Spotswood Industrial Heritage Walking Tours (2016)

Spotswood was once the thriving industrial heart of Melbourne. The Art & Industry Festival invites you to join the Spotswood Industrial Heritage Walking Tour and find out more.

The tour takes participants on a journey from Spotswood’s agricultural beginnings to its transformation into an important industrial centre for Melbourne. Spotswood has contributed to history in unexpected ways. Australian Consolidated Industries invented the 375ml ‘stubbie’ in the glass factory on the corner of Simcock Avenue and Booker Street, where they are still produced today for Carlton United Breweries. The tour also features the iconic Spotswood Pumping Station, which was built in the 1890s as a key component of the Melbourne Sewerage Scheme. It played a vital role in helping to overcome the city’s early sanitation problems, and has since been awarded heritage status.

The Spotswood Industrial Heritage Walking Tour utilises the Museums Victoria Spotswood Industrial Tour App. However, people with or without devices can attend. Follow our guide and listen to their audio at each stop, or download the app before leaving home and follow the guide listening to your own device. The app uses audio, video, and historical photographs to paint a picture of the evolution of Spotswood.

Event Details

Bookings essential

Book by phone: 03 9932 4310

Book in person: Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre,
cnr Nelson Place and Syme Street, Williamstown
(open everyday 9:00am-5:00pm)

Meet outside the entrance to Scienceworks,
2 Booker Street, Spotswood

Thurs  24 Nov 2016, 5:30- 7:30pm
Sun  27 Nov 2016, 9:30-11:30am


Participants should bring drinking water and wear walking shoes and as we are outdoors with no shelter, please dress according to the weather forecast for the day. The duration of the tour is approximately two hours.