Get a new perspective on Melbourne with stunning city views from historic Williamstown. Just minutes from the CBD, this neighbourhood offers the best of bayside living with a western edge.
Wayfarers and seafarers
Relax in a cafe or bar along the foreshore and soak up the proud maritime history of Williamstown – established in 1837 as Melbourne's first port.
Visit the fascinating Seaworks precinct and see which inspiring tall ship is visiting. Set sail once a month on the Enterprise, the first vessel to carry European settlers up the Yarra. Visit the Maritime Museum at Gem Pier, and check out the Sea Shepherd conservation vessel when it's in port.
The old and the new
Explore a diverse range of arts, crafts and speciality shops around historic Nelson Place. Wander through the monthly craft market and dine out in the waterfront eateries housed in the beautifully restored old buildings with photogenic views of the city skyline.
Discover Williamstown's secrets at the intriguing Historical Museum, and get the darker side of the historic settlement on a nightly ghost tour.
Beauty and the beach
Enjoy relaxing summer picnics and paddling in the shallows at Williamstown Beach, or enjoy the peace and beauty of Williamstown Botanic Gardens.
Newport and Spotswood
Visit neighbouring Spotswood, a quaint village immortalised in the eponymous 1992 film. Pit your science know-how against the kids with the interactive exhibits at Scienceworks, wander the culinary precinct of Grazeland and seek refreshments at one of village's eclectic cafes. Grown-ups can reward a hard-earned thirst at Two Birds Brewing.
Nearby Newport's gritty industrial history makes it worth a visit. The old substation has been converted into a cutting-edge arts facility – there's always something to see, from circus shows to visual art to live music performances.