PORT MELBOURNE At A Glance
Combining inner city ease with a laidback beachside lifestyle, buzzing Port Melbourne’s appeal isn’t hard to pin down. Complete with a thriving café and dining scene, much-loved pubs and a shopping strip that offers just about everything you need (and everything you don’t) – it really is better by the bay.
Industrial chic with oceanfront views – all within minutes of the CBD.
Bay street is busy, busy, busy – which means that parking spots are very hard to come by.
Gold was discovered in the streets of Port Melbourne back in the 1850s.
Wearing its working past with pride, bustling Port Melbourne stands apart from its terrace-filled neighbours. Once a strictly industrial area, it has since been subject to intense urban renewal. And it sure is looking good.
Bay Street is the beating pulse of the community – a busy shopping hub that is home to countless restaurants, stylish boutiques and a proliferation of health and wellness studios. Brunch is taken seriously here (something of a theme in food crazy Melbourne), as is beer. In fact, Port Melbourne’s pubs and cafés are cherished institutions. And there’s nothing locals love more than coffees with sunrise views across the ocean and evening drinks by the water.
It comes as no surprise that Port Melbourne is a little beach crazy. Sporty locals start the day with a jog along the much-loved Bay Trail, while bike riders weave around them. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see yoga mat-toting residents spending the entire weekend in their (effortlessly stylish) active wear before changing into something a little more glamorous for drinks and dinner come nightfall. After all, it’s all about a balanced lifestyle.
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Whether it’s strolls along the oceanfront with the Spirit of Tasmania looming large in the background or salty swims in the bay – life in Port Melbourne is all about the beach.
Local treasure Starward Distillery makes some of Melbourne’s best spirits in the back streets of Port Melbourne. Visitors come for the tour and stay for the atmosphere or, more likely, the whisky.