Tourism in Hobsons Bay
Hobsons Bay is a picturesque seaside municipality where you can find peaceful natural environment, clean beaches, breathtaking views of the City skyline; wide streets, heritage buildings, and a diverse choice of restaurants, cafes and shops, connected by bike paths and only 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD.
Our City is made up of the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn (part), Laverton (part), Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, Spotswood, South Kingsville, Williamstown and Williamstown North.
The tourism offering here is diverse, ranging from a vibrant retail and hospitality offering to experiences and assets around culture, coast, open space and heritage. Visitors can get to Hobsons Bay by ferry, boat, seaplane, bicycle and a river crossing punt as well as train, bus and car.
Things to do
Hobsons Bay City Council has a rich history of supporting arts, cultural, community, sporting, tourism and special interest events. From neighbourhood initiatives to major events, Hobsons Bay supports a diverse and expanding calendar of events(link) that create vibrancy and contribute to making the city a great place to live and to visit.
Boating, fishing and swimming are available all year round and with extensive bike paths and along the coast that connect the city to the bay there are plenty of options to explore and enjoy.
Our attractions are in easy reach of the city and provide a great experience for the visitor to enjoy from hands on interactive science, to maritime and rail. Best of all its family friendly and not a budget breaker so you can come back time and again to discover more of what Hobsons Bay has to offer.
All you have to do is choose which one to see first.
Call into the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre, or to make a booking for a free walking tour, contact the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre on 9932 4310 or visit www.visithobsonsbay.com.au
Step back in time
Step back in time and discover places of historical and cultural significance. For more information visit Heritage Hobsons Bay.
Explore local shopping precincts
Enjoy the feel of Village shopping in six diverse locations without the hustle and bustle of the city. Each shopping area is unique and different and they mix the new with the old.. They are all easy to get to with good public transport and a compact feel that makes it easy to access and soak up the atmosphere.
Not only do these precincts offer local crafts and fashion aplenty, but you can always find a good coffee too. There are countless cafes to choose from. Kick back in a cosy café or restaurant or soak up the fresh air and walk the strip.
Other larger shopping centre destinations include Central Square, Altona Meadows and Altona Gate, Altona North.
Located just 15 minutes from Melbourne city and easily accessible by train, ferry and road, Hobsons Bay makes an ideal base for visitors when travelling into Melbourne and offers a wide range of accommodation options which range from serviced apartments, bed and breakfast, motels and caravan parks.
As the first Port of Melbourne, Hobsons Bay has nurtured its reputation by now being called home to many of the world’s culinary delights. The mix of cultures in Hobsons Bay is reflected in the eclectic menus that can be found in quality restaurants, cafés and pubs Altona, Laverton, Newport, Spotswood and Williamstown.
Our City is known for its creative arts scene, artist run initiatives and emerging artists. Discover the community and contemporary arts practices and unique spaces that make up our Creative City(.
Explore our parks and trails
Get out and about and Discover Your Own Backyard. Drop into the Visitor Information Centre located in Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown to speak with local volunteers who can assist you with ideas for things to see and do.
Hobsons Bay has a rich natural environment, which includes over 20 kilometres of beaches and foreshore areas, significant wetlands, five creek systems, remnant native grasslands and other important flora and fauna habitat areas.
Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre
Williamstown, Victoria 3016
Open 9.00am to 5.00pm every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day
Contact us for assistance in planning your visit, including information on timetables and accommodation.
(03) 9932 4310
Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown 3016
(close to where the ferries arrive at Gem Pier)
Maps & Guides
As they say don’t leave home without it. To make your visit to Hobsons Bay a real breeze why not down load a map or Heritage Walking Tour guide before you leave home?
If you can’t down load a one off the internet give our friendly staff at the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre a call on 03 9932 4310 and they will be more than happy to send out the information to you.
Hobsons Bay Official Visitors Map(PDF 1,460KB)
Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail Map(PDF 518KB)
Waterfront, Williamstown Heritage Walks(PDF 2,004KB)
Community, Williamstown Heritage Walks(PDF 1,083KB)
Seaside, Williamstown Heritage Walks(PDF 2,420KB)
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