Address: 640 Little Bourke Street (near Spencer Street), Melbourne
Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm - Saturday and Sunday
What's Open: Once fitted out with protective safety gear, visitors enter the substation from the car park off Little Bourke Street. The tour provides an opportunity to view equipment on each of the levels including the 66kV switchroom, 66kV cable terminations, control rooms, 11kV switchrooms, 66kV/11kV transformer room and finally the cable basement. Many of the auxiliary systems and equipment can be viewed, including capacitor banks and fire control equipment.
Special Note: This is an operating substation with live electrical equipment. Access includes a number of flights of stairs. No children under 14 allowed. No pram, stroller or wheelchair access. Enclosed shoes (no heels) and full length clothing required.
Frequency Of Tours: Three concurrent 45 minute tours departing every 20 minutes.
Building Type: Public Infrastructure Power Station
Year Built: Mid 1980s -substation commissioned 1989
Architect: Morris Pirotta and Associates
Tram Stops: Stop 122: Bourke Street and Spencer Street route 75 and 96
See an operating substation with live electrical equipment in use.
Lines Expected, Arrive Early
Rooftop or Significant City Views