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Melbourne Is A Great Starting Place For Your Next Cruise Holiday.
Before you set sail on your cruise why not experience the beauty of Melbourne. Wander through the lush green botanical gardens, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes or choose from a variety of other activities. Call 1300 657 948 or click below to request more information including a no obligation free quote on any of the cruise packages we have departing from Melbourne.
The number of cruise ships based out of Melbourne is increasing. As a result, so are the number of different destinations and itineraries offered. It won’t be long before a fantastic variety of international cruises are also available from the Melbourne terminal.
Cruises from Melbourne stay close to the Australian coast and some itineraries include destinations like:
- New Zealand (click for more information)
All cruises from Melbourne depart from the Station Pier at Port Melbourne. It is home to a permanent berth for the Spirit of Tasmania as well as two other berths. It is conveniently located just 20 kilometers from the Tullamarine Airport and is connected to it by a regular bus route. Port Melbourne can also be easily accessed by a public tram or by taxi. Short-term parking is available at the Waterfront Place precinct which is adjacent to Station Pier. Long term parking is also available at the Tullamarine Airport.
10 Things to do in and Around Melbourne
1. The Queen Victoria Markets
With approximately 7 hectares of open air markets the "Vic Market" is certainly a landmark and one of the more popular places to visit when in Melbourne. The "Queen Vic" has truly been the lifeblood of Melbourne for over 100 years. Open 5 days a weeks, this vibrant inner city market, covers more than 2 city blocks and offers everything from fresh meat and fish, gourmet foods, fruist, vegetables, clothing, souvenirs and a food court that caters for everyone's taste.
2. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Whether you love sport or not a tour of the MCG is something to add to your bucket list while in Melbourne. Home of the Melbourne Cricket Club, the Melbourne Cricket Ground was built in 1853 and has established a history that is equal to any other sporting arenas in the world. Known in Australia as "the G" the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the main stadium of the 1956 Olympics, was the birthplace for Test Cricket in Australia, is the spiritual home of Australia Rules Football and home to the National Sports Museum. The MCG can hold over 100,000 fans and has also hosted some of the world's largest bands and celebrities in the world from Pope John Paul ll to the Rolling Stones. Travelling to "the G" is just a short tram ride from the CBD.
3. Shrine of Remembrance
The Shrine of Remembrance is an impressive accomplishment that was initially built as a memorial to the men and women who served in WW1 and now serves as a fitting tribute to all Aussie war veterans throughout history. It is centrally located and serves as an ideal starting point for your adventures through the city of Melbourne.
4. Melbourne Zoo
From Asian Elephants & majestic tigers, visiting Orang-Utans in their treetop homes to native Australian wildlife like Koalas and Kangaroos the Melbourne Zoo has over 300 different species within minutes of the city centre. There are also a new interactive exhibits for the kids to learn all about the animals. Explore open-air exhibits showcasing animals like zebras, giraffes, lemurs and monkeys. The Melbourne Zoo is located within Royal Park, which is only minutes north from the city and is open every day of the year 9am to 5pm.
5. Visit the Dandenong Ranges
Approximately 35kms east of Melbourne are a set of low maintain ranges where you can escape the busy city life. With lush fern gullies and spectacular Mountain Ash trees the Dandenong Ranges National Park is the perfect spot for exploring the forest on a range of tranquil walks and enjoying family picnics.There are also nearby coffee shops, restaurants, craft shops and be sure to jump on the historic Puffing Billy train for a unique rail experience.
6. National Gallery of Victoria
Founded in 1861 the "NGV" is the oldest public art museum in Australia and features ancient, modern and fine arts from both the Eastern and Western hemispheres and comprises of more than 66 000 works including paintings, sculpture, antiquities, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, furniture, fashion textiles and multimedia.The NGV Collection of International and Australian art is always free to view but some temporary exhibitions may require a entry fee.
7. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Located close to the city and on the banks of the Yarra River the Melbourne Aquarium is home to over 10,000 aquatic animals. One of Melbourne's great visitor attractions it is certainly a great experience for the whole family. Get up and close with huge sharks and sting rays as you walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnels. The Melbourne Aquarium is a must-see visitor attraction for locals and visitors to Melbourne.
8. Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
Established in 1846 Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are on the southern bank of the Yarra River just a 15-minute walk from the city center. With over 50,000 native and introduces species of plants and 100 acres of landscaped grounds these gardens are recognised as one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. Run or jog around The Tan(the gardens' running track), take your family or partner for a picnic or walk along the pathways in search of ornamental lakes. Open from 7.30am every day and closing at sunset, these gardens certainly have something for everyone.
9. Drive along the Great Ocean Road
Nominated as one of the Most Beautiful Places in Australia this is the regarded as one of the most spectacular and stunning drives in Australia, if not in the world. The Ocean Road stretches over about 240 kilometres along the Victorian Coast.
10. Eureka Skydeck
Experience stunning and unique 360 degree views of Melbourne from the highest viewing platform in the the Southern Hemisphere, the Eureka Skydeck. Located on Level 88, the height of Skydeck allows you to span around the entire city of Melbourne and take in iconic landmarks like the MCG and to the Blue Mountains in the distance.
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