Polly Woodside Tours
Launched in Belfast in 1885 at a time when sailing for commercial shipping was starting to come to an end, the three-masted Polly Woodside would go on to sail nearly a million miles across all corners of the globe. She rounded Cape Horn 16 different times, and carried everything from nitrate to wheat across the seven seas. During World War II, she served in New Guinea as a supply ship before returning back to Australia, with her owners eventually choosing to scuttle the ship in the early 1960s. Thankfully, a group of local maritime enthusiasts saw the historic and educational value in preserving the crumbling ship, and worked out a deal where it was sold to the National Trust for only a single cent. When visiting the Polly Woodside today, which has been masterfully and expertly restored, visitors will walk the wooden decks and go below in the holds—experiencing life as it would have been while sailing out on the seas. Hear the rations allotted to sailors while harnessing wind between ports, and try your hand at maritime skills like sewing or cutting cloth. It’s amazing to think that early Australians arrived on ships just like these, and it’s a classic dose of Australian history in the heart of Melbourne’s downtown.
Address: 21 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia VIC 3006, Australia
Hours: Open daily 10am-4pm
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Polly Woodside
See Melbourne’s vibrant city on-board an open-top double decker bus. Melbourne is renown for it’s major sporting and cultural events, stylish fashion, the arts, food and wine and much more! Explore and see the city’s major attractions, bustling laneways, cafes and beaches at your own leisure as you hop on and hop off at any of the 27 stops located in the city and surrounds including the popular seaside suburb of St Kilda. With panoramic views and an informative audio commentary this is truly the best way to experience and enjoy this cosmopolitan city. Select the city sights tour or the St Kilda beach tour, or do both all for the same price, the choice is yours!
Enjoy a new perspective of Melbourne’s port and Docklands area as you cruise down the Yarra River toward Hobson’s Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s history as a 19th-century port town while watching the sights go by on this narrated tour.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Polly Woodside hours of operation?
Polly Woodside hours of operation: Open daily 10am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Polly Woodside?
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