The Docklands is a waterfront dining and entertaining precinct that sits south of the city, just outside the CBD. Situated on the banks of Victoria Harbour, the Docklands precinct combines multiple dining experiences and over 130 retail shopping outlets across its Yarra River frontage which extends over 3km. Every Sunday, a pop-up market centred around local art and vintage treasures is held, which draws locals and tourists alike.
While exploring all the Docklands has to offer, make sure to check out the urban street-art that juxtaposes the modern architecture, within this stunningly peaceful area of Melbourne. The area also boasts a concentration of green-star rated buildings that is the greatest in the Southern Hemisphere, blending contemporary style with conscious and forward thinking practice.
Top 6 things to do in The Docklands
- Discover the urban art sculptures as they are practically on every corner. The ‘Cow up a Tree’ was inspired by Australia’s floods and can be found on Waterfront Drive.
- Visit The District Docklands. Enjoy the open air spaces and laneways of The District Docklands Shopping Centre.
- Ride The Melbourne Star. At night it is illuminated with a colourful display of lights that traces the shape of the wheel. It’s one of the 10 biggest Ferris Wheels in the world and gives an aerial view of Melbourne City.
- Watch the sunset from the Central Pier. A Melbourne Sunset is always a beautiful sight, however from Central Pier in Docklands it is incredible.
- Take a cruise down the Yarra River.
- Walk on the many contemporary bridges. There are two bridges that are almost right next to each other; The Webb Bridge and Jim Stynes Bridge. The Webb Bridge connects the North and South banks of the Yarra. The Jim Stynes bridge was named after the late footballer. One of his wishes was to have a bridge named after him.