Last weekend I arranged to meet my wife at Belconnen Mall for a coffee and some shopping. She was very late, and eventually called me to say that she was stuck in a “giant cluster*fck” in the new upstairs carpark off Lathlain street. Apparently the whole carpark was gridlocked, so she couldn’t park and couldn’t get out. She rarely uses profanity, so I knew things mustn’t have looked very good. She eventually managed to escape, and showed up at the coffeshop about 30 minutes later. The total distance she travelled in that 30 minutes would have been about 300m.
This afternoon I went over to the mall to pick up a few things. I intended to go into the same carpark, but there was a queue of cars lined up outside the boom gates so I drove past. As far as I could tell the place was wedged tight, with no free spaces, and all lanes full of motionless cars. I found a spot further down Lathlain street, and walked back to the mall, which was absolutely chockers beyond belief with people shopping and milling around looking at the new shops.
When I left about 90 minutes later, the carpark seemed to be in the same state, with a queue outside the gates, and long lines of motionless cars stuck inside the gates.
The Easter long weekend might explain the congestion today, but last weekend was nothing special. Has anyone else tried to park in that carpark in recent weekends and had similar hassles? Is it a place to be avoided on the weekend?