What to do

Williamstown and Nelson Place

Williamstown is known for it’s bustling cafes, art galleries and fine restaurants. After you finish meal in Nelson Place, make sure you take a enjoy along Gem Pier to take in the spectacular cityscape that is Melbourne by night.more

Maritime Heritage/History

The city’s strong maritime heritage is reinforced by many attractions including The Timeball Tower and Gem Pier, where the city ferries arrive and depart. Blunts Boatbuilders in adjacent Nelson Place is an icon in itself, having been in business for more than 150 years. Read on...more

Gem Pier

Gem Pier is the perfect starting point for exploring early Victoria’s maritime history or many of Williamstown’s and Port Phillip's contemporary attractions.
The HMAS Castlemaine is permanently docked at Gem Pier. This minesweeper was launched in 1941 and saw active service in New Guinea and Northern Australia during WWII.more


Jump on a ferry and head across the bay to Williamstown to take in a glimpse of Melbourne’s past life. Williamstown retains the charm of an old seaport, close to the city but a feel that is truly a world away. For some serious summer fun, head to the unofficial gelato capital of Williamstown, Nelson Place.more


Melbourne Seaplanes operate from the water at Williamstown, providing an exciting way of seeing Melbourne. Trips range from a short journey over Melbourne to longer journeys around the bay, with spectacular views of the city and surrounds.more

Williamstown Botanic Gardens

For something a little more relaxing, head to the glorious Williamstown Botanic Gardens, right beside the sea, to simply enjoy the great outdoors or to watch the latest plays in the gardens.Corner Giffard and Osborne Streets, Williamstown Mel Ref. 56 C10 Only a 3 minute drive from Royal Yacht Club of Victoriamore

Heritage Walks

Meet at the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre, Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown. Step back in time and unlock the secrets of Williamstown with free guided heritage walking tours. For further information call 9932 4310.more

Hobsons Bay Bike Trails

Explore 23 kilometres of foreshore trail from Spotswood to Altona. Featured on the trail are public artworks and markers with interpretive panels to bring the local environment and history to life. Along the trail marvel at past champions racing at the former racecourse, look out for Seaborn at Altona Beach or take in the glorious view from the Time Beacon at Truganina Park.more

Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history. It was the site of Victoria’s first permanent settlement and seaport and was crucial to the initial growth of the state. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past by visiting Fort Gellibrand, retrace Ned Kelly’s steps along Battery Road and marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower. Read on...more


With such a stunning range of themed exhibition and interactive scientific displays, Scienceworks is sure to enthral and entertain the adults and kids for hours. Experience live demonstrations, informative tours and plenty of hands-on activities – all designed to unravel the mysteries of science. Scienceworks in Spotswood is just 5 minutes drive from Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.more


Hobsons Bay is lucky enough to have a range of fascinating museums, all delving into the local past. From the HMAS Castlemaine located on Gem Pier, to the Altona Homestead Museum at Logan Reserve, take a step back in time and explore old days gone by. For further information call 9932 4310.more


The regional farmers market is held on Sunday 15 and 29 November, from 9 am to 2 pm. There Williamstown craft market will be held at the Commonwealth reserve on 22 November from 10 am to 4 pm. The Williamstown Bluestone Church market, at Holy Trinity Church, Nelson Place, Wiliamstown is on Sunday 6 December, from 12pm to 5 pm.more
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