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Polly Woodside - Melbourne's Tall Ship Story

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Address: Melbourne Maritime Museum 2A Clarendon St | South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Phone Number: 03 9699 9760
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Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on...

Step aboard and join the crew on the Polly Woodside and experience life on board a real tall ship in the 1800s. Discover a new world of maritime adventure through an interactive gallery, immersive theatre and special events.

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Great ship to see

Just around the corner from the convention centre. Looks nice and great from the outside. A decent visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2016
Kiran K
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought tickets for this at a discounted price when we visited the Melbourne Gaol (combo tickets). My son joined the tour led by Justin. Justin was fabulous - funny, entertaining and engaging for all the children in the group despite ranging in age from 3 yrs to 10 yrs. It was one of my son's highlights of our trip... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Just around the corner from the convention centre. Looks nice and great from the outside. A decent visit.

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Thank Kiran K
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

What a wonderful visit. We arrived to the front where we were greeted so nicely by a lady who made us feel so welcome, and luckily we had arrived just in time for a kids session. Our 3.5 year old and 2 year old with us and Justin made the day just wonderful, he managed to entertain our young children... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

More suitable for kids for the crew call. Besides that, adults will find it boring. It is an interesting ship, but the journey there is a little long when you can finish the visit in less than an hour, and the place is too quiet without much surprises.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

My son and his kids had a lovely experience with the pirates show face painting and having a tour of the ship took beaut pics.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We took our two young children and our teen daughter to Polly Woodside as was something I'd done as a child myself. We had a fantastic visit. The opportunity to view the ship in its current setting at Southbank was itself enjoyable with the old meeting the new environment. We spent a couple of hours looking over the ship and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Polly Woodsde is an anachronism of the best kind. It's a tall ship that carried on trade around Australia before stream put the Polly Woodside and other tall ships out of business. Crewing on this ship was probably not very romantic, especially if you had to change sails in the middle of a howling gale, but that we was yesterday.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

A picturesque site with the ship berthed alongside the walkway, just outside the exhibition center. A must see if you have never seen a tall ship before.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

for years it was hidden away from the public. But it always was a treat to me in the many times we visited.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

It was a hard but good life upon the waves, where a community of sailors pulled together else came apart. More spartan, and yet majestic beneath towering masts and embracing spars. Here is but one of many vessel that brought our ancestors to this land of hope and new beginnings. May it ever remain so.

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