You know your Instagram account needs new images. In Westgate Park, there are plenty of opportunities for capturing some great shots of nature and activities. The Yarra River flows right through the park, and the Westgate Bridge can be seen from a completely new angle. The stunning city skyline will ensure your photo collections stand out. If you’re after something more exciting, how about snapping an image of yourself or your travel buddy from a hot air balloon, far above the park? There are four balloon companies that operate in the area, any of which can get you up in the clouds and above the norm.
Westgate Park, Todd Rd, Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 13 19 63
Speaking of imagery, who doesn’t love a day at the beach for basking in the sun and, perhaps one of the world’s most popular sports, people-watching? Port Melbourne Beach is sandy, provides broad space for relaxing and is full of dunal sections. You can practice your social game in the sun, or just lay back and take it all in. Of course, active people can get into a beach tennis game, cycling or a nice beachcombing stroll. Sandridge Beach is yet another fantastic beach in the area. If you visit this beach, head to Sandridge Lookout to revel in some terrific bay views.
Everyone has a bit of competitive spirit deep inside. Some have that spirit on the surface. Whether you know yourself to be a winner, or you want to try being one, an afternoon of Auscarts Racing in Port Melbourne leaves everyone smiling with champion spirit. An indoor go-kart track, this popular racing circuit offers a pit lane bridge, grading, switchbacks, sunken corners and plenty of rapid sweepers.
Auscarts Racing, 50 Salmon St, Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9646 6015
Tucked into the industrial backstreets is a fun venue of themed puzzle rooms where you can practice your ability to think fast on your feet and free yourself from captivity. Exitus will tap into your fears and phobias while challenging you, or you can opt for an Oz, Oceans Eleven, CSI Melbourne or prison-break theme. This is a grown-up’s puzzle playground that will make you earn your post-escape beer at the pub.
Exitus, 23 Salmon St, Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 1300 394 887
Garden City Reserve is yet another fun destination in Port Melbourne, similar to Edwards Park. If you feel like enjoying the tranquility of the outdoors in Port Melbourne, this reserve is, indeed, a great destination choice for you. It is equipped with shade trees, walking paths and a nice playground for the little ones (complete with a rock climbing wall and slide). If you have a furry pal with you, you can even visit the off-leash section for dogs. Other standout elements of this reserve include a sizable grassy section, picnic tables and bench seats.
Garden City Reserve, Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9209 6647
Excellent shopping opportunities are available in Port Melbourne on Bay Street. If you want to go for a nice walk and see an abundance of cafes and boutiques, Bay Street is the ideal place for you. It’s also a great destination for people who want to shop for everything from jewellery to apparel. There are also many relaxing and friendly pubs located on Bay Street. If you want to chill, be sure to visit the bar Harry & Frankie. If you want to shop for stylish clothing, visit the boutique One White Lie.
There are many high-quality dining establishments in Port Melbourne. If you want to enjoy a fantastic meal in the suburb, you have a broad array of restaurant choices to consider. Examples of the types of foods that are served at Port Melbourne’s many diverse eateries include contemporary Australian, Croatian, Japanese, Italian, Thai, Russian and European. Notable restaurants in Port Melbourne include Komeyui (excellent for high-quality Japanese fare) and Moulin Noir (a wonderful spot for luxurious Euro cuisine).
Delicious lunch and dinner meals aren’t the end of the food fun in Port Melbourne. If you want to nosh on something sweet after your meal, you can easily do so in this area. Dessert choices in Port Melbourne include everything from frozen yogurt and sorbet to ice cream and pastries. Noîsette, for example, is a beloved Port Melbourne French bakery that offers everything from macaroons to lemon tea cakes. A couple of other excellent dessert spots in the area are Pure Pie and Melbourne Bakehouse.
If you’d like to take a walk in a lovely historic setting, Station Pier in Port Melbourne may just be a great spot for you. Established in 1854, this pier functions as the city’s main passenger terminal. When you’re at Station Pier, don’t forget to view the stunning Spirit of Tasmania ferry arrive or depart. This white-and-red ropax ferry is truly a vision.