Melbourne's original seaport

Nelson Place, Williamstown

Originally Melbourne's first sea port, Nelson Place was once the town centre of Williamstown, lined with historic buildings which are now restaurants, hotels and galleries. The heritage streetscape of Nelsons Place sits alongside tree lined parks, museums including a serving WWII ship and a thriving retail and hospitality precinct. Williamstown has developed into a popular and fashionable maritime village.

Appreciate the proud maritime history of Williamstown, which was established in 1837 as Melbourne’s first port. Visit the HMAS Castlemaine Williamstown Maritime Museum at Gem Pier, and set sail on Melbourn'es tall ship - the Enterprise, the first vessel to carry European settlers up the Yarra.

Take a bird’s eye view of Melbourne with Melbourne Seaplanes which operate from the water at Williamstown. Scenic views of Melbourne's city skyline can be enjoyed from Gem Pier where ferry cruises on the Yarra River and the bay depart regularly.  Whether you arrive by train, car or boat, be prepared to step back in time and walk the streets of Melbourne’s oldest suburb. 

There is something for everyone including a playground, tennis courts and three walking heritage tours providing a glimpse into the past whilst keeping a foot in the present and a latte in your hand.