How do I become a member?
We currently have two types of membership available - Social and Full.
We recommend that you attend the club over a number of visits to
determine your view on the vibe, environment and people of the club.
Membership application forms are available at the bar or via the link on
the Membership page. Once you have submitted your Membership application
form, the form is displayed on the noticeboard for a minimum of 2 weeks
and then reviewed at the next Board meeting. Notification of the outcome
is sent by the Secretary within 72hrs of the Board meeting.
How much does it cost to become a member?
Our current annual fees are: Social membership - $55 (incl GST) and Full
membership - $110 (incl GST). There is also a one off $20 joining fee.
What is the difference between a social member & full
Both memberships are entitled to the member bar prices, discounted
hiring fees for greens / bbq / function room and of course to attend the
club at any time that suits. The difference between the two types of
membership is that Full members are entitled to represent the club in all
types of bowling events (eg pennant, tournaments etc), have the
opportunity to join the Bowls Committee, Selectors or Board and also have
voting rights. Social membership holders have the opportunity to join the
Can I bring my own caterer or my own food to the venue?
Yes. It is recommended that your caterer contacts the club prior to the
event to discuss the facilities.
Can we organise a food truck to cater at our event?
Unfortunately we do not have space to cater for food trucks inside the
City of Melbourne Bowls Club. For use of the Flagstaff Gardens for
food trucks please contact the Melbourne City Council Events department
on 9658 8008.
Is there food available at the bar?
We only offer potato chips
Do we allow for BYO beverages?
No. We are a fully licenced venue with a great range of beers and wine
at reasonable prices. Any alcohol or soft drink brought into the venue
will be put behind the bar for collection on departure.
Can we set up a bar tab?
Yes. A tab can be set up on the day upon arrival at the main bar with a
Is there parking available?
We do not have any private parking available. There is plenty of street
parking and the Queen Victoria Market car park offers full day parking.
Is there public transport close to the venue?
Flagstaff Station is a short walk from the venue whilst tram nos 24
& 30 run down William St. Get off at stop 8.
Do you have a loading area?
Yes. Entry to the Gardens is off William Street opposite the
Radisson Hotel. Access to the Gardens are controlled by Serco on
behalf of the City of Melbourne Council and operate under the strict
guidelines listed below. If the bollards are locked the driver will
need to come to the club for the keys.
Contractor/Hirer must replace and lock bollards after entering,
exiting the park,
Contractor/Hirer is responsible for ensuring only authorised
vehicles enter the park when bollards are unlocked
If bollards are removed for entry / exit side bollard holders, if
available, must be used
Contractor/Hirer adheres to the general terms and conditions
outlined by City of Melbourne relating to vehicles in Parks and
Gardens, including driving under 10km/hr, utilising hazards lights,
restricting vehicle movements to pathways ONLY and parking vehicles so
not to hamper further pedestrian and vehicle traffic. UNDER NO
CIRCUMSTANCE ARE VEHICLES PERMITTED ON GRASS, GARDENS OR MULCH BEDS
UNLESS SPECIFIC PERMISSION IS OBTAINED
Contractor/Hirer that damages, loses or in any way renders a
padlock, bollard, fence or gate unfit for purpose will be responsible
for the reinstatement costs associated with the repair of replacement
of the item
What happens with our bowling booking in bad weather?
Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. If at the date and time of
your booking you are unable to bowl due to the weather we will refund
your green fees. We cannot cancel or move your event due to the weather
forecast. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
Can we wear shoes on the green?
Flat soled shoes are permitted on the greens. If you do not wish to bowl
barefoot thongs or runners are the best option. Please note that rippled
soled shoes and any shoes with heals are not permitted.
Are you a family friendly venue and can children play
Our facility is very family oriented and kids can play bowls, too.
However, when bowling we do require strict adult supervision on the green
to ensure all green rules are adhered to and no other players are
We are thinking of hiring a DJ or having live music for our
event, is this allowed?
Yes. Please remember that our in house sound system is only suitable for
background music. Your DJ or Band will need to bring their own sound
system. We also reserve the right to turn the volume down should
complaints be received.
Do we have disabled access?
Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible, including on the green.
Is cigarette smoking permitted on the premises?
Yes. There is a designated smoking is on the North side of the green.
All other areas are smoke free. Please refer to the signage at the
Can we play on the grass green?
No. The grass green is for members only.
Can we store personal items?
At the discretion of staff personal items may be kept behind the bar.
Whilst all care is taken we do accept any responsibility for lost,
misplaced, damaged or stolen items.
Who should we contact about an enquiry?
For all enquiries, you can contact us via the Contact Us form.
Alternatively, you can contact the Club Manager. Office hours are
primarily Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5pm however due to the nature of our
business the office is not always staffed.
Can I make a tentative booking for rink hire?
No. Rink hire bookings must be made online and secured with payment.
Can I make a tentative booking for the function space?
Yes. Please call our office to discuss on 8329 0211. Tentative bookings
will only be held for 2 weeks at which time confirmation will be required
and a $400 deposit paid.
How to book?
Rink bookings are to be made via our Online Booking System.
Function room bookings are to be made directly with the office. If your
event includes both function room hire and rink hire this can also be
done directly with the office.
All function room bookings are not considered confirmed until a deposit
of $400 and a signed copy of the booking terms and conditions are