The City of Maribyrnong is transforming from its heavily industrialised past into a home for a wide range of creative arts, food and recreational pursuits. The annual Festival City program is jammed packed with popular festivals that see thousands of visitors flock to the area. Gentrification and redevelopment is leading to an influx of new residents keen to experience some of the best food and culture on offer in the West. The suburbs in Maribyrnong are home to more than 75,000 people. Maribyrnong’s undisputed multicultural diversity is evident in 83 languages spoken throughout the City. 38.9% of residents were born overseas in more than 135 different countries.
Suburbs include:Braybrook Brooklyn Footscray Footscray West Kingsville Maidstone Maribyrnong Seddon Tottenham Yarraville
Fringe Out WestTue 16 September 2014 - Sat 4 October 2014
The Melbourne Fringe comes out west again for 2014 with a heap of creative and cultural events and activities to be had! Check out what’s on in your ‘hood by visiting the Festival City website.More Info
Maribyrnong Seniors FestivalSun 5 October 2014 - Mon 13 October 2014
A range of entertainment and recreational activities will be staged for seniors. Seniors will be spoilt for choice with a range of activities on offer including day trips, Ageing Well Expo, library based activities, and open days.More Info
Footscray University Town Event SeriesWed 8 October 2014 - Wed 5 November 2014
Participate in a series of free thought-provoking discussions. Explore ideas, engage with new ideas and hear the latest. Topics include Ways We Can Move More and Sit LessMore Info
On Wed 8 Oct 2014, 6 – 7pm and The Politics of Art and Representation on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 6 – 7.30pm.
Westside Discovery ToursThu 23 October 2014 - Sun 26 October 2014
Book yourself into one of the West’s free discovery tours where you will unearth the hidden secrets of the West while exploring historic sites, glancing a sneak peak at Footscray’s art scene or tantalising your taste buds at Footscray’s diversity of markets, cafes, and specialty grocers!More Info
Maribyrnong Writers FestivalSat 8 November 2014 - Sun 16 November 2014
Exciting line up of author events to engage the whole community. Featuring local authors, and authors who have written on local themes. The events will be pitched at a variety of audiences including children and adults of all ages. Various events spanning the weekend and during the week, day and evening.More Info
The Lighting of the Christmas TreeFriday 28 November 2014
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the turning on of the Christmas Lights at Footscray Town Hall. Festivities will include children’s activities, local entertainment and craft market.More Info View Map
Open Studios in the WestSat 29 November 2014 - Sun 30 November 2014
Get behind the scenes and discover the hidden creativity of artists living and working in Maribyrnong. Artists in Maribyrnong will open their studios to the public on one weekend to share the vibrant creative scene bubbling away in Maribyrnong, as part of the Maribyrnong Open Studios. Artists working across a variety of disciplines will be involved. The Maribyrnong Open Studios weekend includes events, demonstrations and workshops.More Info
Stony Creek Music FestivalSaturday 6 December 2014
Relive your Sunbury Music Festival days at the inaugural Stony Creek Music Festival, featuring the dulcet tones of Rebecca Barnard and much more and finishing the night rocking on to Daddy Cool.More Info
Albanian Community FestivalSun 7 December 2014 - Sun 7 December 2014
Celebrating Albanian culture this festival features tasty foods, stalls, carnival rides and a stage packed with cultural entertainment.More Info
Twilight Movies in the ParkFri 12 December 2014 - Fri 30 January 2015
As the sun sets in the West gather your friends, family and neighbours to share a picnic dinner under the starts while watching a free family friendly flick.More Info
Yarraville Carols in the GardensSaturday 10 December 2014
The Carols will include performances by the Yarraville-Footscray City Band, internationally acclaimed opera singers and local community groups. The evening will conclude with an appearance by Santa and a spectacular fireworks display.More Info
New Years Eve Fireworks in Footscray ParkWed 31 December 2014 - Wed 31 December 2014
All the excitement of a New Year’s Eve celebration without the late curfew. NYE Fireworks in Footscray park will provide the whole family with a line-up of fantastic stage acts, carnival rides and games, all your favourite food trucks and plenty of free and fun activities for the kids. Fireworks spectacular starts at 9.30pm. This is an alcohol free event.More Info
Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing. Located in the Maribyrnong River valley, it is a historic pipemaking industrial site that has been transformed into a park and wetlands.More Info
The park is home to the Living Museum of the West, which has self-guided tours and hosts a number of exhibitions, activities and special presentations on the cultural history of western Melbourne and the Maribyrnong River.
There are plenty of recreational facilities to enjoy. Have a picnic or barbecue, try fishing for bream from the wharf, go for a river cruise on the Maribyrnong River or sit and relax in the pioneer women’s shelter. You can canoe downstream or walk or cycle on trails in both directions along the Maribyrnong River.
Highpoint Shopping Centre
Highpoint is the home of fashion, food and lifestyle in the West. Newly redeveloped and with over 500 stores to browse, this is a shopper’s paradise. All the top fashion stores including David Jones, TopShop, Zara and Mimco are on offer, spoiling you for choice. Along with Myer, Target, Big W and Woolworths, there’s an exciting range of specialty stores including the new Samsung Experience store. For food lovers, there’s a huge selection to choose from in the Fresh Food Market.
Highpoint is also a great place for entertainment. Catch a movie at Hoyts cinema and digital IMAX theatre, attend a special event or grab a bite to eat at any of the delicious restaurants. Open 7 days.More Info View Map
Heavenly Queen Temple
This recently completed six-building complex is managed by the Heavenly Queen Society and features a memorial hall, souvenir shop, exhibition centre, drum tower, a secondary temple, bell tower, lake pavilion and extensive Chinese gardens. A stainless steel, gold-painted 16 metre statue of the Heavenly Queen (also known as 'Mazu', Lin Mo Liang A.D. 960-987) dominates the Temple site. Modeled on Beijing's Forbidden City, when finished, the Heavenly Queen Temple will be the biggest Chinese temple in Australia.
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The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.
Cycle or walk along the tranquil Maribyrnong River Trail (28km from the city to Brimbank Park) and take in the fantastic views of the Melbourne’s skyline and the river, while passing Flemington Racecourse, Victoria University, sporting clubs, native bushland, riverside parks and other attractions.
Take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary. 2-hour cruises depart from the Footscray Wharf on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.
Learn to row at the Footscray City Rowing Club, with sessions conducted every Sunday at 10am. Grab a rod and try your luck fishing at the Francis Street Fishing Jetty in Footscray. There are also marina facilities at Burndap Reserve in Maribyrnong.
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Newell’s Paddock is a tranquil wetland reserve beside the Maribyrnong River, and home to dozens of bird species, snakes and frogs. It is an ideal location for bird watching with over eighty different bird species sighted including cormorants, herons, ibis, falcons, teals, coots and swans.
The reserve is accessible from the Maribyrnong River Trail and offers excellent views of the Heavenly Queen Temple with its 16 metre high golden statue of Mazu.
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The Western Bulldogs are the proud AFL club of the West. The Whitten Oval has been the Bulldogs' home for generations and remains the squad's training base and administrative headquarters.
Formerly known as the Western Oval, the ground was renamed in honour of legendary Bulldogs player and coach Ted Whitten Sr. The ground hosted 880 AFL/VFL games and 2 finals, prior to the Bulldogs last AFL match there in 1997.
Today, you can visit the ground and see the team train, buy merchandise and enjoy the facilities of the Pound Café. It is also used for events and local league competitions.
Footscray Community Arts Centre
Since its establishment in 1974, the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) has been working with communities and artists to produce community focused arts activities. It is renowned as Australia’s leading centre for contemporary arts and community engagement.
With stunning views over the Maribyrnong River to the city, FCAC comprises two buildings: the heritage listed bluestone Henderson House and The Warehouse. Spaces include the Basement Theatre, Gabriel Gallery, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery and the Performance Space. The family-friendly Happy River Cafe is also based at the Centre.
A regular program of exhibitions, performances, workshops and events are held within these spaces for the public to enjoy. Open seven days.More Info View Map
Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and play. It is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian period public garden in Australia, with formal and informal pathways, garden beds and pergola. Designed in 1911 by noted architect Rodney Alsop, Footscray Park is now heritage listed. Some of its hidden treasures include the Henry Lawson memorial, platypus fountain and a shelter built by Footscray Technical School.
The 15-hectare park provides beautiful views across the Maribyrnong River to Flemington Racecourse and features playgrounds, large open spaces, barbecues, an outdoor stage, ornamental ponds and disabled public toilets. The park is also host to a number of events throughout the year.More Info View Map
Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;
Little Saigon Market, Byron Street, Footscray
There is no better place to shop for affordable fresh food than Footscray. You are spoilt for choice with two fabulous markets.
The Footscray Market is a large bustling indoor market with a wide selection of fresh produce, seafood and general goods. You’ll also find an exotic range of produce including lotus flowers, pigs’ ears and cassava root. Open Tuesday – Saturday.
The Little Saigon Market provides an energizing Asian market shopping experience. There’s a huge range of produce with some stalls offering tasting plates of freshly cut fruit. It is a great place for exotic items, fresh meat and fish along with a wide variety of cheap fruit and veg. It is very popular with the local Vietnamese community. Open seven days.More Info View Map