Got your tickets to Firelight Festival? Explore the city's glittering waterside before or after the fest with these hidden bars, epic attractions and amazing art galleries.

Get $210 cashback on your staycation

Want some free spending money to sweeten your visit? Book a two-night stay in Docklands and take your pick from 400 experiences to get a $210 rebate through the Docklands Dollars program. You can register for the next round of rebates every Thursday at midday, until 22 July. Some terms apply.

Play inside a neon-lit arcade wonderland

Roll up to Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq for the ultimate arcade experience. Once you’ve finished with bowling, bumper cars or virtual reality be sure to try their circus sour. A fruity twist on your classic cocktail, served with a tower of sugary sweet fairy floss on top.

A bumper car ring inside an arcade
Bumper cars at Archies

DIY okonomiyaki at Dohtonbori

The first of its kind in Melbourne, Dohtonbori is a popular export from Japan specialising in okonomiyaki. Plate up fresh cabbage pancakes at the helm of your personal teppanyaki hot plate, then load it with kimchi, lobster, pork belly and more.

Have the most Instagrammable brunch

An ethical design store meets chic sleek café. What can’t Min do? This striking spot specialises in fresh fashion and diverse dishes. Treats include superfood lattes, almond croissants and brown sugar bubble tea soft serve. Or go for savoury with their brand-new miso carbonara udon noodles.

Avocado and a poached egg on toast
Min the cafe brunches

Sing sea shanties in a 100-year-old building

Straight from TikTok to Melbourne's own Mission to Seafarer's comes the sea shanty singalong trend you didn't know you needed. Head along to this free event and belt your swashbuckling heart out. While you're there, admire the heritage listed architecture and striking Spanish courtyard.

Wander rooms of illusion at ArtVo

Lose yourself in a world of illusion at this one-of-a-kind art gallery. ArtVo is the ultimate trick art spot, home to a collection of over 80 hand-painted immersive artworks. Kids young and old will love the different zones where viewers become the art.

A family of three standing in front of a painting that looks like a wave

Kayak by moonlight

See the sun set over Melbourne from a different perspective. Kayak Melbourne offers sparkling nighttime tours along the Yarra, with an active twist. But don’t panic, there’s no experience required! Departing from picturesque Docklands harbourside, this is an evening adventure like no other. You even get to dine while on the water.

Sail away on a picnic boat

The rumours are true – you can now be your own captain on a floating picnic boat in Melbourne. Explore the waterfront with On a Boat, a self-skippered electric boat hire company. Gather your mates, grab some drinks, pack your fave snacks and set off from Collins Landing. You can even bring your dog!

A group of four friends on a small boat
On A Boat

Sink eco bevs at Urban Alley Brewery

You don’t need to drive out to the ‘burbs for a legit brewery experience. Urban Alley has the capacity to produce 1 million litres of beer a year, and their unique eco-model means your sips are super sustainable. Settle in for a signature bev in the loft style surrounds and order from a menu of burgers, pizzas and steaks.

Visit Italy with porchetta and panini

Nestled along the Yarra River, Saluministi are the ultimate sandwich spot for carb-loving foodies. Their made-to-order panini are stuffed with authentic ingredients, including porchetta and buffalo ricotta. Catch them at the right time and you’ll be treated to specials like freshly piped cannoli.

More sparkling spots by the waterside

25 Jul - 28 Nov

Makers Market at The District

This dog-friendly market at Docklands features craft, gifts, fashion and food.

O'Brien Icehouse

Ice arena for public skating and ice sports events, located in Docklands.

GoBoat Melbourne

Be your own captain by renting a picnic boat, with no boat licence required.

Port Phillip Ferries

Port Phillip Ferries travel daily between Melbourne and the Geelong and Bellarine regions.

Renzo's Bar Cafe Italiano

A stylish and modern restaurant located in the Docklands precinct, serving regional Italian cuisine.


Waterfront dining with a mix of classic and innovative dishes.


Rotating flavours of gelato and sorbet in a cone-shaped store by the water.

Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat

Cruise Melbourne on the Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat, offering a range of cruising events.


Casual and dynamic dining with a stunning waterside view.

Good Cycles

Social enterprise selling bikes, accessories and clothing, with profits going to youth programs.


Movie theatre with recliner seats and surround-sound in every cinema.

Gelateria on The Docks

Serving the best ice cream and gelato in Docklands.

Last updated on Fri 23 Jul 2021

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