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.

Art in focus

Enter a world of intriguing immersive experiences in The District's entertainment precinct. Strike many a pose at ArtVo, an interactive 3D art gallery, take a sensory journey in complete darkness led by blind guides at Dialogue in Darkness or roam among fine art and street art scenes at Blender Studios.

Funny stuff fan? Indulge your love of cartoons, comics and graphic novels at The Australian Cartoon Gallery & Museum.

For the young and young at heart

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.

Make for Wonderland Junior, underneath Melbourne Star, for plentiful fun park action. Bump around in dodgem cars and let the kids loose on the carousel and circus train. Swing your way around Australia at GlowGolf, a unique miniature golf in the dark experience, or get your skates on and hit the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena skating rink.

A good buy

Fill your trolley at Costco, then take a stroll to The District's shopping mall 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.

Time for lunch

There's a smorgasbord of dining options at The District, Newquay, Victoria Harbour and Waterfront City, tucked in among the entertainment zone, beneath luxury apartments and lining the marina. Sample Turkish, Indian or Vietnamese eats, 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 Southern Cross 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 Southbank. Port Phillip Ferries depart Victoria Harbour for Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula twice daily.

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