Mission to Seafarers Building, Flinders St Docklands - newly renovated June 2020

Mission to Seafarers

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Docklands, Victoria

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717 Flinders Street,

The heritage-listed Mission to Seafarers building (c.1917) on Flinders Street in Docklands serves a special place in the life and community of those who live and work at sea. Australia relies on shipping and seafarers to connect to the world and to bring goods to our homes for the economy to thrive, and for the health of our island nation. The dedicated team of staff and volunteers provide comfort, a friendly face and a sense of community to the thousands of seafarers who visit the Port of Melbourne annually. The recently renovated building is architecturally significant and is considered a fine urban example of a merging of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ and ‘Spanish Mission Revival’ architectural styles in Melbourne. Open to the public from 12 noon every day of the year, visitors are invited to explore this unique treasure in the heart of Melbourne. Take a self-guided tour through the building’s collection of stories of Melbourne’s maritime history; explore the Norla Dome; learn the history of the Chapel; peak inside long-lost nooks; and discover the hidden garden and courtyard. The enchanting design offers a unique venue for functions and events of all styles and sizes; with full bar facilities, a commercial kitchen, and all within a short stroll from the CBD and easily accessible by public transport....

Product Types

  • Entertainment Venues
  • Galleries, Museums and Collections
  • Historical Sites and Heritage Locations
  • Landmarks and Buildings


  • National Trust

Facilities found here

  • Bar
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Carpark
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Enquiry Desk
  • Family Friendly
  • Food and Refreshments
  • Gallery / Museum
  • Games or recreation room
  • Kiosk
  • Lawn / Gardens
  • Non Smoking
  • Pet Friendly - Enquire
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop / Gift Shop

Accessibility Information

  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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Spanish-Style Courtyard
Main Hall view from the stage
Melbourne Music Week: A Nice Warm Bath. Norla Dome
Interior of st Peter the Marriner Chapel
Closing Night Festival Party in the Main Hall
Dining Event in the Celia Little Room
Norla Dome set-up for a wedding
Black & white photo of the Mission to Seafarers Building c1940s
Black and white photo of a Luncheon in the Main Hail c1920s