Docklands, Melbourne: 6 Things To Do in 48 Hours

Planning the ideal weekend in your area or only have two days to spend in Docklands? Unfortunately, two days are never enough to explore everything this inner-western suburb of Melbourne has to offer. If you only have a bit of time to spend, don’t fret. We’ve put together some of the must-do things to make the most of your precious hours.

Take a boat cruise in Docklands

Cityscape in the evening, Docklands, Melbournce
Reflections in Docklands

The Yarra River is a vital and beautiful part of the city. The best way to explore it is to take a boat cruise. You can choose from a self-drive charter boat in Docklands, Melbourne or indulge in a luxury skippered cruise. Whatever vessel you choose, you are sure of having a completely different experience.

Visit a Docklands museum

Docklands has plenty of museums. They will help you uncover stories about the people that made this modern harbour development what it is. The museums are dedicated to preserving sporting triumphs, musical legacy and Melbourne’s multi-cultural identity.

One of the museums you need to check out is the Victoria Police Museum. It’s filled with relics and artifacts from more than 150 years of crime and policing in Victoria. This law enforcement museum rewards first-time visitors and repeat patrons equally.

Expect to see Kelly Gang armour, CSI forensic evidence and wreckage from the Russel Street bombing. If you have a kid or are a kid at heart, be sure to visit the Australian Cartoon Museum. Other museums worth your time are Fox Classic Car Collection and Blender Studios.

Tulips and other flowers on sale at a weekend market, Docklands, Melbourne
Tulips on sale at a weekend market in Docklands

Check out Docklands Sunday Market

Located on Newquay Promenade, Docklands Sunday market reflects a multicultural Melbourne. There are French, Greek, Italian, Nepalese, Turkish, Israeli, Russian and Australian items on sale. The market has something for everyone!

You’ll find jewellery, handmade arts and crafts, books and beauty products. There are also hats, designer clothes, model cars, sweet treats, children’s wear and soy candles. Food on offer includes baked goods, fresh seasonal fruit juice, Spanish doughnuts, coffee and more. Find a treasure, have a meal and make a day of it.

Visit Newquay Docklands

As a centre of entertainment, Newquay offers a wide range of adventures. Brighton Beach, located just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, is perfect on a hot summer’s day. It makes a relaxing escape from Melbourne’s inner city bustle.

You can also visit the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere at the Eureka Tower. Or you can ride the Melbourne Star for breathtaking views of the city. Shopping enthusiasts can check out Queen Victoria Market for Melbourne’s freshest produce and best bargain shopping.

Catch an event at Marvel Stadium

If you are planning a kid-friendly trip to Australia, Marvel Stadium is something to put on top of the list. Formerly known as Etihad Stadium, it’s a multipurpose venue situated between Bourke Street, North-South Road, Latrobe Street and Harbour Esplanade.

With a 55,000-seat capacity, the stadium plays host to a variety of events. You can watch football, cricket, Australian football, rugby league/union and live music. Some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment have played at the stadium. It has hosted Barbra Streisand, Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi and U2.

Cow Up a Tree, outdoor sculpture, Docklands, Melbourne
Cow up a Tree: Photo on Flickr by Niv Singer / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Discover urban art sculptures

Docklands is home to more than 36 outdoor artworks that are dotted through the parks, promenades and the area’s architecture. The artworks are in the form of murals, paste-ups, stencils and installations. Each piece of art has its own theme. It can be land and sea, history and future or culture and technology.

For example, the “Public Purse” at the Bourke Street Mall entrance symbolizes the city’s vibrant shopping scene. The “Continuum” symbolizes a sense of community, cooperation and well being in Docklands. And the “Cow Up A Tree” was inspired by Australian floods.

These six things to do in Docklands, Melbourne, will help you experience the best Docklands has to offer. You will never be disappointed.

About Muii Lee

Aside from her full-time job as a content coordinator, Muii is a lifestyle blogger and traveller who loves traveling the world.

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