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Commonwealth Reserve Williamstown

Comm ReserveNelson Place, corner Syme Street, Williamstown
Melways 56: D9

Commonwealth Reserve is located in the heart of historic Williamstown, on the foreshore adjacent to Gem Pier. The Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre is located in Commonwealth Reserve. The park provides great views across a row of yacht masts to the City of Melbourne. It’s a great place to begin exploring Williamstown’s Maritime Heritage.

The park was originally a mudflat adjacent to the Bay, before being reclaimed. The planting style consists of formal avenues of elms.

A number of heritage items are located in the reserve including the Tide Gauge House (formerly at Point Gellibrand) and the Wilkinson Drinking Fountain.

A craft market is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month. The area is well serviced with many shops, cafes, bars and restaurants nearby.


Getting There
By train: Williamstown Station and Williamstown Beach Station are each approx 10 minutes from Commonwealth Reserve.
By ferry: ferries from Southbank (City) and St Kilda berth at Gem Pier

Cycling: the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail travels through Commonwealth Reserve along the foreshore

For feedback and comments please contact the Tourism Officer at Hobsons Bay City Council on (03) 9932 1000 email visitorinformation@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au