It's easy to turn your back on the bustle of city life when you can keep an eye on it with breathtaking views from over your shoulder in the beautiful waterfront suburb of Williamstown, just minutes from the CBD.
Wayfarers and seafarers
Appreciate the proud maritime history of Williamstown, which was established in 1837 as Melbourne's first port. Visit the Williamstown Maritime Museum at Gem Pier, and set sail on the Enterprise, the first vessel to carry European settlers up the Yarra.
The old and the new
Explore the diverse range of arts, crafts and other speciality shops around historic Nelson Place. Dine out in the waterfront eateries housed in the beautiful old buildings with photogenic views of the city skyline.
Relax over picnics and paddling in the shallows at Williamstown Beach, or enjoy the peace and beauty of Williamstown Botanic Gardens. Pit your science know-how against the kids with the interactive exhibits at Scienceworks.
How to get there
Williamstown is approximately 15 minutes from Melbourne via the West Gate Freeway. Ferries leave from berth 1, Southgate and depart daily at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. The trip takes approximately 1 hour.
Williamstown is a 30-minute train journey from Flinders Street Station, the last station on the Williamstown line. You may be required to change trains at Footscray or Newport Station. The 472 bus from Footscray will also take you to Williamstown North.