Get cash back for a Docklands staycation

Book a two-night stay in Docklands and take your pick from 400 experiences, from fine-dining to football, to get a $210 rebate through the Docklands Dollars program.

The rebate aims to help local businesses bounce back after all the challenges of COVID-19 by enticing people to stay and play in Docklands, and discover its hidden secrets.

We supported Docklands Dollars with one of our $100,000 Precinct Activation grants. This funding is part of the $100 million Melbourne City Recovery Fund, a partnership with the Victorian Government.

Johanna Maxwell, President of the Docklands Chamber of Commerce, said there’s lots to love about Docklands.

‘Whether you want a romantic getaway or a family adventure, Docklands has something for everyone. Just stay two nights and redeem your Docklands Dollars at participating businesses,’ Johanna said.

10 ways to spend your Docklands Dollars

  1. Enjoy fine dining, desserts and coffee
  2. Kayak in the moonlight or take a spin on an Aqua Donut
  3. Go ice-skating at O’Brien Icehouse
  4. Shop or see a movie at District Docklands
  5. Ride dodgems at Cirque Electriq
  6. Snap a selfie at ArtVo
  7. Stroll along the foreshore to spot street art and superyachts
  8. See a bird’s-eye view of the city from the Melbourne Star
  9. Take the whole family to the footy
  10. Have a gourmet picnic in a park while the kids run around

To browse more participating businesses, visit Docklands Dollars after registrations open at midday on Monday 29 March.

Johanna said the Docklands Chamber of Commerce helped local businesses stick together and access support during COVID-19.

As restrictions evolved, the group arranged music-filled markets and invited buglers to play on the water’s edge on ANZAC Day, a moving experience that will be reprised in 2021.

‘People have said that Docklands doesn’t have soul, but we do have soul and we’ve got heart and we’ve got great people ready to welcome visitors back to their businesses,’ Johanna said.

‘Our members are all working together towards the same thing, and that keeps businesses trading, motivated and offering great-quality experiences for visitors.

‘People are slowly coming back to the city, and I could really feel the buzz around Marvel Stadium last Saturday night, but we need visitors to get behind Docklands Dollars and come and stay.

‘We are very grateful for the support of Development Victoria and the Melbourne City Recovery Fund, without which Docklands Dollars would not be possible.’

What’s on in your neighbourhood

The Docklands Chamber of Commerce is just one of the local precinct associations making the most of the $100,000 Precinct Activation grants.

Plans are also taking shape for activations in the central city, Kensington, Carlton and beyond.

Precinct associations are using the grants to stimulate local foot traffic and spending through on-street events and promotions, reduce membership fees for businesses and create five-year strategic plans.

To find out more about these exciting offerings as they take shape, and support local traders year round, browse businesses and events near you at What’s On Melbourne.

What are precinct associations?

Precinct business associations provide a forum for member businesses to share ideas and develop new ways to promote their retail areas and encourage visitation.

We work closely with precinct associations and encourage businesses to become a member of these groups to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer.

The following groups have been awarded Precinct Activation funding through the Melbourne City Recovery Fund:

  • Carlton Inc.
  • Chinatown Precinct Association
  • City Precinct
  • Collins Street Precinct Group
  • Docklands Chamber of Commerce
  • Greek Precinct Association
  • North and West Melbourne Precinct Association
  • Kensington Business Association
  • Yarra River Business Association

If you own a business and want to become a member of your local precinct association, contact the group directly. Find out more about precinct associations.

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