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 Williamstown Bay & River Cruises  

WILLIAMSTOWN Ferries/BAY CITY Ferries invite you to let the ferry specialists take you to an interesting destination...

Historic Williamstown, various stops along the Maribyrnong, St Kilda, Queenscliff, Portarlington, Geelong...

As we depart Southbank, you'll see the tall masts of the Polly Woodside as they tower over the historic old sheds (presently being re-developed) - a visit to the ship Polly Woodside and the Maritime Museum is well worth the visit (call us and we can organise it for you). We then cruise under the Charles Grimes Bridge (Charles Grimes was the first European to come up the river in 1802, 33 years before John Batman who founded Melbourne) and enter the Port of Melbourne.

We'll pass Victoria Dock, Appleton Dock, Swanston Dock, cruise under the Bolte Bridge and by the time you're passing under the Westgate Bridge, you'll have seen container ships, various loading and other Port activities, and even perhaps the tugs at work with large ships, as they move in or out of Port on their way to far off destinations.

Once we're under the Westgate, we see the lovely old buildings of Scienceworks science and technology museum - once the Spotswood pumping station, these buildings have been featured in films and TV productions such as Changi Prison in "The Sullivans" and the Hall of Justice in "Mad Max". Scienceworks is just a few minutes walk from Spotswood Jetty.

The river opens up in front of you - with the city skyline moving around to your left, it's easy to see the course the Yarra flows is a semi-circle, spilling out into Hobsons Bay with the best views of Melbourne.

The city skyline on the left blends down to the beachfront and winds from Port Melbourne and St Kilda around to Brighton, Sandringham and beyond. On the right, we see the pretty yachts and the original piers of the historic seaport of Williamstown.

Museums (including the "Castlemaine" a museum warship), galleries and craft markets await (a tour can be arranged), there's Commonwealth Reserve and some great deli's and restaurants - all within a couple of minutes walk from Gem Pier.

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