Docklands is Melbourne’s newest waterfront development, located in the heart of the city along Victoria Harbour and the Yarra River. The area covers 200 hectares of land and water and offers a vibrant blend of residential, commercial, retail and leisure.
Stretching across seven kilometres of riverside promenades sit contemporary art, breathtaking architecture, historic and modern buildings, state-of-the-art marinas, world-class restaurants, chic bars and busy waterways.
A former swamp, Docklands is now home to some of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks, including Etihad Stadium, Southern Cross Station and the beleaguered Southern Star observation wheel. Many major organisations – such as Myer, National Australia Bank, ANZ, Medibank Private and the Bureau of Meteorology – are also headquartered in the suburb.
But it’s not all business at Docklands; the area is bustling with fabulous dining, shopping and entertainment. Harbour Town is a popular outlet and specialty shopping mall, flanked by the Medibank Icehouse world-class ice-skating rink and the famous Costco wholesale store.
Kids of all ages will love the Action Zone inflatable adventure park, the Monkey Mania indoor play centre, the Wonderland Fun Park carnival rides and glow-in-the-dark mini golf at Black Light Mini Golf.
For a truly “Melbourne” experience, visitors can head to Etihad Stadium to watch a game of AFL – the city’s favourite sport. Art-lovers can take in Docklands’ spectacular, large-scale public artworks; wine connoisseurs can head to one of the many cosy bars overlooking the water.
Just a ten-minute stroll from Docklands and you will find yourself at one of the city’s best hotels – Clarion Suites Gateway, the ideal accommodation for every type of Melbourne adventure.