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Polly Woodside Tall Ship in Melbourne, Australia

Polly Woodside

Polly Woodside Tall Ship, Melbourne, Australia

We recently visited the Polly Woodside Tall Ship which is located in the heart of Melbourne’s South Wharf precinct. The Polly Woodside was originally built in 1885 and operated as a cargo vessel, travelling 1.5 million kilometres around the world.  She was sold to the  National Trust for one cent in 1968 and volunteers undertook a ten year restoration of the ship. We were staying at the Hilton South Wharf which is right next door and had booked their family fun package which included a family pass to the Polly Woodside (You can read our review of the Hilton South Wharf Family Fun Package here).

Our two boys aged 8 & 9 were not particularly excited about going to the Polly Woodside but had to admit that they were pleasantly surprised and had an absolutely amazing time. We managed to time our visit with one of the guided tours where the kids become the First Mates of the ship. Our guide was fantastic and made the kids the stars of the tour – making them learn what kind of work was done around the ship, including hauling the sails and scrubbing the decks (he also kept us adults entertained with his witty comments). They had a fun time exploring the ship while actually learning about the hardship and adventure of life at sea during the 1800’s.

After you have explored the ship there is a little museum with artefacts from the original ship as well as a small theatre which shows a short film about the Polly Woodside and its history.

The Polly Woodside is currently only open on Saturdays & Sundays from 10.00am to 4.00pm but open every day during school holidays.

On the first Sunday of every month the Polly Woodside has a Pirate Day where you can go dressed up and search for treasure and enjoy pirate fun and games.

General Admission pricing is as follows;

  • Adult – $16
  • Concession – $13
  • Child (3-15years) $9.50
  • Family (2 adults & 2 children) $43
  • Single Family (1 adult & 2 children) $32
  • Additional child $5
  • There are also combination passes available with the Old Melbourne Gaol which is another National Trust attraction.

For more information or to take a 3D virtual tour of the ship go to