Seaworks, Williamstown

seaworks sun theatre at night

Seaworks Williamstown, has evolved into a dynamic destination that goes far beyond being a maritime precinct. The impressive space with its raw industrial character, has become a landmark venue of unprecedented size offering outstanding views across the Melbourne skyline. 

A popular setting for gala dinners, exhibitions, music performances, launches, markets and festivals, the cathedral-sized shed has an extraordinary atmosphere. The venue regularly welcomes crowds of over two thousand, and has a capacity of five thousand, which it reached for a Bushfire Relief concert in 2020. 

Under the visionary leadership of Executive Officer Glenn Jones, Seaworks has evolved into a lively hub, hosting regular events as part of Melbourne’s major events calendar. Glenn previously worked at Disney in London and has really brought some magic to the place. Recent highlights include a surprise performance by American Rapper Coolio at the Jamaican Music and Food Festival (the festival is now part of ALWAYS LIVE), Puppet Mayhem II (a judges’ pick of the 2023 Melbourne Fringe Festival), and The Pier Festival as part of the Midsummer Festival. 

Over the past two years, Seaworks has also hosted an array of other vibrant major events. From the multi-Grammy award-winning act ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ featuring at the 2023 Out on the Weekend Festival, to the diverse offerings of the Makers and Shakers Market, Williamstown Beer and Cider Festival, Handmade Bicycle Show, the Arts and Industry Festival, Williamstown Highland Celtic Festival, and the Vegan Festival (to name a few!).

Additionally, during the summer, visitors can enjoy the Sun Theatre outdoor movies with the stunning backdrop of the sun setting over the city.

The former Port of Melbourne site has been restored remaining true to its heritage, which reconnects Melbourne to its rich maritime history. The venue houses an impressive maritime museum, and Australia’s first morgue (a beautiful bluestone structure). The venue also hosts events as part of the annual Australian Heritage Festival organised by the National Trust. These events educate visitors about the historical significance of the site and surrounds. 

In addition to these attractions, the Pirates Tavern, a pirate-themed clubroom of the Williamstown Maritime Association, is a great place to grab an ale while you’re there. The tavern also stands as a unique meeting ground for businesses based at the site (including A Blanck Canvas, the masterminds behind Puppet Mayhem II), fostering collaboration and good old-fashioned yarns.

Whether attending a major festival, enjoying an outdoor cinema night, or exploring the maritime heritage, Seaworks promises an unforgettable experience. 

Fun fact: The site is used for a filming locations for shows like The Block, MasterChef and Jack Irish! 

Getting there and away: 

Water: St Kilda Ferry:

Melbourne River Cruises:

Train: Williamstown Station, 10 minute walk. 

Drive: 25 min drive from city. 

Cycle: Punt from Port Melbourne and 20 min cycle to Seaworks. 

Find out more: website: Instagram: @seaworkswilliamstown

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