Looking for a day out but not sure where to go? Have a read through to find a destination that takes your fancy along the Williamstown line.
5 kilometres from the CBD, Footscray is a Melbourne inner west suburb renowned for it's multicultural roots.
Footscray Markets: For amazing quality and affordable fresh produce, look no further than the Footscray Market. A one minute walk from the station, on the corner of Hopkins and Leeds Street this bustling indoor market is open from 7am Tuesdays through to Saturdays. The produce ranges from fresh fish to meat and poultry through to fresh fruit and vegetables. If you want to try something exotic, try some Asian delicacies like pig ears, lotus flowers and cassava roots. There is a food court for lunch as well.
Yarraville is a quaint little village with many quirky shops and sweet cafés that will have you wanting to visit again and again. The hub of the village has to be the pedestrianised end of Ballarat Street with a courtyard surrounded by the Sun Theatre and stores. You may have even seen it on Channel 10's tv show The Wrong Girl. Here you can pull up a chair, soak in the sun and watch the trendy locals of Yarraville go about their day.
Sun Theatre: Established in 1938, this originally single screen theatre, now offers 8 boutique style cinema rooms and is worth seeing for it's glorious art deco façade. Retaining its art deco style within it's interiors as well, it offers the a mix of the old with it's vintage architecture and the new modern films on offer.
Cafés: Cornershop (9 Ballarat Street)- The Cornershop is a bright and sunny café with a view that looks out upon the Sun Theatre. Sit at the communal recycled wood table and immerse yourself with the smell of great coffee and great food that includes all your breakfast favourites and alluring dishes fit for any Melburnian.
Butcher128 (128 Roberts Street)- Don't be fooled by the name or the exterior, this converted butchery is now a coffee bar and brunch hotspot for those visiting Yarraville. The old meat case is still in use as a counter display but now offering an array of fresh produce including cheeses, chorizo and pickled vegetables vastly different from its past. This family friendly café offers a sandpit at the renovated patio offering lots of sunlight. With options like the brekky bun, breakfast boards and kids toasties, you'll be coming back for more.
Williamstown is the perfect mix of maritime history and modern beachside living with many sweet gift shops and restaurants along Nelson Place and the old dockyard that has adorned the shores here since 1874.
There is plenty to do in this seaside town that was the first sea port in Melbourne for a fun family day out.
Gem Pier is a great vantage point for many views and is where many cruises leave for tours along the bay and Yarra river.
HMAS Castlemaine: Constructed in World War II for the Australian Navy, named after the city of Castlemaine in Victoria, this Bathurst class corvette is a sight to be seen. It is docked at Gem Pier, Syme St in Williamstown and today is explored by visitors who can see the main engines of the vessel and remaining artefacts from the historic wartime period. It's open 10am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays with a small admission fee. Great for the kids too!
There's a great running path that you can do which starts at Spotswood (Douglas Parade, walking distance from Spotswood Station). Then run all the way along past Newport to get great views of the city and around the bend to Williamstown (The Strand) finishing at about 14km. For more running tours around Melbourne: click here