Information for visitors


3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne VIC

Meat Market is an historic building located just north of Melbourne’s CBD in the suburb of North Melbourne. The venue is approximately 5 minutes by car from the Royal Exhibition Building and 10 minutes from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Google map »



Our free shuttle bus service will operate between Meat Market, North Melbourne and the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton during show hours.
From Meat Market: Departs from Blackwood St (just outside the venue entrance) every half hour starting at 9:30am.
From the Royal Exhibition Building: Departs from Rathdowne St near the entrance to the Museum carpark every half hour starting at 9:45am.


Tram 59 leaves from Melbourne's CBD on Elizabeth St, stopping at Royal Melbourne Hospital (stop 14) which is only a 3 minute walk from the venue.

On-street parking is limited so using one of the paid parking compounds near the venue is recommended. 

Wilson Parking – 5 Flemington Road Car Park is only a few minutes walk from the venue. Entry to the carpark is via 33 Bedford Street, North Melbourne. (Maximum vehicle height: 2m)


Early Bird: Entry between 6am – 10am and exit before 6pm: $16.00
Casual: Mon – Fri, 5+ hours (max 12 hour stay): $25.00
Weekend: Maximum stay 10 hours: $8.00 flat rate
This is a PAY AND DISPLAY only site.


All visitors must register on arrival at the Blackwood Street entrance. If you have not pre-registered for fast-track entry, you will be able to register on the day. Please note, you will be required to have an ABN to register for a Professional Pass. This event is for trade only.


Visitors may leave large coats and luggage with our staff for safe-keeping in our cloakroom. Please enquire at The Big Design Trade information desk when you arrive.


Our approach to visitor safety is paramount. You can find more details about our safety and hygiene measures to enable a COVID-safe environment at our venue here.


Design is our first passion but food is definitely a close second, so we'll be bringing our favourite coffee, food and drinks to The Big Design Trade.  Coffee Supreme will be brewing their delicious coffee and hot chocolate over the 3 days, with Earl Canteen serving delicious fresh salads and sandwiches along with a selection of sweet treats and drinks. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 5pm on Friday when there'll be sparkling, white and red wine by the glass, along with Gin & Tonic for those after a cocktail! 


The event is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible.


A free wifi network is available to visitors. 


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