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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.