Melbourne Docklands
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The Docklands has to be one of the most interesting and exciting urban renewal projects that Melbourne is experiencing right now.

The fact that we are able to watch as this once disused area now turns into a bustling and dynamic part of the City of Melbourne is such a treat.

Cow Up A Tree

Harbour Esplanade - Opposite Etihad Stadium

Cow up a tree - Central Docklands, Melbourne Australia compliments of my Mate Steve Curle

Where Are The Melbourne Docklands?

The Melbourne Docklands area is situated at the western edge of Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and is primarily a waterfront area centered around the Yarra River.

The map below shows some interesting attractions that have been built in the different Precincts within the Docklands.

Just click onto the icons to see what they represent.

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Picture Of The Growing Docklands Area

Circa 2008

Etihad Stadium In The Centre With Southern Cross Station In The Foreground

View of the Melbourne Australia Docklands circa 2008 compliments of licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

History Of The Docklands


The 1800's saw the area known as Batman's Hill redeveloped to incorporate the new rail infrastructure and expanding Industries.

The course of the Yarra River was rerouted which saw the widening of the river for shipping and the new Victoria Dock was formed.

This was lined with wharves and light industry with the western railyards nearby being used to freight goods inland.

By the 1920's Victoria Dock had become Melbourne's busiest port. 

During both World wars, Victoria Dock was used as the main port for navel vessels.

In the 1950's Containerization began and with the size of the ships now arriving the docks along this area became inadequate and obsolete. 

This area with quite a considerable amount of land now became fairly redundant.

For quite some years there were renewal proposals put before the Melbourne Docklands Renewal Committees and the formal tendering process came into place.

The Precincts Of The Docklands

Each of the 8 Dockland Precincts now formed have their own character with a mixture of retail, residential and commercial activities.

  • NewQuay
  • Digital Harbour
  • Victoria Harbour
  • Central Pier
  • Stadium Precinct
  • Batman's Hill
  • Yarra's Edge

Each Precinct is still growing with new and exciting additions to the area being added every year.

Waterfront City Precinct

Harbourtown Shopping Complex

Waterfront City Precinct Docklands Melbourne Australia compliments of

Harbour Town Shopping Centre is excellent to shop at with premium brands at great prices.

At Waterfront City you can wine and dine and be entertained, on and off the water.

There are always FREE events being staged at the Piazza regularly.

Let the kids enjoy a skate at the Medibank Icehouse, a world class ice sports and entertainment venue.

The Venue has 2 Olympic sized ice skating rinks and offers public skating sessions every day of the week.

Medibank Icehouse - Docklands Melbourne Australia

Medibank Icehouse Waterfront City Melbourne Docklands compliments of - This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unportedlicense

Or play and party at Monkey Mania an indoor playcentre.

There is the Wonderland Fun Park with great rides and slides, dodgem cars and bungee jump.

Roller coaster rides and school holiday programs all at great prices makes this a great fun place to take the kids.

At Harbour Town you can play the 18 hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf at Black Light Mini Golf as well as take a ride (if you dare) in the Coffin Ride (which is a simulated ride in a real Coffin.)

At Waterfront City you can also find the Walk Of Stars which is a tribute to some of Australia's greatest entertainers.

The growing display that shows a trail of 100 plus stars is similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

There is a huge mosaic, 11 meter mural creating a wonderful display and a bit of fun finding and naming the stars depicted.

Large life like bronze statues are also scattered throughout this area, eg statues of Kylie Minogue and John Farnham being examples. 

The Digital Harbour Precinct

Field Of Play - Digital Harbour - Melbourne Docklands

Field Of Play - Digital Harbour - Docklands compliments of

The most amazing and world class building designs can be found here at the Melbourne Docklands.

A thriving technology area and some that is publicly interactive such as the Field of Play digital game.

This is an ongoing interactive installation that combines mobile phone technology, an online website, three unique species of iconography, embedded sculpture, dynamic light and interactive sound.

The NewQuay Precinct   

The Newquay Precinct Docklands Melbourne

Newquay Precinct Docklands Melbourne Australia compliments of

This area of the Melbourne Docklands is dotted with gourmet restaurants and quaint cafes and stylish bars. The waterfront promenade makes for an excellent place to sit back and relax and watch Melburnians wandering by.

With a backdrop of amazing modern buildings this makes for an exciting section of the Docklands to visit.

Striking Modern Architecture Dockands Melbourne

Compliments of Lesley Postle 

Striking Modern Architecture Docklands Melbourne compliments of Lesley Postle

Central Pier Precinct    

Central Pier Docklands Melbourne

Central Pier Docklands Melbourne Australia compliments of

The heritage listed boatsheds are now renovated to wine and dine locals and tourist alike right on the waterfront. 

This is also the drop off point for mant charter boats and houses Melbourne's Superyacht Marina.

Victoria Harbour Precinct    

Victoria Harbour consists of residential and commercial buildings, childcare services and Australia’s first ‘green’ supermarket. The Harbour has the highest concentration of green buildings in Australia.

There are waterfront promenades, cafes, restaurants and a marina.

The amazing and innovative Docklands Park will keep the kids amused for hours.

Docklands Park Victoria Harbour 

Compliments of Steve Curle

Docklands Park Victoria Harbour compliments of Steve Curle

Stroll along to the end of the Victoria Harbour Promenade, here you will find Tour pick up points and take a look at that amazing  Bolte Bridge towering over the waterways.

   For exciting Dockland Tours Click the image below for more details. 

Banner graphic link to docklands touring

Celebrate your time here in Melbourne. I have personally designed these products here to do just that.

Click through on any of the images for more information and whilst you are there check out what other products I have in my Store.

The city of Melbourne, Australia is changing on a daily basis. With the old buildings being replaced with massive tall skyscrapers and old derilect areas being reclaimed, it truly is one amazing city to explore.

From the inner city to the outskirts of this amazing and exciting city there is constant change going on. This T-shirt celebrates just this idea and the basis of the design is an example of the amazing street sculpture that can be found scattered throughout the city streets.

This photo was taken looking across the Yarra River and Princess Bridge towards the Arts Centre complete with it's Spire and the majestic Eureka Tower. Using the photo editor 'Fotosketcher' I have been able to produce a unique pen and ink effect.

Framed this would make a wonderful edition to the home's decor or for a special focal point in the office. You can customize it to suit printing it on gloss paper, canvas or even change the size.

Australia is such a great place to live. Every State and every City offers something totally different to explore and enjoy. Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, is situated on the southern end of what is called the mainland. 

An amazing and diverse array of delectible delights to soothe the saving beast - restaurant selections that will simply astound you.

There are places to relax, places to excite you and places to simply take your breathe away. Truly, you will be living the life downunder when you come to visit Melbourne, Australia!

The Melbourne Docklands is such a large area to explore.

Part 1 shows you only some of the amazing sights that you will find in this modern, exciting and growing area. For more information on what can be found here hop over to...

The Docklands of Melbourne Part 2

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