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Ultimate Guide to Dreamtime at the G

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Dreamtime at the G is an annual AFL match between Essendon and Richmond football clubs. Since 2005, the clubs have met on the field to acknowledge the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the game and Australia as a whole.

This year, Dreamtime at the G will be held on Saturday 2 June during round 11 of the AFL. After the high of last year’s premiership win, Richmond are favourites to take out the battle for the fourth time in a row, and extend their advantage to 8 vs Essendon’s 6 victories.

What is Dreamtime?

Dreamtime is a foundation of Aboriginal culture and dates back approximately 65,000 years. It is the story of creation – how the universe was created, the origin of humans, and how these things are designed to work together. It is a concept that isn’t well understood by non-Indigenous Australia, and Dreamtime at the G is an attempt to bring Aboriginal culture into the spotlight and highlight its importance to Australia.

What to expect on the day

Dreamtime at the G starts with The Long Walk. A pre-game ritual inspired by former Essendon player Michael Long, who walked from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004 in protest of the Australian Government’s policies towards Indigenous Australians. The walk moves from Federation Square to the MCG, where an extravagant pre-game entertainment show gets the crowd ready for the big game.

How to get to the G

Getting to the MCG for the Dreamtime game is much the same as any other round of the AFL, however it may be busier than a regular match day. Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get there and aim to arrive early to enjoy the festivities and avoid a last-minute rush to your seats for the bounce.

Public transport

Train services will run regularly to Richmond and Jolimont stations, leaving just a short walk to the MCG through Melbourne Olympic Park. There are three trams that will get you to the ground – 75, 48 and 70 – each leaving just a short walk to the ground. Also, the 246 bus service will take you to MCG if trams and trains aren’t accessivble for you. Take a look at the PTV website for train, tram and bus timetables and use the Journey Planner to make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

- Walking

The MCG is in close proximity to the CBD and makes it an easy 20-minute walk to the ground from Flinders Station. The pedestrian bridges dotted along the Yarra will ensure that regardless of where you disembark, you’ll get across without having to make a detour. The footpaths are well-maintained and signposted, which can make walking to the G a nice precursor to the on-field action.

- Driving

Driving in Melbourne can be an ordeal, especially on a busy mtch day, so it is always advisable to avoid driving when possible and use the comprehensive public transport network. If driving is unavoidable, there is parking available nearby and at the ground, however this fills very quickly. The number of spaces available also fluctuates if security requirements dictate.

- Taxis

There are a number of taxi companies in Melbourne, such as 13CABS and Silver Top Taxi. A match day, especially an event like Dreamtime at the G, will be a busy time to travel, so book your taxi in advance. If you’re using UBER, be aware of surge pricing.

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