Melbourne Docklands - The Transformation

The area now known as Docklands was once a hunting and meeting place for local Aboriginal people before it became one of Victoria’s first and busiest ports. The last 10 years has seen Melbourne Docklands transform from a disused and derelict part of the city into a new harbourside destination and key drawcard for business, residents and visitors.

While Docklands continues to transform into a modern residential, commercial and visitor destination, this 190 hectare site – the same size as the original central business district, including 44 hectares of water – plays an increasingly important role in the growth of Melbourne as a global city, helping secure it as the world’s most liveable city in 2011.

Places Victoria (successor to VicUrban) is the Victorian Government’s land development agency, helping to meet the challenges of population growth and increased housing demand. Places Victoria facilitates large-scale urban renewal – for residential and mixed-use purposes – within established areas of Melbourne and strategic locations in regional Victoria.

Places Victoria delivers Docklands in partnership with developers and the City of Melbourne, and is responsible for administering the precinct development agreements. Its objective is to promote, encourage and coordinate the successful development of Melbourne Docklands as a thriving waterfront destination.

Illustrations, diagrams and plans shown in this website are artist impressions for presentation purposes only and are subject to change.

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