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Published June 30th 2018
Spotswood is the spot you need to explore this weekend
Spotswood is about seven kilometres south-west of the Melbourne CBD. Hudson Street has a shopping and cafe district with several pubs nearby. The eastern part of the suburb near the industrial part of the Yarra also has several notable attractions and a trail along the water.
View of Spotswood from the Westgate Bridge. Credits: Wikipedia, User: Mick Stanic
Candied Bakery is at 81A Hudson Street in Spotswood and is open daily until 4pm (closed Mondays). Their website states they are "An Aussie bakery with an American twist and a dash of European influence". If you want a lamington, cookie, or a fruit bun, for energy as you walk around Spotswood, this is the place to go.
Mabel and Woods is on the main shopping strip in Spotswood at 3/88 Hudsons Road. They offer a range of affordable yet swomen's womens fashions including dresses, jeans, knitwear, and jackets. The store opens daily at 10am and closes 4pm Saturdays, at 5pm Mondays to Wednesdays, and 6pm on other days.
Urban Salvage have beautiful, unique recycled woods, for anyone planning that next renovation. The showroom is at 190A Hall Street (Spotswood), and they are open from 7.30am to 4pm on weekdays, and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays.
Cafes and Restaurants
Duchess of Spotswood is at a popular location at 87 Hudsons Road. This spacious cafe with outdoor seating serves breakfast and brunch. The menu includes but isn't limited to tempting pancakes, croquettes, and specialty pork dishes. Hours are 7am to 3pm during the weekdays, and 8am to 3pm on weekends.
Chase Kitchen is nearby at number 80. The menu includes traditional breakfast dishes like Eggs Benedict, some vegetarian options like omelettes, and salads, sandwiches, and toasties for lunch. A great review of Chase is here. They are open Mondays 8am to 4pm, and weekdays to 5pm.
Parks and Sporting Facilities
Riverside Park runs along the river on the East side of the suburb, with some sweeping industrial landscapes, and the Bay Trail (west) running North to South along the border of the suburb.
David McLean Reserve is on The Avenue in Spotswood and borders the freeway. It has plenty of open space and includes some ovals, and is mostly used by the local sporting groups in the area.
Attractions and Sites in Spotswood
Spotswood is best known (particularly by enthusiastic youngsters) for the Scienceworks museum (and nearby Planetarium). This museum has extensive displays and interactive exhibits that showcase the scientific and historical impact of innovation in Victoria. It is open 10am to 4.30pm everyday, and is located at 2 Booker Street in Spotswood.
Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood. Credits: Wikimedia Commons, Cameron Burke
According to the Memorial Park website, this site next to the West Gate Bridge was formed "in memory of those who lost their lives during the construction of the West Gate Bridge in 1970, and as a result of the Spotswood Yarra Sewer Tunnel collapse in 1895". It is a sombre place, but an important memorial.
Pubs and Breweries
Spottiswoode Hotel is at 62 Hudsons Road, and they serve a wide range of craft beers, wine, and a dining menu. There is also a beer garden for warmer months, and live entertainment, with more information available here. They are open to 11pm Sundays, midnight Monday to Wednesday, and 1am on other days.
Two Birds Brewing is at 136 Hall Street in Spotswood, and they are known as "Australia's First Female Owned Brewery". The Spotswood location is laid out well, with a tasting room, casual dining area, and tours of the brewery are also available. Two Birds are open Thursdays 4-9pm, Fridays noon to 11pm, Saturdays noon to 11pm, and Sundays noon to 9pm, and closed other days of the week.
How to get to Spotswood
Spotswood is 20 minutes drive from the city, or you can take the train towards Werribee, and get off at Spotswood.