Discover Maribyrnong

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

Things to see and do

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  • Footscray Park

    Footscray Park

    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.

    Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and

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  • Footscray Markets

    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.

     

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

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  • Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    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.

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Newell's Paddock

    Newell's Paddock

    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.

     

    Newell’s Paddock is a tranquil wetland reserve beside the Maribyrnong River, and home to dozens o

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  • Pipemakers Park

    Pipemakers Park

    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.
    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.

    Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing.

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