Put Melbourne in perspective with the stunning city views from historic Williamstown by the water, just minutes from the CBD and offering the best of bayside with a western edge.
Wayfarers and seafarers
Sit back and relax in a cafe or bar along the Williamstown foreshore and soak up the proud maritime history of Williamstown, which was established in 1837 as Melbourne's first port.
Visit the fascinating Seaworks precinct and see which inspiring tall ship is visiting. Set sail once a month on the Enterprize, the first vessel to carry European settlers up the Yarra. Visit the Maritime Museum at Gem Pier, and check out the Sea Shepherd when it's in port.
The old and the new
Explore the diverse range of arts, crafts and other speciality shops around historic Nelson Place. Wander through the monthly Craft Market and dine out in the waterfront eateries housed in the beautifully restored old buildings with photogenic views of the city skyline.
Discover Williamstown's secrets at the intriguing Historical Museum, and get the darker side of historic Williamstown on a nightly ghost tour.
Williamstown and beyond
Enjoy relaxing summer picnics and paddling in the shallows at Williamstown Beach, or enjoy the peace and beauty of Williamstown Botanic Gardens.
Visit neighbouring Spotswood and wander around the quaint village immortalised in the eponymous 1992 film. Pit your science know-how against the kids with the interactive exhibits at Scienceworks and seek refreshments at one of village's eclectic cafes.
Nearby Newport's gritty industrial history makes it worth a visit. The old substation has been converted into a cutting-edge arts facility and there's always something to see, from circus shows to visual art to live music performances. Check out the monthly artists market and the fortnightly farmers' market. Catch your own dinner at The Warmies, a fishing spot made warm by the waters of the Newport Power Station.
How to get there
Williamstown is approximately 15 minutes from Melbourne via the West Gate Freeway. Ferries leave from berth 1, Southgate and depart daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The trip takes approximately one hour.
Williamstown is a 30-minute train journey from Flinders Street Station, the last station on the Williamstown line. You may be required to change trains at Footscray or Newport Station. The 472 bus from Footscray will also take you to Williamstown North.