The Australian city of Melbourne has something to offer people of all ages and tastes. The city centre is only a short journey from where your cruise ship will dock. Ships usually dock at Station Pier, around 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD, and the majority of cruise lines will offer a shuttle bus service into the city.
Melbourne is a very easy city to get around. There are free tourist trams and buses which you can use to travel around quickly and efficiently. The free trams (number 35) complete a loop around the city and have audio commentary to give you information about the sights you pass on the way. The trams and buses are very frequent and offer a hop on, hop off service.
Southbank is a trendy area of the city with many cafés, bars and restaurants and an excellent position overlooking the Yarra River which runs through the city. If you want to get panoramic views over Melbourne, then the Eureka Sydeck is located in Southbank and, from the 88th floor, you are treated to 360° views of the city all the way to the beach. On a clear day you’ll even get a great view of your cruise ship!
Victoria Markets, at the top of Elizabeth Street, are a popular spot for many visitors to Melbourne. The markets are massive and sell everything from fresh produce to clothes, souvenirs and electronic accessories. There are some adorable independent shops which line Edward Street, outside the markets, which sell lots of locally created and produced products such as clothes, handbags and kitsch accessories. I really enjoyed shopping in these quirky stores for items that are individually created as I love having something a little different to everyone else at home. There’s nothing worse than being at a party wearing the exact same outfit as someone else, right?!
The cruise port is also located very close to St. Kilda, a really popular lively beach suburb of Melbourne, where you can relax on the beach and enjoy the Australia’s beautiful summer sunshine. According to locals, Ackland Street in St. Kilda is the best place to get a coffee and a delicious cake. St. Kilda is notoriously popular with surfers and, as such, has a vibrant, laid-back atmosphere.