Things to do
Williamstown has a long and varied history, and Indigenous groups called the area home long before colonists arrived. It was an important site for gold mining before becoming the tourist attraction it is today. With the atmosphere of a maritime settlement, Williamstown has retained a pleasant feeling. Visit old moored boats and the Maritime Museum to learn more. There are several piers from which you can enjoy the views; many with great attractions close by. For some relaxation head to Williamstown Beach, where you can relax on the sands, paddle on the sand bar and swim in the ocean. The waves are sometimes big enough for surfing.
There are numerous historic buildings and heritage sites to explore, including the convict built Tide Gauge House, Customs House, the ornate Wilkinson Memorial Drinking Fountain, the Town Hall, the Lighthouse, and the eerie Old Morgue. There are a number of former grand and elegant hotels as well as old houses and boatyards. Fort Gellibrand was an important place during colonial times. It's never hard to find somewhere to eat and drink in Williamstown so check out Nelson's Place with its fab eateries and views, or Ferguson Street with its many restaurants, cafes and shops. And, of course, the fabulous sights of Melbourne itself are all within easy reach.
Several festivals are held in Williamstown throughout the year, so there's always plenty going on. Get your Williamstown accommodation booked to secure one of the best spots, and while you're at it have a look at our cheap flights to Melbourne for some of the best deals around.
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