February 05, 2018

Often thought of as the concrete playground of Melbourne’s young professionals, the Docklands is reinventing itself in 2018.

Boasting a suite of unparalleled experiences, Docklands is primed for a new year. Attracting an exclusive Australian first and inspiring event organises to relocate some of the summer’s biggest attractions – it is fast becoming a destination in and of its own right.

Here we round up the best of the best and showcase the new places to stay, play, eat, drink and be entertained in the Docklands.

 

SUMMER FOOD TRUCK RESIDENCY

This season a fleet of the city’s treasured food trucks are descending upon the Docklands, with The Food Truck Park announces a Summer Residency at The District Docklands.

Here indecision and gluttony find solace, with food trucks rotating weekly and serving up favourites like Miso Fresh, Chef Calamari, Senor Churro and T-Rex Bar-B-Q. Dine inside or out, with DJs and live music also on the menu all summer long.

The Food Truck Park Summer Residency comes alive from 11:00am to 9:00pm every Friday until the 28 February 2018.

 

FREE ENTRY

The District Docklands

440 Docklands Drive, Docklands, VIC 3008

https://www.thedistrictdocklands.com.au/whats-on/events/the-food-truck-park-summer-residency-at-the-district-docklands

 

AQUA DONUTS

Only in Australia would you expect to find a floating BBQ and only in Docklands can you live that dream. In a nation-wide first, Aqua Donut is a bridging the gap between boating and barbequing with the introduction of its fibreglass floating devices.

Complete with in built gas BBQ station, the electronically powered vessel seats up to 10 people and features a Bluetooth music system and speakers, LED lights and giant sun umbrella. BYO food, drinks and friends and you’ve got yourself a dining experience like no other.

With a maximum speed of 9 KPH, no boating license is required, and all precautions are covered off in an initial safety briefing. Inclusive in the two-hour rental is the use of the barbecue, oil spray, cutlery, rockery and safety equipment.

Aqua Donuts will be afloat every day from 11:00am to 8:30pm until 20 April 2018.

 

$150-$240

84 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008

http://www.aquadonut.com

 

PARK CINEMA DOCKLANDS

Warm, balmy nights call for picnic rugs, ice creams and big screens. Ticking all of those boxes is Park Cinema Docklands. Presented by Victoria Harbour, this free program is transforming Buluk Park into an open-air movie theatre.

With classics like The Karate Kid offered up alongside titles from the Melbourne International Film Festival, this alcohol-free event attracts families, holiday-makers and locals alike.

Thanks in part to the designated UberEats drop-off point, the lawn is likely to fill up quickly so be sure to book ahead online and get in early as there is no reserved seating.

Park Cinema Docklands summer season runs every Friday night from January 26 to March 2, with gates opening at 7:00pm and screenings commencing at sunset or approximately 8.30pm.

 

FREE

Buluk Park

894-910 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/park-cinema-docklands-presented-by-victoria-harbour-10829439120

 

BLENDER LANE ARTIST MARKET

Tucked behind Franklin Street in the brand-new Art Collective hub of Docklands, is a world of artisan goods, handcrafted treasures, live music and boutique fashion.

Bringing together local producers, artists, designers, musicians and connoisseurs, the Blender Lane Artist Market is an epicurean’s delight. With such an eclectic offering, open art studios and its laneway location, this is truly urban living at its finest.

The Blender Lane Artist Market is held every Friday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Docklands Arts Precinct.

 

FREE

The District Docklands

440 Docklands Drive, Docklands VIC 3008

www.theblendermarket.com

 

THE SEBEL MELBOURNE DOCKLANDS

With so much more to see and do, it’s easy to make a weekend out of it, or even a week with The Sebel Docklands providing an all too convenient and luxurious base.

Offering spectacular waterfront views, these beautifully appointed, self-contained studio, one and two-bedroom apartments are the ultimate way to experience harbour-side life.

Each apartment features an expansive lounge and dining area, fully self-contained kitchens with modern European appliances, beautifully appointed bathrooms, laundry facilities, air conditioning, and Internet accessibility. Complete with fantastic service, guests of The Sebel Melbourne Docklands also enjoy complimentary access to all of the services and comforts of a traditional hotel, including a state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, guest lounge, and library.

From here the best of the Melbourne is at your doorstep, located just 23km from the airport it is at the epicentre of everything with the CBD moments away, along with the surrounding suburbs of North Melbourne, Kensington, Footscray and Yarraville.

 

(03) 9641 7500

18 Aquitania Way, Docklands VIC 3008

www.sebeldocklands.com.au