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Maritime history

Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

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Launched in Belfast in 1885, the Polly Woodside sailed 1.5 million kilometres around the globe. Located in the heart of Melbourne's South Wharf precinct she is a tangible reminder of Australia's rich maritime history and is one of Melbourne's most iconic attractions.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the ship, including below the decks, view artefacts in the award winning interactive gallery and watch a fascinating short film about life onboard the ship in the theatrette.

With an interactive gallery and an exciting program of events, this enchanting tall ship provides an engaging experience for all.

Content: Polly Woodside – Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
Free entry for National Trust Members
With valid concession card
Family (two adults and two children)
Up to two adults and two children Additional children $5 per child
Single family (one adult and two children)
Cancellation and booking policy

Please contact National Trust of Australia (Vic) for bookings and cancellation policy.

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Local directions:

Tram: Routes 96, 109 or 112 to stop 12A (Casino), or Route 70 and the City Circle Tram stop D5 Wurundjeri Way (South Wharf). Cross the street and walk towards the Yarra River, down Siddeley Street and across the Seafarers pedestrian bridge. Train: to Southern Cross Station then tram 96, 109 or 112 to stop 124A.

  • Coach parking
  • Guide
  • Interpretive centre
  • Interactive centre
  • Guided walks
Opening hours:

Open daily during Victorian school holidays and for group and education bookings (by appointment). Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Cultural Tourism Industry Group
  • Museums Australia
  • National Trust
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria