Fitzroy, just outside of the Melbourne CBD, is a regular destination for tourists and locals alike. Whether it’s on-trend and retro shopping on Brunswick Street, the best weekend markets in the country, or some of Melbourne’s best food and drink, Fitzroy has something for every traveler.

The only problem is, where to park in Fitzroy? It’s a tough suburb to park a car in, but this guide to Fitzroy Parking should make your life easier.

Brunswick Street in Fitzroy Australia on a sunny day, with Fitzroy parking spots filled with cars

Fitzroy Public Transport

First, lets figure out how to avoid parking in Fitzroy. The suburb is very well serviced by tram, with the number 11 tram going right down Brunswick Street from the centre of Melbourne. The 86 and 96 also go through Fitzroy. There are also plenty of buses through the area, with a 200 or 207 running every ten minutes or so.

Along with getting you to Fitzroy quickly, a tram or bus will help you save some dollars for all those vintage shops, lattes, and cocktails.

If this isn’t an option, check out our guide to Fitzroy parking, below.

Bullring Fitzroy Car Park

Operated by Care Park, Bullring Car Park is located at 95 Johnston Street. That’s a very easy walk to Fitzroy’s pubs and nightclubs. There are 121 bays and, as a money-saving tip, Coles customers get a refund of up to 4 hours, with a minimum $30 spend.

The car park has four different parking zones, each with a different fee structure:

1. Basement Car Park

  • $6.00 per hour
  • $12.00 maximum for a 10 hour ticket

2. Levels 1 and 2 Car Parks – Before 5pm

  • $2.00 for up to 1.5 hours
  • $6.00 for 1.5-2 hours
  • $10.00 for 2-4 hours (maximum stay)
  • $12:00 maximum after 5pm

3. Rooftop Car Park 

  • $10.00 flat rate for a 10 hour ticket

The Bullring Car Park isn’t open 24 hours. Closing times are different for each parking zone, and change throughout the week.

Basement, and levels 1 and 2 opening hours:

  • 6am to midnight Monday to Thursday
  • 6am to 1am Friday
  • 9am to 1am Saturday
  • 9am to midnight Sunday

 Rooftop opening hours:

  • 6am to 10pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday

The front shop window of a laudrette in Fitzroy with the image of an attractive young woman in sunglasses

Greenco Parking

Fitzroy’s Rose Street is home to the bustling Rose Street Market, with handmade goods, quirky fashion and innovative furniture. To ensure you don’t have to stumble far with all your bags, Greenco Parking is close by, at number 75. You’ll also be just a hop, skip and a few jumps from Brunswick Street. The rates and opening hours are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 5am – 6pm

  • $3.00 up to 1 hour
  • $6.00 from 1 to 2 hours
  • $8.00 daily maximum 

Saturday and Sunday: 5am – 6pm

  • $3.00 up to 1 hour
  • $7.00 from 1 to 2 hours
  • $9.00 daily maximum

Night rates: 5pm to 5am

  • $3.00 up to 1 hour Sunday to Thursday
  • $7.00 from 1 to 2 hours Sunday to Thursday
  • $10 flat rate Friday and Saturday

An cappuccino with decorative milk on a wooden table top at a cafe in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

ACU Car Park

Situated on the outskirts of Fitzroy’s hipster streets, Victoria Parade is home to Secure Parking’s ACU Car Park. It’s open everyday, including public holidays. There’s a weekend flat rate of $15.50 all day, which also applies to night parking from 4pm to 10:30pm. The entry is via Young Street and weekday rates are as follows:

Monday to Friday: 6am to 10:30pm

  • $10:50 up to 1 hour
  • $15.50 from 1 to 2 hours
  • $18.50 from 2 to 3 hours
  • $20.50 from 3 to 4 hours
  • $28.50 over 4 hours

Woolworths Fitzroy Car Park

If you need to do some grocery shopping, where to park in Fitzroy won’t be a problem for you. Located in Smith Street, outside parking is free at Woolies and open to anyone. Access to the car park is via St David Street or Hodgson Street.

Spaces are limited and there’s a maximum parking time of 1.5 hours at any time of day. So if you’re not actually shopping at Woolies it might not be the best option for you. Opening hours are 7am to 12am every day of the week.

Street Parking in Fitzroy

Street parking should probably be your last resort in Fitzroy, as spaces are very limited. If you do find one, especially near shopping and dining spots, you’ll have to pay at the metre – and it’s not cheap. On the outskirts, it’s possible to find car parking in Fitzroy with four hour limits, however one or two is the norm.

Whatever you do, don’t risk leaving your car without putting money in the metre. Fitzroy parking inspectors are particularly vigilant. A great way to pay is via the PayStay app. It lets you only pay for the time you spend in the parking bay, and means you don’t have to worry about having coins handy.

Always read parking signs carefully, to avoid confusion. Make sure you note the exact time restriction and what days of the week they apply to. So you don’t go over the time limit, set a timer on your phone with enough leeway to get back to your car before the inspectors do.

As always when you’re leaving your car on the street, take valuables with you and make sure all the doors are locked.

The side of a parked GoGet car share vehicle, with a moving Melbourne tram in the background

Parking Permits

If you’re a Yarra resident you might be able to apply for a parking permit. The permit lets you park in any spot with a time restriction of an hour or more, as long as it’s within one of the eligible parking zones. It’s also possible to obtain parking permits for family and friends who visit regularly. Check out the Yarra City Council website here, to see if you can get one.

A final resort

If you’re not a local, have to bring the car and are really stuck for a Fitzroy parking option, park in the CBD and take a tram or bus. We have a list of the best parking in Melbourne CBD to help you with that.

Alternatively, Fitzroy is about half an hour’s walk from Elizabeth Street. One of the cheapest options is at the Docklands East and West car parks, starting from $5.00 an hour.

Fitzroy: Worth the effort

Don’t let our cautionary guide to Fitzroy parking put you off getting stuck into it! Fitzroy really is one of the coolest suburbs in Australia, let alone Melbourne. Don’t feel like you need to hit it all at once though. If you visited every week for a year you wouldn’t see everything – so there’s no rush!