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 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.

Free Heritage Walking Tours

1st September to 28th 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/

Heritage Williamstown Beer & Cider Festival

Saturday 25 November, 12 – 7pm
Seaworks, Nelson Place, Williamstown 
Willy Beer Festival will showcase independent Australian owned and operated breweries and their best beers. 

More information and tickets from www.willybeerfest.com.au

IF: Industrial Fashion presented by the Art & Industry Festival 2018

Friday 24-26 November 

Following its sell-out success at the 2016 Art & Industry Festival, Industrial Fashion is back! Williamstown Town Hall will again open its doors for an extraordinary night of fashion and performance. Some of our most daring and innovative fashion makers have drawn inspiration from the architecture that surrounds us to reinvent our built environment in a wild and wearable form. From the cutting edge of the cutting table, Industrial Fashion is an energetic, exuberant and eye-popping theatrical event. BYO food. Drinks available at bar prices. Details and tickets available from www.hobsonsbaytickets.com.au 

Macedonian Cultural Festival                       

Sunday 26 November 

The annual Macedonian Cultural Festival seeks to showcase the rich culture of Macedonia through music, singing, the display of Macedonian folkloric dancing and Macedonian traditional food. Held from10am to 5pm in Williamstown, overlooking across the bay to the Melbourne city skyline, the Macedonian Cultural Festival seeks to share our rich culture through Macedonian entertainment and food – we invite one and all to share our culture with Australia’s rich multicultural community. More details at www.macedonianculturalfestival.com.au

Mobil Night at the Opera

Wednesday 29 November

Hobsons Bay City Council in association with Opera Australia, Orchestra Victoria and Mobil present Mobil Night at the Opera. This event is a free community concert for Hobsons Bay residents that will feature a popular program of opera and orchestral highlights. held from 7.30pm at Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown. This is a free concert and tickets will be released closer to the date so check in at www.hobsonsbaytickets.com.au or phone the Box Office on (03) 9932 4074 for updates. 

Farewell Tenacious


Sunday 3rd December

Come and farewell Tenacious (UK), the Jubilee Sailing trust's globally unique, accessible tall ship, as she finally departs Australia for the long voyage back to the U.K. Join us at Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, waterfront Williamstown. Ship due to leave between 10.30am and 11.30am. Pier open and music from 10am ...all welcome. 


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Summer Sounds Free Concert

Saturday 11 February, 4pm to 6pm

Steve Purcell and the Peraly Shells with Guests and Martin Gibson Trio

Free event.  Bring a picnic and enjoy live music in teh great outdoors.  Held at Logan Reserve, Pier Street, Altona. Parking and great food near by in Pier street.  for more information call 9932 1000 or visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au


Summer Sounds: In Your Neighbourhood family picnic featuring Kylie Cooper + Lady Midnight

17th February, 5pm to 7pm

A Friday night family picnic is the plan, live music and roving performers.  Bring a picnic, rug or a deckchair and enjoy with your friends and family. For all ages. Held from 5pm to 7pm in Altona Meadows Community Park, Trafalgar Avenue. For more information call 9932 4310 or visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au


Summer Sounds Skate: including Live DJ

18 February, 12pm to 3pm


Finale of the Hobsons Bay Skate, BMX and Scooter Series.  Day starts from 10am, with Live DJ and foodtrucks between 12pm to 3pm. All welcome. held in Altona Meadows Skate Park. 


Summer Sounds: featuring Shane Nicholson and Band with The Cliffords and Out Of The Blue

25th February, 3pm to 6pm 

Free event held from 3pm to 6pm held in The Rotunda, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music in the great outdoors. Parking and great food nearby in Nelson Place. For more information call 9932 1000 or visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au



Jalna Big Bay Swim    3.2 km Port Melbourne to Williamstown                                                                                            

26th February

The Annual Big Bay Swim starts at Sandridge Life Saving Club Port Melbourne at 9 am and finishes at Gem Pier Williamstown. Stalls, activities and entertainment held in the Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown from 10am to 4pm. For more information or to pre register visit  www.bigbayswim.com.au

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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