Hobsons Bay City Council

Hobsons Bay

Hobsons Bay is a picturesque seaside municipality. Here you can find peaceful natural environment, clean beaches, wide streets. heritage buildings, and a diverse choice of restaurants, cafes and shops, connected by bike paths and only 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the City.

Hobsons Bay offers breathtaking views of the City skyline; a perfect accompaniment to alfresco dining, leisurely cafe atmosphere or a family outing.


Getting There

Travel by ferry from the City, get on your bike and ride, take the train or travel by car.

The Punt will take cyclists across the river from Port Melbourne (Fishermans Bend) to Spotswood, just behind Scienceworks. Commuter service operates Monday to Friday 6.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 7pm. Weekend service operates 10am to 5pm. http://www.westgatepunt.com/

Train timetables contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/



Ferry timetables contact:

Melbourne River Cruises on 86102600 or visit http://www.melbcruises.com.au/

Williamstown Bay and River Cruises on 96829555 or visit http://www.williamstownferried.com.au/


Discover Your Own Backyard

Get out and about and Discover Your Own Backyard today. Drop into the Visitor Information Centre located in Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown to speak with local volunteers who can assist you with ideas for things to see and do.



2018 Victorian Open Water Championship - WOW Challenge

Sunday 16 December

Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club, in conjunction with Altona Swimming Club, are hosting the 2018 Victorian Open Water Championships at Williamstown Beach.  The Championships are the peak open Water swimming event in Victoria.  This premier swimming event will also incorporate a community participation swimming event, the Williamstown Open Water Challenge (WOW Challenge).  Enjoy a great day out with a range of activities, entertainment, retail and food vendors.  For further information visit www.williamstownslsc.org.au/open-water-championships/    



Christmas Shop Eat and Play


Friday 7 December, 5.30pm to 9.30pm


Williamstown will come alive with a fun family-friendly Christmas celebration.Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place and Douglas Parade, Ferguson Street, Williamstown


Williamstown Twilight Christmas Market

Friday 7 December, 4pm to 9pm

Presented by The Bluestone Church and Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. Join us for a very festive evening. Shop for gifts, take a selfie with Santa, and enjoy the Christmas cheer with other locals. Holy Trinity Church, 255 Nelson Place, Williamstown


Carols at The Substation


Saturday 8 December, 7pm to 8.30pm


Newport Fiddle & Folk Club presents its 10th annual community carols. Come and celebrate the spirit of Christmas in our community with local musicians. The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport. Ticketed event, bookings via trybooking.com


Carols at the Town Hall

Saturday 8 December, 6.30pm to 11pm

Celebrate Christmas at the Williamstown Town Hall with the Western Region Concert Band. Join in and sing along to your favourite songs with guest performers, Michael Lapina, Rosa McCarty, Iseula, SingWest and more.  Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamston. Ticketed event, bookings via trybooking.com


Immaculate Conception Festa

Sunday 9 December, 4pm to 10pm 

The Immaculate Conception Festa is a longstanding Altona tradition. Starting with Mass at 4pm, a procession then carries the statue of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception through the surrounding streets featuring traditional Maltese brass bands. St Mary's Parish, 95 - 97 Railway Street N Altona


Carols by Candlelight in Laverton

Sunday 9 December, 6.30pm


Join in this Christmas tradition where community comes together to celebrate Christmas. Featuring a free sausage sizzle, a visit from Santa, prizes and more. Presented by Laverton Community Association. Laverton P-12 College, 91 Bladin Street, Laverton


Carols by Candlelight in Altona Meadows

Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm

A free family night out with live music, children’s activities, special guest artists and community singing of carols. Presented by Hobsons Bay Churches. Trafalgar Reserve, Trafalgar Avenue, Altona Meadows


Altona Carols in the Park

Sunday 16 December, 7pm to 9pm (Note change of date from 9th to 16th)

Altona Carols in the Park is a night of music and singing for the whole family, presented by the Altona Laverton Council of Churches.  Logan Reserve, Altona 


Carols by Candlelight in Williamstown

Sunday 16 December, 7.30pm

A free family night out with live music, children’s activities, special guest artists and community singing of carols. Presented by Hobsons Bay Churches. Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown


Christmas Carols - Presented by Hobsons Bay Libraries


Tuesday 18 December, 10.30am


Let your heart sing as you soak up the festive spirit with others in our diverse community. Laugh, dance and sing along with the ever popular Alex Hearst and the "With one Voice" community choir. Light refreshments provided. Altona Meadows Library, 2 Newham Way, Altona Meadows


Christmas Bedtime Storytime - Presented by Hobsons Bay Libraries


Wednesday 19 December, 6pm to 7pm


Only six sleeps until Christmas! Bring your Christmas cheer down to Altona Library for a magical bedtime Storytime. Stories, songs and carols await, plus a surprise guest in a red suit. Altona Library, 123 Queen Street, Altona


Christmas Storytime in the Park - Presented by Hobsons Bay Libraries

Thursday 20 December, 10.30am to 11am

Bring your friends and a picnic rug to enjoy, stories, songs and play in the beautiful parks and gardens of Hobsons Bay. Paine Reserve, Newport 

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For feedback and comments please contact the Tourism Officer at Hobsons Bay City Council on (03) 9932 1000 email visitorinformation@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au