The Hobsons Bay Coastal Park covers approximately 23 kilometres of foreshore land from Stony Creek Back Wash, Newport and the Westgate Bridge in Spotswood to Cheetham Wetlands, Altona Meadows, where it joins the Skeleton Creek Trail.
Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
Spanning along the length of the coastal park is the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail which is a sealed and mainly flat shared trail.
Suitable for pedestrians and cyclists, the coastal trail passes through large tracts of parkland, the maritime precinct of Williamstown, and the beach and foreshore areas of Williamstown and Altona.
Many of these areas have been identified as important habitats for native plants, animals and bird life, and are designated conservation reserves.
To help navigate the coastal trail, the Council has installed a series of trail markers and maps. Based on a nautical theme and constructed from recycled timbers, the panels on the markers tell stories of the natural and cultural history of the area. Download the coastal trail map (PDF)(PDF, 519KB).
Watch a short video showing key seaside attractions of the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail.
Access to the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail
There are a number of car parking facilities along the trail that offer opportunities to park and ride, walk, and undertake the recreational activity of your choice.
The Williamstown and Werribee train lines will take you to convenient locations in Spotswood, Newport, Williamstown, Seaholme and Altona.
For detailed information on train and bus services call Metlink on tel: 131 638 (TTY service for people with hearing difficulties call (03) 9619 2727 or visit the Metlink website.
Daily ferry services take passengers from Melbourne to Gem Pier in Williamstown. Services operate from Southgate Crown Casino and World Trade Centre, and on weekends and public holidays from St Kilda Pier to Williamstown.
Williamstown Seeker Ferry call tel: (03) 9506 4144 or visit the Williamstown Seeker Ferry website.
Melbourne River Cruises call tel: (03) 8610 2600 or (03) 9614 1215
South Gate Ferry Service call tel: (03) 9689 5555
Pedestrians and cyclists can take the Westgate Punt from the Westgate Park bicycle track (near Westgate Bridge overpass) to Scienceworks Jetty in Spotswood (Melways ref: 55 C1).
The service operates at these times:
Monday to Friday
From 6.30am to 9.30am and from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.
9.00am to 5.00pm
The Westgate Punt may not operate in bad weather or high winds, and a fee is charged for adults (children under 10 travel free).
For Westgate Punt call 0419 999 458 or visit the Westgate Punt website.