DISCOVER | EXPLORE | EXPERIENCE
The District Docklands is the experiential heart of the Docklands, quickly becoming your new go-to for shopping, dining, entertainment and fresh food. Shop your favourite Australian and international brands include H&M, UNIQLO, Cotton On, Canterbury, Kathmandu, Bonds, Miniso and more.
Ride the iconic Melbourne Star for a bird’s eye view of Melbourne, or experience 3D art at the ArtVo immersive gallery. Explore a range of different and unique experiences including The Lost Forests and Chipmunks Playland.
The District is home to a new state-of-the-art entertainment precinct with HOYTS, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, Urban Alley Brewery, 8 Street Docklands, Yassas, Carl’s Jr., The Pancake Parlour, Fukutontei Ramen; more than 30 food options to choose from. All through the day from morning till late, it is the place to experience different, a surprise at every turn.
Now open, The District’s very own fresh food precinct, Market Lane. With Woolworths and Dan Murphy’s plus opening over the coming weeks, twenty+ specialty fresh food and convenience stores including The Butcher Club, MarketPlace Fresh, The Humble Baker, Tatts, Empire Asian Supermarket and more.
Whether you’re after a leisurely stroll, a spot of shopping, something to eat or up for a bit of fun, The District is the place to go!
The District Docklands Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Public Holidays 10.00am – 6.00pm
Market Lane Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Friday 10.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Woolworths Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday 7.00am – 10.00pm
Dan Murphy’s Opening Hours
Monday 10.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 9.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 8.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm
Free tram | BUS | TRAIN
The free tram zone includes routes 70, 86 and 35 (City Circle), with trams departing from The District Docklands (stop D11 – Docklands Drive) every 4 minutes. Southern Cross Station is just a walk over the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge from Harbour Esplanade.
A local bus route 220 will also drop visitors off at The District Docklands (Footscray Rd & Little Docklands Drive). Buses run every 15 minutes, 7 days a week.
Take the train to Southern Cross Station and walk over the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge to Harbour Esplanade. Walk or take the tram along Docklands Drive.
Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for timetable information.
The District Docklands has two convenient car parks open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are visiting Melbourne and looking for an affordable car parking space, the Centre has multiple parking solutions on offer including corporate, short term, long term and event parking. Casual parking starts from just $4, and The District offers 90 min free* parking for fresh food shoppers. See The District website for full details and terms and conditions.
Visitors and tourists can enjoy direct passage from the airport with the SkyBus Southbank Docklands Express offering a continuous looped service from 6am to 7pm, with a 30-minute frequency on weekdays and hourly service on weekends, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. SkyBus bookings are not required, plus the service offers free Wi-Fi on board and kids travel free with family ticketing. The SkyBus arrival stop is located on Docklands Drive right in front of The District Docklands, and the departure to the airport is directly opposite making it the most convenient airport transfer service in Melbourne.
Ferry – Port Phillip Ferries
Cruising daily between Docklands and Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula, Port Phillip Ferries is a passenger ferry service that connects people and experiences. Leave the car at home and enjoy a scenic and stress-free trip to The District Docklands.
-Departs and arrives from Victoria Harbour – 131 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
-Ferry terminal is directly across the street from Marvel Stadium and the D3 Tram Stop
-Take a leisurely and scenic stroll along Harbour Esplanade to The District Docklands
Did you hear the good news?! A dedicated Geelong Service will commence in December 2019. Visit the Port Phillip Ferries website for more information and inspiration – www.portphillipferries.com.au
NO SMOKING Centre
The District Docklands is a smoke-free Centre and includes all areas within the precinct; stores, lobbies, lifts, car park, toilets and parent rooms. Please respectfully abide by the rules as set out in the Tabacco Act 1987.
Experience one of Dreamscape Tours deluxe boat cruises, and choose from our fleet of boats to cruise along the Yarra River.Our ever popular Yarra River cruises have firmly established themselves as the best sightseeing cruises that Melbourne locals love. Each Yarra River cruise embraces the spirit of Melbourne and can be tailored to suit your particular function. We are committed to providing all of our guests the highest level of service, comfort and style. With various cruise boats for up to 330 people and several delicious food and drink packages to indulge in, our Melbourne river cruises are perfect for a birthday bash or an end of year Christmas function for the office.
Cruising the river on a boat and enjoying the picturesque settings is a lifetime experience. It is one of greatest ways to enjoy a memorable evening with friends, families, colleagues, a romantic date or with yourself. All our Yarra boat cruises are customised to your specific desires and needs.
Come fly on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, the Southern Hemisphere’s only Giant Observation Wheel, for a view like no other and an experience you’ll never forget.
Day or night, you’ll feel on top of the world as the Melbourne Star glides on its gentle arc through the sky. No spin is the same, as you watch the constantly changing drama of the busy port, scenic gardens, bustling streets and bright lights of the city below. The Melbourne Star brings the whole of Melbourne together – the sophisticated, the grungy and the downright quirky – in spectacular views reaching up to 40km from Melbourne’s CBD and Port Phillip Bay through to Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.
Welcome to Australia’s first immersive,
Priceless photos. Unbelievable scenarios. Explore the interactive gallery over 11 themed zones, touch the art and have fun!
Enterprize’s mission is to provide all Victorians with the opportunity to experience life on board a ninteenth century sailing ship.
Most weekends are spent travelling to different ports around Port Phillip Bay, conducting Public sails during the day and in the evening.
Weekdays often see us taking students of all ages for excursions. See our Schools page for more info.
The Enterprize is also available to charter for a range of occasions, be it a birthday party, wedding, corporate function or other.
Experience the true charm of Melbourne with Yarra River Cruises. Beautiful Melbourne, voted the Worlds’ Most Liveable City 2014, is best seen from the vantage point of its jewel in the crown The Yarra River.
Enjoy a variety market right on New Quay Promenade beside the water in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands, only five minutes from the CBD.
The market is presented by an eclectic and creative bunch of people and is a true reflection of the diversity of Melbourne. Stalls feature recycled kids designer clothes and soft toys, jewellery, rare earth rocks and semi-precious gems, locally made kaftans, soy candles, soap, hand-made art and craft.. Food on offer includes coffee, the Village Bakery goods, fresh seasonal fruit juice in season and more.
The Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat has an exciting range of ‘on the water’ experiences to ensure that your weekend plans are covered! Perhaps you want to spice up your social calendar? Celebrate in style? Or simply see ‘The World’s Most Liveable City’ from a completely different angle – we’ve got you covered!
The Lady Cutler is a proud supporter of Melbourne’s vibrant LIVE MUSIC & ARTS industry, home to well established ongoing events such as the Melbourne Blues Cruise, Reggae Cruise, The Blues Brothers Boat Party, Burlesque Showboat and I Love 80’s – Dress Up Boat Party, to mention a few…….
Hours of energy burning fun and excitement at Chipmunks Docklands. Multi level indoor playground, birthday parties for kids, cafe and private function hire
O’Brien Icehouse is Australia’s largest and most respected ice arena. Nestled in Melbourne’s Docklands in amongst the city’s other greatest sporting and cultural icons, it has become one of Australia’s strongest symbols of sportsmanship and excellence. Situated next door to a shopping centre and entertainment precinct, it’s the perfect venue for a full day out.
O’Brien Icehouse is a world-class facility, attracting some of the greatest sports people from around Australia to train and compete in our Olympic-standard arena. Our commitment to the enjoyment of our visitors has lead us to be known as one of the city’s favourite destinations for families, friends and organisations alike.
Lessons are offered for several ice based sports and games including figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating and curling. If spectating is more your style, we host national and international figure skating events and are home to two Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) teams – Melbourne Ice and Melbourne Mustangs as well as the Melbourne Ice Women’s team (AWIHL).
The Icehouse includes a café, known as the Igloo Café, which serves a range of drinks and light snacks. Those looking for a unique venue can book private function rooms for corporate events, team buildings, private events and kid’s birthday parties.
First time skaters can hire skate aids to help them get around the ice. The rink also offers discount admission on Tuesdays (outside of the school holidays).
To get to O’Brien Group Icehouse, you can travel by car or there are a number of trams which travel to Waterfront City – stop D-11. Catch tram #70 from Flinders Street, tram #86 from Bourke Street or the city circle tram to the last stop. Walk along Docklands Drive and turn right at Pearl River Road. It is approximately 350 metres to our front door.
We are dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences for every person who enters our doors, regardless of age or skill-level, and with the help of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, O’Brien Icehouse will continue to be the beating heart of ice sports in Australia.
Want a tour with a difference? Experience the spiritual heart of the city on a unique guided kayaking tour of Docklands and downtown Melbourne.
Take in the awesome views of the city skyline as your sea kayak gently winds its way down the tranquil Yarra River and into the birth place of Melbourne.
As the sun goes down the city comes to life & there’s no better way to see it than from your exclusive water level perspective. Paddle through history & enjoy this truly authentic introduction to our beautiful city!
Australia’s newest and most technologically advanced cinemas are right in Docklands just next to the Melbourne Star
MAGNET is designed to draw together people with an interest in and a passion for photography, to share their knowledge, experience and aspirations and gain new insights and expertise.
MAGNET (MAGNET Galleries Melbourne Inc.) is not-for-profit. At its core is a desire to preserve and celebrate the best of Australian photography and encourage excellence among established and emerging photographers.
It is also seeking to expand local photographers’ horizons by developing international links and joint projects with photographic institutions in Europe and Asia.
The restoration of Australia’s oldest tall ship, the Alma Doepel is currently underway in Melbourne’s Docklands.
The project aims to restore the ship to her former glory and recommence youth sail training on the Victorian Coast. The Cost of the Project is $3.3 million, to-date $2.1 million has been raised through sponsorships and donations. The remaining $1.2 million required to finish the project is being sought.
At the core of the future Alma Doepel work is the delivery of 9 day Youth Sail Training Voyages. These voyages are designed for enable young people to learn about themselves, others and the maritime world. Building their life skills and resilience through a method that has been used for centuries the world over.
Get ON A BOAT and experience Melbourne’s spectacular Yarra River with your crew. Choose to Skipper Yourself or a Skippered Cruise, and you’ll have a blast on Melbourne’s waterways.