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…
You may not be able to fly across the county (just yet) but you can certainly fly with Melbourne Star. Experience unforgettable panoramic views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s only GIANT observation wheel. From lush gardens to sky-scraper-lined streets to bustling ports, no scene is the same as you constantly move your way around and around Melbourne.
Step into a world of optical illusions at Artvo, set to reopen from 26th June, this is an art exhibition with a difference. Visitors are transported into the paintings, carried off to a world of fantastical imaginary. Artvo’s wall to floor to ceiling art stretches across a spacious 1400 square metre gallery. Different zones have their own spectacular theme; Fantasia, Jungle Safari, Aquatic Adventure, Australiana and so many more.
The Zamboni has been working hard during this down time to make the ice sparkle, shine and slip at O’Brien Icehouse. O’Brien’s has not one but two ice rinks so there is plenty of room for you to spin, swirl, swish and twirl. And with recently released scheduled skating time, booking your holiday icecapades online is so very easy.
It’s a tee-rific time at GlowGolf Docklands. Reopened and complying with restrictions, the remarkably radiant GlowGolf experience will see you navigating your way around a glow in the dark, black light mini golf course.
With dine-in options returning to the District Docklands, a world of flavourful tastes awaits. From Gozleme King’s Turkish street food to the signature Japanese savour of Fukutonei Ramen to the authentic Greek food of Yassas. Travel the world of food just a little more locally at The District Docklands. A full list of what delectable delights are opened for dine-in can be viewed here.
A wide range of stores are ready and raring to welcome you at The District Docklands. Meander the wide-open laneways, browsing brands like H&M, UNIQLO, Cotton On, Bonds, Kathmandu and Hype DC (to name just to name a few). There’s plenty of room and plenty of shopping to be had. For a full list of what stores are open and their trading hours check out The District’s extensive directory.
Play the day away at Chipmunks Indoor Playground. Running casual play sessions, online booking is now open. As always, the plays at Chipmunks are bight, clean and fun! Slide, climb, jump your way into a state of fun at this interactive and entertaining playground. And parents, there is something for you too! How does a fresh cup of coffee sound, delightfully enjoyed while your kids are well and truly amused?
All these awesome activities are within walking distance of the ferry terminal at Victoria Harbour, all you need to do travel wise is book your seat on Port Phillip Ferries. Tickets must be pre-booked for all services.