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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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Docklands

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Maritime history

Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers is the ancestral home of the Flying Angel Club in Melbourne that continues to offer a safe and secure place where seafarers...

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.

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Kayak Melbourne

Kayak Melbourne offers exceptional day and evening sightseeing tours. Guests enjoy spectacular views of Melbourne's iconic sights as they paddle...

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.

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.

Jazz

Melbourne Blues Cruise

Enjoy Melbourne Blues Cruise's popular event to see spectacular views, an exciting ambience and a fun party atmosphere on one of the most beautiful...

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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.

Water sports

Boat4Hire Melbourne

Boat4Hire Melbourne offers budget boat rental and is a great way to explore Melbourne by the Yarra River. Cruise Melbourne's iconic Yarra River from...

Bars

Alumbra

Located in the heart of Docklands, Alumbra is the perfect place to wind down. The recently renovated New York warehouse provides a modern and...

Family

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Take a 30-minute ride on Melbourne's newest star attraction for extraordinary views and a unique bird's-eye perspective of the city and surrounds.

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.

Water sports

Melbourne's Tall Ship - Enterprize

Step aboard Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize and step back to a time of daring voyages and discovery. Feel the romance and excitement of sailing with...

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