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
Ethiopian New Year FestivalSaturday 6 September 2014
This vibrant community festival celebrates the Ethiopian New Year and features traditional dance, music and a coffee ceremony at Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the celebration. Free event.More Info
Children’s Lantern FestivalSaturday 20 September 2014
Celebrating the traditional old story of the Full Moon. The Children’s Lantern Festival is a great way to enjoy the coming together of the old and the new to celebrate this Vietnamese Cultural Festival. Children and families can enjoy the lead up activities and take part in the cultural experience of the Lantern parade, where many glowing lanterns light up the streets along the parade route.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.
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
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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