Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Easter at Docklands: Good Friday Appeal, sport & activities for the kids

    Can you believe it's almost Easter already? Where has the year gone? Whether you're planning to get out and about this long weekend, or just relax with the family, there is plenty to see and do at Docklands.

    Good Friday, 2nd April 2010:

    Eat some fresh seafood at Fish Seafood Grill:
    This Good Friday gives you the perfect reason to indulge is some fresh seafood. At Docklands, Fish Seafood Grill has become famous for its live lobster and Barramundi tanks. It also features a state-of-the-art rotisserie oven that cooks your seafood to perfection while still retaining its flavour.

    Fish Seafood Grill is open on Good Friday and throughout the rest of the weekend, except on Easter Monday. To book for lunch or dinner phone (03) 9640 0686 or visit:

    Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Etihad Stadium
    Dockland's Etihad Stadium will once again play host to this year's Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal. It is the eighth consecutive year that the stadium has held the annual event, and this year it hopes to raise even more much needed funds for the hospital. Free activities and games will be held for the kids throughout the day, with a special appearances by Dora the Explorer from 10am - 4pm.

    Gates open at 9am. Free entry, gold coin donations greatly appreciated. For more information visit:

    Easter Saturday, 3rd April 2010

    AFL - St Kilda versus North Melbourne, Etihad Stadium
    St Kilda will take on North Melbourne as part of Round 2 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday 3 April at 7.10pm. Gates open two hours prior to the match starting time.

    Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster - click here to book online.

    Easter Sunday, 4th April 2010

    Easter in the City
    Celebrate a New Day this Easter Sunday with a free day of activities and entertainment for the whole family. Or you can join the Awakening Easter Sunday March from the State Library steps, down Latrobe Street to the festival at Waterfront City Piazza.

    When: 12.30-4pm
    Where: Waterfront City Piazza, Docklands Drive, Docklands

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    This weekend @ Docklands: Earth Hour, Pizza & Pasta Sunday & footy returns to Etihad

    The weekend is shaping up to be another good one with plenty happening in and around the Docklands precinct. Take a look below at what's happening:

    Earth Hour - Saturday, 27th March 8.30pm:
    A number of Docklands restaurants are getting behind Earth Hour by switching off all unnecessary lights on Saturday 27th March at 8.30pm.

    Show your support of Earth hour by dining at one of these participating Earth Hour restaurants at Docklands:

    • Butchers Grill
    • Bellissimo Cucina & Trattoria
    • BlueFire Churrascaria Grill
    • Fish Seafood Grill
    • Livebait
    • Mecca Bah
    • Saganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill
    • Steakhouse
    • Yum Cha Dragon

    Live lobsters and Barramundi at Fish Seafood Grill:
    If you have ever wanted to experience quality fresh seafood then you must try ordering a lobster or Barramundi from the live tanks at Fish Seafood Grill. Live lobster is cooked to your liking $m.p. You may have it simply grilled with lemon butter, classic Thermador, French Mornay and served with Chef's selection of sides. Live Barramundi ($38) served pan fried with a garlic tomato seafood broth.

    For more info or to book phone: 9640 0686 or visit

    $15 Pizza & Pasta Day at Bellissimo - Every Sunday:
    Each Sunday you can save yourself some dollars with $15 Pizza & Pasta Day at Bellissimo Cucina & Trattoria. Choose a main size pizza, pasta or risotti and pay just $15*. Visit:

    Docklands Sunday Market
    Save some more money by picking up some bargains at the Docklands Sunday Market. Located just off of Docklands Rd, near the corner of Doepel Way, you can find everything from arts to antiques, books to beauty. It opens from 10am to 5pm. More info:

    Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs, Etihad Stadium - Sunday, 28th March:
    Footy is back for 2010! For many it couldn't have come quick enough and at Etihad Stadium, round 1 will kick off when Collingwood takes on Western Bulldogs on Sunday at 2pm.

    Tickets available through Ticketmaster - phone 1300 136 122 or visit

    Image: Waterfront City / *Conditions apply - contact restaurant for details.

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Spoil your mum this Mother's Day with a cruise along the Yarra

    Nothing quite says "I love you mum" than a relaxing cruise along the Yarra. This Mother's Day (Sunday, 9th May) show your mum your appreciation by surprising her with a luxurious brunch or lunch cruise.

    Check out the options below:

    Mother's Day Brunch Cruise - KIDS EAT/CRUISE FREE!
    Cruise Melbourne's waterways this Mother's Day with Rivers. Our grandest vessel - Voyager - departs from Waterfront City Marina at Docklands at 9.45 am for a 2 hour cruise.

    Includes: Live Entertainment, Gourmet brunch style buffet plus tea/coffee
    Bookings: Ph 9285 0000 or online
    Flyer: Download printable flyer
    Time: 9.45 am - 11.45 am
    Date: Sunday 9th May 2010
    Price: Adults: $59, Children 12-16: $29. Children 0-11 up to 2 FREE per booking. Additional children (0-11): $19

    Menu: juice, tea, coffee (additional beverages on consumption), platters of seasonal fruit
    cereals and muesli with fruit compote and yoghurt, selection of freshly baked breads, croissants, muffins, danishes, waffles - all served with Chef’s selection of condiments inc. cream, jam and syrup.

    From the hot buffet: scrambled eggs, continental sausage, bacon, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, hash browns, baked beans.

    Mother's Day Lunch Cruise
    Our grandest vessel - Voyager - departs from Waterfront City Marina at Docklands at 12.45pm for a scenic lunch cruise. Plus Mum has a chance to win some great prizes!

    Includes: Live entertainment, traditional carvery buffet, dessert served to your table and 3 ½ hour cruise
    Bookings: Ph 9285 0000 or online
    Flyer: Download printable flyer
    Date: Sunday 9th May 10
    Price: Adults: $88, Children 0 - 12: $3 x Age (e.g. 10 year old is $30)
    Departs: 12.45pm, returns 4.15pm from Waterfront City, Docklands *vessel subject to change

    For the full lunch menu - click here.

    Alternatively, why take mum to lunch or dinner at a restaurant? Click here for options.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Huey to cook up a storm on Voyager, Docklands - Thursday 18th March, 8am

    Now that he calls Docklands home, Chef Iain "Huey" Hewitson will soon be cooking up a storm out on the water.

    The celebrity chef will be filming a segment for his brand new TV show, Huey's Kitchen, on the bow of the vessel Voyager.

    He will perform a live cooking demonstration at 8am tomorrow (Thursday, 18th March) on the boat at Waterfront City Marina (opposite big TV screens), Docklands.

    If you're in the area, keep your eyes peeled - you may get a special glimpse of his upcoming show!

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival - Central Pier, Docklands

    From 14th to 21st March 2010 catch all the fabulous fashion action at the L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival. A majority of the events, such as the L'Oréal Paris Runway shows, will be held at Central Pier in Docklands.

    Some of the designers showing at Docklands include Sass & Bide, Collette Dinnigan, Dion Lee, and Karen Walker, plus many more.

    For a full schedule of events (PDF download) visit:

    While you're in Docklands for the shows, have a bite or drink at any of the surrounding restaurants, bars, and cafes.

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Docklands Flathead Festival : 15th - 21st March 2010

    Melbourne's fish and chip enthusiasts will love the Flathead Festival, in conjunction with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, at Docklands. Docklands presents a tempting selection of waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars offering a range of cuisines including Japanese, Indian, Italian and Greek, to mention just a few.

    Visit the restaurants to discover their individual variation on traditional fish and chips fitting with their custom cuisine. Or be tempted by the deliciously familiar fish and chips we all love, available at a number of eateries.

    Participating restaurants:
    Bellissimo Cucina & Trattoria - Baramundi fritto served on panzanella salad with parsnip chips and gremolata aioli $29.00
    BlueFire Churrascaria Grill - BlueFire spiced whole flounder on a sweet corn chili salsa with battered plantain chips $28.00
    Butchers Grill - Roasted blue eye fillet with a charred pepper, artichoke & feta salad and toasted pita chips $30.00
    Fish Seafood Grill - Grilled barramundi fillet on a Mediterranean salad with herb polenta chips and a garlic aioli $29.00
    Livebait - Chili & coriander crusted rockling fillet with wakame seaweed salad, tempura vegetable chips and wasabi lime mayonnaise $34.00
    Mecca Bah - Char-grilled swordfish fillet with Moroccan spices served on minted couscous salad with egg plant chips $24.00
    Rivers Restaurant Cruises & Boat Charters - Pan fried rockling fillets over tomato & olive risotto with a chive veloute and sweet potato chips
    Saganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill - Semolina crusted baby snapper fillets on crisp potato wedges with feta and a fennel, olive & caper salsa $28.00
    Steakhouse - Poppy seed battered red emperor fillets served with a barbeque garlic tartar, sweet pickle and baked potato chips $30.00
    Yum Cha Dragon - Lightly battered salt & pepper rockling fillets on fried noodles, vegetables and oyster sauce with onion chips $28.00

    For a day out on the weekend, visit Docklands on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st to take advantage of the free music and family entertainment that will bring the waterfront to life - including cooking demonstrations, jumping castles, face painting and more.

    For more information visit: - Or click here to download the brochure.

    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Long weekend @ Docklands: Cabaret Cruise, Car show, ice skating, market & more!

    Everybody loves a long weekend and at Docklands there is plenty to see and do. Check out what's on this weekend:

    Elvis Cabaret Cruise - Saturday 6th March, 7pm
    Looking for a way to kick up your heels this weekend? Then look no further with Rivers' Elvis Cabaret Cruise. This scenic 3.5 hour cruise will be choc-full of all your favourite Elvis songs, thanks to the vocal talent of impersonator Geoff Kennedy. You can also enjoy a 3-course meal and live floor show as you admire views of Docklands, Port Melbourne, Williamstown and St Kilda. Price: $99 per person - click here for more information.

    'Born in the USA' Lincoln Car Club Display - Saturday 6th March, 10am
    See Victoria's best car display this weekend. Featuring Mustang, Cadillac, Corvette, Chev, Thunderbird, Lincoln, Ford, Buik and more. With live bands from 12pm, it's a day out for the whole family. FREE EVENT. For more information visit:

    Docklands Market - Every Sunday
    There are plenty of bargains to be found at the Docklands Sunday Market. Located just off Docklands Rd, near the corner of Doepel Way, you can find everything from arts to antiques, books to beauty. It opens from 10am to 5pm. More info:

    Ice-skating activities at Icehouse
    Come and test out your skills on the ice with a number of weekend activities at Docklands' brand new Icehouse. From Friday night to Sunday there are a range of events for all the family to enjoy including '80s Countdown, Ice SK8 Party (kid's disco) and Sunday Blues. Each event is set to a special sound and lights system, including a DJ playing music for you to skate to. Check out the full range of activities here:

    All-you-eat Yum Cha - Yum Cha Dragon

    Use the weekend to take advantage of this great dining deal - "Unlimited Yum Cha" at Yum Cha Dragon.
    $39.50 per person Monday to Saturday
    $48.00 per person on Sunday
    Children (4-12 y.o.) $29.50

    To book phone: (03) 9329 6868 0r visit:

    Terms & Conditions: Chef’s selection, trolley service only. Valid lunch & dinner. Not valid with any other offer, special event, discount or on Public Holidays. All diners at the table must order the package. Bookings of 21+ must be pre paid via Head Office, ph (03) 9285 0000

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    Huey's Cooking Adventures finds a new home at Docklands

    Guess who is now calling Docklands home? Yes it's Chef Iain "Huey" Hewitson and the team behind his popular Huey's Cooking Adventures television show. In a brand new two-year deal, Huey will cook up a storm at Docklands thanks to a custom-built studio which is currently under construction.

    In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the celebrity chef as he shoots his cooking show on location around Waterfront City, Docklands. You may even get a handy cooking tip or two!

    For more information, visit:


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