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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #1
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Weird & Wonderful Williamstown

Obviously a very popular part of Williamstown ...



But let's look behind the scenes!

Newport Station ... if you don't have a Harley-Davidson or an Alfa-Romeo, here you will quietly alight from the train and await for the shuttle ...



There are only three stations down the line: North Willi, Willi Beach, & Willi. There used to be a Willi Pier ... I got off at North Willi. Note the bricked-in windows.



I lingered a little at the North Williamstown Railway Museum, but that is another story ...



The Rifle Range (West Williamstown) shopping centre ... there's even a Safeway's here ...



Two Victorian Premiers resided in this suburb. I rang the bell on the front-door of the big house here, but a lady in a polka-dot dress told me to go away.



Jaw-Bone Point ... this entire area (including the houses above) was formerly the Rifle-Range, so apparently the plants and the birds that missed the bullets have sort of survived intact. The plastic tree-guards are for re-vegetation ...



A very interesting bit of coastline here. These little harbours have been hand-fashioned from lumps of basalt, and are arguably, the oldest structures still in use in Melbourne ... and of immense historical significance. There's lot's more of them ... behind the fence.



Almost from the same point ... Williamstown Beach ...
This is the first beach I knew, or at least, the first beach I remember .



Extreme sports on Williamstown Beach ...



Quiet contemplation ... this is the ship, denied entry to port, that will lead to the Feds assuming control of the Port of Melbourne ...



The Rotunda ... and Norfolk Island Pines.



Geelong has poles with faces on the foreshore, but this ain't bad ...



Purely mindless reflection ... and lumps of rock.



The Gateway to Paradise ... Williamstown Botanic Gardens.



Dominion over Palm and Pine ...



Williamstown is very narrow ... cross the tracks ...



and you're back in town.



Across the Bay, the city calls you ...



I may not have a decent photo of Nelson Place, but who could miss the Castlemaine?



Very busy here ...



$15 for an hour for a sail on the Enterprize ...



The Customs House sells Fish n' Chips now ... (and what happened to the Post Office?)



A favourite bit of Nelson Place for me ...



And even though it needs a bit of paint ...



Just up the road ... the "Titanic"



Only in Williamstown do you see a streetscape like this ...



More old but charming buildings (in the same street):



And some that people live in (just around the corner):



Some children of boat-people trying to hitch a ride back home ... I went back on the train; it was crowded.


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Quiet contemplation ... this is the ship, denied entry to port, that will lead to the Feds assuming control of the Port of Melbourne ...

Some children of boat-people trying to hitch a ride back home ... I went back on the train; it was crowded.
lol Thanks Yardmaster, great tour.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #3
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Well down, thanks for the photos ..

Interestingly I have seen this same drinking fountain dotted around a couple of inner-city Sydney parks such as Beare Park in Elizabeth Bay

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Love willi... Great photos. Great place in summer.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 03:28 AM   #5
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Great tour of another favourite place Yardie: your photo skills are very high - i wish i had them: you have captured the shantey town spirit (as in sea shanties, not houses) of Williamstown perfectly.

Which reminds me, HMAS Castlemaine is another little one to be added to The Collector's list of Melbourne's wonderful museums. The combination of a ship and my old hometown name, how could i resist it - and there is a fine
collection of naval memorabilia in the wardroom of the ship.

When friends had an overseas family coming in and wanted a suggestion for something to do with them on a Sunday, i had no hesitation in recommending the ferry ride from St Kilda over to Willie, and lunch in one of the world's best fish'n'chip cafes there on Nelson Place.

Also, in a time of minor trouble many years ago, i fondly remember spending a healing afternoon there in Williamstown Botanical Gardens, which are well worth a visit.

My contribution to the thread: The historic 1853 Time Ball on Point Gellibrand is - along with Greenwich, London - one of only five still-working time balls in the world .




From 1934 to 1987 it had a 30ft brick extension and operated as a lighthouse. The extension was removed in 1989 and the time ball restored by Williamstown Rotary.

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A couple of very old and two recent postcards of Williamstown.







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Great pics, what am interesting place, I can't say I have been to this part of Melbourne. They view is sensational.

How long does it take to get there from the CBD by:

Car
Ferry (if there is one)
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Great pics, what am interesting place, I can't say I have been to this part of Melbourne. They view is sensational.

How long does it take to get there from the CBD by:

Car
Ferry (if there is one)
Choo Choo
Car is 15-20 minutes via the West Gate Bridge (depending on traffic - the West Gate Freeway is one of Australias busiest and most congested)

Ferry from Southbank or St. Kilda. (cant remember the exact time)

Train Werribee line or Williamstown line from city (peak hour Mon-Fri only). Out of these times take the Werribee. its about 20-25 minutes (again depending on how Connex feels on the day..!)

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I remember taking the train there, newport was full of druggies
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Old August 20th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #10
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Car is 15-20 minutes via the West Gate Bridge (depending on traffic - the West Gate Freeway is one of Australias busiest and most congested)

Ferry from Southbank or St. Kilda. (cant remember the exact time)

Train Werribee line or Williamstown line from city (peak hour Mon-Fri only). Out of these times take the Werribee. its about 20-25 minutes (again depending on how Connex feels on the day..!)

thanks, yeah it looks reasonably close to the CBD, certainly some of the best views.
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Does anyone know the history of the gates at the Gardens?
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The imposing cast iron lacework gates on Osborne Street (built in Glasgow), were relocated from 'Fairlie' (mansion) in South Yarra in 1912.

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I took this one 2-3 years ago during the Brisbane- Geelong prelim final

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The funny thing is that 30 years ago Willy was a pure backwarters dump even the now classy and highpriced Strand was very ordinary.The other unique thing about "Town" is there are no through roads and the railway was as is the end of the line which gives the place a sort of village feel..
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williamstown looks like a really nice place, calm and nice, yet not too far away... i take iti it's quite expencive to move there?
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Some pics I took in Williamstown last November and forgot to post:





















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I love Williamstown. Probably the prettiest suburb in Melbourne's west.
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I have always longed to visit this part of Melbourne. Lovely village atmosphere and it given its location and setting appears much further from the city than you think it is!!!

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LOLOLOL. I would have been at Williamstown High by now but noooooo. My parents made me go schooling in Altona with boganss. Yarraville is nice too
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LOLOLOL. I would have been at Williamstown High by now but noooooo. My parents made me go schooling in Altona with boganss. Yarraville is nice too
I went to WHS from Year 7 to 11, it was a great little school (ableit for the US-style schoolyard hierarchy of lacrosse players). Aside from that Williamstown has the vibe of some left-wing Cape Cod, Massachusetts fishing village.
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