Tourism in the City of Maribyrnong

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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.

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)

Things to do

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.

Festival City

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 City Festival City August 2017- January 2018(PDF, 224KB)

Places to Visit

Our History and Heritage

Step back in time and discover places of historical and cultural significance within the City of Maribyrnong.

Take a walking tour and discover some of Maribyrnong's best kept historic secrets.

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.

Sport and Leisure  

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.

Arts 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.

Local Villages and Shopping

Tucked away in each of our unique suburbs exists local business precincts to explore and attractions distinctive to the area.

  • Central Footscray
  • West Footscray
  • Yarraville Village
  • Seddon

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.

Cinema

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.

The IMAX cinema experience is one of the most immersive cinema experiences to date. The cinema is host to the world’s most revolutionary projection systems, customized theatre geometry, large screen formatting and a picture that possesses 60% more brightness and 40% more contrast than any other projector on the cinema circuit.

Currently Highpoint’s IMAX cinema is the one of two IMAX screens in Victoria, with its sister screen located at Melbourne Museum.

Yarraville Sun Theatre

Don't miss 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.

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.