Discover Hobsons Bay

Enjoy magnificent views across the water to the city from Williamstown. Jump on a ferry, get on your bike, catch a train, travel the bridge or to get a real bird’s eye view of Hobsons Bay, take a Seaplane flight, getting around is half the fun. Hobsons Bay is a picturesque seaside municipality. Here you can find peaceful natural environment, swimming beaches at Altona and Williamstown, wide streets, heritage buildings, strong maritime history and a diverse choice of restaurants, cafes and shops, much connected by bike paths and only 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the City.

Suburbs include:

Altona Altona Meadows Altona North Brooklyn Laverton Newport Seabrook Seaholme South Kingsville Spotswood Williamstown Williamstown North

Word on the street

The Substation in Newport is a hub of artistic expression, with theatre performances, exhibitions and workshops. Our monthly market attracts people from all across the western region.
Jeremy Gaden Ex-Director, The Substation Newport

Things to see and do

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  • Scienceworks

    Scienceworks

    With such a stunning range of themed exhibition and interactive scientific displays, Scienceworks is sure to enthral and entertain the kids for hours. Experience live demonstrations, informative tours and plenty of hands-on activities – all designed to unravel the mysteries of science. With enough happening to fill a full day, head down this weekend and enjoy! 

    With such a stunning range of themed exhibition and interactive scientific displays, Scienceworks

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  • Heritage Walks

    Heritage Walks

    Visit the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and pick up information on three self guided heritage walks. With so much to explore around Hobsons Bay take the time to explore and learn something new about your local area. explore the historic seaport of waterfront Williamstown, as well as its hidden lanes, monuments, buildings and the original morgue.

    Visit the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and pick u

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  • Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

    Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

    Embark on a very special journey. The 23km coastal trail from near the Westgate bridge to Skeleton Creek takes you past the maritime historical precinct of Williamstown, botanic gardens, sandy beaches, wetlands with internationally important habitat, site specific public artworks, and spectacular buildings. The trail is easily navigated by foot or bicycle and is clearly sign posted. 

    Embark on a very special journey.

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  • Lantern Ghost Tours

    Lantern Ghost Tours

    Join a multi-award winning ghost tour of Hobsons Bay's most haunted locations. Visit an abandoned morgue on the Ghosts of the Old City Williamstown, be a ghost hunter for the night at Altona Homestead or discover killer locomotives at Newport Substation.

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    Join a multi-award winning ghost tour of Hobsons Bay's most haunted locations.

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  • The Titanic, Williamstown

    The Titanic, Williamstown

    It’s not just dinner and a show. Book the voyage of a lifetime where your night is guaranteed to be a disaster. Step back in time to a by gone era and relive the majestic grandeur that made the Titanic the ship of dreams.

    It’s not just dinner and a show.

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  • Enterprize Tall Ship

    Enterprize Tall Ship

    Set sail aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize, a working replica of the ship that brought the first white settlers to Melbourne in 1835. Relax on deck with the family as we explore the bay and tell the little known story of the founding of Melbourne. The truly adventurous can experience life as an early sailor and climb the rigging for a heart stopping view of Melbourne. 

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    Set sail aboard Melbourne’s Tall Ship Enterprize, a working replica of the ship that brought the

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  • Timeball Tower, Williamstown

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there is a working timeball tower at Greenwich in London, and only three others in the world. The Williamstown tower was built in 1849 of local bluestone. It was originally a lighthouse, and later served as a timeball tower from 1861 to 1926.The Timeball Tower helped ships accurately set their chronometers, since accuracy was essential for successful navigation on long ocean voyages. 

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there i

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  • Altona Pier

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.  The Pier provides an avenue for fishing, bird watching, leisurely strolls and summer fun. You can capture breathtaking views of the Dandenong Mountain Ranges, Point Cook Coastal Park and on a clear day you may be able to the see Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.

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  • HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

    HMAS Castlemaine, Williamstown

    Come aboard one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World War II, and the last such vessel still afloat. HMAS Castlemaine is open to the public on weekends, public holidays and by arrangement. Visitors can visit all parts of the ship and see how crews lived and worked during the war years, witness the original main engines turning over and view a wide range of artifacts documenting Australian maritime history.

    Come aboard one of the sixty Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes to serve throughout World

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  • Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Creek, are a natural bird haven. These internationally significant wetlands provide important feeding and habitat areas for thousands of migratory birds from Japan, Siberia and New Zealand. The Tower is a public art commisson which provides a visible symbol and celebration of migration to Australia.

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Cree

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  • Sea Shepherd

    Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. 

    Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the dest

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  • Gem Pier, Williamstown

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city. Step off into the historical township of Williamstown, the first settlement in Melbourne. With so much to see from the HMAS Castlemaine to historical buildings, plan to stay for the day or the weekend. With nearby picnic spots as well as playgrounds and BBQ this is the perfect day trip to Hobsons Bay. 

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city.

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  • Williamstown Historical Museum

    Williamstown Historical Museum

    The Historical Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.  and by appointment during the week. There is a large collection of maritime material, photographs, records and other items relating to the history of Williamstown. There is also an historical kit for school groups.

    The Historical Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from 2-5 p.m.

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  • Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape. The little promontory has been fenced off from the rest of the world for over 80 years by a coastal rifle range. This unspoilt place is now a haven for coastal and marine life. Patches of all marine habitats from northern Port Phillip Bay are packed into this small area. On the west of the promontory, there is saltmarsh and the largest occurrence of mangroves within Port Phillip Bay.

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape.

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  • Railway Museum, Newport

    Railway Museum, Newport

    Come and see the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives and steam cranes. There are more than 15 different locomotives, ranging from the diminutive F class up to the H class. Other equipment on display includes electric locomotives, suburban and country passenger carriages, Guards vans and a selection of freight wagons. The museum is open from midday to 5p.m. on Saturdays. A perfect outing for any family! 

    Come and see the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives and steam cranes.

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  • Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    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, marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower!

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history.

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  • Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints, navigation equipment, plaques, marine equipment and its World War Honour board. The centre is open every Wednesday and Sunday 11am-3pm and group tours are available at other times. Seaworks is a new and exciting location for any event! 

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints

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  • Williamstown Beach

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown. There's a wide range of facilities and services, including cafes, a sand swimming beach in a non-boating area, public toilets, picnic facilities and playgrounds. Just catch the train to Williamstown Beach train station and you're there!

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown

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  • Altona Beach

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational beach. The beach is patrolled over the summer. It is home to many recreational and water sport activities such as kitesurfing, paddle boarding, sandcastle building and volley ball.  There is free parking, tree lined parks, bbq areas and public amenities all within walking distance to shops, cafes and public transport.

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational b

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  • Altona Beach Market

    Altona Beach Market

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns. The weekly outdoor street market has been a highlight since 2004. Thousands of regular market goers visit each week to purchase fresh produce, green life, homemade soaps, candles and much more.  On market day a visit through the town's shops, café’s, restaurants and coastal pleasures completes a great day's outing.

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns.

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  • The Substation

    The Substation

    The SUBSTATION presents an annual program across art forms, which actively responds to our unique building and place in Melbourne. The SUBSTATION’s program respects the original vision for the building as an asset for artists and audiences. We invite audiences and communities from across Hobsons Bay to experience The SUBSTATION’s artistic program as active participants, attendees and collaborators.

    The SUBSTATION presents an annual program across art forms, w

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  • Spotswood Industrial Heritage Tour

    The origin of Ned Kelly’s armour, the birthplace of the stubbie, and Melbourne’s first sewage system are just some of the highlights of Museum Victoria’s Spotswood Industrial Heritage mobile-device walking tour. The walking tour, available on both Apple and Android devices, uses audio, video, and hundreds of historical photographs to paint a picture of the evolution of Spotswood.

    The origin of Ned Kelly’s armour, the birthplace of the stubbie, and Melbourne’s first sewage sys

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  • Ferries to Williamstown

    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.

    Jump on a ferry and head across the bay to Williamstown to take in a glimpse of Melbourne’s past

  • Seaplanes

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

    Melbourne Seaplanes operate from the water at Williamstown, providing an exciting way of seeing M

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  • Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens. The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic, scientific and social significance to the state of Victoria. Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the gardens provide a peaceful setting.

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.

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  • 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. The Williamstown Sailing Club, Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Hobsons Bay Yacht Club and Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club and Seaworks are all to be found along Nelson Place.

    The city’s strong maritime heritage is reinforced by many attractions including The Timeball Towe