Shed 2, North Wharf Road
Only a stone's throw away from Melbourne CBD, major arterial highways and public transport, our workshop is ideally located right on the water at Victoria Harbour, Docklands. Sitting on the end of North Wharf/Collins Wharf, we are incredibly proud of our building's long and fitting history as an old world cargo shed.
The workshop features high roofs, huge cargo doors and skylights which combine to create a pleasant and airy environment where like minded individuals can work on and share their projects. We love our location so much we more often then not find ourselves sitting on the wharf by the water's edge, enjoying questionably long lunches. Really its a miracle any work ever gets done at all!
Our workshop is open to visitors on Saturdays from 10am till 12pm and during the week by appointment. To get to the workshop most visitors choose to take a tram into Docklands and stroll down the Wharf. If visiting by car you will need to organise with us ahead of time to gain vehicle access.
We are also lucky enough to have a series of inspirational and like minded neighbours on our wharf, these include;
- The Alma Doepel Restoration Society
- The Enterprize, Melbourne hardest working sail training tall ship.
- The Steam Tug Wattle Restoration, the very last to be built of its kind.
The centre is an incredibly dynamic space and you will always find a huge range of small wooden boats at different stages of construction scattered about the workshop. Row boats, sail boats, and human powered craft make up the bulk of our projects but there is nearly always something a bit more unusual in the shed.
Almost all of the projects are owner-builder, with many builders in the shed being only too happy to share their experiences.
From time to time the centre has also run short courses and group builds, check our calendar on the home page for more details on classes and schools.
While any aspiring boat builder certainly requires a comprehensive set of their own tools, the centre does give members access to a number of standard and more boat specific equipment.
You will find large machinery such as band saws and linishers scattered about the shed and tools like clamps and weights are readily available.
The centre also has the capacity to sell materials and supplies to members at a reduced rate, hopefully making your boat building project just that little bit more affordable.