The People of Polly Woodside

Polly Woodside is a tangible reminder of Australia’s rich maritime history.

Launched in 1885 in Belfast, the Polly Woodside made 17 trips around the world and operated between Australia and New Zealand. She was used as a coal ship following World War Two, and by 1968 was the last square-rigged deep-water commercial sailing ship still afloat in Australasia.

Led by an experienced guide this tour will delve into the history of Polly Woodside, from the Woodside Family to her life on the sea and her restoration by a dedicated team of volunteers. Uncover stories of the people who lived and worked aboard the iconic vessel.

After the tour, enjoy time to explore the ship and museum. The tour is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Sunday 5th May – Open Day

Polly Woodside is open from 10am till 4pm and will have these tours available at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Included with the cost of standard entry but limited to 30 people per tour. Bring the whole family – games and crafts will be available for the kids while the adults can enjoy the tour.

Book open day tickets here.

Celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register 

Event dates

Event Details

Polly Woodside, 21 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Victoria

Parking available at DFO or MCEC.
Closest Train Station is Southern Cross.
Closest Tram Stop is 124A - Casino/MCEC/Clarendon Street


Thursday 18th April: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Wednesday 24th April: 11:00am-12:30pm
Wednesday 1st May: 11:00am-12:30pm
Sunday 5th May (Open Day): 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm
Wednesday 8th May: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Thursday 16th May: 11:00am-12:30pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 15, Children $ 5, Concession $ 10, Members $ 5
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
The Museum is fully accessible as is the main deck, the ship is limited with a gangway and stairs, the only method to board the ship and move around.