Close to the heart of culinary Melbourne, Williamstown is a historic maritime village on the mouth of the Yarra River. Filled with architecture and memories, why not live every last minute in one of our Williamstown hotels and who know what old ghosts you'll bump into!History
Inhabited by Aboriginal groups for many years, Europeans first arrived in the area in the early 1800s. It was Melbourne’s first port. Established in 1837, the area it went through a big boom during the gold rush. Despite going through a period of decline in the mid-1900s, past regeneration and restoration projects have created a very popular area for tourists today.Things to do
Take a wander around and enjoy the oldy-worldy feel that mixes so effortlessly with a modern and vibrant outlook. Some of the interesting old constructions include the convict-built Gem Pier, which is home to the Maritime Museum today, a memorial fountain, Tide Gauge House, the Customs House, the Old Morgue, and the former immigration buildings. Take a step back in time at Fort Gellibrand and the Williamstown Lighthouse, and admire former grand hotels and homes, such as Mandalay and Craigdoon. Try something different with an eerie night time ghost walk! The sandy beach is ideal for soaking up some sun and surfing is sometimes possible. There are lots of gorgeous parks as well as craggy coastline rocks, and art lovers will enjoy mooching in the cute galleries.Shopping and dining
You’ll find a good selection of shops along Ferguson Street and Douglas Parade, and the monthly craft markets are the perfect place to pick up some unusual souvenirs and gifts. There is a diverse assortment of restaurants that cater to a wide range of tastes.Getting here and around
It’s easy to get to Williamstown with a cheap flight to Melbourne. The area is well served by public transport, although a lot of the main sights can be reached by foot when you stay in some comfy and convenient Williamstown accommodation.