Pass Number, select this. Enter your 7 digit Pass number. Select the number of tickets from the drop down menu and then click add to cart and proceed to the check out as per normal. Unless you have added other tickets to your cart the transaction should have a $0 value. Once you have completed your booking a ticket will be sent to you. Then all you need to do is print your ticket or show us the QR code on your phone on the night. We care about dolphins, so please privilege the latter option if your mobile allows it!
Any questions? Email email@example.com
WHAT IS THE RAIN POLICY (Outdoor Cinema)?
All best efforts will be made to screen every film, but in the event of a washout you’ll be able to transfer your ticket for another screening. We’ll keep you informed with daily weather updates at 4pm & 6pm on via our Twitter feed, on the home page, and our Facebook page.
Shimmerlands reserves the right to cancel any film in the case of bad weather.
This not only applies to heavy rain but also high wind situations that may damage our beautiful screen.
All ticket holders will be notified via email in the event of a cancellation.
For any queries regarding cancelled screenings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
IS THE VENUE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
It is indeed! Please contact email@example.com for further information or contact our helpful staff on site.
Carers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a companion ticket, reserve space and make any necessary arrangements.
CAN I SMOKE?
The entire University of Melbourne campus has a strict non-smoking policy, therefore smoking is not permitted in Shimmerlands. Summer has never been a better time to quit.
CAN WE RESERVE SEATS? (Outdoor Cinema)
There is no allocated seating.
First in, first served. Our advice: come down early for a bite, a drink, and relax in good hands.
CAN WE BRING OUR OWN CHAIRS? (Outdoor Cinema)
No need, we’ve got you covered.
Many, many chairs. The best ones get snatched early so come before the session and drop your blankets on a prime spot while you enjoy some drinks at the bar.
DO YOU PROVIDE BLANKETS?
We do not, but we do recommend bringing some to maximise coziness on the odd nippy evening.
DO YOU OFFER A REDUCED RATE FOR CARERS?
If you are the primary carer of someone with a disability and you’re attending a screening with him or her, show your companion card and you’ll be admitted for free. If you require any necessary arrangements, contact email@example.com
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Sorry pooches, our furry friends are not allowed within the venue.
CAN I BRING MY CAT?
Yes, if it has a bell.
HOW CAN I BE KEPT UP TO DATE ABOUT EVENTS AND SCREENINGS?
CAN I EXCHANGE MY TICKETS FOR ANOTHER NIGHT BECAUSE MY SISTER’S ENGAGEMENT PARTY IS ON, AND I FORGOT?
Bummer! Due to high demand for sessions – and limited seating – tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Only if a session is cancelled due to bad weather will your tickets be transferable for another night in the season.
WHO DO I CONTACT REGARDING ITEMS LEFT AT THE SITE?
Please contact the Bar Manager before you leave the cinema to report any lost items. If you realise you have lost something after you have left the cinema, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT KIND OF A PROJECTOR AND SOUND ARE YOU USING?
Our films are projected via top end 2K Digital onto a huge 12m, glass matte cinema screen. Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound is run through a 30.000 Watt Funktion One soundsystem.
HOW BIG IS THE SCREEN?
It’s a big 12m screen.
Films should be presented with a level of respect for the art form.
Our screen is covered in tiny glass beads like most indoor cinema screens.
The team from Shadow Electric provides a range of event production services and hire of high end cinema equipment. Outdoor cinema installations, large scale projections, concerts, parties, brand activations, corporate events, catering services, theming and more.
HOW CAN I CONTACT SHADOW ELECTRIC?
If your question isn’t answered in the FAQ or About section of the website:
General enquiries: email@example.com
Ticketing enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shimmerlands can also be reached at (03) 9015 9646 however most inquiries will be most efficiently dealt with via email, as the phone line is within our open air site and therefore only attended during staffed hours.
HOW CAN I WORK AT THE SHADOW ELECTRIC OPEN-AIR CINEMA?
Email us at email@example.com
SHIMMERLANDS FESTIVAL 2017
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