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Getting to Docklands

Getting to Docklands is easy – come by public transport, drive or ride your bike. The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle and City Circle tram will also take you there.

Melbourne's Docklands is conveniently close to the city centre. Hop aboard the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle or free City Circle tram, or take the scenic route and cruise up the river in a water taxi.

If going by car, there's plenty of convenient parking throughout the area. Docklands is also part of Melbourne's Capital City Trail, so you can enjoy a pleasant walk or bicycle ride along the waterfront.

View the Docklands visitor map (PDF 1.75Mb)

Getting there by public transport

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle lets you hop on and off at key city destinations, including Harbour Town Shopping Centre at Waterfront city. The shuttle runs daily between 9.30am to 4.30pm.

By tram

Catch the free City Circle Tram or take one of the following:

  • NewQuay and Waterfront City – tram 30 via La Trobe Street, tram 70 via Flinders Street or tram 86 via Bourke Street.
  • Victoria Harbour – tram 48 or 11 via Collins Street.

For timetables, visit Public Transport Victoria or call 1800 800 007.

By train

Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer Street Station) is Melbourne's main rail interchange for suburban, regional and interstate trains, located right on Docklands' doorstep.

Exit at the northern end of the station and walk across the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge (via the Etihad Stadium concourse), to Docklands' Harbour Esplanade. You can also exit the station on the corner of Spencer and Collins streets, and walk across the Collins Street Bridge to Docklands Park.

For timetables, visit Public Transport Victoria or call 1800 800 007.

Getting there by car

Free, two-hour and street metered parking is located on Bourke Street, North Wharf Road and other locations throughout Docklands. There are also pay car parks located at:

  • Etihad Stadium – Gates 5 and 6 via La Trobe Street, or Gates 1, 2 and 3 via Bourke Street
  • NewQuay – Docklands Drive
  • Watergate – corner Batman's Hill Drive and Bourke Street
  • Docklands parking
    • Bourke Street
    • Collins Street
    • Digital Harbour
    • Southern Cross Station
    • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Getting there by bike

Take your time getting to Docklands, enjoy the scenic route to the Waterfront City by riding your bike or rent one from Melbourne Bike Share.

Getting there by water

Marina berthing

Victoria Harbour, the Yarra River and Moonee Ponds Creek all meet at Docklands, creating 40 hectares of deep sheltered waters. Boat owners from around Victoria, Australia and the world cruise into Melbourne via the fabulous marina facilities at Docklands.

Marina access is easy from Port Phillip Bay. There are four Docklands marinas offering public berthings for day trippers, overnighters or for extended stays. Docklands also offers a dedicated superyacht marina.

The Boating Guide to Docklands includes all the information you need on marina facilities and prices. For a copy of the guide, email or call the Melbourne Docklands Marine Office on (03) 9658 8738.

Water taxis and charter boats

You don't have to own a boat to experience Docklands waterways. Charter a sunset cruise for a special occasion or take a water taxi and enjoy a night out at Docklands.

 More to explore

Image of Docklands
Whatever your mood, there's always something new to experience at Docklands. Escape for a while and discover Melbourne's spectacular harbour, just minutes from the city centre.


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