GABS Melbourne is held over five sessions between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 May.

Tickets can be purchased for Single Sessions or a Season Pass gets you access to all five!


Session 1

Friday 19 May
12pm - 5pm

Session 2

Friday 19 May
6.30pm - 11.30pm

Session 3

Saturday 20 May
12pm - 5pm

Session 4

Saturday 20 May
6.30pm - 11.30pm

Session 5

Silly Hat Sunday
Sunday 21 May
12pm - 5pm


Please note that all alcohol will stop being served 15 minutes before the end of each session.




Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street, Carlton



Entry to GABS is via the Nicholson Street main entrance to the Royal Exhibition Building.

Located just north of Melbourne’s CBD, the World Heritage listed building is easy to get to via public transport (an option we would very much recommend).

Train / Tram / Bus

Plan your trip using PTV’s Journey Planner. Options include:

Tram 86 or 96 to corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets

Free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade

City loop train to Parliament Station

Bus routes 250, 251 and 402 to Rathdowne Street

Free City of Melbourne Tourist Shuttle Bus to stop No. 4


There is a taxi rank located on Nicholson St, outside the Royal Exhibition Building main entrance.


If you absolutely have to drive (and you have a designated driver), we recommend parking at the Melbourne Museum undercover car park next door to the Royal Exhibition Building. It is open from 6am to midnight daily. Enter via Rathdowne Street or Nicholson Street.

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After the doors open, please have your ticket ready to scan (either a printed version or displayed on your phone via the Eventbrite app (available on the App Store or Google Play).

Your ticket will be scanned and you’ll be given an Entry Wristband. This is your key to GABS, and will be loaded with any GABS Currency you purchased with your ticket, or that you top up once inside the festival. Season Pass ticket holders will be given a tamper proof wristband (with barcode) which must be worn for all sessions you attend.

Please be prepared to show your valid ID. All people under the age of 18 will be required to wear a wristband for the duration of their stay at GABS. Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event. Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.

As you enter, you’ll be given a Coopers Festival Glass and your Official GABS Guide. And then you’re good to go!




GABS is a 100% cashless event. With no cash to handle, this helps our bars and exhibitors process transactions quickly, which means more time for you to enjoy the festival.

Purchasing Currency

As mentioned above, your Entry Wristband will be loaded with any GABS Currency you've pre-purchased. This year, you can pre-purchase GABS Currency in amounts of $25, $50 and $75 with your ticket.

We strongly recommend purchasing Currency before the event so you can start the fun from the first minute. For reference, a paddle of five 85ml tasters (more on this below) costs $11, and a 285ml Coopers Festival Glass fill is $6 and up.

Topping Up Currency

If you need to top up at the event, just head to one of our Currency stands or a roving Currency Seller.


If you don’t use all of your GABS Currency at the festival, never fear! GABS Currency refunds will be available online only from Monday 22 May (noon) to Sunday 4 June (midnight). Refunds will then be processed from Tuesday 6 June (6pm). Just make sure you hang on to your GABS Currency Wristband as you'll need the number printed on it to claim your refund.

Click here between these dates to arrange your refund. Please note there is a $2 administration fee to process refunds.




With so many incredible beers/ciders on offer, sampling a wide variety is really the name of the game at GABS. Our Official Guide and App have been designed with helpful tools to help you select your beers and ciders.

While individual 85ml tasters can be purchased, Tasting Paddles of 5 x 85ml tasters are the best way to sample a range of different beers and ciders, particularly at the Kegtainer Bars where the specially brewed Festival Beers & Ciders are sold. All GABS Tasters are sold at $2.20 each (or $11 for a Tasting Paddle).

You’ll find empty Tasting Paddles on the tables and beside each Kegtainer Bar. To help the bar staff, please mark the drink numbers (as shown on the Kegtainer Bar menus and GABS Official Guide) in numerical order on the paddle with the chalk provided before you reach the bar for service.

And if you find something you want a little more of, at any time you can have your Coopers Festival Glass filled with a 285ml serve of beer or cider. Price for glass fills start from $6.

You’re very welcome to keep and take home your Coopers Festival Glass, but please place your Tasting Paddles in the Paddle Bins as you exit your session.




Free water will be available at stations throughout the festival hall. Remember to keep hydrated to make sure you can go the distance. 

And if you’re not into beer or cider, that’s fine. We won’t hold it against you. Wine, soft drinks, water and other non-alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase.




The GABS Official App has a stack of information about all the beers and ciders on offer at the event, and tools to help you choose which beers suit your palate and expectations. There is even a Paddle Planner!

The App also suggests great beer, cider and food pairings, and contains the full schedule of what’s going on during the festival. 

The GABS Official App will be available for download in early May. Search for the GABS 2017 app in the App Store or Google Play.




GABS staff and volunteers will be wearing GABS t-shirts and easy to identify. Please respect them as many have given up their time to help out.




Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the festival hall. Smokers are asked to smoke outside the main entrance and to one side.




If anyone thinks GABS is a swillathon, they will only be disappointed.

While GABS is all about responsible beer and cider appreciation and education in a fun and festive atmosphere, anti-social behaviour will not be accepted.