Summer on the waterfront

Melbourne is a city by the sea, and summer is the ideal time to wander further afield from our classic laneways and arcades and take in the waterfront views.

Head to Docklands from 27 December to 2 January and experience the excitement of the Volvo Ocean Race, returning to Melbourne for the first time in over 10 years.

On shore, a pop-up Race Village will give you glimpses of life on board, and also hosts food trucks and a bar. While sailors and sightseers soak up the sun, explore the best bars, destinations and activities on Melbourne’s waterfront.

Three sail boats on the ocean

The Volvo Ocean Race is heading to Melbourne

Plus 5

In Melbourne’s revitalised historic Docklands, a maritime atmosphere on the wharves complements a Mediterranean menu at Plus 5. Enjoy cool cocktails on the terrace as summer sizzles.

Hands holding three glasses and toasting

Plus 5

The Common Man

At South Wharf, The Common Man hosts a summer garden pop up bar on the waterfront. From breakfast through to dinner, choose from tasty hot ‘n’ fried treats including squid, tacos, burgers and fish and chips.

Tables, chairs and umbrellas in an outdoor bar area

Relax with a drink overlooking the waterfront at the Common Man

Food Truck Park

Melbourne street food dynamos take up a summer residency at The District Docklands over summer. How to choose? A changing array of gourmet food trucks visits the waterfront each Friday night, so make it a regular date and eat out under the stars.

Blender Artist Market

To kick on every Friday night, visit this art and design market in its new location, the Art Collective in Docklands. Splurge in summer on some of Melbourne’s finest hand-made goods, from art and fashion to jewellery. Live music rounds out the night.

People talking and walking in a market in an outdoor market in a shopping centre

Blender Artist Market

Dialogue in the dark

For a break from the sun, step into a total darkness experience. This uniquely stimulating tour challenges the senses, and donations support Guide Dogs Australia.

O’Brien Skate Group arena

Enjoy frosty fun at the Docklands ice-skating rink, designed for skaters of all abilities. The arena’s “Endless Summer” program freeze-frames school holiday activities for families.

A person ice skating on an indoor ice rink

O’Brien Group Arena

Aqua Donut

Since Docklands is really about embarking on a vessel, why not board a barbecue boat? Groups of up to ten people can hire these inflatable circular rafts, fitted out with a barbecue, LED lights and a shade umbrella.

Kayak Melbourne

Paddle by moonlight or at sunrise to see the Yarra River in all its moods.  Experienced guides help you enjoy the city sights as never before – and make fitness fun.

Kayaks rowing along the a river at sunset with buildings in the background

Kayak Melbourne

Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat

Dress-up parties, music and even some saucy burlesque are all on deck on this elegant vessel. Choose from a seafood brunch or a themed cruise and enjoy the sunshine or the city lights.