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About Docklands

Since Docklands’ inception 20 years ago, Melbourne’s CBD waterfront extension has developed into a thriving mixed-use precinct. Whilst precinct development is only 60% complete, Docklands already offers dozens of dining experiences, world-class attractions and entertainment venues, accommodation, shopping and family-friendly activities to millions of visitors of all ages and budgets year-round.

Start exploring Docklands and uncover all it has to offer:

  • Take a flight on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – one of only four of its kind in the world
  • Visit two world-class sporting arenas – O’Brien Group Arena (ice skating) and Etihad Stadium (AFL and entertainment)
  • Snap up a bargain at Harbour Town Shopping Centre
  • View world-class, award-winning architecture and waterfront views decorating the Docklands’ skyline

Docklands hosts many of Melbourne’s major events including Australia Day and Chinese New Year celebrations, New Year’s Eve and winter fireworks, outdoor film screenings and the Melbourne Day Regatta.


Docklands is centrally located and provides easy access to the Melbourne CBD and inner-city suburbs to the west and south-east.

Public Transport:

  • Docklands is located in the Free Tram Zone with access by five major tram lines (30, 48, 70 and 86) and is a destination stop on the Free City Circle tram (35).
  • Southern Cross Train Station is located at the gateway to Docklands and provides easy access for metropolitan commuters and regional visitors on V/Line services. Flinders Street station is located only one stop away.
  • Public Transport Victoria is your central stop for public transport information for Melbourne and wider Victoria.

Shuttle Bus:


  • Docklands is a 20 minute drive from Melbourne airport.
  • There are over 5000 public car parking spaces in Docklands that cost as little as $10 for a full day.
  • The Harbour Town Melbourne car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – no pre-booking required.


  • Explore the 7km of Docklands’ waterfront by bike on the four major bike trails converging in the Docklands precinct.
  • Bike hire at the Melbourne Bike Share stations can be found in eight Docklands locations.


  • Experience the Docklands waterfront and some of the best views of Melbourne by boat.
  • Charter Boat Cruises are available year-round with a variety of themed, ticketed shows and experiences or you can book a water taxi.
  • Hire a boat or climb aboard an Aqua Donut BBQ boat for a unique self-guided water experience.

On Foot:

  • Docklands is a 25 minute walk from Melbourne Town Hall.
  • Docklands waterfront is a photographers paradise with a number of Yarra River bridges and waterfront vantage points coming alive at dusk.
  • Walking tours are available for those wanting a guided experience.

Pick up a copy of the Official Docklands Visitor Map from the Melbourne Visitor Centre or the Harbour Town Visitor Lounge to navigate your way around the precinct.

What's happening in Docklands

Destination Docklands Limited is a not-for-profit company which aims to promote tourism, business and residential living in Docklands.

Established in 2009, by the City of Melbourne Docklands Coordination Committee, City of Melbourne, Vic Urban (now Places Victoria) and a number Docklands’ property developers, Destination Docklands takes a collaborative marketing approach for the area.

Destination Docklands has three core areas of focus;

  1. Representation of wider-Docklands and promotion of precinct activity through media;
  2. Facilitation of new events to Docklands;
  3. Development of a collaborative Destination Marketing Plan for Docklands.

Destination Docklands works closely with City of Melbourne, Docklands developers, Places Victoria, corporate and commercial organisations and Docklands visitor economy businesses and associations including the Docklands Chamber of Commerce and is represented on the Docklands Community Forum and Docklands Representative Group.

Destination Docklands wishes to acknowledge the support of its partners City of Melbourne, LendLease, MAB Corporation and Mirvac for their ongoing support.

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