Polly Woodside

After travelling 1.5 million miles and circumnavigating the world 17 times The Polly Woodside now welcomes you aboard.

Built in Belfast in 1885, the three masted cargo vessel carried coal and wheat between England and South America.

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.

Polly Woodside offers a range of activities for visitors including a history gallery, wharf with picnic facilities and guided tours. We also have Children’s Birthday parties, Pirate Sundays, live theatre and school excursions.


Next Pirate Day – Sunday 4 June 2017, activities from 11am to 3pm Click here for more details.

To book tickets visit the ticket portal here.


Vale Captain Ralph McDonell.

Ralph McDonell left his mark through a lifetime of support to the Polly Woodside.  Read his story here.

Polly Woodside - Planning your visit


21 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf 3006 VIC


Normal Trading Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

School holidays every day (subject to change) 10am-4pm (last entry 3.15pm)

Groups and schools by appointment: Groups 03 9656 9804, Schools 03 9656 9817.


Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and the Easter weekend from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.

Polly Woodside has limited seasonal opening hours and is sometimes closed to general visitors. Please contact us prior to your visit to confirm opening hours.

(03) 9699 9760 or call Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri
Entry Fees:

Adults: $16,
Concession: $13
Child (3-15years): $9.50
Family: $43 ( 2 Adults and 2 Children),
Single Family: $30 (1 Adult and 2 Children)
Additional Children: $5.00 per child.

Special Combo Pass provides entry to the Old Melbourne Gaol and the Polly Woodside for one low price.
Adult: $30,
Concession: $25,
Child: $18.50
Family: $75,
Additional Child: $10

What we offer:

What's happening at Polly?

We're revitalising the much loved Polly Woodside by undertaking conservation works to the rigging and masts.

Ahoy there!

During 2017 the Polly Woodside will be undergoing extensive conservation works to her masts and rigging. The purpose of this major project is to restore the masts and rigging to a sound and safe condition; repairing and refurbishing where possible and renewing where required.

Tusk Engineering, Ferdi Darley and the Polly Woodside Volunteer Association will be –

  • removing and replacing the rigging,
  • sanding, refinishing and replacing areas of the masts and
  • repainting or replacing associated elements like the blocks.

Preliminary non-destructive ultrasonic testing has shown that the lower steel sections of the mast (below deck level) are in very good condition however we do need to undertake work to the upper timber masts. To get these large pieces of timber down we will need a crane, so please watch your step!

All this hard work will make the Polly Woodside safe and able to support willing volunteers and pirates aloft, so please be patient through this process.

The works will only be undertaken during the day however if at any stage you have concerns or are just interested in what’s happening onsite, call the contacts below or pop in to the Polly Woodside Museum.


Samantha Tait – s.tait@tuskengineering.com.au  0408 761 843

Alexandra Hill – alix.hill@nattrust.com.au  (03) 9656 9834


Supported by the Victorian Government, Living Heritage  Program


Weddings and Functions at Polly Woodside Tall Ship

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact the Bookings team:

Email –  bookings@nattrust.com.au or phone 9656 9845.

More information can also be found in the following brochures:

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Wedding Brochure.

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Functions and Venue Hire Brochure.

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