At most suburban shopping centres, Southland included, Sunday is the second-busiest day, closely following Saturday. As you can see from this photo, at 3:30pm, while the carparks were full, the bus terminal was empty of buses.
While some parts of the city get trams, trains and buses every 10-15 minutes, 7 days-a-week (the 19 tram runs every 6 minutes for much of Sunday, and almost every tram route runs every 12-15 minutes), a lot of areas miss out on frequent services, including Southland and its surrounding suburbs.
The Frankston line runs every 20 minutes, but despite trains running past the back of the centre, there is no station — it’s a 10 minute walk away — too far for most people to bother.
Ten bus routes serve Southland. Eight of them run on Sundays. One runs about every 20 minutes. One runs every 40 minutes. The rest are hourly.
Which is why almost everybody drives there, despite having to hunt around to find a spare parking space.