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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 the O'Brien Group Arena skating rink, bump around in dodgem cars at Wonderland 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.

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle: Stops 9 and 10. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily (excluding major event days) and includes an on-board commentary.

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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

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.

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.

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 venue atmosphere.

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.

Cafes

Hortus

Stop in and see how Seven Seeds is bringing its iconic blends, delicious sandwiches and cakes, and a touch of creative flair to this riverside precinct.

Museums

Victoria Police Museum

From the largest collection of Kelly Gang armour in Australia to forensic evidence from some of Melbourne's most notorious crimes, the Victoria...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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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