When going to Melbourne, Australia, we suggest that it is a good idea to get a feel for the city with a general sightseeing tour first. This tour will give you an overall picture of the town, and you can go back to the places you particularly like.
An excellent general tour is the “Melbourne Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour & River Cruise.”
Melbourne classic “Hop On Hop Off” Bus Tour & River Cruise.
The Melbourne hop on hop off bus tour uses double-decker buses, and you buy a 24-hour ticket so you can follow the tour at your own pace. There are two routes to choose from, City and St Kilda. The tours include an audio guide and headphones loan in English.
Start this route at Federation Square. Federation Square is the location where many important arts, sports, and music events take place. Federation Square is becoming a pretty cool place and features many bars, cafes, and restaurants. Follow the city route to several famous landmarks. See the Eureka Skydeck. This building is the highest public viewpoint in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere.
Choose to get off at Harbour Town, where the Melbourne Star is located. You may choose to get off at Melbourne Museum or Cathedral Place.
St Kilda Route.
Take this option and get beautiful views of the ocean as you travel along South Melbourne Beach. Stop at the exciting Luna Park, with its bright lights. For something calmer, try getting off at Melbourne Harbor, a tranquil and interesting place to stroll. You can also choose to get off at the Arts Center, where you can view the building.
Then you have the choice of three cruises.
Ports & Docklands:
Cruise along Victoria Docks and see the seagoing heritage of Melbourne. You will also enjoy some views of some famous landmarks, which include Melbourne Central Business District, Bolte Bridge, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, and the Crown Entertainment Complex. [60 minutes]
On this option, you will cruise through Melbourne’s river system, passing by many gardens and parks. You will see the Famous Arenas and Busy Districts. [60 minutes]
On this cruise, you will travel along the Yarra River to Williamstown. Guests can get off at Williamstown and explore and then return on a later voyage. [45 to 60 minutes]
More Places to Visit.
After you have had an extensive tour of Melbourne, you may choose to visit some individual locations. These may include the following.
Traveling to Melbourne, Australia. Sightseeing Tour – Places in Melbourne Daytime.
Federation Square opened in 2002 as a celebration of 100 years of the federation. At the time, it was pretty controversial. It is located very close to Flinders Street Station. The building has a truly modern design and hosts more than 2,000 events every year. There is always something to see there. It is usually called “Fed Square” and has the biggest public Wi-Fi spaces in Australia.
Royal Botanic Gardens.
This garden is located in the green parkland south of the Yarra River, about two kilometers from the Central Business District. The gardens are one of the best in the world and cover around 38 hectares and feature more than 8,500 species of plants. It is one of the top free places to visit in Melbourne. In the summer, there is live theater, and moonlight cinema outside under the stars.
Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Sports Museum.
Melbourne is often called “The Sporting Capital of Australia.” Possibly why the sports stadium is a significant attraction. The cricket ground stadium was the primary venue for the 1856 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Daily 75 minutes tours take place for fans who want to wander down sports memory lane. The tour also includes the National Sports Museum.
Melbourne Zoo is a 22-hectare attraction that was opened in 1862; it has top-class modern enclosures that provide ethical standards of welfare for the animals. The zoo is very go-ahead and offers several “Encounters,” such as the “Roar and Snore” twilight music concerts and the “behind the scenes” experiences at some enclosures.
Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour.
By taking a Twilight Kayak tour in Melbourne, you have the opportunity to view the city from a different perspective (from the sea). The tour gathers together just before sunset and includes a unique on-water dining opportunity. You get to tour both old and new waterways. You do not need to be an expert as these double kayaks are very stable.
During the tour, you will stop for a snack and get to socialize with fellow kayakers. You also get to view the fantastic fireball display at the Crown Casino at dusk. It is a great tour.
Melbourne: History and the Bars Under The Stars Tour.
This unique tour takes guests along an exciting journey of some of Melbourne’s harder to find venues. This tour is like a cross between a pub crawl and a regular historical walking tour.
The tour has a bit more class than a pub crawl and is more social than a walking tour. Enjoy some drinks while you explore the culture of Laneway, the street art, and stories of the Victorian gold rush and the famous murders that took place. Check out the colorful characters and China Town.
Places Near Melbourne.
Wilsons Promontory National Park.
If you feel like an escape from the city, there is no better place to visit than Wilsons Promontory National Park. It is Australia’s most significant coastal wilderness area. The park, nicknamed the Prom, this 50,000-hectare national park is just brimming with exciting walking paths.
You can stay in the park under canvass or in select cabins. You can cruise side by side with dolphins, get right up close to colonies of seals, birdlife and check out the smooth granite cliffs of skull rock. This par is also a fantastic refuge for kangaroos, emus, wombats, and echidnas.
Melbourne offers such a varied tourist experience and Traveling to Melbourne, Australia. Sightseeing Tour is a trip that you will never forget.
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