For a small escapade from busy city center, you can visit Docklands for a walk, shopping and dining. NewQuay is where you can find many restaurant options and Waterfront City as well as Harbour Town provide many shops. If you take the City Circle tram, you can jump off at Harbour Esplanade and discover this area by walking.
The pretence is thick. What Sydney has, Melbourne must have.
With spectacular harbours and piers, striking colourful buildings, ambitious urban artworks, grand promenades, historical wharves, modern marinas and relaxing parkland, Docklands is developing into one of Melbourne’s glitzzy destinations....mirroring Sydney's Darling Harbour.
The area is dominated by the Telstra Dome, home to many Footy matches. A tour of this sporting studium are available (I have not done this).
The area is painfully spick and span....so new I think it makes my teeth ache. While it may certainly attract a fair flow of tourist traffic (possible from Asia), I wasn't entirely thrilled and left after just spending an hour in the vicinity.
Of note: Rising almost 120m (around 38 storeys) into the air, the construction of the Southern Star Observation Wheel is gaining momentum. It seems that every city in the world is in a race to have a gigantic wheel uglify the cityscape. The wheel is expected to be opened to the public by late 2008 and passengers are expected to ride in the comfort of air-conditioned, glass enclosed capsules offering spectacular aerial views of the city, the bay and greater Melbourne.
Docklands is a nice place to walk in the evening and there is a nice children play area. The foot and cycle bridge across the Yarra River is an attraction. City circle free ride tram stops here. Check this out.
While in Melbourne make sure you check out the Docklands area. This is a relatively new area in Melbourne that is well worth a look at.
There is parking nearby or catch a tram. The city circle tram is on this route, and it's FREE.
There is nothing nicer than wandering along near the water on a sunny Melbourne day.
Buy an ice cream and sit and watch the boats or check out what's on the giant TV screens. The cricket was on the day we were there.
Wander past the sculptures and watch others being silly while having their photos taken!
There is a choice of restaurants here......very popular at weekends.
I was, quite frankly, amazed when I discovered VT hadn't listed the Docklands development as something of interest.
Docklands is a mixed-use development of 200 hectares of land and water on the western edge of the Melbourne CBD, comprised of eight precincts being developed by a range of private international and national developers under the management of VicUrban. Currently, $3 billion of development is either completed or under construction with $8 billion under contract with a final development value of $9 billion.
When completed, the development will have 20,000 residents, 30,000 office workers and 55,000 visitors on average a day. It is the biggest private/public partnership in Victoria's history involving some of the country's leading developers.
The 2004 Australia Award for Urban Design Excellence was awarded to VicUrban for the scheme.
The strategies show how current problems such as urban consolidation can be addressed by focussing debate on objectives for urban amenity, community development and environmental sustainability rather than attempting to dictate visual character and form.
Moving toward 2030, Melbourne will add one million people to Australia's population. By developing a more sustainable and compact city, it is critical to consolidate development opportunities on existing brownfields sites and create higher density around those areas that are best able to service it in a sustainable way – Docklands exemplifies this as a showcase on how to renovate rundown old wharves and turn them into desirable residential areas. Pity they didn't put Federation Square here, it wouldn't have looked so out of place!