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 coming back for more.
When you arrive at The District, be sure to start your day with a coffee a spot of shopping, with a number of everyone’s favourite brands in the one place including H&M, UNIQLO, Cotton On, Bonds, Kathmandu and Hype DC, just to name a few. If you’re looking for a more relaxing approach, book a pamper session at Nails Avenue, or even better, a massage with Orientcare. The Coffee Club has just launched a brand-new menu with delicious lunch options to enjoy in the restaurant or on the go as takeaway. The salted caramel and double chocolate frappes are a must!
To ensure you have a comfortable stay in Docklands, you can’t go past Quest Newquay. It’s located in a prime position just a short walk from The District, featuring a suite of different room types sure to meet your needs. Whether it be a studio, one, two or three bedroom apartment, the amazing staff will make you feel at home whatever your choice may be.
Once you’ve settled into your accommodation, take a stroll on the waterfront before making your way back to The District for a full afternoon of adventure! You can’t go past HOYTS with the best surround sound and all recliner seats, sit back while your snacks are brought to your seats. If you haven’t been on the Melbourne Star, then you’re missing out. After the movie, see Melbourne from a different perspective, 360-degree, unobstructed view of up to 40 kilometres from 120 metres high. By this time, you’ll be on a sunset flight.
There is an abundance of dinner choices at The District. Choose from a world of cuisine, with Greek restaurant Yassas, Japanese by Fukutontei Ramen or Vietnamese by Tho Tho Bar & Restaurant, or work your way through Asia at 8 Street Docklands. Next stop is Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, your one-stop entertainment destination. There are six bowling lanes, loads of arcade and ticket games, the XD Theatre and dodgems, hours of entertainment partnered with a full-service cocktail bar – what more could you ask for!
Wind down and finish off your day with a drink at Urban Alley Brewery, Docklands’ very own on-site brewery, with only windows separating the 25 hectolitre brewhouse and pub. Not sure what to choose? Get any five beers to sample on a tasting flight and work your way through them all! Before you head back to your hotel, take away delicious chocolate sweets from San Churro Docklands, or pancakes from The Pancake Parlour. And if you’re after something lighter, Gelateria on the Docks has the best ice cream and gelato in Docklands.
You’re guaranteed a good nights’ sleep after such a fun day out, so draw the curtains and sleep tight until you have to check out at 10am. If you need a wakeup call, speak with concierge at Quest Newquay, this can be easily arranged! Before you head home, Billy’s District Café is a must for a good coffee and brunch, fuelling you with energy for the day ahead.
Now there’s just one thing left! Get your partner, family or friends together, jump on the ferry and spend 24 hours at The District.