One of the many spectacular redevelopments in Melbourne Australia is the Docklands Area. Visiting for the architecture alone makes it worthwhile, covering over 200 hectares of space with more than 3kms of the Yarra River flowing alongside this area will not be finished redeveloping till 2020. It is Australia’s largest urban renewal project.
The Docklands has been divided up into precincts. Waterfront City and NewQuay are two, the rest include Central Pier, Victoria Harbour and Yarra’s Edge. At Victoria Harbour you can take cruises aboard a restaurant cruise or on a yacht with friends.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants here for waterfront dining, more than can be explored in any single visit to Melbourne Australia. Mediterranean, modern Australian, Asian and seafood restaurants can be found here amongst the over 100 eateries and cafés with great views of the waters.
Marinas, interesting walkways, grand plazas and open spaces as well as historic docks and urban art make it a must see place. Nearby places to visit include the Melbourne Stadium and the Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
The recently opened Icehouse is the venue for the National Ice Sports Centre, Australia’s world-class ice sports and leisure centre. Here you can go ice skating, take skating lessons, watch ice hockey, go Curling and figure skating. Phone 1300 756 699 for more information.
Access to the Docklands is easy with the free City Circle Trams. Other trams that get you here include the No. 30 La Trobe Street to Etihad Stadium, no. 48 via Collins St and the number 86 on Bourke from Bundoora, Preston, Northcote and Fitzroy. The red tourist shuttle bus also goes there, the bus can be caught at bus stops along the route, starting from the Victoria Art Gallery on St. Kilda Road.
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You can also catch trains from anywhere in Melbourne city and surrounds to Southern Cross station and just take a short walk across the Yarra River at the Melbourne Stadium exit via the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge. There is ample parking available if your driving at the various Pay car parking and some limited 2 hour free spaces in the streets. See their site for more information www.docklands.com.au.
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Photo: The Docklands in Melbourne Australia has been redeveloped extensively for people