Retaining much of its early maritime town charm, Williamstown is one of Melbourne’s most picturesque and highly sought after neighborhoods.


Suburb Overview


Population: 12,733
Postcode: 3016
Location: 8km south-west of Melbourne
State electorate: Williamstown
Nearest train station: Williamstown

Back in 1870, Williamstown was known as the major cargo port of Victoria with its piers, slipways, shipwrights and wharfies. Today it is a major tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world. The suburb has a cosmopolitan feel with its boating fraternity and waterside restaurants. However, the town still maintains a village atmosphere and a strong sense of local community.


Situated only eight kilometres south-west of the CBD the area is predominantly residential, with some small pockets of light industry. Its continual evolution and cultural diversity appears to be the towns major draw card.


Numerous historical buildings are scattered throughout Williamstown and along the Nelson Place precinct in particular. They include the Town Hall, the former Bank of Australasia and Tide Gauge House to name just a few. Local schools also host an assortment of century old buildings.


Residential housing also incorporates a significant number of older period buildings. Over the past decade or so a great number of Victorian, Federation and Edwardian homes have been sensitively renovated to coincide with the suburbs overall gentrification. Modern apartments and new townhouses have also been built to cater for the growing popularity of this prestigious postcode.


At the 2006 census there were a total of 12,733 people living in Williamstown, a massive jump from the 259 folk who resided there when the first census was taken back in 1841. The median house price in Williamstown in December 2011 was $905,000 and rising at an impressive rate.



Eating Out

Sam's Boatshed

Where: 25 Ferguson Rd, Williamstown
9397 5577
Mon - Sat
Licensed: Yes

Williamstown was first settled in 1837 by Governor Bourke who then named the point Williamstown in honour of King William IV. Williamstown has been a working seaport for most of it's 150 year history. In 1839 Williamstown was beginning to be established with large shipping facilities including a pier, government stores and housing (which still remain on Nelson Place and are apart of Williamstown's historic beauty and attraction) all built by convict labour.

It was in 1995 that the shed was refurbished to give berth to 'Sam's Boat Shed Restaurant / Bar'. The shed was originally built in the early 1870's and is now one of Williamstown's oldest buildings and a part of the town's unique heritage.

To continue the nautical theme throughout the restaurant, a historic sea trading boat was donated and became the feature of the restaurant as the bar. The 'Atlanta' sailed in the 1890's and hauled cargo from Williamstown to Tasmania and other states. In the late 1900's the Atlanta didn't make it home sinking off the North coast of Tasmania. She was later retrieved, restored and given to the restaurant so she would be home in the port where she once thrived. She was the last sea trading boat in Williamstown.

Welcome to Sam's Boat Shed Restaurant where the walls whisper fables of adventure and nautical appeal.

We hope you enjoy your unique dining experience with us in our heritage listed boat shed.

  • Sam's Boatshed
  • Sam's Boatshed


Where: 25 Ferguson Rd, Williamstown
Contact: 9397 5577
Open: Mon - Sat, 6am - 4pm.
Licensed: No

Louis and Mabel - the owners of Sea Breeze café – aim to provide their loyal customers with simple, honest and tasty food. Their prime location on Ferguson St together with a well-priced menu ensure a bustling breakfast and lunchtime crowd. Pastry chef Louis makes all the food onsite including a delectable range of cakes, tarts and slices. But it’s his gourmet roasts that are the café’s signature meal.


“We do a roast beef and roast pork everyday and serve them as both a stand alone meal and in sandwiches and rolls,” says Louis. “They always sell out!”


With an emphasis on value for money, the Sea Breeze menu covers all the main bases. The usual suspects such as eggs and bacon are a key feature of the breakfast list and lunchtime choices include hot meals (quiche, schnitzel rolls, lasagna, soup, roast of the day) and a selection of sandwiches and focaccias.


Louis and his team are in the kitchen early each morning, baking and preparing the menu and adding specials based on the weather and seasonal produce available. The recent addition of Churros (Spanish doughnuts) has been popular and, together with a freshly brewed coffee, is the perfect mid-afternoon “pick me up!”


With additional under cover alfresco dining at the front of the café and friendly, prompt service, Sea Breeze is sure to remain a local favourite.

  • Seabreeze
  • Seabreeze


Yarraville Markets

 DATE: Saturday 8th & 15th December 2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Yarraville Markets is an indoor market full of delicious handmade, gorgeous products from Melbourne artists and designers. The stallholders are super friendly and the Masonic Hall is full of charm and fairy lights. With up to 30 different stallholders on both Saturday and Sunday, you are sure to find a handmade treasure or two...or more.

Some of the treasures you'll find include childrens clothing, skincare, badges, knitting and crochet, quilts, hats, jewellery, candles, aromatherapy oil diffusers, womens skirts, photography and heaps, heaps more!!

You'll also find free face painting every month with the gorgeous Carmel from Faces-Ta-Dah as well as colouring competitions for the kids. Come and take a peek and discover the cutest little market in Melbourne.

Everything at the market is handmade and/or Australian made.

It is in the village.

It is sweet. It is quaint. It is friendly.

Handmade. Australian Made.

Just the way we like it.

Masonic Hall

Cnr Willis & Canterbury Street
Yarraville, Victoria 3013

NYE in Footscray Park 2019

DATE: Monday 31st December from 6:30 - 10:30pm


For the sixth year running NYE Fireworks in Footscray Park is set to be the best family friendly event of the year. 

Dance the evening away with a terrific line up of entertainment plus food trucks, carnival games and rides.

Let your MC, comedian and writer, Sami Shah guide you through the night's performances.

For further details visit:


Yarraville Farmers Market

Saturday 15th December 2018 from 8:30am - 1:30pm

The Farmers Market Set in the beautiful Beaton Res. Gardens

Pick up something special from a wonderful selection of goods while shopping at the Farmers Market for essentials

Plus At the same time 9am to 2pm Next door at the Seniors Hall The Village Market – Arts Craft Fair Trade & upmarket recycle

  • Browse through our range of best value fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, honey, free range eggs.
  • Stock up your pantry.
  • Take the Family plus dog meet a friend.
  • Sit down Tables and chairs provided.
  • Have Breakfast / coffee / Have a sandwich.
  • Yum Cho pastry.

While enjoying the fresh air and Peaceful surrounding garden.

Family’s enjoy one of the best children’s playground in Yarraville.

Getting Around


Train lines: Williamstown and Werribee lines
Tram services: Number 82
Bus services: 215, 216, 219, 220, 223, 232
Public transport options are plentiful for local commuters living in Melbourne’s inner west. Buses, trams and trains all offer regular services during peak and off peak travel periods.

The two commuter train lines operating through the area are the Williamstown and Werribee lines. Travel time is only 20 minutes from Williamstown to the CBD. The larger stations along the line, often referred to as premium stations, include Williamstown, Footscray, Newport and North Melbourne. Each of these stations is fully staffed from first train to last every day. Other smaller stops incorporate North Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Seddon and South Kensington.

Bus services to, from and within the inner west are also extensive. The 223 bus, for example, departs from the terminus at Highpoint Shopping Centre and runs across to Footscray Railway Station. From there it continues via Irving Street, Nicholson Street, Buckley Street, Victoria Street, Charles Street and Williamstown Road to the terminus near Somerville Road in Yarraville. Route 223 is a premium service, featuring frequent service and extended operating hours.

There are also other comprehensive bus services running from Williamstown to Moonee Ponds, Newport to Yarraville and Yarraville to Highpoint, to name just a few. The nightrider bus service operates to the west running from the city via Spotswood, Newport, Altona and Point Cook before terminating in Werribee. The nightrider service operates late into the night on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tram coverage is more limited in the inner west. The number 82 tram operates from Monee Ponds to Footscray taking in the Footscray Market and the Footscray Mall.

For timetables and further information regarding public transport in Melbourne’s inner west, check out the Metlink’s website.

Bay n River Cruises

Transfers Taxis on water, the quickest & most eficient way to travel in Melbourne. Book a boat and go to a riverside venue, MCG, Tennis Centre, Telstra Dome, Crown Casino, all major attractions & function centres.

St. Kilda
Beacon Cove
Spring Racing Carnival
Science Works
Visit: for further information