Polly Woodside Restored and Reopened
Melbourne’s iconic Polly Woodside has been lovingly restored with support from Major Projects Victoria. Be one of the first to walk the plank or find buried treasure during Pirate Sundays this January.
Iconic Victorian attraction the Polly Woodside is again set to be the flagship of Melbourne’s maritime precinct after Tourism and Major Events Minister Louise Asher helped relaunch the much-loved tall ship last month, on 23 December.
The popular vessel reopened after a $3.6 million restoration by the National Trust of Australia. The renewal work is supported by an $8.5 million Major Projects Victoria commitment to refurbish the surrounding Duke’s & Orr’s Dry Dock.
Around 100,000 visitors are now expected to explore the Polly Woodside each year to:enjoy the new Interpretation Centre and gain real insight into life on-board a tall ship
watch Polly’s story on film and follow the 1904 journey of the ship’s carpenter, George Andrews, and
put all hands on deck to load the ship or make a hot rivet.
During 2011 there will also be an action-packed calendar of events for families with young children including:
weekly story-time for children aged 2 – 7 years
pirate Sundays to find buried treasure, walk the plank and make pirate arts and crafts, and
Peter Pan performances during the January school holidays.
The recent restoration is expected to boost both the Victorian economy and tourism sector, deliver more local jobs and encourage more visitors to South Wharf and Melbourne’s unique maritime precinct.
For more information about the new Polly Woodside attraction visit the official website of Victoria