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Things to Do in Docklands, Melbourne

Go Discover Docklands

District Docklands is home to action-packed adventure, glorious foodie goodness, breath-taking experiences, and vibrant events. Across the road from Marvel Stadium, and just a short walk from Southern Cross Station; there are so many wonderful things to do in Docklands. It’s a complete treasure trove for all ages!

Come See What All The Fuss Is About!

Whether it be grabbing a coffee or a wine, taking a stroll through New Quay Promenade, or giving yourself some much deserved retail therapy Docklands is the place to be. Come browse through our top places and spaces, experiencing a variety of events/activities for your next visit to Melbourne’s CBD. Discover more from Destination Docklands!

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 Offers


When you next visit Melbourne, your first stop has to be Harbour Town in Docklands precinct. Have fun doing some of Melbourne’s best family activities – ArtVo 3D Trick Gallery, O’Brien’s Skating Rink, Mini Golf in the Dark, Hoyts Cinema and, of course, the Iconic Melbourne Star Observatory Wheels (which is no longer in commission, sadly).
In Docklands, shopping is more accessible than ever. Located just around the corner from the CBD, Docklands has a myriad of shops with countless fashion brands including, but not limited to, H&M, Cotton On, Mini So etc. It has all you could ask for in terms of shopping.

If you prefer to have an evening stroll along the waterfront precinct, taking in the scenes of Melbourne’s beautiful city skyline, the Harbour Esplanade is the best place to be. Grab a nice quiet meal, with the expansive range of exquisite cuisines. Cambodian, Mediterranean, Modern Australian, Thai, Chinese or Lebanese – you have a lot of options for dining at Docklands. Enjoy a drink with dinner accompanied by a stunning view overlooking the Yarra River!
Afterwards, a walk down to Docklands Park is essential as it showcases the Bolte Bridge. The South Wharf bridge crosses over the Yarra River, a perfect opportunity for photographers or for your next Instagram post. If you are lucky enough to be here to photograph this bridge at sunset, it can be a real spectacle as the lights illuminate the structure and the evening sky with a golden glow.

Cow Up a Tree

A whimsical public sculpture located just as you hop off the ferry. It’s cast in five tonnes of bronze and stands eight meters high. John Kelly’s ‘Cow Up a Tree’ was inspired after seeing images of cows swept away during terrible flooding in Gippsland. It makes a great meeting spot and photo opportunity.


Situated in the heart of District Docklands, ArtVo offers everyone the chance to experience the traditional art museum in a whole new way. You can not only touch the art but be the art by simply striking a pose in front of the camera. Australia’s first immersive, 3D ‘trick-art’ gallery. Explore the interactive gallery with over 11 themed zones.

Local Tours and Transport

Looking for more to do or need some tips on transportation in Docklands? Check out some of the best local tours and transit options we’ve put together.