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What's on for you during the Moto GP


The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island kicks off this weekend, and if you’re missing a ticket, or are not keen on the excitement at the track, there is still plenty going on to make this weekend a good one.

Cowes will come to life during the Moto GP with free entertainment activities over the extended weekend.

The bottom part of Thompson Avenue will become a licensed festival zone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. A super screen in this area will host live music performances and race highlights. In addition, the ‘Classic on Cowes’ vintage motorcycle display will be on display in the Esplanade.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield encourages resident to get on board with the event and activities.

“There are many free and family friendly activities happening over the weekend, and I encourage the community to come out and be a part of the fun,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The warm welcome that visitors experience and buzzing atmosphere in Cowes is a big part of the total experience the event creates.”

The free activities kick off on Thursday 19, October when the community can come out and welcome an anticipated 500 riders as part if the 15th annual Barry Sheene Ride. The Ride from Bairnsdale to Cowes will pass through Wonthaggi at around 12.45pm and stop in at San Remo at approximately 1.30pm.

Bass Coast residents can receive free general admission tickets for Friday, 20 October by showing proof of residency at Gate1 ticket box. After a day at the track, there will be live entertainment at the main stage in Cowes, and extended outdoor incensed area. Starting with The Lang Brothers Trio at 7.30pm followed by a DJ at 11.00pm.

The activities begin early on Saturday 21 October with the Classic on Cowes vintage motorcycle display from 9.00am. At 11.30am expect almost 2,000 motorcycles to converge on Cowes as the final stage of the Cranbourne GP Run. The Cowes main stage will have live entertainment for much of the day with Braxton Hicks band at 11.30am, Bern Carroll at 6.00pm and an Aussie/DC tribute band headlining at 9.00pm. The extended licenced outdoor area will remain open until 1.00am

On the final day, race day, the Cowes main stage will stay alive with a DJ at 6.00pm followed by a 7.00pm replay of the 2017 MotoGP race and a the final band, Smashenator at 8.00pm.

The Royal Australian Air Force will be conducting flying displays near the circuit over the weekend. These displays, while thrilling to watch, can be loud and disruptive to pets. They will take place at 5.25pm on Friday, 20 October, 1.20pm on Saturday, 21 October, and 10.00am, 3.25pm and 3.45pm on Sunday, 22 October, subject to weather conditions.

These events may create traffic congestion and Council thanks residents and visitors for their patience. From Friday to Sunday Gap Road south of Back Beach Road will be closed to traffic, and Gap Road north of Back Beach Road will have restricted access from Ventnor Beach Road between 7.30am and 7.30pm. Gap Road residents will have access via Phillip Island Road at all times.

On Sunday, 22 October Back Beach Road will operate as one way (circuit bound) from Beachcomber Avenue between 8.00am and midday. Later in the day, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, the one way will change direction, operating from the circuit to Phillip Island Road, Melbourne bound.

The blue line will be in operation on Phillip Island Road between Back Beach Road and the Bass Highway merge on Sunday, 22 October from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

For further details on all of the events and activities, visit or pick up a copy of the community information brochure from any Council customer service or information centres.