Melbourne tram route 5

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Route 5
Melbourne University - Malvern
D1 class tram at The Arts Centre in November 2007
System Melbourne
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Malvern
Vehicle Z class
D1 class
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start Melbourne University
Via Carlton
Melbourne CBD (Swanston St)
Malvern East
End Malvern
Length 12.6 km (7.8 mi)
Zone(s) Myki 1
Annual patronage 4.1 million
Timetable Route 5 timetable
Map Route 5 map
Route map

Melbourne trams route 5 map.png

Route 3/3a ←   → Route 6

Melbourne tram route 5 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Melbourne University to Malvern.

Like most Melbourne tram routes, route 5 operates entirely in Myki Zone 1. The 12.6 kilometre route is operated by Z and D1 class trams from Malvern depot.[1][2]


The origins of route 5 lie in separate tram lines, namely an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to St Kilda Junction and a number of electric lines from St Kilda Junction to Burke Road.

Cable trams first travelled from Queensberry Street, Carlton to Milton Street, Balaclava (just south of Carlisle Street), on 11 October 1888, with the line opened by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company.[3]

The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust opened a line from Glenferrie Road, Malvern to Burke Road, Malvern East along Wattletree Road on 30 May 1910.[4] A line was built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust, between Wattletree Road and the Sandringham railway line in Windsor along Glenferrie Road and Dandenong Road, opening on 16 December 1911.[5] The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the Dandenong line a short distance from the Sandringham railway line to Chapel Street on 31 March 1912.[5]

The Melbourne, Brunswick and Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, North Carlton to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon Street, Elgin Street and Madeline Street - as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known - on 31 October 1916.[5]

On 27 December 1925, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted a small section of cable tram track along Wellington Street to electric traction, connecting the Dandenong Road line to St Kilda Junction.[6] Another small section of track along Wattletree Road from Denbigh Road/Dandenong Road to Glenferrie Road was opened by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board on 24 June 1928,[6] giving a more direct route from Burke Road to St Kilda Junction.

The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road cable line to electric traction between 1924 and 1926, with electric trams able to run to St Kilda Junction on 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length on 29 August 1926.[6]

As part of the St Kilda Junction separation works, the Wellington Street section was abandoned for a new section of track along the newly created Queens Way on 4 November 1968.[7]

Large sections of these lines make up what is today's route 5.

During the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the route was merged with route 55 to West Coburg at Domain Interchange, to alleviate congestion along St Kilda Road.[8]



Route 5 operates from Melbourne University travelling south via Swanston Street, through the CBD, passing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Central station, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, City Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street station, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

Crossing the Yarra River onto the Southbank, it continues along St Kilda Road, passing The Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria Barracks and the Shrine of Remembrance.

At St Kilda Junction, it descends to Queens Way, Windsor and heads east, at Chapel Street, Queens Way becomes Dandenong Road. It continues east passing through Prahran, Armadale, Malvern and Malvern East to its terminus at Burke Road.


Route 5
Melbourne University Routes 1, 8 Stop 1
La Trobe Street Melbourne Central station Routes 30, City Circle 8
Lonsdale Street 9
Bourke Street Routes 86, 96 10
Collins Street Routes 11, 12, 48, 109 11
Federation Square Flinders St station Routes 70, 75, City Circle 13
Arts Precinct Route 1 14
St Kilda Road
Southbank Boulevarde 16
Coventry Street 18
Domain Interchange Routes 8, 55 20
Toorak Road 22
Commercial Road Route 72 25
High Street Route 6 27
St Kilda Junction Routes 3/3a, 16, 67 30
Chapel Street Windsor station Route 78 32
Williams Road 35
Orrong Road 38
Wattletree Road Route 64 40
Kooyong Road 42
Glenferrie Road Malvern station Route 16 45
Cabrini Hospital 47
Tooronga Road 49
Malvern 52

Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops


Routes 5 is operated out of Malvern depot by Z and D1 class trams.[2] It is occasionally operated by D2 class trams.


  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ a b Route 5 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ "Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Limited", TMSV Running Journal Vol 9 No 3, page 16, retrieved 2011-10-16 
  4. ^ "Milestones, 1901 - 1910", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-09-29 
  5. ^ a b c "Milestones, 1911 - 1920", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-09-29 
  6. ^ a b c "Milestones, 1921 - 1930", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-09-29 
  7. ^ "Milestones, 1961 - 1970", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-09-29 
  8. ^ "Changes to your tram service during the Commonwealth Games - March 2006", Yarra Trams 

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