Make a day of it: Library at The Dock

Visit for…

With views of the water in one direction, and Buluk Park in the other, Library at The Dock occupies a prime spot on the peaceful waterfront in Docklands.

External shot of Library at The Dock at night

Library at The Dock

This still-new building has so much to offer for families and kids: there’s an interactive floor in the children’s play area, a turfed open space for table tennis and tai chi, gaming facilities, 3D printing and a multimedia gallery space.
Children playing in the library play area on a yellow mat surrounded by bookshelves.

Interactive kids’ play area

Storytelling also features strongly at Library on The Dock. The dial-a-story telephone will tell you a story on demand and if you visit on certain Fridays you’ll hear stories told in Chinese (5 Feb and 11 March) and Hindi (19 Feb, 4 and 18 March). You might even get to meet Ritu, bilingual storyteller and one of the stars of our current poster campaign.
A man holds a young child while looking at her.

Storytime at Library at The Dock

Stay for…

Library at The Dock could easily keep you and your kids busy all day, but if you’re looking for other activities you won’t have to go far.
Try an old favourite as you’ve never seen it before as fluorescent murals and mood lighting turn a round of mini golf into a glow-in-the-dark extravaganza at the Family Fun Centre’s Black Light Mini Golf.

Glow in the dark posts in front of a darkened image of Docklands.

Glow in the dark obstacles at Glow Golf

Wander among a carpet of art at Monument Park on NewQuay Promenade and see city icons reimagined as colourful concrete sculptures. From there it’s just a short walk around Victoria Harbour to the famous Cow Up A Tree on Harbour Esplanade.
A sculpture of a cow up a tree.

Cow Up A Tree

If you want to see it all from above then take a stroll through the shops and restaurants of Harbour Town to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and experience Docklands from a bird’s-eye view.
Melbourne Star shot from below with the blue sky in the background.

A BIG wheel

While you’re here…

If all that activity has left you parched, pause for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the many bars and restaurants found in Docklands.
On a hot day, make a stop at Limonetto for an ever-changing range of gelato and sorbet. You can’t miss the cone-shaped building on the side of NewQuay Promenade.

Limonetto ice cream shop, a dark, round building near the water.

Stop by the cone for your cone

Or if it’s time for something a little more substantial then Berth offers spectacular city and water views as well as all-day food service and a special menu just for kids.
Everybody knows fish and chips are the perfect food for eating by the water. If you’re partial to a spot of batter make sure to stop by Fish Bar, a gourmet fish ‘n’ chippery perched right on the water’s edge.
Tables and chairs outside Fish Bar restaurant, by the water.

Fish and chips with a view

Please drink responsibly.