Plans of urban renewal are set for Docklands, Victoria. It intends to connect with the Melbourne Central Business District while aiming to give the location’s tourism some umph to attract 20 million visitors by 2020. How are they going to do that? By striving to enhance tourist attractions, shops and redeveloping Melbourne Docklands overall. So far, including the Melbourne city conference centre, they have the following famous ones:
- Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
Located at the Waterfront City, the Melbourne Docklands showcases a spectacular view of its skyline lighting display. Each night, as the sun sets, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel lights up and adds up to the magic. The 21 spacious air-conditioned cabins it holds allow tourists, its spectators, and locals, gain a one-of-a-kind experience of a 360-degree, panoramic view of the city. Seeing it from down below, it generates 15 million different light combinations. It is made up of 3 and a half kilometres of LED lighting manufactured and engineered into a structure.
- Marvel Stadium
Completed in 2000, the Marvel Stadium is a multi-purpose venue that has a retractable roof and was the first to have movable seating. This transforms it into a field conducive for playing rugby, or to minimize it to act as a concert venue. It had held other events like the Grand Prix Open, cricket games, and musicals. By the end of the year Big Bash 2016/17, the former Etihad stadium, became the most entertaining venue in Australia.
This stadium is part of the urban planning and was ultimately reconsidered time and again. When The Walt Disney Company had acquired the naming rights to it, they have added a Marvel retail store inside to complement the name Marvel Stadium, Docklands, Melbourne.
- Lego Education Centre
One of the many family-friendly attractions is the Lego Education Centre. They let visitors, most especially the kids, to explore building and structure through their very own building blocks. They also teach mechanisms, renewal energy, robotics and movie making. There are school workshop schedules that may affect its opening hours so be keen on planning visiting it.
- Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat
If looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD, it’s always good to know that there’s a showboat where you can go and order a cocktail or two to unwind. Cruising the Yarra River, get hold of Melbourne’s historic ports, the Williamstown bays and St. Kilda. Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat is multilevel with a range of spectacular dining options, cruising events and activities and different experiences. Go on a date with your loved one and don’t hesitate to extend the night dancing and partying as some local and interstate entertainers, DJs and bands are there to entertain you over the top.
- The District Docklands
Australia got some fine brands and you will find them around this area. H&M, Cotton On, Miniso and Platypus shoes are both local and international favourites. As it holds the Melbourne Star and the ArtVo, (an immersive gallery allowing people to explore a range of different and unique experiences), it is hitting two birds in one stone as you invest time in checking out these places.
- Monument Park in New Quay
Open to the public, the former concrete plaza was transformed into an engaging place for locals and tourists to play, meet, do picnic while sculptures stand and linger for abstract and art purposes. Callum Morton, an internationally renowned artist, had shared his work of art right in this park. His inspiration? Making use of the existing monuments from all around the Melbourne Central Business District, Callum had transformed its colour and landscaping.