Tourism in the City of Maribyrnong
Five kilometres from the CBD, the City of Maribyrnong is an eclectic and exciting pocket of Inner Melbourne.
Our City is made up of the suburbs of Braybrook, Footscray, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Seddon, Tottenham, West Footscray, and Yarraville.
It’s an ever-changing collection of neighbourhoods that feature a fascinating mix of international cultures offering plenty of cheap and tasty food, a lively arts and festivals presence and an exciting bar and cafe scene.
Things to do
Find your festival flavour
City of Maribyrnong residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals and events. Our diverse cultural communities come together to showcase and celebrate art, craft, food and performances from their unique cultures each year.
Council’s Festival City Program promotes and cultivates the City of Maribyrnong as a vibrant, cosmopolitan City. View the calendar of upcoming Festivals and Activations happening in our Festival City Calendar - February - June-2018(PDF, 266KB).
Grab a bite
Once a center for southern European migrants, these days, the inner west is home to more than 100 cultural groups and their gastronomic traditions. With cuisines ranging from African to Vietnamese, Ethiopian to American and everything in between, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food.
Try Konjo for Ethiopian, African Taste Cafe for African, 8-bit for burgers, Viet Kitchen for Vietnamese, Jimmy Wong restaurant for Chinese, Happy Maree for a café/art gallery, Bad Love Club for jaffles, Roti Road for Malaysian, Dumbo for brunch, Nuevo Latino for Latin American, Advieh for Middle Eastern, Ajitoya for Japanese, Phat Chicks for fried chicken, Dosa Hut for Indian, Cobb Lane for donuts, Up in Smoke for American style BBQ, or Yarraville Gardens for food trucks...and that's just the beginning!
Visit one of the local watering holes
Just like food, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to quenching that thirst. If you need a break from gallery hopping, why not stop by one of the local watering holes. Why not try MR WEST, Littlefoot, Hop Nation Brewing Co., Bar Josephine, Back Alley Sally’s, Seddon Wine Store, 540 on Barkly, The Night Heron, The Creators Lounge, or Charles & Gamon, just to name a few.
Explore the local villages and discover great shopping
Tucked away in each of our unique suburbs exists local business precincts to explore and attractions distinctive to the area, namely Central Footscray,West Footscray, Yarraville Village and Seddon.
Strip shopping in any one of our unique villages is always filled with wonderful discovery. Whether it be a walk through the historic gem of Seddon with its eclectic shopping along Victoria and Charles streets, or exploring the quaint narrow streets of Yarraville with its restored art deco buildings, you’re bound to find some treasure to call your own. Not only do these precincts offer local crafts and fashion aplenty, but you can always find a good coffee too. There are countless cafes to choose from. Kick back in a cosy café or pub or soak up the fresh air, while you catch up with friends at Yarraville’s open street park.
Footscray is as diverse as it is convenient. In one corner sits Little Saigon, in another corner, Little Africa and in between, there’s the iconic Footscray Market which provides a one-of-a-kind grocery shopping experience while taking it easy on the hip pocket. If Footscray isn’t already your go-to for food, groceries and everything in between, it is about to be!
Just down the road at West Footscray you’ll find that a more exotic array of stores await, attracting both the home cook and connoisseur. Renowned for its vibrant and thriving Indian community, you’ll not be disappointed if its colour and spice you’re after.
Up the road in Maribyrnong you'll discover a world class shopping destination in Highpoint Shopping Centre. Delivering a world class shopping destination, Highpoint features over 500 stores including Australian and international designer fashion, homewares and lifestyle brands.
With a proud history of bringing many retailers and brands to Melbourne’s West, Highpoint is home to the region’s first David Jones department store which joins Myer, Target, and Big W plus international fashion brands Topshop and Zara.
Catch a movie
HOYTS Highpoint is located in the Highpoint Shopping Centre and boasts 18 digital screens, one HOYTS LUX Lounge, two HOYTS LUX cinemas and an IMAX theatre. Currently Highpoint’s IMAX cinema is the one of two IMAX screens in Victoria, with its sister screen located at Melbourne Museum.
Nestled in Yarraville village you'll find the beautifully restored Art Deco Sun Theatre, now a modern-day icon of Melbourne's film community. Catch cult films, classics and recent releases.The Sun originally opened in 1938 and was a single screen 1050 seat cinema - the most luxurious in the area. Today it has 8 boutique cinemas, ranging in size from 200 seats down to 23 couches and varitions in between! Reasonably priced tickets encourage frequent viewing, and the choc tops are second to none. It also abuts the Yarraville plaza – an AstroTurfed heaven perfect for a quick pre-movie beverage.
Immerse yourself in art and culture
Our City has gained a reputation for its thriving arts scene, artist run initiatives and large community of emerging and innovative artists. Visit our local arts partners and discover the contemporary arts practices and unique spaces that make up our distinctive arts scene.
Step back in time
Step back in time and discover places of historical and cultural significance within the City of Maribyrnong, such as:
Heavenly Queen Temple – built alongside the Maribyrnong River to honour Mazu, a religious figure who originated from the Fujian Province in China.
Little Saigon Welcome Arch – in the heart of Little Saigon, the iconic landmark welcomes visitors to Footscray.
Jack’s Magazine – constructed over several periods from 1875-1920, the site was initially used as a safe storage space for gunpowder and was later expanded to store explosives and dangerous materials. The space will be open as part of Open Studios in the West on Sunday 26 November, between 10am-2pm.
Take a walking tour and discover some of Maribyrnong's best kept historic secrets. The Maribyrnong River Heritage Trail tells the story of post-contact early land-use and development along the river. The story begins at the Stony Creek Backwash taking in sites such as the Yarraville Wharf industrial precinct, Maribyrnong Railway Bridge, Footscray Park, and Pipemaker's Park. While you’re at Pipemaker’s Park, make sure you check out the two exhibitions being held at Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West as part of Open Studios in the West.
Explore our parks and trails
The City of Maribyrnong offers rolling parklands, formal gardens and meandering riverside bike paths. Discover our wonderful parks and gardens including the 15 hectare Footscray Park, one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian garden in Australia, or take your family and visit one of our modern and contemporary playgrounds - click here for our guide to the City' best.
From walking circuits and bocce rinks, to our premier aquatic and fitness centre or a visit to the iconic home of the Western Bulldogs, the Whitten Oval, you can find activities and facilities in our city to suit your interests. Read more about sport and leisure within the City of Maribyrnong here.
Maribyrnong Tourism Visitation Strategy
Council’s tourism and visitation objectives are guided by the Maribyrnong Tourism Visitation Strategy. The Strategy sets a framework for decision-making and investment in tourism and the visitor experience over the next five years, 2017-2021. The purpose of the Strategy is to:
- Identify, assess, and recommend a range of opportunities for Council to engage with tourism organisations and bodies, focussing on positive visitor experiences;
- Identify and assess opportunities to attract visitors to the City; and
- Outline projects and programs for Council to deliver over 5 years to foster the visitor experience and position the City as a destination of choice for major tourism and activation opportunities
Download the Tourism Visitation Strategy here.(PDF, 8MB)
Experience Culture Guide
For more information about key cultural attractions within Inner Melbourne including the Cities of Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra have a look at the 2017/18 Experience Culture Victoria Guide. The publication includes an inner Melbourne map showing where to find points of interest from boutique shopping strips, exciting gallery spaces and lush gardens. The Experience Culture Victoria Guide is available for collection at all Council community centres and libraries or, visit the Cultural Victoria Website and download your copy.
I Heart Maribyrnong app
The I Heart Maribyrnong app is the best way to explore the highlights and attractions in the City of Maribyrnong, with interactive maps showing you where to eat and drink, shop, take a walk with your dog and catch public transport. Download for free for your Apple device or Android.