The Melbourne Hat
The Melbourne Hat is the longest running tournament in Australia. It began in 1989 and has continued to be a tournament that attracts players from all over Australia. It’s the tournament that caters for everyone, from absolute beginners to World Champions.
In 2019, the theme for the Melbourne Hat was Equity – 2019 Equity Hat.
From ‘Black Jack’ to ‘Time Warp’, every year guarantees a new theme and another unforgettable party.
Hat Tournaments involve players signing up as individuals, and then on the first morning of the tournament teams are randomly formed by players being drawn out “The Hat”.
The Tournament Director for the 2019 Melbourne Hat is Ollie Forster. You can contact him at melbournehat [at] gmail.com.
The Melbourne Hat is held at Albert Park in the inner suburbs of Melbourne.
Albert Park is easily accessible by car. The official street address is Pit Building 5, Aughtie Drive, Albert Park.
Parking is NOT free. Parking tickets cost about $6.00 for the day on the weekend and must be displayed on the dash board of your car. Parking is only permitted in designated parking bays.
From the City
Take Kings Way out of the CBD under the freeway overpass and turn Right at Albert Road. Turn Left off Albert Road onto Aughtie Drive and follow it past MSAC and the Albert Park Driving Range until you see the Pit Buildings on your Left.
Follow Spencer Street out of Town and don’t get off it. Spencer Street will become Aughtie Drive.
From the East
Come in on the Eastern Freeway, take Punt Road to the intersection with St Kilda Road. Take Fitzroy Street to the Right at this intersection and then turn Right into Lakeside Drive. Take the first Left onto Aughtie Drive and follow it until you find the Pit Buildings on your Right.
From the South
via St Kilda Road:
Come up St Kilda Road to Fitzroy Street on the Left then turn Right into Lakeside Drive. Take the first Left onto Aughtie Drive and follow it until you find the Pit Buildings on your Right.
via Monash Freeway, M1, South Eastern Freeway:
Go through the tunnel and take the Kings way exit, turn Left onto Kings way. Turn Right at Albert Road. Turn Left off Albert Road onto Aughtie Drive and follow it past MSAC and the Albert Park Driving Range until you see the Pit Buildings on your Left.
From the West
Come in on the West Gate Freeway and take the Kings Way exit, turn Left onto Kings way. Turn Right at Albert Road. Turn Left off Albert Road onto Aughtie Drive and follow it past MSAC and the Albert Park Driving Range until you see the Pit Buildings on your Left.
By Tram (number 96)
There are 2 tram stops within easy walking distance of the fields, both of them are on tram number 96, the first is stop is Middle Park (stop 130) and the second is Fraser St (stop 131).
From Stop 130 head into Albert Park and Travel Right until you see the pit buildings and other players (about 7min).
From Stop 131 head into Albert Park and Travel Left until you see the pit buildings and other players (about 5 min).
For more info visit the Yarra Trams website.
Southern Cross Station is the best train station to get to then transfer onto the number 96 tram and follow the directions above.
From Melbourne Airport
The easiest way to the fields from Melbourne Airport is to catch the Skybus to Southern Cross Station and then transfer to the number 96 tram (as above).
Buses run every 20 minutes from the airport all times of the day.
For more information and to get a ticket visit skybus.com.au.
By Plane to Melbourne
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Tiger fly to Melbourne from all over Australia.
We recommend checking out webjet.com.au for the latest up to date flight information.
FRIDAY NIGHT DISC GOLF
Players may wish to complete a round of Disc Golf at the the local Fitzroy Gardens. An interactive course map is available here.
A prize for best male and best female will be awarded for the best scores submitted to tournament staff the end of the day on Saturday.
The venue and theme for this year’s Hat party will be announced later in the year.
Even though we have exclusive use of the venue there still remains a dress code. In selecting your outfit for the evening please keep the following in mind:
– No Body Paint
– No Glitter
This Social event is strictly for people over the age of 18. Proof of age ID will be required for entry.
Note – We do not have any official capacity or agreement with any of these venues. This list is presented as a guide only.
Urban Central – 334 City Road, Melbourne. 1800 631 288
Flinders Station Backpackers – 35 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. (03) 9620 5100
Elephant Backpacker – 250 Flinders Street, Melbourne. 1800 002 616
Back of Chapel – 50 Green Street, Windsor. (03) 9521 5338
Chapel Street Backpackers – 22 Chapel Street, Windsor. (03) 9533 6855
Ritz Backpackers – 169B Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. (03) 9525 3501
Pint On Punt – 42 Punt Road, Windsor. 1800 835 000
Not so Cheaper Options
Albert Park Manor – 405 St Kilda Road, Albert Park. (03) 9821 4486
Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – 65 Queens Road, Melbourne. (03) 9529 4300
Mantra St Kilda Road – 568 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 1800 742 776
Parkview Hotel – 562 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. (03) 9529 8888
Park Regis Griffin Suites – 604 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. (03) 8530 1800
Rendezvous Grand Hotel – 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne. (03) 9250 1888
Seasons Botanic Gardens – 348 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. (03) 9685 3000
STAY UP TO DATE
For the latest news and updates on the Hat, please like the Melbourne Hat page on Facebook.
We are happy to facilitate swapping registrations to another name at any point. Otherwise, we will offer a 50% refund up until one month before.
If you are unable to play but keen to volunteer we will happily refund you 100%.
Tournament Director: Ollie Forster
Email: melbournehat [at] gmail.com