The first and foremost activity every tourist to Melbourne should undertake is a ride on the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle. This is a bus service which takes you to the key tourist sites in the Melbourne centre. The bus service costs $10 per person and a ticket lasts up to two days.  You can hop and hop off as many times as you like.  Children under the age of 10 are entitled to ride for free.

Catch the bus opposite the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square on Flinders Street. If you alight here, the first stop will be at Exhibition Street (nearby sites include a number of well known theatres, Fitzroy Gardens and Chinatown).  The next stop is the Melbourne Museum (where you can alight if you also wish to see a movie at IMAX or visit the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens. From here it is possible to walk to  the Old Melbourne Gaol where Ned Kelly was hung. The next bus stop is at Lygon Street. Perhaps you can time your adventure for lunchtime. Lygon Street is a lovely wide avenue which offers great dining opportunities. Here you will find many Thai and Italian restaurants (no longer Little Italy but almost Little Bangkok!). The next stop is the University of Melbourne. After that the bus stops at the Queen Victoria Market which is a historic landmark and is good place to shop for cheap souvenirs. The next two stops are in Docklands, where you will find shopping, dining, public art and major attractions such as Melbourne Star and Medibank Icehouse. The next stop is William Street. From here you can visit the Immigration Museum and other attractions such as the aquarium. The next major stop is at Southbank. Here you can shop and dine or go up to the Eureka Skydeck (88 floors) or go to the Crown Entertainment Complex. Next stop is the Sports district. From this stop you can go to the Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The next stop is the Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens. Continuing the circuit is the Arts Precinct stop and then the shuttle continues onto Federation Square.

All stops listed above can be the point where you can either alight or depart the shuttle bus.

Onboard you can listen to an informative commentary about the above city locations plus many others not mentioned. The shuttle runs daily every 30 minutes from 9:30 am to 4:30pm except for some major event days which are listed on the website. A brochure showing the route is obtainable from the Melbourne Visitor Centre, Melbourne Visitor Booth, Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre and online at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/shuttle.