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Melbourne Ferry Terminal

New Melbourne Ferry Terminal is now open The new Melbourne Ferry Terminal, which will act as a “Community Hub for Docklands’ residents, businesses and visitors,” is now open opposite Central Pier. Port Phillip Ferries has responded to community and stakeholder demand by creating a purpose-built ferry terminal/community hub with a full-service café, accessible bathrooms, and…

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March 9, 2022

Docklands Drone Show

Docklands will host Australia’s largest-ever drone show See the night sky sparkle this summer as 350 drones light up Docklands to tell stories in the stars. Two eight-minute shows run over Victoria Harbour nightly in an enchanting visual spectacular combined with poetry soundscapes. From 15 to 24 January, hear ‘Melbourne, Feel the Sound’, a poem…

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January 3, 2022

District Live

DISTRICT LIVE Summer Music Sessions with free performances from: FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER, 6:00pm – 8:30pm Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows Trio With support from Scott Darlow & Abbey Stone Gates open at 5.00 pm with a live DJ SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 6:00pm – 8:30pm Daryl Braithwaite With support from Abbey Stone & Tim Henwood…

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November 15, 2021

What’s on in Melbourne

What’s On In Melbourne As Melbourne starts to open up again, the City of Melbourne has initiated some great incentives to invite people back to the CBD. Below is a quick snapshot of What’s On in Melbourne as we start to head into Summer. Get $5 car parking at city car parks Score $5 parking…

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November 5, 2021

Off with the Ferries Cafe

Off with the Ferries Cafe – NOW OPEN Under new management After minor renovations and a change of management, Off with the Ferries Cafe located at the Docklands Ferry Terminal, will be reopening the day after Melbourne Cup. Port Phillip Ferries look forward to welcoming back the local community for their morning coffee and a snack, while once…

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September 22, 2021

Melbourne Money dining is officially open

Melbourne Money! The City of Melbourne has launched a new $8.4 million dining initiative in partnership with the Victorian Government, to bring people back into the city and provide much-needed support for our hospitality sector. Diners who spend between $50 and $500 (including GST) in Melbourne’s restaurants, cafes, and bars can now claim a 20…

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July 2, 2021

Docklands Firelight Festival

Docklands Firelight Festival – Over five fiery nights 21- 25 July 2021 > BOOK NOW Please note: The first wave of tickets for this event has already sold out. However we’ve had word there will be some more tickets released soon, and if you join the waiting list you’ll be first in line. This winter,…

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July 2, 2021

A Post COVID Guide to Docklands

Have you missed the soaring skyscrapers, the sensational shops, and the striking stylings of metro Melbourne?  Well great news!  The shops are re-stocked, the baristas are brewing, and the scrapers are definitely soaring.  Metro Melbourne is extremely excited to welcome you back, and with exciting escapades like these, you are going to want to make…

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November 5, 2020

A Day Trippers Guide to the Docklands (these school holidays)

Looking to enjoy a day out of the house these school holidays?  Day trip across the bay with your youngsters and have some family fun revelling in the reopened delights of the Docklands… Step into a world of optical illusions at Artvo, set to reopen from 26th June, this is an art exhibition with a…

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June 24, 2020

Docklands. Shopping. Eating. Ice Skating & More

So! You’ve taken the Port Phillip Ferry to Docklands, and you’re eager to have a good time, but you don’t know what’s good in the area. It’s a struggle we’ve all experienced! Don’t worry, I’m here to help When you disembark, the first thing you’ll likely see is the Cow in the Tree. Take a…

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June 9, 2020

The District delivers the (delicious) goods

Earlier this year we were all freely walking the streets, hitting up bars, shopping with friends, and dining out at family dinners with abandon. Of course, it’s all very different now. As we adjust to this ‘new normal’ and connect with friends online via Zoom and Houseparty, we know that one thing hasn’t changed; food…

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May 20, 2020

Docklands Vibes

They are fun, cool and trendy,  they are the hot spots and happenings of the Docklands, totally on track to set you up with awesome experiences.  And Port Phillip Ferries can dock your right into the heart of all these happenings.  Good times and great vibes are only a ferry ride away.   Archie Brothers…

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February 5, 2020

The Good Times Just Keep Rolling into Docklands

Docklands just keeps delivering the goods! So much so, that each week it feels like there’s a new, uber-cool venue or draw card popping-up. HOYTS is now open, plus Market Lane fresh food precinct and we hear whispers of a new interactive experience due to open for Christmas 2020 at The District Docklands! Plus, there’s…

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January 18, 2020

Ferry Nice Mother’s Day Gift

There’s no Hallmark card that could possibly be written to describe how important THIS Mother’s Day is, in such times. But like many of us, there’s been a lot of reflecting and assessing life’s priorities.   {Here’s what we know is true}   ♥ Some Mums are going to need some “Timeout” ♥ Some Mums…

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January 1, 2020

Cheap and Cheerful Eats Around Docklands

Although Melbourne food prices are notoriously expensive, you don’t always need to break the bank to treat yourself to a lunch or dinner break. You just need to know where to look. And there’s no better place than Melbourne’s Docklands to pop in for a meal that’ll leave you all smiles without stretching your budget….

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November 14, 2019

Tastes of the Docklands

There are so many global tastes to be sampled, scoffed and savoured at the Docklands.  From a sizzling serve of Japanese Teppanyaki to a slice of traditional wood-fired Italian pizza to a bowl of fresh and fabulous Vietnamese Pho to a plateful of succulent Greek lamb to a mouthful of sweet and sensational Thai ice-cream…

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November 10, 2019

The District Docklands in 24 hours

Just when you think there’s nothing left to do in Melbourne and every adventure consists of calling a cab, jumping on a train, tram and a bus, dodging crowds or looking for parking…. well, jump on the ferry and head down to Docklands to experience The District for a laid-back weekend that will keep you…

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October 16, 2019

Add a Little Adventure to Your End of Year Celebrations

Shut down your computers, put away those calculators and lodge those documents – it’s time to start planning your end of year celebrations (and boy, do we love a good celebration). If you’re on the hunt for the perfect way to enjoy the festive season with your team, look no further. We’ve joined forces with…

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August 9, 2019

Autumn Holiday Escapades in Melbourne

Sure, spring and summer often top the popularity lists – but we’re going to go out on a limb here and say… We. Love. Autumn. There’s the crisp mornings. The mild days that end with golden sunsets. Colourful autumn leaves. Easter. Chocolate. Comedy. School holidays, and of course – Melbourne city adventures with the kids….

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April 3, 2019

Meet Our Newest Crew Member, Wendell

  A BIG thank you to everyone that participated in and entered our “Name our Weedy Seadragon” competition.   After a huge amount of very worthy and diverse entries (including a Weedy McWeedy Face) we’re super excited to have selected a name for our friendly mascot. Congratulations to our winner, Ocea Smith who…

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October 23, 2018

Melbourne Musicality

WARNING – spontaneous musical numbers ahead! “Dancing Queen”, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, “Oh What A Night” – we know the songs, we love them and now we can see them LIVE in Melbourne.  Melbourne is abuzz with musicality.  The musical theatre scene is packed full of world-renowned shows and they are either right here…

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August 29, 2018

Six Reasons to Visit Docklands

Well, aren’t we beyond delighted to be featured in Richard Cornish’s article for The Sydney Morning Herald; “Six Reasons to Visit Docklands”. Richard Cornish (Melbourne based food writer, author and events host) gives his professional opinion on places to eat and experiences to embrace.  We have to say, a couple of our favs are featured…

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August 20, 2018

Embrace Winter

Winter, don’t think about battening down the hatches, hiding under the doona and indulging in some serious comfort eating.  We’ll challenge you to change that perspective.  Just because winter is on our doorsteps doesn’t mean you have to be housebound.  The world keeps on spinning and a couple of our fav destinations (Docklands and Portarlington)…

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July 1, 2018

Meet The Creatures Of The Bay

Photo Credit – @sharejosie As you sit back and relax for your journey with Port Phillip Ferries, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the sights and sounds of the water. But have you ever thought about what is below? Here are some cool critters that you might be cruising over on your journey. . Turtles are common creatures…

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April 26, 2018

Cheers To Mum

Make it a Mother’s Day weekend! May 12 & 13.  It is a time for showing your precious mum how much you appreciate her unconditional love and support.  Deciding on a pressie can be tricky.  You want to give her something that takes into consideration her interests and her one-of-a-kind personality.  So, we’ve come up…

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April 20, 2018

Five reasons to pop into Melbourne in April

Now that we’re in Autumn and well on our way to winter, you would think that things would begin to slow down for the bustling city of Melbourne. But, as the weather cools down, things are only beginning to heat up. Take advantage of our excellent Port Phillip Ferries service and experience what is up…

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April 6, 2018

Docklands: The Melbourne Foodie’s New Playground

Photo Credit – @mamarumaan Sandwiched between the CBD and the Yarra River, the Docklands precinct is something of a dream to the Melbourne foodie. Featuring a variety of delightful restaurants, there really is something for everyone and it’s all easily accessible via public transport. Marketing itself with a side of mischief, Mama Rumaan offers culinary…

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March 13, 2018

A Docklands Day Done The Fun Way

Photo Credit – chamellephoto If you’re on a day-long excursion with your family, a shopping spree with your buddies or simply looking for somewhere new to explore, then a day out at Docklands is the right thing for you. There is plenty to do for everyone: all located within The District. A short 15-minute walk from…

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March 13, 2018

Why Broadsheet is talking about the transformation of District Docklands

You know you’re on to something good, when Broadsheet Melbourne (the total authority on cultural life and everything great in this city) is talking about it. So when they recently published their Guide To District Docklands – unearthing the highlights of the transformed Melbourne precinct, our ears pricked up.  Have a read… Image by Tiffany…

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January 10, 2018

8 awesome (AND FREE) reasons to visit district docklands with the kids

Thinking of taking the kids into the all-new District Docklands for a bit of school holiday fun? Well, there’s no good reason not to, not even one… with an abundance of FREE and AWESOME activities planned for everyday of the school holidays. Between giant treasure hunts, DJs, immersive workshops, animal farm petting zoo, live stage…

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December 19, 2017