The 2019 Guide To Dreamtime At The G

Dreamtime at the G is an annual AFL match to acknowledge the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the AFL and their place as Australia’s First Peoples. The game is a match-up between Melbourne-based rivals Essendon and Richmond. Get your AFL tickets here.

The meaning behind the name ‘Dreamtime at the G’

Dreamtime is the Aboriginal understanding of the world’s creation and existence. It marks the beginning of knowledge and the concept dates back to the foundation of aboriginal culture approximately 65,000 years ago.

For non-Indigenous, it is not a well understood or common concept but its stature in Aboriginal culture cannot be understated and it is imperative for all Australians to acknowledge its value to the country’s culture and identity. Dreamtime at the G brings Aboriginal culture into the mainstream via one of Australia’s most popular sports and highlights its importance.

What happens in the lead up to the game?

In 2019, Dreamtime at the G will be held on 25 May as the 10th round AFL season. This year, Richmond remain strong favourites to take out the competition despite last year’s disappointment. Essendon’s long odds mean that Richmond will be once again expected to win this match. Last season Richmond took out the fixture by a huge margin of 17.12 (114) to Essendon’s 6.7 (43). This was Richmond’s fourth victory in a row, taking their all-time lead to 8 vs 6.

The event starts with The Long Walk, which is a pre-game tradition based on former Essendon player Michael Long’s protest walk from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004. This year, the event kicks off at 1pm in Federation Square with a range of Indigenous entertainment and performances before the walk to the MCG for the big match.

Getting to and from the MCG for Dreamtime at the G

Melbourne is easy to navigate and has many convenient options for making it to the match.

Public transport 

Train services run regularly to Richmond and Jolimont stations, which are the two stations that stop closest to the ground. Richmond Station services the east and south side of the city, while trains entering from the north will stop at Jolimont. For people coming from the west, there are a number of metro trains that will get you from Southern Cross Station to either Jolimont or Richmond.

There are three trams that will get you to the MCG, which are routes 75, 48 and 70. These services stop near the entrance and leave just a short walk. The 246 bus service is another option that will get you to the MCG.

If you’re starting the match at Federation Square for The Long Walk, a train to Flinders Street Station is your best option. There are also many trams that run past Flinders Street Station and Federation Square. Be sure to check the PTV website for train, tram and bus timetables and use the Journey Planner to ensure you arrive in time for the bounce.


MCG is close to the CBD, with Flinders Street Station just a short riverside walk away. Pedestrian bridges along the Yarra River make crossing relatively easy and the footpaths are clearly marked and well maintained.


Driving in Melbourne can be tough, especially on a match day. If driving is necessary, then the MCG does have limited onsite parking. The number of spaces available can fluctuate depending on venue requirements so it can fill up quickly. It is advisable to book ahead. There is also street parking available nearby and an autumn walk through the surrounding suburbs can make a nice precursor to the game. 


There are several taxi companies in Melbourne that will get you to the MCG at differing costs. Some of the most common are 13CABS and Silver Top Taxi. Book your taxi well in advance to avoid missing out as a match day will be extra busy and can cause long waits. Another option is ride sharing via Uber but this will also be extra busy and prices could be high.