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Overview

Docklands

The myriad public artworks make for an inspiring breadcrumb trail on a stroll around the Docklands, where there's something for everyone from foodies to footy fans, excited kids and shoppers with keen eyes for a bargain.

Fun for all the family

Bring the family for a fun-filled day around the harbour. Catch a flight on the Melbourne Star observation wheel and take in spellbinding 360-degree views of Melbourne city, Port Phillip Bay and the Dandenong Ranges.

Kids can try their skills on the ice at Medibank Icehouse, bump around in dodgem cars at Wonderland Fun Park or spot Dame Edna on the Walk of Stars – Melbourne's own walk of fame.

Shopping

Fill your trolley at Costco, then take a stroll to the Harbour Town Shopping Centre for designer threads, jewellery and children's fashion. Wander leisurely through this open-air shopping precinct, combining discounted brands along with the latest fashion, designer and specialty stores.

Eating and drinking by the water

There's a smorgasbord of dining options at Newquay, Victoria Harbour and Waterfront City, tucked in beneath luxury apartments, lining the marina and scattered around the office buildings. Indulge in Indian, Cambodian, Vietnamese or Thai, go mod-Oz, choose artisanal baked goods and locally roasted coffee, or cool off with a gelato and saunter along the jetty as the sun sets.

Meet friends after work and slow down over a bottle of wine while the boats bob about on the water or get in the mood for a big game at Etihad Stadium with a drink at the Woolshed Pub.

How to get there

Tram: The free City Circle tram runs along Harbourside Esplanade seven days a week

Train: Alight at Spencer Street Station and follow the signs across the Bourke Street footbridge

Car: There are 1,100 parking spaces with ticket validation for restaurant patrons

By foot: Access from the city is along the Collins Street, Bourke Street and LaTrobe Street bridges

Ferry: Bay and River Cruises (Ph 03 9682 9555) operate a ferry service from Southgate, via Crown Casino and the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Bus: Melbourne City tourist bus stops at Waterfront City's Tourism Lounge. Buses run every 25 minutes, seven days a week between 10.15am to 4.30pm.

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Things to do

Docklands

Bars

Bar Nacional

A riot of Spanish dishes, coupled with an expansive bar, Bar Nacional ticks all the boxes for a food adventure in the heart of Melbourne.

Restaurants

Banoi

Settle into Banoi for a dose of modern Vietnamese street stall goodness. Classic flavours and sleek fitout, it's no wonder the locals are loving it.

Bars

James Squire Brewhouse

Drop in on Sunday mornings for the church service before settling in for an afternoon of modern Australian cuisine and locally produced amber ales.

Restaurants

Bhoj

Succumb to the rule of Bhoj and dine like royalty on fine, highly awarded and perfectly spiced Indian fare while boats bob on the NewQuay waterfront.

Cafes

Hardware Societe

Go Euro with traditional pastries, petit tapas and tantalizing sweet treats at this compact French–Spanish city eatery at the end of Hardware Lane.

Public art

Melbourne Docklands Art Journey

Public art is more than just an aesthetic afterthought but an integral part of all new commercial and residential Docklands developments.

Sports tours

City Sights Kayak Tour

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Spectator sports

Etihad Stadium

Get up close to the action at Etihad Stadium, with its retractable roof and Roman amphitheatre-style seating creating a legendary sporting atmosphere.

Water sports

Melbourne Dockland Sailing School

Melbourne Dockland Sailing School offers sailing lessons and tours. As many find, sailing is more than a sport; it is a way of life, an appreciation...

Leisure activities

O'Brien Group Arena

O'Brien Group Arena is Australia's largest ice sports and entertainment venue with recreational skating available 364 days a year. Home of the...

Bars

Alumbra

Start your evening by watching the sunset over Victoria Harbour with a cocktail in hand - it will make you a Docklands convert, perched on silk cushions.

Cafes

Halyard Coffee

Lower your sails, Docklanders. Halyard Coffee and its crew of bean and brew experts have dropped anchor to deliver espresso and sweets in your hood.

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