7 Ways to have a Refreshingly Simple Stay in Melbourne's Docklands Precinct

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If you are heading to Melbourne this summer and looking for the ideal base to explore, look no further than the Docklands harbour precinct. Here, you can get a great night’s sleep, enjoy a stone oven pizza by the water, indulge in retail therapy (that doesn’t involve a computer), or test your mettle atop one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels.

Dining by the water…

If you enjoy your eggs benny with a side of waterfront views, a stroll along Docklands Newquay or Victoria Harbour Promenade will present you with plenty of options. Cargo is a firm favourite offering modern Australian cuisine with a side of harbour views. Hot tip: try their huli huli chicken – it's delish!

Observe Melbourne from Great Heights

Dockland’s ‘Melbourne Star’ Observation Wheel provides visitors a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Whether you visit during the day to capture the vast cityscape in sunlight, or at night to capture the magical city lights, the Melbourne Star allows you to capture a Hawk’s* eye view of the city. And if you love a tipple or two, their Sparkling Flight packages offers beer, wine or cider from 11am to 9pm every day of the week.

*The Hawthorne footy club – home of the mighty Hawks - is just a 20-minute drive away down the M1.

The ideal base at Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands

Located in the heart of Docklands, a 5-minute walk from the city centre, and one kilometre from the famous Southbank Promenade, the Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands puts you in the thick of the action, and provides a quiet space when the exploring is done. The hotel picked up a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020 for its comfy beds, friendly service and will be winning hearts in 2021 with its new lobby facelift.

Retail therapy anyone?

If you haven’t purchased extra baggage for your return journey from Melbourne, do so now! Docklands boasts more than 80 stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, whilst the nearby Harbour Town Market and Sunday Market will delight those keen for a stroll in the open air. Plus, if you’re looking to snap up a bargain, the Spencer Street DFO outlet is a must.

Glow in the Dark Golf!

If the kids fancy themselves future stars of the Australian Open, why not put their skills to the test at Docklands Glow Golf, Australia’s first 18-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course? Putt your way around Australia with 18 themed holes paying homage to Aussie icons including the Kingswood ute.

Glow Golf also features what may very well be the world's smallest bar: Le Bar Europeen. It’s perfect for thirsty parents, whilst their kids try for a hole in one.

Urban Alley Brewery

Vienna Mandarina, Slapshot, Long Beach Dreamsicle… Urban Alley Brewery and Brew Pub has a tasty range for every taste and budget. With pre Covid capacity for more than 600 people across the spacious outdoor terrace, deck, and indoor areas, it’d be rude not to duck in for a couple.

Cruise the Yarra.

Whether you’re ‘staycationing’ or visiting from interstate, scenic cruise down Melbourne’s famous Yarra River is not only relaxing, but also a must. Melbourne’s bars, restaurants and parks thrive during summer, and the city buzzes with an unmistakable energy so a Yarra Cruise is an ideal way to soak in the action.  

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*Activities listed may be subject to Covid restrictions.

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