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Boats, Beer and Beheading

Melbourne's South Wharf is the City's newest dining venue, but is replete with meticulously restored heritage buildings from its C19th and early C20th shipping days. Join us for a 2.5 hr tour to hear the rollicking yarns of when it was it was Melbourne's busiest and one of its most dangerous places.

Get beneath the style and glamour of Melbourne’s newest dining, shopping and meetings destination. On this one-off tour, especially designed for the festival, you will get to understand and appreciate the history of when it was a commercial shipping hub, worked by hundreds of men who lived in the adjoining streets of South Melbourne and Montague. We’ll start with an introductory beer (or wine, or something softer) in the Boatbuilders Yard, adjoining the former Duke and Orr docks and in the shadow of the tall ship Polly Woodside. From there, we will explore the machinery that powered the mechanical operations, inspect the restoration of Polly, and stroll along a section of the former wharf area, which was restored between 2006 and 2011 by Australia’s leading heritage architects. We will intersperse our walk with snacks and drinks in several of the cargo sheds that now serve as high quality food and beverage venues, plus a visit to the former Swinging Basin (now Marina Yarra’s Edge.

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Event Details

South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Victoria

Meet at the entrance to the Polly Woodside



Entry fees:
Adults $30, Members $$ 25.00
Prebooking required[email protected]
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
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