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One day in Melbourne

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One day in Melbourne

We will have just one day in Melbourne on a cruise ship stop. What do you suggest to get he most out of our too short time there (7am - 7 pm)?

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1. Re: One day in Melbourne

I would start the day with one of Melbourne's best offerings - coffee!

We make the best in the world (slightly biased, but I've never had better in any of my travels)

Jump in a cab and get dropped of at St Ali in Sth Melbourne or Seven Seeds in Carlton. There are other contenders for the 'best' but I happen to like the food at these places too. The other place I like, where the coffee isn't the best you can get (but pretty good) but makes awesome breakfasts in Brasserie Bread in South Melbourne.

After breakfast, head into the centre of the city, take a stroll along the banks of the Yarra River to help digest breakfast and then jump on the free tourist shuttle bus. It's a free HOHO service.


Hop off at any or all of the stops and tour around the sights.

You probably won't feel too much like lunch, but if you ant something to eat, any of the restaurants along Southbank will offer you nice river views and a chance to rest your les.

One of my favorites for location is the Riverland Bar, on the north side of the river http://www.riverlandbar.com/

You can have a light lunch or just a cooling drink.

After lunch, you can either continue with your HOHO experience or pop into the tourist office at Federation Square (just above the Riverland Bar as it happens). They sell a booklet whose name escapes me, but it's about $8 and is a self guided walk around the historic buildings of inner Melbourne.

The people who work there will know it.

Alternatively, on the That's Melbourne website (above) there are downloadable self guided tours you can take complete with PDF brochures.

If history doesn't ring your bells, you may want to spend a couple of hours wandering through Melbourne's back lanes and alleyways (not dangerous and very trendy).

If you like walking, then perhaps head through Albert Park and around the lake, down to St Kilda and take a long walk along the beachfront back to Port Melbourne to get back on your ship in time for a well earned dinner.

Have a wonderful cruise.

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2. Re: One day in Melbourne

This is what I did when our ship docked in Melbourne.

We got a tram into the city and alighted at Bourke Street opposite Myer where there is an Information booth for people visiting Melbourne.

Grab a map of where the free tram stops and also one for the free bus which does a longer route but can be hard to get a seat on it. You can alight at Carlton where youcan grab a great coffee or sit and take in the street scene. The free bus gives a more comprehensive overview of the city and it would be my pick if you can get to a stop early and get on it ... stay on for the duration of the ride if you like then go around again and get on and off where you want to... a full circuit will take about 1 hr 30 mins depending on traffic

At the Melbourne Visitor info booth also grab a map for suggested city walks in the old arcades etc. They are lovely IMO

Then get the free tram on the city circle loop and get off at various stops to have a look around

One of the things I love about Melbourne are their gardens and the Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens are easily accessible from a stop in Spring Stree. And actually at the Treasury Gardens there is a memorial to JFK which many visiting Americans are surprised to hear about. - thatsmelbourne.com.au/Gettingaroundthecity/p…

Oh and one other thing, you may want to look at this thread about transport costs / tickets in Melbourne - tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255100-i278-k5…

Here are a few links for you:



This link below has a wealth of info in it such as a Greeter Service, cruises , the free transport options, maps etc - thatsmelbourne.com.au/gettingaroundthecity/P…

Edited: 5:55 pm, January 05, 2013
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3. Re: One day in Melbourne

Just a note of clarification ... do one or the other re the free Shuttle (bus) or the tram or do a combo ... alight at a stop and walk to the next stop for the alternative transport ... it would help if you downloaded and printed route maps before you go so that you can plan which stops you particularly want to alight at.

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Queen Vic Market is really fun and you can kill a few hours wandering around. The downtown/CBD area has some really amazing arcades and laneways that should not be missed. I also love Lygon St for all the cafes and restaurants.

As the other poster said, don't miss the coffee. There's only a few places here in LA that knows what a flat white is and how to do it properly, but I make the long drive every few weeks so I can relive my trip to Melbourne :)

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No one mentioned the Casino?

Worth a wander around - plenty to see/eat/drink - even if you're not a gambler.

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I think what Doug suggested sounds the best option

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What about the museum for a quick overview of australian life,and some aussie icons. You don't indicate what your interests are would help. I definitely think the free bus and staying on once so you know what there is that interests you sounds like a great idea. Trams are so easy to get around in the city don't bother with taxis.

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8. Re: One day in Melbourne

Or there is the Museum and Stadium tour of the MCG. To be completely honest, I have been living in Melbourne for 4 months and I can safely say that there is so much to do that the choice can be daunting. Suffice to say that I have not got bored yet.

As mentioned above, QVM is stunning and so easy to spend 2-3 hours browsing the stalls. Brunswick Street is a great place with a very relaxed, bohemian feel. The SouthBank has some brilliant bars and restaurants. The only place that doesn't get the pulse racing is Docklands and Harbour Town but that is only my opinion. Best advice is to get the City Circle Tram as it is free with a running commentary and leaflets available promoting a number of attractions.

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9. Re: One day in Melbourne

Thanks everyone. Some great suggestions. We are very excited to get there and explore!

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10. Re: One day in Melbourne

hi, evamelb, your reply is very detail and useful. My wife and I are Seniors of 60+ from Malaysia. We plan to visit Melbourne & Adelaide in early October 2013, seeing most of the must-see in a slow pace. How many days do you think we need for this trip?

We are quite flexible in time duration.. We can join escorted group tours if they are suitable. We prefer to stay in non-smoking one room apartment with full kitchen facilities in locations easy to walk around and with convenient public transport,as we are not going to drive. Any suggestions and advices are most welcome.Thank you very much.

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