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Top 10 Things To Do And See In Port Melbourne

Station Pier | © Donaldytong/WikiCommons
Station Pier | © Donaldytong/WikiCommons
There’s more to Port Melbourne than meets the eye at first glance. It is a place where modern lifestyle meets Australia’s yesteryear, as evidenced by its restored historic structures and quaint old pubs tucked into gleaming high-rise neighborhoods with stylishly designed dining, drinking, entertainment and shopping venues. Whether you prefer people-watching or getting into the heart of the action, Australia-style, we picked the 10 best things to do and see here.

Go Hot Air Ballooning Over The Westgate Park

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

Enjoy A Day At The Beach

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.

Enjoy the sun and be sun smart © Umberto Rotundo/Flickr

Go Go-Karting Port Melbourne-Style

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

Find Your Way Out Of Exitus

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

Relax At Edwards Park

Edwards Park
Edwards Park | © cocoparisienne/Pixabay
Edwards Park is a must-see for those located in Port Melbourne. If you want to revel in a bit of relaxation and leisure outdoors, this park is one of your finest choices in the area. It features an abundance of pleasant shade trees, serene walking paths and even a nice playground for the youngsters to enjoy. There’s also a sheltered picnic section for people who wish to take it easy and enjoy great food and great conversation. Some highlights of the children’s playground include monkey bars, ladders, a climbing wall and a massive wave slide. There’s also a play section geared toward smaller children.
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Wander Around The Garden City Reserve

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

Go Shopping On Bay Street

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.

Explore Exciting Meal Opportunities

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).

Fine dining, anyone? © neshom/Pixaby

Tuck Into Some Sweet Treats

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.

Macarons and coffee © MD_Janiska/Pixabay

Wander Along Station Pier

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.

These recommendations were updated on February 9, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.