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

Williamstown

Suburb Overview

Williamstown

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.

 

Schools

Eating Out

Sam's Boatshed

Where: 25 Ferguson Rd, Williamstown
Contact:
9397 5577
Open:
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

Seabreeze

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

Events

Carols by candlelight - Newport

DATE: Saturday 16th December from 7:00 - 9:00pm
 

 

Join Newport Fiddle Folk Club with Carols being held at The Substation, Market Street Newport.

  • Carols by candlelight - Newport

New Year's Eve 2018 - Footscray Park

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

Footscray Park is the place to be for New Year's Eve 2018 with a fantastic line-up of stage entertainment, magnificent fireworks, carnival rides & games and a delicious offering of food trucks to ring in the new year.

The event runs 6.30-10.30pm, with fireworks at 9.30pm.

All the excitement without the late night!

This FREE event is for the whole family, but for their own safety, please leave your dog at home.

This is a no-alcohol event. There is no parking on-site. We encourage patrons to catch public transport to central Footscray for an easy 10 minute walk to the event site.

  • New Year's Eve 2018 - Footscray Park

Getting Around

Metlink

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.

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