Private hire of Essendon Traffic School

Are you looking for a unique venue where children of all ages can be active in a safe and educational environment? And you don't have to organise any games? The Essendon Traffic School is your solution!

What you need to bring:

  • Kids must bring and wear a helmet
  • Kids are encouraged to bring their own bicycle/tricycle (skateboards and scooters are not permitted)
  • A small First Aid kit is provided, however due to new regulations hirers must supply their own Band-Aids and ice packs
  • Cleaning products
  • Cleaning and cooking utensils for the BBQ
  • Sandpit toys

What we offer:

  • 30 bikes/trikes of various sizes are provided
  • A covered area with three trestle tables, 30 plastic chairs and access to power 
  • Four picnic benches
  • A covered electric push-button BBQ - please note that BBQ utensils and cleaning equipment are not provided
  • A microwave
  • Access to the sandpit

**Please note there is no access to the Tram during Private Hire sessions.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times during private hire sessions. Please ensure that children are wearing closed toe shoes and appropriate clothing for riding when you visit.


Additional hire times for weekends are available during daylight savings.

Day  Times 
Monday-Friday 3.30pm-6.30pm 
Monday-Friday (daylight savings)       4pm-7pm
Saturday 1pm-4pm 
Saturday (daylight savings) 1pm-4pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm 
Sunday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm 
Sunday (daylight savings) 9.30am-12.30pm, 1pm-4pm and 4.30pm-7.30pm 


These costs are valid from 1 January 2019. Prices are GST inclusive:

Type Price 
 Moonee Valley resident  $205      
 Non Moonee Valley resident  $285
 Moonee Valley resident Monday to Wednesday evenings  $164
 Non Moonee Valley resident Monday to Wednesday evenings      $245

All bookings must have Public Liability Insurance which can be provided by council for a fee of $22.

Sessions can be booked up to four months in advance and must be made two weeks in advance. Once a booking has been made the application form and invoice must be returned and paid within 14 days to confirm the booking.

Month Required (any date) Date bookings open 
January  1 September
February  1 October
March  1 November
April  1 December
May  1 January
June  1 February
July  1 March
August  1 April
September  1 May
October  1 June
November  1 July
December  1 August

For example, on 1 May we will begin taking bookings for any date in September and so on. Weekends book out very quickly so please make sure you get in early. Bookings will generally open on the first business day of the month from 9am.

Waiting Lists are available.

All phone enquiries for private hire must be directed to Customer Service on 9243 8888. Please refer to the link provided in the Bookings section to make an online tentative booking request.


Hire a private session at The Essendon Traffic School for your fundraiser! This specially discounted fee is available to non-profit organisations operating out of Moonee Valley, proof of incorporation must be provided.


The cost for a local non-profit organisation from 1 January 2018 is $95, this will increase to $100 from 1 January 2019.

All bookings must have Public Liability Insurance which can be provided by council for a fee of $22.

Book a space

Sessions can be booked up to four months in advance and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

All bookings will be allocated in the order they are received either online or to citizens services.

Check if Essendon Traffic School is available and make a tentative online booking request for your event.

  • Detailed step-by-step instructions will help you through the booking request process
  • At the end of the process you are emailed a booking request number
  • We will contact you to discuss your booking request

Frequently asked questions

What happens if it rains?

If the weather is poor on the day of the party and you decide not to go ahead, you just need to let us know on the next business day that you cancelled your party and we will either refund or reschedule your booking. This is on the condition that you have not entered the facility during your booking time, otherwise the booking will be considered to have started and no refund will apply.

Can children bring scooters and skateboards?

Scooters and skateboards are not permitted at Traffic School as they are not permitted on Victorian roads. Combining bikes and scooters on the roadway can also become quite dangerous as they travel at different speeds and heights and in the case of a collision significant injuries can occur.

How early do I need to book?

The Traffic School is very popular for private bookings, especially over the Spring and Summer months. It is best to call as soon as you can once the bookings are opened on the first of each month to secure a weekend booking. If you do miss out on your preferred date you can go on a Waiting List and will be contacted if a cancellation occurs.

Can I have an inflatable jumping castle?

Jumping castles or inflatable amusements are no longer permitted due to safety regulations.

How many children can I have at my party?

The maximum number of children permitted is thirty, this does not include children under two years or those who will not be riding.

Can I provide alcohol for adults at the party?

Essendon Traffic School is an alcohol free zone, and as a designated Children’s Play area is also a Smoke free zone. Any evidence of smoking or alcohol use at the Traffic School is considered a breach of your hire conditions and may result in a fine.

What happens if I forget to pick up my key?

Keys for Private hirers need to be picked up before 3.30pm on the Friday before the booking. It is the hirer’s responsibility to collect their key as Moonee Valley City Council staff will not be available to open the facility during out of hour’s times. No refunds will be given to anyone who fails to collect their key, notwithstanding exceptional circumstances. If a Duty Officer is required to open or lock up for you a substantial call out fee will be charged, this may be in excess of $250.

Can I bring decorations for my party?

No streamers, balloons or other decorations are to be attached to any permanent structure within the Traffic School. You are welcome to bring table decorations, but nothing should be taped or tied to any part of the buildings, in particular the mural in the party area as this has been damaged in the past.

More information

For more information, email our Leisure Facilities team at or call 9243 8888.

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 6:17 AM