DIRECTIONS TO KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTRE AUSTRALIA

Kadampa Meditation Centre (KMC) Australia is located at 25 McCarthy Road, Monbulk (Olinda) – on the eastern edge of Melbourne in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Our meditation centre is 2km along McCarthy Road on the left side (McCarthy Road is a gravel road).

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Travelling by:

Car (via the M1)
Car (via the M3)
Public Transport from Airports
Public Transport from Melbourne
Taxi & Maxi-Taxi
Airport Transfer Services

 

BY CAR

VIA THE MONASH FREEWAY (M1)
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  • Head towards Belgrave – ie. Leave the M1 Freeway at the Ferntree Gully exit, continue along Ferntree Gully Road until you reach Burwood Highway, and turn right onto Burwood Highway.
  • Continue along Burwood Highway through Belgrave, then Kallista (now Monbulk Road, the C404) and onto Monbulk
  • Turn left at the first roundabout in Monbulk (Mitre 10 on your left)
  • Follow along this road (Monbulk Rd C404) for about two minutes.
  • McCarthy Road is a gravel road on the left.
  • KMC Australia is 2km along McCarthy Road on the left side – you will see our large sign & car park

BY CAR

VIA THE EASTERN FREEWAY (M3)
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  • From the city head east along the M3, and use the ‘Ringwood Bypass Exit’ – this becomes Mt Dandenong Rd
  • Continue along Mt Dandenong Road until you reach the T-intersection at the end and turn left towards Montrose
  • Continue through two roundabouts, at the second roundabout turn right onto York Road.
  • At the end of York Rd (past Mount Evelyn), turn right at the roundabout towards Monbulk (on Monbulk Road C404)
  • Follow this road for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • McCarthy Rd will be coming up on your right – It is a gravel road
  • KMC Australia is 2km along McCarthy Road on the left side – you will see our large sign & car park

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORTS

FROM MELBOURNE (TULLAMARINE) AIRPORT (3.5 hours)

  • Melbourne Airport is north of Melbourne CBD and about 80km from KMC Australia.
  • Start by taking the Skybus from Melbourne airport to Southern Cross Train Station in the city.
    Skybus operates every 15-20 minutes every day of the week from 5am to midnight – the timetable is on their website.
    The cost is about $20 one way, and the journey takes about 30 minutes to Melbourne city. You can buy your Skybus ticket online or at the airport just near the Skybus bus stop. (Myki travel cards cannot be used for the Skybus).
  • From Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city follow the public transport directions outlined below to get to KMC Australia.
  • Allow about 3.5 hours in total to get from Melbourne airport to KMC Australia by public transport.

FROM AVALON AIRPORT (4 hours)

  • Avalon Airport is based near Geelong, 45 minutes West of Melbourne, and about 110km from KMC Australia.
    From Avalon Airport take Sunbus to Southern Cross Train Station (formerly Spencer Street).
    Sunbus meets every JetStar flight, so it’s fairly straightforward. It is $22 one way. The journey takes just under an hour. (Myki travel cards cannot be used for Sunbus).
  • From Southern Cross Station in Melbourne city follow the public transport directions outlined below to get to KMC Australia.
  • Allow at least 4 hours in total to get from Avalon Airport to KMC Australia by public transport.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

FROM MELBOURNE

For full details of train and bus routes visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au

  • If you are new to Melbourne, you will need to get a myki travel card to use on metropolitan trains, buses and trams (for more information see: http://www.metrotrains.com.au/tickets/). The myki cards cost $6, and you will need to put enough credit on the myki card to travel to your destination. Myki cards can be purchased in many locations, including the main train stations in Melbourne city.
  • If you have booked a pick-up service for one of our courses (through our website) we will pick you up on the carpark side of Belgrave Station. For details of our pick up service from Belgrave train station phone 03 9756 7203 or email KMCA reception.
    If you want a taxi from Belgrave Train Station – see the information further below.
  • From Belgrave Train Station to KMC Australia on bus, take Bus 663 (towards Lilydale).
    Bus 663 timetable: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/timetables/line/7759/
    The buses leave outside the Belgrave train station (on the car park side). It takes about 20 minutes on the bus to the bus stop at the end of McCarthy Road (you may need to ask the driver where this bus stop is). Once you get to McCarthy Road it is then a 2km walk to our centre.
    Note that buses do not always run from Belgrave Station to Monbulk – check the timetable. The cost of the bus is about $3.

 

BY TAXI

BETWEEN BELGRAVE STATION AND KMC AUSTRALIA (20 minutes)
To order a taxi between Belgrave and KMC Australia call Emerald Taxis on 03 5968 2822 or Dandenong Ranges Taxis on 03 9753 6933.
It is beneficial to book in advance, especially at night and on weekends and public holidays.
Cost is approximately $25 (one way).

FROM MELBOURNE (TULLAMARINE) AIRPORT TO KMC AUSTRALIA (allow 1.5 to 2 hours)
There are many taxi ranks at the airport.
There is no set cost for a taxi, as the price will vary depending on the time of day and the traffic conditions.
The distance is about 80km, and the cost is likely to be between $160-$200 (one-way).
Sharing a taxi or a maxi-taxi between a few people may be more cost-effective.

TO MELBOURNE (TULLAMARINE) AIRPORT FROM KMC AUSTRALIA (allow 1.5 to 2 hours)
To order a taxi to the airport from our centre, contact Emerald Taxis on 03 5968 2822 or Dandenong Ranges Taxis on 03 9753 6933.
There is no set cost for a taxi, as the price will vary depending on the time of day and the traffic conditions.
The distance is about 80km, and the cost will be about $160-$180 (one way). It is beneficial to book in advance.
Sharing a taxi or a maxi-taxi between a few people all going to the airport may be more cost-effective.

AIRPORT TRANSFER SERVICES

AIRPORT EASTSIDE BUS SERVICE

You can arrange to travel using Eastside Buslines which operates a service between the airport and the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. This service operates ONLY on a pre-booked and pre-paid basis and they recommend that you book well in advance.

Service times are limited – sometimes they offer two trips per day but not every day.
Use OLINDA as the suburb to book this service (our official address is actually Olinda) – ie. 25 McCarthy Road, OLINDA, VIC 3788
They drop you direct to Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia.
The cost is about $125 one way for one person.
For more details see: www.airportbus.com.au – click on “Get A Quote” on the right side of the page

This company can sometimes organise a pre-arranged charter bus for 6 to 8 people. They can be contacted on +61 03 9729 7622 or enquires@airportbus.com.au

JAYSIDE TRANSFER SERVICE

You can also book an airport transfer service through Jayside Transfer Services. Prices vary from $140 – $300 one way.
See http://au.jayride.com/ for more details.