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Top 10 Things To See And Do In Docklands, Melbourne

Top 10 Things To See And Do In Docklands, Melbourne

Picture of Sue Roe Lim
Updated: 9 February 2017
Docklands is the waterfront suburb of Melbourne. Once known as the West Melbourne Swamp, it soon developed into a harbor and today is a technology park and business center. Home to many business headquarters and main attractions of Melbourne, the city would be incomplete without its Docklands. The following are the top 10 things to do and see while exploring the area.

 

Cow Up A Tree © Sue Roe Lim

Cow Up A Tree © Sue Roe Lim

Discover Urban Art Sculptures

Contemporary art sculptures are practically everywhere around Docklands, just waiting to be discovered. These sculptures have become a strong identifier of the area, showcasing the creative part of not just Docklands but Melbourne as a whole. Each sculpture has its own theme, whether it is history and future, land and sea, or culture and technology; ‘Cow Up A Tree‘ was inspired by Australian floods, and ‘Continuum‘ symbolizes Docklands coming to life. Docklands is like a free, open air gallery of urban art, and your only job is to walk.

 

Library At The Dock © Sue Roe Lim

Library At The Dock © Sue Roe Lim

Read A Book In The Library At The Dock

Enjoy a good book, great coffee and a nice view in the Library at The Dock. With the view of the Yarra River on one side and a parkland on the other, Library at The Dock provides a completely relaxed environment to delve into the sea of knowledge. Known for its sustainable design and architecture, Library at The Dock also has a cafe in the middle of the ground floor. 

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 9658 9998

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm

 

Jim Stynes Bridge © Sue Roe Lim

Jim Stynes Bridge © Sue Roe Lim

Walk The Contemporary Bridges

The artistic side of Docklands does not end with its urban art sculptures. There are two main bridges that are almost next to each other: Webb Bridge and Jim Stynes Bridge. The Webb Bridge connects the North and South Banks of Yarra River, bridging Docklands and South Wharf, and features designs based on the Aboriginal fishing baskets, fishing traps, and drums. Jim Stynes Bridge was named after the late footballer. He wished to have a bridge named after him, and his wife and children worked to make it so. 

Webb Bridge, Docklands, VIC, Australia  

Jim Stynes Bridge, Yarra River, Docklands, VIC, Australia  

 

Melbourne Star © Chris Phutully/Flickr

Melbourne Star © Chris Phutully/Flickr

Ride The Melbourne Star

London has the London Eye, Singapore has the Singapore Flyer, and Melbourne has the Melbourne Star. Built in 2008, this giant Ferris wheel is situated in the Waterfront City precinct at Docklands. At night it is illuminated with a colorful display of lights that traces its star shape, but the time of visit doesn’t really matter. As one of the 10 biggest Ferris Wheels in the world, the Melbourne Star gives visitors a full aerial view of Melbourne at any time, day and night.  

101 Waterfront Way, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 8688 9688

Opening Hours:  10am – 10pm

 

Alumbra ©APL PHOTOGRAPHY

Alumbra ©APL PHOTOGRAPHY

Party From Dusk To Dawn At Alumbra

Night is a lively time at Docklands thanks to Alumbra. Situated beside the Central Pier, Alumbra was an empty warehouse before it was converted to the modern artistic venue it is today. Emitting a strong NYC vibe, Alumbra is a bar, a club, and a function space. It is the perfect place to let your hair down, whether you prefer to chill with soul music or dance the night away. The kitchen is open until 2am, and award-winning chefs are at your service; Alumbra is the soul of Docklands’s nightlife.

Central Pier, 9/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 8623 9666

Opening Hours: Fri 5pm – 9pm, Sat 9:30pm – 3am, Sun 5pm – 1am

 

Shop Till You Drop

Another important feature of a great suburb is the convenience and accessibility of good shopping areas. Docklands is a perfect place for those looking for value and quality. From Factory Outlet to the open-air markets of Harbour Town and the Sunday Market, Docklands possesses a diversity that accommodates every kind of person. So relax and stroll at your own pace down the rows of shops and stalls.

Harbour Town, 1/122 Studio Ln, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 9328 8600

Costco, 383 Footscray Rd, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 8602 0300

Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm

Sunday Market, Waterfront City, New Quay Promenade, Melbourne, Australia

Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm  

 

Explore The Alternative Adventures

As a center of entertainment, Docklands offers a wide range of alternative adventures. Medibank Icehouse, situated right beside Harbour Town Shopping Centre, is perfect on a hot summer’s day. Alternatively, Glow Golf in Harbour Town offers a whole new experience of miniature golf with neon lights and glow-in-the-dark technology. And if glowing golf games are still not enough, Glow Golf Docklands offers laser tag games for groups for those who seek for a more thrilling experience.

Medibank Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 1300 756 699

Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs 9am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 9am – 12pm

Glow Golf, Ozmosis Harbour Town, level 1, shop 35, Harbour Town Shopping Centre Star Cres, Harbour Town, Melbourne, Australia +61 3 9642 5442  

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 6:30pm

 

Sunset At Central Pier © Sue Roe Lim

Sunset At Central Pier © Sue Roe Lim

Watch Sunset At Central Pier

A sunset is always a beautiful sight, but along the Central Pier in Docklands, it becomes stunning. Add the orange of the sunset to the glistening of the river, together with the boats, and the pier becomes truly serene. Sunset is also the time that jellyfish migrate, so have fun counting them in the river.

 

Waterfront Restaurant © Sue Roe Lim

Waterfront Restaurant © Sue Roe Lim

Pamper Your Taste Buds At The Waterfront Restaurants

Here is something you can do while enjoying the beautiful sunset against the waterfront: indulge your taste buds. The number of waterfront restaurants gives you more choices than you can imagine for the perfect scene. Whether you are looking for a glass of wine or a cup of tea, Docklands has it, from luxurious Italian restaurants like Watermark Docklands, with a stunning view of the riverbanks, to dainty cafés like Hortus x 7 Seeds, where you can have your coffee outdoors by the docks. With the wide range of choices and the view of the Yarra River, a dining experience at Docklands is an experience to remember.

Watermarks Docklands, The Promenade, 9/800 Bourke St, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 9642 1880

Opening Hours: Wed – Sat 4pm – late

Hortus x 7 Seeds, 131-141 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 9347 8664

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm, Sat – Sun 9am – 4pm

 

Take A Cruise Down The Yarra River

The Yarra River is a vital and beautiful part of Melbourne. Docklands offers a range of trips. Take the Melbourne Tramboat, the only one of its kind in the world, if you are for in for a vintage experience along the river; or the Melbourne Showboat, if you prefer a more elegant tour. There are even themes for you to choose, from burlesque to Japanese. A cruise down the Yarra River is a completely different experience at Docklands.  

Melbourne Tramboat Cruises, Victoria Harbour, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 9379 0406  

The Lady Cutlet Melbourne Showboat, Berth 14 Central Pier, Docklands, VIC, Australia +61 3 9499 9371

Opening Hours: Departures at 7:30pm