Welcome to Williamstown
Melbourne's first port settlement, Williamstown is filled with maritime museums and colonial landmarks like Timeball Tower and Fort Gellibrand.
Yachts dock alongside tall ships at Gem Pier, while the area's southern shore has tranquil parks and wetlands, and sandy Williamstown Beach is a popular family destination in summer.
Originally Melbourne's first port settlement, Williamstown has developed from what was a neglected industrialised centre into a popular and fashionable maritime village.
Williamstown is located at the mouth of the Yarra River where it enters Hobsons Bay and Port Phillip, south-west of the Melbourne city centre and is surrounded on three sides by water.
The eastern shoreline consists of foreshore reserves dotted with piers, gardens and remnants of Williamstown's maritime history. Scenic views of Melbourne's city skyline can be enjoyed from Gem Pier where cruises on the Yarra River and the bay depart regularly.
The rocky south-eastern coastline consists of open parkland which includes the Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park. This park preserves the cultural heritage of the area with items of significance such as the old Fort Gellibrand military site which was first developed in 1860, and the Timeball Tower which was used by ships for timekeeping and navigation.
Along the south-western coastline is Williamstown Beach which consists of a sweeping expanse of sand fronting sheltered swimming waters. Further west is Jawbone Reserve, a coastal wetland conservation area.
Williamstown Beach is within walking distance from the Yacht club and is a popular family destination in summer.
Williamstown's attractive main commercial precinct is located along Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade. Around the corner in Nelson Place is what was originally the town centre, lined with historic, convict-built buildings which are now restaurants, cafes, hotels and galleries.
Williamstown has 2 railway stations one within a 10 minute walk from the Yacht Club. On late evenings and weekends trains will operate between Williamstown and Newport only with a connecting train at Newport. Trains then operate to Flinders Street, operating via the City Loop on weekends. Trains operate between Newport and city approximately every 10 minutes Monday to Friday.
Buses also connect with surround suburbs, major shopping centres and train stations.
Ferries run daily from Gem Pier (next door to the Yacht Club) via the Yarra River which runs through the heart of Melbourne's CBD.