Outdoor Cinema,
Music and Culinary Culture
At the University of Melbourne – Parkville

It’s true what they say, all good things must come to an end. We’ve closed our doors after two months of eclectic film, music and food programming, but we’ll be back next year, better than ever.

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Welcome to Shimmerlands

Shadow Electric and The University of Melbourne present Shimmerlands, Melbourne’s newest outdoor destination.
Shimmerlands is Melbourne’s two-month-long free festival of Outdoor Cinema, Music, and Alfresco dining.
Open every day through January and February from 5pm on weekdays and earlier on weekends.

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Getting There



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:

Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72: get off at Stop 1, University of Melbourne/Swanston Street.

From the Northern Suburbs

Route 19: Get off at Stop 11, University of Melbourne/Royal Parade.
Route 1/8: Get off at Stop 1, University of Melbourne/Swanston Street.

Get the app

Download the Public Transport App here.

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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Download the Public Transport App here.

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.

Accessible Parking

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

Get Directions

Plan your trip here.


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


Shimmerlands is conveniently sandwiched between two tram lines on Royal Parade and Swanston street for easy access. Consult Getting Here for detailed transport options.


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 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:

Outdoor Cinema

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

Due to capacity restrictions, all patrons must hold a ticket however children under 16 are eligible for concession.

Outdoor Music

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.


Absolutely! We have curated a selection of Melbourne’s best restaurants and dragged them outside for the Summer. Expect to feast on wonders from:
Pierogi Pierogi,
ShanDong MaMa,
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.


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.


Due to licensing, BYO drinks and food is not permitted! BYO Good vibes.


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.


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!


You can find information on how to use Promo codes on
this page.


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 [email protected]


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 protected]


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 [email protected]


It is indeed! Please contact [email protected] for further information or contact our helpful staff on site.

Carers please contact [email protected] to arrange a companion ticket, reserve space and make any necessary arrangements.


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.


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.


We do not, but we do recommend bringing some to maximise coziness on the odd nippy evening.


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 protected]


Sorry pooches, our furry friends are not allowed within the venue.


Yes, if it has a bell.


For all things Shimmerlands related follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We post daily, plus there’s special giveaways and exclusive promos. Nothing beats a special giveaway. You can also subscribe to our e-news list by filling in your details at the bottom of the home page.


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.


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 [email protected]


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.


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.

Contact: [email protected]


If your question isn’t answered in the FAQ or About section of the website:

General enquiries: [email protected]
Ticketing enquiries: [email protected]

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.


Email us at [email protected]


Please find our event terms and conditions here.



Website Terms of Use

These Website Terms of Use of Use (“Terms of Use”) govern your use of Shimmerlands Festival 2017 website fully located at website (“Site”) and form a binding contractual agreement between you, the user of the Site and us, The Trustee for Shimmerlands Unit Trust (hereafter “we”, “our”, or “us”).
These Terms of Use are important and you should ensure that you read them carefully and contact us with any questions before you use the Site. You can contact us here

By using the Site you acknowledge and agree that you have had sufficient chance to read and understand the Terms of Use and you agree to be bound by them. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use the Site.

Licence to use Site

We grant you a non-exclusive, worldwide, non-transferable licence to use the Site in accordance with these Terms of Use.

The Site may contain links to third party websites. The content of any linked third party websites are not under our control and we do make any warranties or representations regarding the quality, accuracy, merchantability or fitness for purpose of any material on these websites and we not endorse, sponsor or approve any content available on any linked website. You access any third party websites at your own risk and we shall have no liability for the conduct of any companies linked from the Site.

You acknowledge and agree that the Site will not operate on a continuous basis, and may be unavailable from time to time (including for maintenance purposes).

We may refuse access to the Site at any time in our sole discretion.

Intellectual Property Rights

The content of the Site, including copyright works, text, material, software, images, applications (including any email application), graphics, advertisements, downloads, e-cards, sound recordings, databases, cinematograph films, photographs, streaming audio or video, animations, website designs, trade marks (whether registered or unregistered) and source code are owned solely by us and all rights are fully reserved.  Nothing in these Terms of Use constitutes a transfer of any intellectual property rights and you shall have no rights to reproduce, adapt, store, broadcast or communicate in any way such intellectual property rights.


We endeavour to take reasonable care in preparing and maintaining the information on this Site.  We do not warrant the accuracy, adequacy or completeness of the contents of the Site.  All information is subject to change without notice.  It is your responsibility to check the Site regularly to determine whether the information on the Site or these Terms of Use have been changed.  We do not guarantee that the Site will be free from viruses or that access to the Site will be uninterrupted.

You represent and warrant to us that you have the legal capacity to enter these Terms of Use.  You accept that in order to access parts of the Site, you may be required to create an account.  You must never use another Site users account without obtaining their prior consent.  You must provide full and accurate information when you create any account.  You are solely responsible for any activity that occurs on your account and you must keep your account password secure.


To the full extent permitted by law, we exclude all liability in respect of loss of data, interruption of business or any consequential or incidental damages as a result of your use of the Site.

To the full extent permitted by law, we exclude all representations, warranties or Terms of Use (whether express or implied) other than those expressly set out in these Terms of Use.

These Terms of Use are to be read subject to any legislation which prohibits or restricts the exclusion, restriction or modification of any implied warranties, conditions, guarantees or obligations.


These Terms of Use terminate automatically if, for any reason, we cease to operate the Site.

We may otherwise terminate these Terms of Use immediately, on notice to you, if you have breached these Terms of Use in any way.


You must not assign, sublicence or otherwise deal in any other way with any of your rights under these Terms of Use.

If a provision of these Terms of Use are invalid or unenforceable it is to be read down or severed to the extent necessary without affecting the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.

Each party must at its own expense do everything reasonably necessary to give full effect to this Agreement and the events contemplated by it.

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the state of Victoria and each party submits to the jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria.

Privacy Policy

The following Privacy Policy applies to all personal information collected by us via the Site.  Your privacy is very important to us. For that reason, please read the following details carefully and get in contact with us if you have any questions

We may collect personal information from you in the course of your use of the Site if you input any personal information into the Site. In addition, we also collect cookies from your computer, which enables us to tell when you use the Site and also to help customise your user experience.  You acknowledge and agree that cookies used on the Site enable us to collect information stored as text files on your computer’s hard drive by your browser including your preferences and details to make your future use of the Site easier.  You may elect to delete or control cookies in your browser settings but you acknowledge that if you reject any cookies it may affect your ability to use some areas of the Site.

The purpose for which we collect personal information is to provide you with the best service experience possible on the Site. Some provision of personal information is optional. However, if you do not provide us with certain types of personal information, you may be unable to enjoy the full functionality of the Site.


We customarily disclose personal information only to our service providers who assist us in operating the Site. We will only disclose personal information to an unrelated third party with your consent.

Access and correction

National Privacy Principle 6 of the Australian Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) allows you to get access to, and correct, the personal information we hold about you in certain circumstances. If you would like to obtain such access, please contact us on the details set out above.


We have processes in place to ensure the security of your personal information, including encryption of all data when it is transferred to our service providers and limitations on access to personal information within our organisation.

Transfer out of Australia

The Site is not hosted in Australia. For that reason, we transfer all data on the Site (including all personal information) to our hosting service provider in the United States of America. You hereby consent to this transfer.




Event Terms


The following Event Terms and Conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) apply to entry to all activities as part of the Shimmerlands Festival 2017 (the “Event”) at the University of Melbourne Parkville Campus (the “Venue”), and the services, features, or content offered by The Trustee for Shimmerland Unit Trust (the “Organiser”) on the website (the “Website”).

Where any activity connected to the Event requires a ticket for entry (“Ticketed Event”) the Terms and Conditions include the Ticketing Terms of Sale (the “Terms of Sale”) set out below. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event the Organiser does not require a ticket for entry to any Event activity, at the Organiser’s sole discretion, for example for entry to the Shimmerlands Food Market (the “Market”), the Terms and Conditions continue to apply and the patron will be taken to have read, understood, and agreed to the same.

The Terms and Conditions are supplemented by the Website Terms of Use (the “Terms of Use”). By using the Website, you warrant and represent that you assent with these Terms of Use. Please read these Terms of Use carefully.

  1. Conditions of Entry
    • You may not bring alcohol, glass bottles, illegal drugs, or any other dangerous items into the Event. Any person caught with such material will be denied entry into the Event or ejected from the Event at the Organiser’s sole discretion.
    • You may not bring food into the Event.
    • The Organiser has the right to confiscate any prohibited items without compensation.
    • Ticketed Events are 18+ events and valid proof of age photo ID will be required for entry.
    • Entry into any Ticketed Event is subject to each patron holding a valid ticket to such Ticketed Event.
    • Security officials have the right to search the personal property of any person who wishes to enter the Event.
    • The Organiser reserves the right to refuse entry to any person for whatever lawful reason in the Organiser’s sole discretion.
    • No audio or video recording of any performances or screening as part of the Event is permitted without written consent of the Organisers. Despite this, amateur still photography is permitted. Photos of artists and/or the Event are permitted only on the basis that:
  • Images are only used for private and personal use; and
  • Images cannot be made available for sale and/or public display. Recording or filming the Event is strictly prohibited
  • The Organiser reserves the right to confiscate and/or delete any footage, recordings and/or photos created by unauthorised or prohibited recording, filming or photography.
    • The Organiser has all rights to film, photo and video production of the Event and patrons may be filmed incidentally during the Event. You consent to be included in film and sound recordings of the Event and for these recordings to be used by Organiser in any medium or context, including but not limited to any marketing and promotion of the Event or future incarnations of the Event, without further authorisation by or compensation to you.
    • Where entry is denied to a person for any reason including but not limited to failure to comply with the above Conditions of Entry, that person will not be entitled to any refund, ticket exchange, or compensation of any kind, as the case may be.
    • Entry to the Event is at your own risk. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, appropriate footwear and clothing must be worn at all times at the Event. To the extent permitted by law, the Organiser takes no responsibility for any hearing damage or loss caused by excessive noise at the Event.
    • To the full extent permitted by law, you hereby waive all legal rights of action against and fully release the Organiser, its agents, employees and volunteers for all claims for compensation or loss, damage, injury or death howsoever arising in relation to your attendance at the Event including without limitation, liability for any negligent or tortious act or omission on the part of the Organiser, its agents, employees and volunteers.
    • In the case of any emergency at the Event, you must follow all directives of the Organiser or other authorized personnel.
    • This Agreement is governed by the laws of the state of Victoria and each party submits to the jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria.


  1. Prohibited Behaviour
    • For the safety of patrons, staff, artists, and the Venue, any dangerous, unruly, offensive, disturbing or inebriated behaviour is strictly prohibited.
    • Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited outside of the licenced areas of the Event.
    • Alcohol may not be consumed in the public areas in the vicinity of the Event and fines may apply.
    • Patrons must not damage or remove any vegetation or property belonging to the owners of the Venue whether that vegetation or property is within the designated Event area or not.
    • Patrons must not leave the designated Event area and any patron who does so will be trespassing.
    • Smoking anywhere at the Event or in the Venue is strictly prohibited.
    • Any person found engaging in any of the above prohibited behaviour will be ejected from the Event and that person will not be entitled to any refund, ticket exchange, or compensation of any kind, as the case may be.


  1. Poor Weather and Cancellation due to Adverse Weather
    • Parts of the Event will take place outdoors and as such may from time to time be subject to adverse weather. Wherever possible, the Event will continue as planned despite such weather and as such patrons are advised to bring suitable clothing and equipment to protect from weather conditions including but not limited to: rain; hail; wind; sunshine.
    • Events which are scheduled to take place outdoors will only be cancelled in the event that the weather is such that it poses a safety threat to patrons and staff. The decision to cancel the Event or any part thereof is made in the Organiser’s sole discretion and may be made at any time up to the Event or during the Event.






All tickets sold to the Event are subject to the following additional Terms of Sale:

  1. Final Sale
    • All ticket sales are final and non-transferrable. Tickets to the Event should be treated like cash. The Organiser will not provide refund or exchange on any tickets for mistake or change of mind. The Organiser will not provide a refund or an exchange for any reason including when:
      • The ticket holder decides not to attend the Event;
      • The ticket has been duplicated;
      • The ticket is lost, damaged, forged or stolen;
      • The ticket holder has been refused entry or evicted from the Event in accordance with the Event Terms and Conditions;
      • The Event does not meet the ticket holder’s expectations; OR
      • The program line-up, schedule or screening has been changed.

1.2  You are required to protect all tickets to the Event. Do not share your ticket barcode with any third party as this may result in you being denied entry to the Event.

1.3 Tickets purchased from any source other than the Event official ticket merchant will not be honoured at the Event.

1.4 The sale or attempted resale of a ticket without the consent of the Organiser is prohibited. If any ticket is sold or used in breach of this clause, the Organiser reserves the right to (i) cancel the ticket without any refund or (ii) refuse entry to or eject the ticket holder from the Event. Use of any tickets for or in conjunction with any advertising, promotion, marketing or competition without the express written consent of the Organiser is prohibited.


  1. Cancellation of a Ticketed Event –
    • By purchasing tickets to an Event, you accept that the Event may be subject to adverse weather.
    • Where an Event is a Ticketed Event and it is cancelled due to adverse weather, ticket holders will not be entitled to any refund. Tickets will instead be converted into a voucher redeemable on a future Ticketed Event of the same nature only (eg, cinema Ticket Event for future cinema Ticketed Event) up to an equivalent value. You must retain your original ticket for use as vouchers at the substitute Ticketed Event. In the event that a Ticketed Event is cancelled due to weather in the final seven (7) days of the Event, and a ticket holder is unable to attend another in that season, the ticket holder will be entitled to a refund to the face value of the original ticket and the ticket holder shall be required to contact the Organiser for a refund.
    • In the event that a Ticketed Event is cancelled or terminated due to the decision by the owners of the Venue or other occurrence outside of the Organiser’s direct control, the ticket will be converted into a voucher redeemable on a future Ticketed Event of the same nature only (eg, cinema Ticket Event for future cinema Ticketed Event) up to an equivalent value. In the event that a Ticketed Event is cancelled as a result of the decision of the owners of the Venue or other occurrence outside of the Organiser’s direct control in the final seven (7) days of the Event, and a ticket holder is unable to attend another in that season, the ticket holder will be entitled to a refund to the face value of each original ticket and the ticket holder shall be required to contact the Organiser for a refund, or the.
    • The Event is always subject to capacity and in the event of any cancellation to the Event, entry to a future Ticketed Event is not guaranteed and you may therefore seek a refund of the face value of the original ticket in the event that a future Ticketed Event cannot be secured.



  1. Lost, Damaged or Stolen Tickets –
    • Entry to a Ticketed Event may be refused if the ticket is damaged or defaced in any way or any ticket is not purchased from one of Organiser’s authorised points of sale.
    • The Organiser reserves the right to charge patrons for the replacement of a lost, damaged, or stolen ticket in the Organiser’s sole discretion.
    • Lost, damaged, or stolen tickets will not be replaced unless proof of purchase is presented.
    • Scalped tickets may be cancelled and the ticket holder will not be permitted entry.