Waterfront City to Etihad - Docklands Harbour Walk

September 02, 2016

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I’m sure many of you have enjoyed the delights of Victoria Harbour at Docklands. You’ve explored the boardwalk and the harbour from the ‘Cow in the Tree’ sculpture, past the colourful ‘Lego’ building and down past all the yachts and their steel capped mooring posts.

You’ve probably caught a tram up to Harbour Town to shop or venture to one of the latest tourist attractions at Waterfront City. But how many of you have bothered to walk from Waterfront City back to Southern Cross Station?

This is a favourite walk of mine as it is often so peaceful and tranquil. As this is the ‘other’ side of Victoria Harbour it is often overlooked as a place to enjoy a walk. As such it is often devoid of people completely.

Being a photographer I love finding parts of the city where I can capture scenic landscape views but often find there are always random photo bombers walking into my shot. Taking a stroll from Waterfront City back along the harbour boardwalks is equally as scenic as the popular side and in my opinion more so as you look back on all the coloured glass skyscrapers, cranes and yachts in the distance.  Yet you often find yourself free of any other people and therefore able to take your time and capture some great shots, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet so close to town.

 

At the start of your walk you will cross the Waterfront Park where there is a large expanse of open grass. Bring a Frisbee or a footy for the kids to have a run around. Do a bit of celebrity spotting and take some ‘selfies’ with some famous Australians that reside in this quiet part of town.

When you reach the boardwalk at the top end of the harbour you have an incredible close up of the famous Bolte Bridge. There are often much smaller craft moored here than the usual luxury yachts on the other side of the harbour. The many new’ and still empty moorings make for interesting sights and photos too.

 

All that can be heard is the tinkling of the moorings and the wind rustling through the trees. It’s hard to believe that you are so close to the hectic pace of the city.

As you near the end of the boardwalk you are rewarded with some great little cafes and restaurants to grab a meal. In my opinion you can’t go past the fish and chip take away outlet, especially for a bit of lunch that is delicious and affordable. If you have kids in tow they can enjoy exploring the fascinating sculptures while they wait for their food to cook.

 

 

From here it is a short walk back past Etihad Stadium and across the pedestrian overpass back to Southern Cross Stadium. Stop at Etihad to watch a bit of footy on the big outdoor screens if a game is on.

Getting to Watefront City is easy; simply catch a train into Southern Cross Station. Walk across the pedestrian overpass and then jump on a free city sights tram from Harbour Esplanade up Docklands Drive to the last stop.

Enjoy your day at Docklands.

 

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