Out and About

Things to do and see

The Maribyrnong River, winding its way through Footscray is just one of many activity and recreation hubs of our town. Offering superb views of Melbourne city, why not take a stroll, jog or bike along the Maribyrnong River Trail?

Footscray is home to some amazing open spaces, parks and gardens, including Newell’s Paddock, a tranquil wetland reserve that is home to dozens of bird species, snakes, frogs and other wildlife.

Footscray Park is unique in the history of the inner city, and is home to one of the largest in-tact Edwardian Gardens in Australia. The park is noted for its botanical collection, ornamental ponds and garden structures and is a lovely place to take a stroll, or just relax and soak in the scenery.

For something more leisurely, take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary from the cruise, which depart from Footscray Wharf. You can get yourself out on the water and join a ‘learn to row’ session, run by Footscray Rowing Club, or if you prefer to keep to the shoreline, take your rod and reel and try your luck at the Francis Street Fishing Jetty.

Check out our Guide to Footscray for a handy list and a map of attractions and places to visit in Footscray.

The beautiful Newell's Paddock
The beautiful Newell’s Paddock


Footscray is the location for many of the events on Maribyrnong’s Festival City calendar. Whether it’s Lunar New Year celebrations each year, Feasting in Footscray as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Setting Sun Film festival or the ever popular St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, there’s something for everyone on the festival calendar – here in Footscray.

Footscray for Students

Victoria University has two campuses in the heart of Footscray and it’s students benefit from a vibrant student life in and around the City.

Footscray has all the elements of a thriving university town: tens of thousands of university students, hundreds of eating places, a strong arts and cultural scene, and more!

Check out VU’s website for more information on Footscray’s student scene.