We found out about this free tourist shuttle from the front desk employee at our hotel in Sydney, and definitely wanted to check it out. We set out from the Melbourne hotel around 9:00 and walked toward the city hoping to catch the first (or 2nd) shuttle of the day (they start running at 9:30). As we got to the Gallery/Arts Centre on St Kilda, we saw the bus parked in front of the building. Although it wasn’t the official stop, we were allowed to board the bus. The driver was very nice and told us he liked Canadians. Being first on the bus, we got the best seats in the house (the driver suggested we sit at the elevated portion of the bus for a better view). We took a copy of the shuttle itinerary located close to the driver’s seat, and got ready to enjoy the ride. A few minutes later we realized that stop #1 was actually about 100 metres farther, but the driver didn’t seem to mind.
We did the entire 13 stops on our first drive, and captured the driver’s commentary on our voice recorder. We planned to visit some of the sights during the remainder of our visit to Melbourne, particularly The Shrine of Remembrance and the Botanic Gardens. After the tour, we got off at stop #1, and walked back to the Federation Square, to check out the Melbourne Visitor Centre.
What a great way to see Melbourne's best attractions free of charge! Highly recommended!
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