The suburb of Williamstown is located 8 kilometres south west of the Melbournecity centre and is filled with new futuristic designs combined with historic buildings and a unique beach side culture.
Williamstown used to be Melbourne's major ports bringing in goods from all over the world but nowadays it has been stylishly developed into a village style retail and restaurant precinct that is filled with a wide variety of restaurants, boutique shops, trndy cafes, cool bars and delightful waterfront dining options.
Staying in Williamstown is very much about lifestyle and is no surprise that Melbourne was voted in an international poll as the world’s most livable city with suburbs like Williamstown.
Williamstown has lots of things to see and do for all sorts of visitors, including:
- Beautiful old, historic houses that are full of great architectural features.
- Numerous waterfront cafes and bars that not only serve delicious coffees and other beverages but also have a selection of mouth-watering snacks and desserts.
- Close proximity to the beach where you can watch the waves lap the shore, go for a realxing walk or have fun with the kids in the safe, swimming waters of Port Phillip Bay.
Sometimes the best part of visiting a new city like Melbourne is when you unexpectedly depart from the normal tourist trail and glimpse the city’s “real” side. While the big attractions can be great fun it is often more rewarding to get the “insider” experiences of the city and this will leave you feeling more satisfied.
Accommodation in Williamstown
Throughout the Williamstown there are numerous accommodation options available, ranging from fully self contained serviced apartments and luxury hotels right through to budget motel and backpacker accommodation. Click here for a full list of the Williamstown accommodation options including properties that have discount rates for longer stays.
Restaurants in Williamstown
The waterfront area in Williamstown includes a rather large collection of restaurants, cafes and bars which serve cuisines that reflect the diverse range of cultures that are in Melbourne. Williamstown has a reputation as being a cosmopolitan place to enjoy a coffee or a delightful seafood meal and this is typified by the number of alfresco eating establishments that the suburb has.
The main restaurant areas in Williamstown include :
- Nelson Place - situated along the waterfront here you will discover an array of casual and fine dining that will suit any budget.
- Ferguson Street - has a selection of trendy cafes and quality restaurants.
- Douglas Parade - here you will find a number of cafes scattered amoungst all of the shops.
Shopping in Williamstown
Shopping is one of the best pastimes in the suburb of Williamstown and it brings people to and makes people want to stay in this vibrant suburb. Williamstown is known for its comprehensive completion of shops which are mainly concentrated along Douglas Parade and Ferguson Street. Also within Williamstown there are plenty of homeware stores, clothing shops selling everything from dresses and suits to shoes and surfwear, boutique shops, fresh produce outlets and craft shops. You will also find a number of hair and beauty salons along the northern end of the main shopping strip on Douglas Parade.