Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city (pop 4.0 million)
The capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, located at the head of Port Phillip Bay
If you’d like to take a walk in a lovely historic setting, Station Pier in Port Melbourne may just be a great spot for you. Established in 1854, this pier functions as the city’s main passenger terminal. The cruise terminal at Station Pier is only 15 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre. Public transport to and from the city centre is by tram 109 from the end of the pier or a 10 minute walk to Collins Street or by special express shuttle buses for cruise passengers from the dock to the Melbourne Arts centre. Each passenger needs to buy a public transport pass called a Myki to use trams, trains and public buses.
Melbourne has an amazing range of attractions and activities to keep you entertained all year round.
Explore the animal kingdom at the Melbourne Zoo or dive with the sharks at the Melbourne Aquarium. Enjoy the international art on offer at NGV International and Australian art at The Ian Potter centre: NGV Australia.
The ride from Port Melbourne to the city centre takes 20 minutes, and once there, lots of the best sites are within walking distance. The central district also has a free Circle tram that operates daily in both directions every 12 minutes, making a large loop along the perimeter bounded by Flinders, Spring and Latrobe streets and the harbour Esplanade at Docklands. A complete circuit takes about an hour. These trams provide a commentary, are maroon in colour, marked "City Centre" and provide a good overview.
Melbourne’s main pedestrian street is Bourke St Mall with different shopping centres. Many of Melbourne’s precincts have a culinary character of their own, from the Greek atmosphere of Lonsdale Street or Carlton’s ’Little Italy’, to the wide choice of Chinatown around Little Bourke Street. Or you can take a stroll over the Yarra River to the Southgate complex or a quick tram ride to Docklands, where you can enjoy striking views of the city and a spectacular waterfront while you dine.
Free Wifi is available at the store at the end of the pier and at many locations in the city centre. Some are shown on the cruise arrivals guide map and include Federation Square, Flinders Street and Melbourne Central Stations, the Libraries and many coffee shops and restaurants.
Melbourne prides itself on being a great city. It’s hardly surprising, with its spectacular combination of old and new architecture, elegant streetscapes, harmonious ethnic communities and lavish parks & gardens.
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