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Docklands, Melbourne

Docklands, Melbourne

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Docklands, Melbourne

Docklands, Melbourne

Overview


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  • West Melbourne Dock - now Victoria Harbour - under construction
    Victoria Dock under construction
  • Steam tug at Victoria Dock (now Victoria Harbour)
    Steam tug at Victoria Dock

Places to visit

Docklands, Melbourne

Places to visit


Tall Ship Enterprize
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Things to do

Docklands, Melbourne

Things to do


Some forthcoming events in Docklands, Melbourne:

Port Open Day Boat Tour

Shipping at Port of Melbourne

White Hat can recommend the Port Open Day Tours to anyone interested in the functioning of the Port of Melbourne as well as to those interested in Melbourne's history. In the early days of European settlement, shipping came right into the current CBD near Flinders and William Streets. Over time, ships became larger Victoria Dock was dug out of the swampy land behind Batman's Hill and low bridges blocked access to all but smaller boats. Further major works saw the creation of Swanson Dock and a man-made channel was dug to accommodate the larger shipping and eventually container vessels. The lower Yarra River that was known to Aboriginal people was filled in and is now covered with housing and factories while the man-made channel south of the city is what we think of as the lower Yarra river.

Port Open Day boat tours are fun, family-friendly events and one of the best ways to see Australia’s busiest port, right on the city’s doorstep. Featuring a guided commentary from port staff, you’ll see the port from a whole new angle. Tours depart from Victoria Harbour in Docklands, and include Victoria Dock and Appleton Dock, the port’s more historic facilities, before visiting the container terminals at Swanson Dock.

PLEASE NOTE: While every effort will be made to adhere to advertised tour routes, these may be changed without notice due to vessel traffic considerations on a given tour day.

Forthcoming tours are at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1 pm & 2pm on

  • 31st March 2019 (bookings open 6th February 2019)
  • 28th April 2019 (bookings open 3rd April 2019)

Once bookings are open for a particular date you can book online here. Bookings cannot be made prior to booking opening date and all bookings must be made in advance. Payment on the day is not possible. We will remind subscribers to the White Hat Melbourne Newsletter when bookings open for each tour.



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The Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet

Melbourne is one of the few cities that can pin-point the time, date and the people who first founded it. The Melbourne Regatta was first held on 30 August 1838, making it the first in Australia. In 2016 the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association will deliver a magnificent waterside spectacle to celebrate the connection between Melbourne and the sea.

Born out of a river settlement, developed through trade and immigration, stabilised by gold and farming, the city owes much to the ships who made that connection. The rivers and the great bay have been bountiful, providing food, leisure, relaxation and a highway to the rest of the world. Discover too, the land before it became Melbourne. Learn about the people and the natural landscape that existed long before, and why this made Melbourne a perfect place to build a village.

See a spectacle of cruising boats, dressed especially for the occasion. Hop aboard free ferry cruises around Victoria Harbour, be part of a Welcome to Country ceremony, and hear Father Bob bless the fleet.

You can also enjoy live entertainment with Normie Rowe, along with reggae, calypso, and blues bands. Plus there'll be walking tours, story-telling, roving entertainers, a mass choir and the Sunday market with many food stalls and local cafes. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and excitement and celebrate Melbourne's maritime and indigenous history.



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Markets

Docklands, Melbourne

Markets


Docklands Sunday Market
An eclectic market overlooking the waterfront at Docklands. A perfect compliment to the restaurants & shops of Melbourne's newest tourist hub. Be pleasantly surprised with an Ever-Changing Market! With Arts, Artisans, Crafts, Beauty Products, Baby/Children's Wear, Vintage, Soy Candles, Bonsai Trees, Jewellery, Hats, Clothing, Secondhand Books, Handmade Flowers, Model Cars, Licorice; Lollipops, Kids Face Painting and Lots More! Something for everybody. Take a stroll along the promenade, find a treasure, have a meal and make a day of it. More information at www.docklandsundaymarket.com.au ..
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Places to stay

Docklands, Melbourne

Places to stay


Selected places to stay in Docklands, Melbourne:

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