Polly Woodside

After travelling 1.5 million miles across the globe, the Polly Woodside now welcomes you aboard

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.

You can join the crew, come aboard for a tour of the ship and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas.

What’s on


Open Days 

First Sunday of the Month

Come aboard and explore at your own pace or join one of our guided tours. Please arrive a few minutes early if you would like to join a tour. Each tour is approximately 45 – 60 minutes. Open day tours operate at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

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Pirate Day

Third Sunday of the Month

Come along and experience the pirate life. We encourage dressing up and participating in Fashions on the Plank, receive your pirate tattoo (washable!) and your very own pirate name. Our captain will have the kids scrubbing the deck, swinging the rope and going on a treasure hunt. Arrr the pirate’s life for you!

Each session will comprise of the following activities:

    • Pirate Tattoo’s and Pirate Name
    • Craft Activities and Reading Corner
    • Scrub the Deck and Rope Swing
    • Fashions on the Plank – we encourage the kids to dress up as a pirate for this
    • Treasure hunt

We will also have a reading corner, colouring and craft activities available, you can explore the ship and museum, take some amazing photos and have a fun day out me hearties, Yo Ho!!

Session one runs at 10am till 12:30pm & session two runs at 1:30pm till 4:00pm

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Place Details

Opening Times

First Sunday of the Month
(Open Day)

Third Sunday of the month.
(Pirate Day)


Open Day Prices
Adults: $16
Concession: $13
Child (3-15 years): $9.50
Family: $43 (2A + 2C),
Single Family: $30 (1A + 2C)
Additional Children: $5 per child

Pirate Day Prices
Adult: $25
Concession: $20
Child: $15

National Trust Members receive FREE admission for both Open Days and Pirate Days.


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.


21 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf 3006 VIC

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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Polly Woodside


21 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf 3006 VIC


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What we offer:

Groups and schools by appointment. Call (03) 9656 9889 Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm.

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