Footscray is a bustling suburb in Melbourne’s inner west, full of exciting events and festivals, places to relax and experience nature, delicious and diverse food offerings and a thriving arts and culture scene.
With more than 135 different cultural communities living here, Footscray is renowned for its diversity which has fostered a vital street life like no other.
Things to do and see
Footscray and surrounding areas offer a wealth of events and activities all year round. From community events, classes, markets, fairs and exhibitions through to African and Asian street festivals to large scale, internationally renowned events, there’s something for everyone.
Footscray is home to some amazing open spaces, parks and gardens, including a tranquil wetland reserve that is home to dozens of bird species and other wildlife. Footscray Park is unique in the history of the inner city, and is home to one of the largest intact Edwardian Gardens in Australia; noted for its botanical collection, ornamental ponds and garden structures.
The picturesque Maribyrnong River borders Footscray on one side, with Flemington on the other and offers superb views of Melbourne city. The river has boatside facilities where one can launch a kayak or canoe or take a river cruise with commentary. Perfect for picnics, fishing, bike riding and walks through the well maintained footpaths. The Heavenly Queen Temple with its stunning 16 meter high statue is located next to the Maribyrnong River and is easily seen while on a leisurely walk.
Location and access
Footscray is a short 6k from the CBD and all trains stop at Footscray Station, only 3 stops from Southern Cross (in Melbourne’s CBD) on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury and Watergardens lines. Many different bus routes service the area and the Moonee Ponds tram finishes in central Footscray near the train station.