Williamstown

Melbourne
Williamstown showing skyline, a marina and sailing

Spend a day by the sea in Melbourne’s historic port suburb and swimming beach to take in magnificent city views and see heritage Victorian architecture.

Visit the quaint maritime village of Williamstown to see Melbourne’s stunning city skyline through the crosshatching masts of tall yachts adorning the shoreline and the historic pier. Melbourne’s first port was established in 1837, and the city’s European history is exemplified in the beautiful Victorian and gold rush-era architecture of this gorgeous bayside suburb. Go for a dip at sandy Williamstown Beach or relax with a drink on the terrace of a heritage pub.

Begin your day in Williamstown with a visit to Nelson Place, a historic street that runs adjacent to the Hobsons Bay foreshore. Swing by a café to grab some breakfast and a coffee before strolling through the small waterfront park to the pier. Admire the vast collection of tall ships, yachts and boats that speckle the foreshore and check out the Seaworks Maritime Precinct to learn more about these elegant vessels.

Admire artworks and handcrafted items by Melbourne’s local craftspeople at the monthly Craft Market or the galleries that line the foreshore at Nelson Place.

Delve into Williamstown’s heritage at the Historical Museum or see history come to life on the spooky ghost tours that uncover the suburb’s past as a haunt for sailors and convicts. Set sail on a replica of Melbourne’s tall ship Enterprize, the first ship to carry European settlers up the Yarra River. Cruise sails depart from Williamstown once a month.

Stroll 20 minutes southwest from Nelson Place to reach Williamstown Beach. Explore the beach esplanade and swim in the waters of Port Phillip Bay. The beach’s eastern side has a pier, a leafy park and a picnic area, while the western side has the historic Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club.

In the evening, grab a seat at one of the many restaurants and bars lining Nelson Place and take in sweeping views of the city skyline, illuminated by the lights of the high-rise buildings.

Williamstown can be reached within 30 minutes by train from Flinders Street Station in the city centre. There are separate stations for the beach and the village. Alternatively, you can catch a ferry from Southgate in the CBD or make the 15-minute journey by car along the West Gate Freeway.


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Punthill Williamstown
Punthill Williamstown
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$832 per night from 19 Nov to 19 Nov
Located in Williamstown, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Commonwealth Reserve, HMAS Castlemaine and Williamstown Botanic Gardens. Williamstown ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (359 reviews)
"Great location and staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Only complaint Portacot was broken and few other things were broken/damaged in the room otherwise would have been 5 stars"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

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Aligned Corporate Residences Williamstown
Aligned Corporate Residences Williamstown
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,852 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Located in Williamstown, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sun Theatre, Altona Beach and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Flemington Racecourse and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (218 reviews)
"Friendly staff and central location"

Reviewed on 23 May 2021

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Quest Williamstown North
Quest Williamstown North
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,045 per night from 25 Nov to 25 Nov
Located in Williamstown, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Willamstown Hospital, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (400 reviews)
"Beautiful & spacious apartments with great views. Large Cycling/walking track for exercise."

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

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Captain's Retreat Apartments and Cottages
Captain's Retreat Apartments and Cottages
4 out of 5
The price is HK$979 per night from 2 Nov to 2 Nov
Located in Williamstown, this luxury apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sun Theatre, Altona Beach and Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Flemington ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (187 reviews)
"Victorian charm and good sized bath tub! Close to lovely restaurants and the bay."

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

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The Botanic Apartments Williamstown
The Botanic Apartments Williamstown
3.5 out of 5
44 Railway Place North, Williamstown, VIC
Located in Williamstown, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Williamstown Beach and Jawbone Marine Sanctuary. Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium ...
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Bayview
Bayview
3.5 out of 5
Located in Williamstown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Williamstown Beach, Ferguson Street and Williamstown Botanic Gardens. Commonwealth ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Ydemærket! Tæt på stranden.
"God beliggenhed, tæt på stranden og ikke langt fra bycentrum. Lejligheden var rigtig fin, men vi havde lidt problemer med aircondition, vaskemaskine og opvasker, som desværre varede al den tid vi var der! Vi løb tør for toiletpapir, og måtte selv id og købe noget nyt, 2 dage før vores afrejse. Men ..."

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2019

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