Welcome to Williamstown
Perched on a promontory southwest of the city, Williamstown is a historic, picturesque suburb with a distinctive maritime feel. The oldest sea port in Melbourne, this once derelict industrial area now attracts locals and visitors with its village charm and scenic shoreline.
Williamstown is bordered on three sides by water. The eastern coastline is sprinkled with gardens, historic piers and other vestiges of Williamstown's maritime past. Enjoy scenic views of the city from Gem Pier, where you can also take a ferry across the bay or down the Yarra River. Delve deeper into history on board the HMAS Castlemaine, a restored former warship. Now a museum, the ship houses its original gun, navigation equipment, engine room and other memorabilia
Explore the open parklands along the rocky south-eastern shore, including the Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park. Rich in history, this park features many relics of Victoria's early settlement, including the 19th century Fort Gellibrand military site and the convict-built Williamstown Lighthouse. The scenic Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail skirts along Williamstown's shores and is popular among walkers and cyclists.
Williamstown Beach, or The Esplanade, stretches along the south-western coast. Relax on the sand, swim in the sheltered waters, or enjoy a picnic in the foreshore reserve. Further west lies Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, which features grasslands, walking and cycling tracks, wetland lakes and a mangrove conservation area.
Williamstown's town centre retains a lovely, relaxed village atmosphere. Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade are lined with excellent eateries, shops and hotels. Along the waterfront runs Nelson Place, where you will find some of Melbourne's best shops, restaurants, hotels and galleries housed in beautiful historic buildings. Grab an outdoor table at one of the many cafes and enjoy views of the water and the city. Don't miss the Craft Market on the third Sunday of every month, where you can browse for fantastic handmade or home-grown products.
Williamstown enjoys a thriving arts and culture scene. Catch a quality performance at Williamstown Little Theatre, one of Melbourne's leading non-professional theatre companies. If you enjoy the colour and atmosphere of a festival, visit during March/April for the Williamstown Festival, or during May for the popular Williamstown Literary Festival.