Seaworks is an active and vibrant maritime site nestled in the heart of Victoria’s historic seaport of Williamstown. The 2.7ha site is governed by the Seaworks Foundation, a not-for-profit company set up to develop it into Victoria’s premier maritime precinct devoted to the preservation of, and education about, the state’s maritime history. The Seaworks site has been pivotal to Australia’s Maritime History as the place where the Enterprize set anchor during the foundation of Melbourne in 1835, the facility for ship repairs during World War II, and serviced and built vessels for the Port of Melbourne, Australia’s first independent port authority and busiest port operations.
The site is a working deep-water port and Melbourne’s key mooring site for visiting local and international tall ships and other historic vessels. It is the magnificent setting for a diverse calendar of cultural, food and wine, and vibrant events that engages the broader community. Additionally, it is the home to the Pirates Tavern and the Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre the latter of which exhibits some of the stories from Victoria’s Maritime history and houses the Seaworks Maritime Library and Photo Collection comprising 3500 books and 21,000 photos of vessels.
The Seaworks Foundation has produced a Precinct Plan setting out its overriding redevelopment plan for the site. It has also produced a Conservation Management Plan to guide that redevelopment from a conservation perspective. Work has already begun and funding received to develop key buildings at Seaworks in a bid to further activate the site.
It is the City of Hobsons Bay’s second biggest tourist attraction. Redevelopment of the site is already under way and with an enviable view of Melbourne’s skyline, it will become one of Melbourne’s most exciting destinations.