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 9.30pm 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 http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.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.

Free Heritage Walking Tours

6th September to 29th November

Step Back in time and unlock the secrets of Williamstown with free guided heritage walking tours.  Meet at the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre, Commonwealth reserve, Nelson Place, Williamstown.  Walks take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.45 am.  For further information, call 9932 4310 or visit http://www.hobsonsbaytickets.com.au/

Tenacious tall ship

From 14 August
Tenacious is one of only two tall ships in the world designed to be sailed by a crew with widely varied physical abilities. Every aspect of shipboard life is available to all, from setting the sails, going aloft and helming the ship.  

Public sail Days in November are  Saturday 19th November Sunday 20th November, and Sunday 27th November.

For a more in-depth look at life on board, come down to Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown or visit www.jst.org.uk or phone 0429186625


Art and Industry Festival                             

Friday 18 November to Sunday 27 November

Celebrating our past, designing our future, Art and Industry is a new festival for the west that brings artists, innovators, performers, designers and manufacturers together over ten days in an exploration of industry. From open days to fashion parades, exhibitions, walking tours and shadow puppetry, industrially inspired events providing an inspirational look at who we are and where we live.  Various events in venues around Hobsons Bay. Various events in venues around Hobsons Bay. For full listing of all events visit www.artandindustryfestival.com.au

Williamstown Christmas Night Market

9th December

Presented by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. Celebrate the festive season at Williamstown, with vibrant and beautiful shops and hospitality Christmas style, including face painting, music, a visit from Santa and lots of local stores open for business. Held from 6pm to 9pm in Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade.

Melbourne Aces v Canberra Cavalry – includes Friday night Fireworks Show

Friday 9 December 7pm

Early season favourites come to take on a new look Melbourne Aces outfit in Australian Baseball League action. held at Melbourne Ballpark, Merton Street, Laverton. Tickets and information via www.melbourneaces.com.au

Carols by Candlelight Newport

10th December

Join Newport Fiddle Folk Club with Carols being held at The Substation, Market Street Newport from 7pm - 8.30pm.

Carols by Candlelight Altona

11th December

Being held at Logan Reserve, Pier Street Altona from 7.15 pm. Bring a chair, picnic rug. Candles and programs for sale. Presented by Altona Laverton Council of Churches. Carols will move to St Mary's Catholic Church in the event of inclement weather.

Christmas Carols at Laverton Hub
Tuesday 13 December 10.30am to 12pm


Enjoy the festive spirit, laugh, sing and dance, includes performances from Alex Hearst and the Macedonian Community Choir. Held at Laverton Community Hub, 95-105 Railway Avenue, Laverton. Bookings: libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 462 542. 

Christmas Art & Craft Market

Friday 16 December to Thursday 22 December

Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, 5 Sargood St, Altona. Lots of last minute Christmas presents. Visit website for more information www.ljac.com.au 

Carols by Candlelight Altona Meadows

17th December

Presented by Hobsons Bay Churches. Outdoors at the Trafalgar Avenue Community Park, Altona Meadows from 7.00pm Children’s activities and pre carol entertainment from 7.00pm, Carols from 8.00pm to 9.30pm. Candles for sale. Bring a picnic rug or chair. Carols will take place indoors at Trafalgar Avenue Community Centre in the event of inclement weather. 

2016 Victorian Open Water Championship - WOW Challenge

Saturday 17 December

Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club, in conjunction with Altona Swimming Club, are hosting the 2016 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/

Altona Miniature Railway Public Open Day

Sunday 18th December

Hobby club run by members that provides miniature 1.5km train rides on scaled steam and diesel engines on public open days. Held at 1-21 Blenheim road, Altona North from 11am to 4pm. For further information visit www.altonaminiaturerailway.com.au

Carols by Candlelight Williamstown

18th December

Presented by Hobsons Bay Churches.  Outdoors at Commonwealth Reserve Nelson Place, Williamstown from 7.00pm Children’s activities 8.00pm Carols. Candles for sale. Bring a picnic rug or chair. In the event of inclement weather carols will take place in Holy Trinity Church, Nelson Place, Williamstown. 







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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