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Pirate Sundays @ Polly Woodside

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Shiver Me Timbers - Pirates Have Taken Over Polly Woodside
Polly Woodside Pirate Sundays
X Marks the Spot for Treasure Hunters at Polly Woodside!

Hoist the main sail me hearties! We're off to Polly Woodside, where the first Sunday of each month has been taken over by pirates!

X' marks the spot on Pirate Days at Polly Woodside. You're welcome to join the crew and come and play in your best pirate garb - Polly Parrot optional.

While you're there you can search for buried treasure, play tug-of-war, walk the plank, try your hook-hand at pirate arts and crafts and have your face painted (but mind the eye-patch).

Polly Woodside
Polly Woodside looks calm now but....

Normal admission prices apply for Pirate Sundays, and weekend opening hours are 10.00am - 4.00pm. Bookings are not required. Polly Woodside is closed on major public holidays - New Years Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day. You're strongly advised to check the website before your visit as seasonal changes occur from time to time.

But shiver-me-timbers, why wait until Pirate Sunday? You can book your own private function, be it a party, wedding or corporate 'do', on the Polly Woodside. Booking details here. And what's more, Polly Woodside is open to group and educational bookings all year round. Phone 8663 7260 to inquire.

Polly Woodside is readily accessible by public transport. Train travellers can train it to Southern Cross station, and catch tram 96, 109 or 112 to tram stop number 124A (Casino). Tram routes 70 and the City Circle Tram all stop at D5 Wurundjeri Way on South Wharf. Make your way towards the Yarra River, via Siddeley Street and across the Seafarers pedestrian bridge.

Seafarers Pedestrian Bridge
Seafarers Pedestrian Bridge (Photo: City of Melbourne)

Car parking can be purchased at South Wharf Shopping Centre, or the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

And if your pirating days are numbered and the law catches up, you can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol and Polly Woodside on a combo pass, thanks to the National Trust. The combo pass allows for entry into the famous Old Melbourne Gaol and the Polly Woodside Tall Ship for only $30, a saving of up to $11 per person. Even better, the two locations are linked by the free City Circle Tram. The 'Combo Pass' is available for purchase at either location.

So what are you waiting for? Get down to Polly Woodside, or ye'll be fed to the sharks. Aaarrr!
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When: 1st Sunday of each month
Phone: General Enquiries 03 9656 9804, Education and Group Bookings 03 8663 7260, Birthday Parties 03 8663 7260
Where: Polly Woodside, on South Wharf near South Wharf Shopping Centre and Melbourne Convention Centre
Cost: Adult: $16.00, Concession: $13.00, Child: $9.50, Family: $42.00 and Single Family: $32.00
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