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you can find out about our community activities and partnerships, together with information on visiting the port, living around the port, port education and supply chain awareness.

you can find out about our community activities and partnerships, together with information on visiting the port, living around the port, port education and supply chain awareness.

  • Visiting the port

    Security and safety precautions prevent open public access to the port. However, there are a number of vantage points to view the port's operations, do some 'ship spotting', check out the port’s heritage or take a boat tour.

  • Living around the port

  • Supply chain awareness

  • Port education

    The Port Education Program and the purpose-built Port Education Centre in the heart of the port give a unique opportunity for schools and community groups to see and learn about the port’s operations. The Port Education Centre also hosts training seminars for the logistics industry.

  • Community partnerships

  • Port heritage

    Historic photo of Railway Pier with two ships at berthThe Port of Melbourne has a rich history extending back to 1842 when the bank of the Yarra River first served as a wharf.

    The port contains a diverse range of heritage assets including piers, navigational aids and shipwrecks.

    Port of Melbourne's Heritage Strategy identifies heritage sites within the port and seeks to integrate heritage conservation and management into our overall property planning, development and management functions.

    Visit the Port Heritage Trail to learn more about the emergence of the Port of Melbourne and its trading past.

    Heritage sites

    Several heritage sites managed by the Port of Melbourne are included on the Victorian Heritage Register and are significant at a state level. They include:

    • Gellibrand and Breakwater piers
    • Rear Leading Light at Port Melbourne
    • West Channel Pile Light

    Heritage sites now managed by Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) include:

    • Point Lonsdale Lighthouse
    • Station Pier

    A number of archaeological sites listed on the Victorian Heritage Inventory and sites of potential indigenous cultural significance lie within the port and port waters. These include:

    • Numerous registered shipwrecks in Port Phillip Bay
    • Waters of indigenous cultural significance near Station Pier
    • Maritime and industrial structures along the banks of the Maribyrnong River
    • Black Lighthouse, Queenscliff
    • Ann Street Pier
    • Stony Creek Backwash area
    • Victoria Dock, South Wharf and Webb Dock
    • Dee Cottage, Yarraville

    Heritage register

    For more information, visit Heritage Victoria’s website to find places and shipwrecks on the Victorian Heritage Register and Victorian Heritage Inventory.