Hobsons Bay is situated on Port Phillip Bay around 10 kilometres west of central Melbourne. It covers an area of approximately 66 square kilometres. The municipality of Hobsons Bay has over 20 kilometres of bay frontage, well developed residential areas, expanses of environmentally significant open space and major industrial complexes, which contribute significantly to the economy of Victoria.

These features contribute to the City's culture, which is strongly linked to its maritime heritage, environment, industry and lifestyle.

Hobsons Bay City Council manages a diverse collection including photographs, corporate memorabilia, paintings, memorials, and outdoor public art. The collection commemorates and celebrates the community of Hobsons Bay.