Route 72
Melbourne University to Camberwell

Operated by Swanston Trams Malvern Depot.


Melbourne's tram route 72 starts from the Melbourne University terminus at the corner of Elgin and Swanston Sts Carlton, and shares Swanston St with routes 1,3,5,6,8,16,22, 64 and 67.

Trams pick up their first passengers at Faraday St before heading to the City, passing the Royal Women's Hospital at Grattan St and entering the CBD at Victoria St opposite the City Baths. Proceeding along Swanston St, trams cross LaTrobe St (routes 23, 24, 30, 34 and the City Circle tourist tram), Bourke St ( route 86 to Bundoora RMIT and route 96 between St Kilda and East Brunswick), Collins St ( route 11 to West Preston, route 12 to St Kilda and route 109 between Mont Albert and Port Melbourne) and Flinders St route 48 to North Balwyn, route 70 to Wattle Park, route 75 to East Burwood, and the City Circle).

Crossing Flinders St, Federation Square is to the left and Flinders St station to the right as trams cross the Yarra River via Princes Bridge and pass the Alexandra Gardens on the left and the Arts Centre and National Gallery on the right before arriving at Southbank Boulevarde, where route 1 turns off on its way to South Melbourne Beach.

Trams now continue through an extension of the CBD, although parks and gardens are in evidence on the left as trams wind their way along St Kilda Rd, passing the Floral Clock, a statue of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop (one of our greatest World War Two heroes) and the Shrine of Remembrance before they get to the Domain Interchange, where route 55 from West Coburg has its own siding and route 8 turns left into Domain Rd. Camberwell trams continue along St Kilda Rd past many office buildings and Kings Cross (!) then arrive at Commercial Rd opposite the Albert Cricket Ground.

Turning left, trams go under the helipad built for the Transport Accident Commission's Trauma Centre then pass the Alfred Hospital, cross Punt Rd and enter the Prahran shopping centre. Crossing Chapel St and route 78 between North Richmond and Prahran and its trendy shopping centre, a housing commission estate can be seen on the left as the street name changes to Malvern Rd, the current scenery being residential with small strip shopping centres. Trams cross Glenferrie Rd and route 69 between St Kilda Beach and Kew - Cotham Rd, where connecting curves are provided for access to Malvern depot, and continue until Burke Rd Gardiner, where Camberwell trams turn into a reservation constructed when Burke Rd was widened.
In 1995, tram services were curtailed to terminate here while a new bridge was constructed over the Southeastern Arterial Road. During construction, a bus service operated to the Camberwell terminus connecting with trams here.Opportunities were taken to relay track and convert the overhead to cater for pantographs during the closure. The tram line reopened on the 14th December, 1996, the first revenue tram to operate over the bridge was W6 983 on the previous day, hired to the Australian Electric Traction Association for a special tour. The same tram had operated the last trip before the line was closed.
Route 72 crosses the Glen Waverley suburban railway line on the level then crosses the new bridge and continues along Burke Rd past a small shopping centre at Toorak Rd and arrives at Camberwell Junction down a long hill. At the junction, trams bang, rattle and crash their way over an intersection that has trams coming and going from five different directions, route 75 to East Burwood and route 70 to Wattle Park cross Burke Rd here, route 70 along Riversdale Rd and route 75 along Burwood Rd, both routes diverging in the middle of the intersection. Just to make the ride on route 72 a little more adventurous, there are two crossovers and two connecting curves to Riversdale Rd, one on each side of that road.
Now on the last leg of the trip, Camberwell trams go through the Burke Rd shopping centre and go over the Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale suburban railway lines at Camberwell station before arrival at the terminus just short of Whitehorse Rd at Deepdene, where there is a single track terminus with safety zone, waiting sheds and seating being provided on the footpath adjacent to the terminus.

Short Workings

Tram Times

70 stops, average travel time 1hr 6 min day, 53 min. night.

                            Camberwell             Melbourne
                           Whitehorse Rd          University
Monday to Friday

First tram                   6.10 am               6.18 am
Last tram                    11.07 pm             12.02 am

First tram                   6.10 am                6.15 am
Last tram                   11.07 pm               12.02 am

First tram                   7.50 am                8.44 am
Last tram                   11.02 pm               11.48pm

Service Frequencies

Monday to Friday

Before AM Peak    AM Peak    Between Peak    PM Peak    Night
 12 - 20 min.      9 min.      12 min.        9 min.    20 min.  

             Before am peak          Daytime          Night
              12 - 20 min.            12 min.         20 min.

             Before 10 am            Daytime          Night
                30 min.               12 min.         20 min.

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