This marine precinct comprises historic boat sheds, a maritime museum, a pirate-themed tavern and Victoria's oldest morgue (1859; visit on a ghost tour). It's also the headquarters for anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd Australia.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Melbourne attractions

2. Sea Shepherd Australia

0.04 MILES

Seaworks is the headquarters for this anti-whaling crusader. It's often possible to drop by and look at displays about its direct-action campaigns and to…

3. HMAS Castlemaine

0.19 MILES

Take a look around the last of 60 Australian-built Bathurst Class corvettes still afloat. This one did time as an escort ship and minesweeper along the…

4. Williamstown Beach

0.88 MILES

Forget St Kilda – the pleasant lopsided grin of coarse golden sand at Williamstown is a much more appealing place for a dip. It has its own surf…

5. ARHS Railway Museum

1.23 MILES

A fine collection of old steam locomotives, and mini-steam-train rides for kids.

6. Station Pier

2.01 MILES

Melbourne’s main sea terminal, Station Pier, has great sentimental associations for many migrants who arrived by ship in the 1950s and '60s, as well as…

7. Scienceworks

2.34 MILES

Incorporating an old brick sewage-pumping station that resembles a French chateau, this engrossing museum keeps inquisitive grey matter occupied with…

8. Gasworks Arts Park

2.57 MILES

This former gas plant lay derelict from the 1950s before finding new life as an arts and culture hub, with two free red-brick galleries, a theatre (check…