Fun things to do at Melbourne’s Docklands

Located on the waterfront, Melbourne City’s Docklands are a vibrant hub of culture. Back in the day, it was known as the West Melbourne Swamp, but it now offers visitors a selection of things to do, from serious shopping encounters to art exhibits and fun rides.

Here are some of the best things to do at Melbourne’s Docklands

1. Get Arty

All around the Docklands you’ll find fascinating art sculptures, something the area has become well-known for. There are plenty of creative things to see on the waterfront, where each sculpture and piece of art has its own theme and history. Essentially, the Docklands acts as an open air gallery where you can take a stroll through the cultural arms of the city.

2. Visit the Library

For some peace and quiet, head to the Library at The Dock, where you can settle down with a good book and a hot drink while looking out over the incredible views of the Yarra River.

3. Ride the Melbourne Star

Akin to the London Eye, the Melbourne Star offers visitors the chance to see the city from a different perspective. Built back in 2008, the futuristic Ferris wheel is illuminated at night, providing the Docklands with a pretty silhouette. It is actually in the top ten largest Ferris wheels in the world, so hop aboard and see if you can pick out some of the city’s most famous landmarks from the sky.

4. Hit the Shops

Shopping is a popular activity at the Docklands thanks to the endless supply of boutique stores, artisan shops, and fashion outlets. As well as well-known shops, you can also find a selection of open-air shops at Harbour Town, that will give you an insight into local life.

5. Check out Central Pier

Sunsets at the Docklands are spectacular, and the Central Pier offers the perfect place to soak it up from. As the river gets bathed in the orange glow of the Melbourne Starsun, you can marvel at the surreal scene of boats carving their way across the smooth water of the river. This is also the time of day when the jellyfish start to migrate, so keep your eyes peeled for these fascinating creatures frolicking in the water.

The Docklands offer a cultural experience for every kind of traveller, whether you’re looking to explore the creative side of the city, discover some delicious dishes, or simply soak up some spectacular views.

Visit the Docklands on our Melbourne City Tour with River Cruise.