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Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park (Williamstown)




Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park is a new regional park that has been created to protect the cultural heritage values and coastal character of the area, whilst providing a range of visitor facilities and passive open space opportunities.

Take a walk along the foreshore and enjoy the view of Port Phillip Bay and the city of Melbourne. Have a picnic down by the water and enjoy the sea breeze or a barbecue at Quarry Picnic Area. Discover the history of the area, including Point Gellibrand's most significant landmark, the Timeball Tower.

Point Gellibrand has a rich history. It was the site of Victoria’s first permanent settlement and seaport and was crucial to the initial growth of the state. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past by visiting Fort Gellibrand, marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower or step back to a time when Point Gellibrand’s piers were the only gateway to a new colony.

Cycling along the Bay Trail that takes you around Port Phillip Bay is a popular activity. Try fishing or take your dog for a walk. Explore the rocks at Shelly Beach.

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The park with historical elements has large areas of grass interspersed with patches of bushes and criss-crossed by gravel paths. It's an ideal place to take a dog for a walk. A walk around the whole area would take about 15-20 minutes.

The south end has a nice playground which has tables, BBQs, water tap and toilets.

In this area there are some cannons set on a hill behind a wire mesh fence. Fort Gellibrand was formidable in its heyday. A nine-gun battery stood imposingly along a prominent bluestone wall.

The north west corner (near the Williamstown Railway Station) has a large shelter with tables.

There are a number of information boards which describe some of the historical aspects of the area. Victoria's first permanent and seaport was established in 1835 at Point Gellibrand. Australia's first observatory, timeball tower and shipbuilding industry were located here and the distribution of supplies, particularly crucial during the gold rush, occurred from here for years.

In the north east corner are a number of historical artefacts including the Timeball Tower which was originally built as a lighthouse in 1849. During this period a canvas bound timeball was hoisted up an adjacent flagstaff and dropped at exactly 1pm every day. On the 1st of September 1926 the operations of the timeball tower were discontinued.

There is a plaque celebrating the building of the first Electric Telegraph Station in the Southern Hemisphere in 1854 at Point Gellibrand which linked the distant colony to England.

The Hulk Anchor on display was a mooring anchor (circa 1820) which was recovered in Hobson's Bay near Gellibrand Point in 1990. One fluke is bent back along the shank to protect the permanently moored ship from being holed as the tide receded.

A Breakwater Memorial Stone (1855) is an historic basalt marker which formerly stood upon the approaches to Breakwater Pier and was erected to commemorate inauguration of the construction of the breakwater and of the Williamstown, Mount Alexander & Murray River Railway Station by private enterprise.

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Battery Road,  Williamstown 3016, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
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Map: 56 Ref: F11

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Link Point Gellibrand Heritage Park (Parks Victoria)

Link Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park Map

Link Park note - Point Gelibrand Coastal Heritage Park (PDF)



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