For the community of Hobsons Bay it is no secret that this is the best place to live, work and study but during September the many visitors to our picturesque area will realise it too.
The first week of September is Victoria Tourism Week. It’s a great time to discover and experience all that Hobsons Bay has to offer.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Sandra Wilson said there were free activities and special deals on offer.
“Seeing what Hobons Bay has to offer does not have to cost the earth with free activities including visits to Scienceworks in Spotswood (for children and concession card holders), The Substation Artists Market and Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Altona Homestead, Williamstown Historical Society Museum, Truganina Explosives Reserve, Sea Shepherd and guided walking tours,” said Cr Wilson.
“There are also special deals on Lantern Ghost Tours in Williamstown, scenic seaplane flights, access to HMAS Castlemaine and Seaworks Maritime Museum. You just have to quote Tourism Week to take advantage of these offers
“You can also sail on the Tall Ship Enterprize on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September or rediscover the Railway Museum in Williamstown North.
If you’re a bird watcher, our coastal, creek and wetland areas offer great walking opportunities to spot dozens of different bird species.”
The Mayor said Tourism Week was also the perfect time to involve locals in the visitor experience with the Discover Your Own Backyard program.
“Discover Your Own Backyard encourages residents to get out and experience the many wonderful visitor attractions we have in Hobsons Bay. We want our visitors to speak highly about our backyard – and if anyone can make it happen, it is you the resident,” said Cr Wilson.
“We should be proud of all the great attractions we have in Hobsons Bay and promote our city and support our local businesses and jobs.”
There are a number of avenues through which Council supports the local tourism activities including the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre, providing funding to support Western Melbourne Tourism along with the western councils, partnerships with Destination Melbourne and many more.
“Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre welcomes about 50,000 visitors per year, it is supported by 45 volunteers and open 363 days a year,” said the Mayor.
“The Centre will soon introduce iPads to the service to show better images of the city and encourage visitors to go further than the well known precincts.
“Council’s work will continue and be further supported by the review of Council’s Tourism Strategy which will have a strong relationship to the economic development and events and festivals strategies.”
For details about Tourism Week, or to book for a free guided walking tour, contact the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre on 9932 4310 or go to www.visithobsonsbay.com.au