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Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city, full of contrasts and claims to be the style capital of Australia. Plenty to see and do both in the city and the surrounding region. Try one of the Gourmet food tours, visit some of the wineries a pleasant drive from the city centre. For those into 'Retail Therapy' you will not be disappointed at the number and quality of the shops and designer boutiques to choose from. Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia after Sydney. The metropolis is located on Port Phillip, a large natural bay, with the city centre positioned on the estuary of the Yarra River at the northernmost point of the bay. The metropolis has a population of 4.25 million. Inhabitants of Melbourne are called Melburnians. Melbourne was founded in 1835 (47 years after the European settlement of Australia) by settlers from Launceston in Van Diemen's Land. It was named by Governor of New South Wales Sir Richard Bourke in 1837, in honour of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne. In 1851, it became the capital of the newly created colony of Victoria. During the Victorian gold rush of the 1850s, it was transformed into one of the world's largest and wealthiest cities. Melbourne is often referred to as Australia's garden city, and the state of Victoria was once known as the garden state. There is an abundance of parks and gardens in Melbourne, many close to the CBD with a variety of common and rare plant species amid landscaped vistas, pedestrian pathways and tree-lined avenues. There are also many parks in the surrounding suburbs of Melbourne, such as in the municipalities of Stonnington, Boroondara and Port Phillip, south east of the central business district. Melbourne is colder than other mainland Australian state capital cities in the winter. The lowest temperature on record was minus 2.8c (27.0f), on 4 July 1901. However, but snowfalls in the city are rare. More commonly, Melbourne experiences frosts and fog in winter. Melbourne summers are notable for occasional days of extreme heat. This occurs when the synoptic pattern is conducive to the transportation of very hot air from central Australia over to the south east corner of the continent. The highest temperature recorded in Melbourne city was 46.4c (115.5f), on 7 February 2009.

    How far is the cruise terminal from the city centre?

It is 5km to the city centre from the cruise terminal. There are a number of options to get into the centre. Tram Number 109 (about 20 minutes) or bus Number 238 runs to the City (about 25 minutes).

    I understand there is a free city tourist trams we can use,where is this?

Melbourne's burgundy and gold City Circle Trams offer free travel to city sights and attractions, with audio commentary on points of interest along the route. The route runs along Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street and Spring Street. A complete journey takes around an hour. Trams run in both directions every 12 minutes from 10.00am to 6.00pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 10.00am to 9.00pm Thursday to Saturday (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). The City Circle Tram is not wheelchair accessible.

    We want to get to the Puffin Billy Train, how long will this take?

Its about 60 kms so would be an hours drive but will depend on the traffic, there are also tours that go there if you don't want to drive yourself.

    How long will it take to get to the airport from the cruise terminal?

The trip is 25km and time depends on the traffic, best to allow 45 to 60 minutes.

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Welcome to Melbourne cruise port, Australia!

The capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria and the second-largest city in Australia, Melbourne ranks among the top 3 most visited cruise ports in Australia together with Sydney and Brisbane.

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Melbourne Cruise Terminal

Melbourne port is located at the northern end of Port Phillip Bay , a large metropolitan area where the majority of the city’s population is concentrated.

The cruise ships dock at Station Pier , Melbourne’s main cruise ship terminal that can accommodate two large cruise ships (berth lengths 730 ft/223 m; 1310 ft/400 m) and one small cruise vessel (berth length 310 ft/95 m) at a time. Station Pier cruise terminal also has another pier that serves The Spirit of Tasmania ferries which take passengers between Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania.

Station Pier is located approximately 5 km/3 miles from Melbourne city center (also known as Central Business District), or a 15-20 minute driving distance.

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Station Pier cruise terminal building features a wide range of services including a tourist information center (offers free maps, brochures, cruise ship arrival guides), a small cafe, lounge area, lifts, accessible toilets, a gift shop, security screening, Route 109 tram service counter (level 2), a taxi rank, etc.

The port of Melbourne was formerly named “Railway Pier” and dates back to 1854. Throughout history, it was the center of many significant events for Victoria state and nowadays port Melbourne is listed in the “Victorian Heritage Register” of protected cultural heritage places. While there, make sure you visit the Gate House and pier, both heritage listed.

Melbourne port is also Australia’s largest containership cargo port and features dry dock facilities for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs.

Useful Info :

  • The currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). 1 AUD equals around 0.70 USD. See the currency converter
  • Free wi-fi is available at the end of the pier. The city center also has free wi-fi spots including Melbourne Central Station, the public libraries, Federation Square, Flinders Street, and others.
  • The distance from the main gate (security checkpoint) to the cruise terminal building is around 500 m/1650 ft, so be prepared for a short walk to exit the terminal area. Cars are allowed on the pier only when picking up/dropping off wheelchair-users and passengers with disabilities (this service must be pre-arranged with the cruise ship). During the cruise ship season, there is a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus service to Beacon Cove terminus (end of the terminal).
  • The best option to go to Melbourne city center is via public transport. To use trams, trains and public buses, you need to buy Myki public transport pass that you can purchase at the “Public Transport Victoria” ticket booth available at the terminal building’s upper level. You can also buy this smart card in station ticket offices, Myki machines at selected stations and stops, shops, “Public Transport Victoria” hubs, online, and hundreds of other places in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
  • The Myki card costs A$6 and then you need to top it up. For cruise passengers and tourists, Myki Explorer/Visitor Pack is the most affordable option; it includes one day’s unlimited travel on public transport in Melbourne, costs A$15 and combines a ready-to-use Myki card, visitor information and special offers all in one.
  • You can buy and read more about how the Myki smartcard works at https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/ 
  • For cruise passengers, Route 109 tram is the most convenient option. The nearest tram station is called “Beacon Cove/Light Rail (Port Melbourne)” and is located within a 10-minute walking distance from the Station Pier cruise terminal. At the tram station’s ticket office, you can purchase the Myki card as well. The tram ride is very scenic and takes 25 minutes ride to get to the Melbourne city center (the “Town Hall/Collins St” tram stop at Federation Square). To go back to the cruise terminal, board any of the Route 109 trams whose stations you’ll find along Collins St.
  • On ship call days, Route 109 “City Express” bus (PTV shuttle service) operates from the terminal to Melbourne downtown (Central Business District, also known as CBD). This shuttle service is available only in the morning and requires the use of Myki cards, too. The shuttle drop-off/pick-up point is at the “Arts Centre” bus stop on St Kilda Rd, located opposite Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Taxis are available outside the cruise terminal area, within a 10-minute walk from the terminal building. You should pre-order them online or from dedicated phones in the cruise terminal building. A taxi to the Central Business District (Melbourne downtown) costs around A$24 per vehicle one-way, so if you are traveling as a couple or in a group of 4, this may be the cheapest option.
  • No public parking is available at the Station Pier cruise ship terminal. Car parking is available at locations “Ace Parking | 43-53 Bay St, Port Melbourne” and “Ace Parking | Bayside Port Melbourne” approximately 950 m/0.6 miles from the Station Pier. Limited short‐term parking is available at Waterfront Place, within a 5-10 minute walk from the terminal building. Melbourne Airport also offers long-term parking facilities.
  • Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (MEL) is located 26 km/16 miles north of Station Pier (a 25-minute drive). To get to the Station Pier terminal from the airport, you can take the Melbourne City Express bus to Melbourne CBD (Southern Cross Station) and then switch to the Route 109 tram on Collins St. A single adult fare is A$19.75 one-way. You can read more on https://www.skybus.com.au/
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Within a Walking Distance of the Port

The port of Melbourne is perfectly safe to walk around and an enjoyable place to spend a day. The commercial area is located within a 15-minute walking distance from the Station Pier and is centered around Beach Street and Bay Street, where you can find numerous cafes, shops and eateries.

Port Phillip’s Bay is known for its excellent beaches including Port Melbourne Beach , one of the most popular and visited ones, situated within a 20-minute walking distance from the terminal. This wide clean sandy beach is great for swimming and offers various facilities and activities including a workout area, beach volley, cycling path, beach tennis, kayaking, windsurfing, paddle-board and others.

Port Melbourne Beach is family-friendly and known as a popular picnic area boasting gorgeous sunset views. The waterfront area is lined with palms and green areas, and you’ll find numerous shops and eateries nearby. The picturesque Lagoon Pier and Kerferd Road Pier are two very popular scenic spots nestled along the beach.

Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne Cruise Port

1. melbourne skydeck .

Situated on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, Melbourne Skydeck is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest observation deck that offers spectacular views of the city and an opportunity to observe Melbourne from a whole different perspective.

Eureka Tower is 297 m (974 ft) high, with 91 floors above ground plus one basement level. The imposing skyscraper ranks among the tallest residential buildings in the world and dominates the skyline with its impressive facade made of 52000 m² of glass and 40 000 m² of aluminum panels.

Eureka Tower Melbourne

The Skydeck features Bar 88 where visitors can admire the 360° panoramic views of the city while enjoying delicious snacks and drinks. Another feature of the Skydeck is The Edge , a glass cube that projects out from the Skydeck, leaving visitors suspended nearly 300 m above the streets of the city.

If you look for a more sophisticated option, head over to Eureka 89 restaurant for the ultimate fine dining experience where you can indulge in the specialties created by top-class, award-winning Executive Chef Renee Martillano. Eureka 89 is located on the top floor and is a popular event space available for rent.

Virtual reality Plank Experience (VR Plank) and the Voyager Theater are two other Skydeck attractions featuring state-of-the-art virtual reality technology and offering unforgettable moments on Melbourne’s architectural masterpiece.

Useful tips :

  • Find more information on https://www.melbourneskydeck.com.au/
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring local currency or credit card.
  • Don’t carry valuables with you.
  • Eureka Tower is located a 20-minute drive from the Station Pier cruise terminal.

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2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The stunning Melbourne botanic gardens date back to 1848 and extend over 89 acres (36 hectares) displaying over 8.500 different species of plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species.

The immaculately kept gardens are admission free so visitors can freely explore this picturesque oasis located in the heart of the city. You can explore its wonderful flowers, trees, pavilions, tranquil lakes, fountains and lawns on your own, or learn about the garden’s natural treasures on a guided heritage tour. In the gardens, there are also a visitor center, a gift shop and a couple of cafes.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne, Australia

  • The walking paths are well maintained and partially accessible/wheelchair-friendly.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring local currency/credit card.
  • The driving time to the Royal Botanic Garden from the dock is approximately 20 minutes.
  • Find more information on https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

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3. Queen Victoria Market  

Queen Victoria Market is one of the major landmarks in the Central Business District of Melbourne, dating back to 1878. Covering more than 5 hectares, the iconic market takes up two city blocks and is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

This authentic historic market is home to more than 600 shops and stalls and a great place to find everything you need, from fresh seafood, meat, fruits and veggies, to ground coffee, specialty produce, handmade products, souvenirs, clothing, and so much more!

Queen Victoria Market - Melbourne cruise port

Useful tips:

  • Bring local currency.
  • Queen Victoria Market is wheelchair-friendly.
  • It is located a 20-minute drive from the port of Melbourne.
  • Find out about events and market opening hours on https://qvm.com.au/

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4. National Gallery of Victoria 

Situated on St Kilda Rd, in the heart of Melbourne’s central business district, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited art museum in Victoria dating from 1861.

The gallery boasts outstanding collections of Australian, Asian and international art including works of Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Russell Drysdale, Nicolas Poussin, Rembrandt, Jan van Eyck, Thomas Gainsborough and other notable world-famous artists.

The National Gallery of Victoria is partially wheelchair accessible. Read more on the official webpage https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/

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5. Melbourne Cricket Ground

Locally known as “The G”, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the legendary Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, within a short walking distance from Melbourne’s central business district and the city’s highlights.

This iconic stadium is the home of Australian football, The National Sports Museum and is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere that has hosted the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the annual Boxing Day Test Match, and the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final.

The stadium features tours, shops, bars, cafes and serves as a venue for music festivals and events. Read more on https://www.mcg.org.au/

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6. Werribee Open Range Zoo

Nestled along the banks of Werribee River, 32 km/20 miles (a 30-minute drive) southwest of Melbourne, Werribee Zoo is an African-themed zoo offering a unique African Savannah-like experience.

This amazing zoo offers one-of-a-kind encounters with African native wildlife including Western lowland gorillas, African lions, African wild dogs, hippos, servals, cheetahs, vervet monkeys, leopard tortoises, meerkats, and other rare and endangered species.

Here you can also spot Australian native animals including emu, kangaroos, brolgas, koalas, and more! One of the Werribee Zoo attractions is a safari tour through the 225 hectares of wide-open savannah allowing visitors to see the camels, American bison, ostrich, Indian antelope, nyala, addax, rhinos, zebras, giraffes and other animals of Asia, North America and Africa.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Melbourne

The zoo also features facilities including picnic areas, a BBQ hire, cafe-restaurants and more! Find out more information on https://www.zoo.org.au/werribee/

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7. Serendip Sanctuary

Serendip Sanctuary is a 227 ha protected wildlife oasis located around 60 km/37 miles southwest of Melbourne, home to hundreds of native animals including kangaroos, wallabies, emus and rare bird species. Some of the wildlife you can encounter here are eastern grey kangaroos, pademelons, tawny frogmouths, bush stone-curlews, Australian bustards, freckled ducks, inland bearded dragon, wild koalas and many other species.

Serendip Sanctuary displays the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains and is the perfect place for native wildlife spotting. Facilities are available and they include a visitor center and a public picnic area with a fully accessible toilet. The entrance is free of charge.

  • Make sure you bring a local currency/credit card.
  • Serendip Sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible.
  • It is located at 100 Windermere Road, Lara, a 45-minute drive from the port of Melbourne.
  • Read more on https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/

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8. Dandenong Ranges

Dotted with rolling hills, waterfalls, tall mountain ash trees and numerous hiking and biking trails, The Dandenong Ranges National Park consists of low mountain ranges rising to 633 m/2076 ft.

The area is popular for a multitude of beautiful picnic spots including the Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground, One Tree Hill or Sherbrooke Forest, home to an array of colorful birds and the world’s tallest flowering plant, the mountain ash. Most cruise lines offer shore excursions to Sherbrooke Forest, where you can spend an enjoyable day with your loved ones, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Numerous tracks and trails are available if you want to walk, hike or cycle, and if you want to explore the region head out for a scenic drive through the ranges with lookouts offering wonderful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.

If you are a wine lover, you will get the chance to taste the prestigious and delicious wines of Yarra Valley , a famous wine region nestled at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, home to more than 150 wineries, award-winning vineyards and cellar doors whose winemaking tradition dates back to the first half of the 19th century. Another popular wine region is Mornington Peninsula , located southwest of Port Phillip and southeast of Dandenong Ranges National Park.

  • Dandenong Ranges are located approximately 50 km/31 miles (a 1-hour drive) east of Melbourne cruise port.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable attire.
  • If you are going for the wine tasting, keep in mind the age restrictions for consuming alcohol (in Australia, you are allowed to consume alcohol if you are 18 and older).
  • Mornington Peninsula is located around 75 km/46 miles (around a 1 hour 15 minutes drive) from the port.

Check out Dandenong Ranges tours and attractions

9. Healesville Town

Healesville is a town in Victoria located around 70 km/43 miles (a 1-hour 20-minute drive) northeast of Melbourne, in the scenic Yarra Valley grape-growing region known for its picturesque landscapes and renowned wines.

Healesville Victoria - Yarra Valley

Surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards, fruit and berry farms and mountains, Healesville is a popular tourist destination and a popular getaway to Melbourne’s countryside. This charming town is centered around the shady tree-lined boulevard of Nicholson Street , where you can enjoy a great variety of specialty shops, cafes, restaurants and a modern shopping complex built around a large supermarket.

Two other major attractions are Healesville Sanctuary where you can interact with Australian wildlife and the historic Yarra Valley Railway , offering an incredible heritage journey through the valley (more about the railway on http://www.yvr.org.au/ )

10. Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary is located 4 km/2.5 miles south of Healesville town and is one of the major attractions of this part of Victoria state.

This historic wildlife refuge dates back to 1934 and boasts an impressive collection of Australian native birds, mammals and reptiles. The sanctuary features numerous tracks and boardwalks where you can get close to kangaroos, koalas, platypus, dingo and other native animals in their natural habitat. Within the complex, you can also find facilities including three cafe-restaurants, picnic areas, playgrounds, and more.

Useful tips: 

  • Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
  • Find more information on https://www.zoo.org.au/healesville
  • Healesville Sanctuary is located a 1-hour 20-minute drive from the Station Pier cruise terminal.

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Wrapping Up

If you are visiting Melbourne cruise port, make sure to plan the day to get the most out of this incredible port of call!

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10 Best Things to Do in Melbourne Cruise Port

  • Melbourne Skydeck
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo
  • Serendip Sanctuary
  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Healesville Town
  • Healesville Sanctuary

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Once an industrial base, Burnie has transformed into a vibrant coastal city of tastemakers. Day trips to the coast and nearby forests allow for beautiful bushwalks, waterfalls and sprawling rhododendron gardens, while dusk over Emu Bay brings the arrival of its most popular locals — little penguins.

Set on the Marlin Coast and a stone's throw away from the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is one of the hottest cities in Australia. Sure, Trinity Bay's warm breeze soothes the heat out — but Cairns' prime location, pedestrian-friendliness, and adrenaline-filled attractions make its allure unmatched.

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In the heart of the Canterbury Plains is a modern mecca of funky bars, art exhibits, and nature rarely experienced anywhere on earth. The foodie scene encapsulates its farming culture, and the Antarctic Center allows for your own Canterbury Tales when discovering its astonishing natural world.

A small but vibrant cosmopolitan city flaunting jaw-dropping nature and laid-back charm, Darwin offers one-of-a-kind experiences that go from hip museums to death-defying dives with crocs. Embrace the balmy weather and discover its rich indigenous art, stunning national parks, and unique wildlife.

Doubtful Sound

Don’t be fooled by the name, Doubtful Sound (Patea) — Fjordlandia’s majestic waterway — is undoubtedly home to some serious, unspoiled beauty. While the native Māori visited the area seasonally, no human inhabitants ever lived here full-time, allowing only the most pristine nature to flourish.

Golden forests, beaches lined with wildflowers, and glaciers tucked alongside crisp snow-capped mountains — there’s a reason these lands have only been inhabited for less than 1000 years, and now you can explore New Zealand’s raw, virgin territory, when visiting the world’s final frontier.

Dusky Sound

In an archipelago of over 300 islands, Dusky Sound — Māori name, “Tamatea” — includes remarkable waterways and enigmatic solitude that can only be found within these ultra-rare Pacific fjords of untapped and enchanting nature.

Spend your day exploring Eden’s sprawling white sand beaches, depending on the season witnessing the various species of whales that flock to Eden each year and indulge in some of the best seafood this side of Sydney.

The island of Tasmania has developed into a self-sustaining refuge, with its capital fusing outdoor, culinary, and artistic trends into a unique, urban playground. Seek out the divine natural splendor or the unparalleled dining — as both are often found in a single venture.

Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw)

The main port of Kangaroo Island, Penneshaw is a small, yet mighty town. Hike the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail or make your way to the Baudin Conservation Park for your chance to immerse yourself in the local wildlife.

From its hipster art-scene and Aussie Football, to the late-night bustle of Chinatown, Australia’s southernmost city blends cutting edge trends with coastal culture — and no matter the hour or your travel style, you’ll be amazed by what there is to uncover inside this glittering metropolis.

Milford Sound

Formed by a glaciation process over millions of years, Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth. Rainfall has created both temporary and permanent waterfalls, cascading down cliffs towering hundreds of meters high, and black coral beneath the water below.

With sprawling white sand beaches, an impressive beachfront esplanade, impeccable shopping, a top-of-the-line aquarium and unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventures, the most difficult thing you’ll do all day is pronounce the name of the city.

Often referred to as the “Nice of the Pacific,” Napier checks all the boxes of a chic, seaside city. The Art Deco buildings invoke the feeling of being on a movie set, while its metropolitan energy and charming ocean village vibes illustrate how multiple metropolis identities harmoniously intertwine

Spend the day appreciating the local art scene, touring the rocky coastline to witness massive sea caves, explore the architecture of the old town, or go for a dip in the largest coastal saltwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere.

Perth (Fremantle)

Known as an urban respite in Western Australia’s sprawling verdant forests, Perth has become a city clad with culture, art, local wineries and all the other amenities of city living without losing any opportunity for outdoor outback adventure.

Originally named Waitohi by the Māori inhabitants, Picton is South Island’s gateway to a network of coastal waterways, islets, and peninsulas of Marlborough Sound. Made famous for its wine, it’s the region’s seafood and dramatic mountain scenery that will also inspire a day of exploration.

Port Douglas

A stone's throw away from the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park, Port Douglas was founded in 1877 after a nearby gold discovery. Today, it is known for its contrasting laid-back atmosphere and luxurious beachfront resorts complemented by world-class restaurants and boutique shops.

Greeting Sailors with massive cliffs, an iconic Opera House, and a historic bridge, Sydney's wow-effect makes it one of the world's greatest port cities. Hit Bondi Beach, find the trendy bars, or gaze at the rugged coastal scene — there're heaps of options around, and Sydney is all yours to explore.

As one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing cities, Tauranga has created an urban landscape that emphasizes and preserves its stunning natural makeup. Aqua-holics will encounter beaches perfect for any water activity, and rare wildlife, geysers, and waterfalls can all be observed in its nearby villages.

A quaint coastal town that’s seemingly plucked from a Hollywood romcom, Timaru is the perfect place to reconnect with nature while re-aligning your energy. Watch the world’s smallest penguin return to their burrows, appreciate Māori art, and have a heartwarming meal with a breathtaking view.

This creative capital has become one of the world’s top food destinations. Famed for its coffee, you can’t leave Wellington before grabbing a flat white brew. And when you add in a storied maritime past — plus sun-soaked days of beaches and bays — it’s more than just a city with a stunning backdrop.

Willis Island

A scenic sailing site en route to Australia's most idyllic destinations, the tiny Willis Island might be only 1,600 feet long, but it is *the* place to get your binoculars out — this remote stretch of sand with a population of fewer than five people is famous for all sorts of rare animal sightings.

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Melbourne is famous for its colorful and thought-provoking street art. See creative graffiti in city alleys like Hosier Lane, Centre Place, Union Lane, Caledonian Lane, Duckboard Place, Rutledge Lane and AC/DC Lane. In Fitzroy, check out Johnston and Rose Streets.

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Some of the city's top art and culture attractions include the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria. Learn more about local history at Melbourne Museum and Aboriginal arts and culture at Koorie Heritage Trust.

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Efficient public transport makes it easy to visit Melbourne's suburbs. St. Kilda is a seaside town known for its cake shops, pier and Luna Park amusement park. Or head to Brighton Beach, where you can check out the famously colorful Bathing Boxes and stroll the calm shorefront.

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Melbourne is a multicultural city, and dining here reflects that. For cheap eats, head to Queen Victoria Market and grab a Turkish borek , a savory pastry of flaky phyllo dough filled with meat and cheese. Cruise to Melbourne and visit Chinatown for delicious dumplings. Head to the south or north banks of the Yarra River for upscale dining, with seafood-focused fare like seared king prawns with or tortellini or updated Australian classics like beef and Guinness pie with classic "mushy peas."

Shopping in the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia

There are several shopping districts in the Melbourne Ciy Center (CBD for short), including Bourke Street Mall, Emporium and Melbourne Central. For a locally designed souvenir, visit Melbournalia during your cruise. Their range includes Melbourne art prints and Australian-inspired accessories, like kangaroo tea towels. Stroll through the stalls at the Queen Victoria Market or the boutiques at the Block Arcade, where you can find tailors, tea purveyors, jewelers and more.

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Cruises departing from Melbourne to South Pacific are becoming increasingly popular. Cruises departing from Melbourne to South Pacific are usually longer than short sightseeing cruises. Why should you book short cruises leaving from Melbourne to South Pacific? Cruises departing from Melbourne to South Pacific typically comprise a more leisurely itinerary, passing through destinations like Cairns, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga.

Cruises departing from Melbourne to South Pacific usually make their way through Australia, stopping at destinations like Cairns, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga before returning to Melbourne. Why should you book short cruises leaving from Melbourne to South Pacific? Short cruises leaving from Melbourne to South Pacific are generally longer than shorter tours, particularly those that depart from Brisbane. The longer the cruise, the more places you can visit and explore.

Cruises departing from Melbourne to South Pacific generally travel further east through the Pacific Ocean. However, this is not always the case. Some cruise lines now routinely serve destinations Noumea, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati in the South Pacific, and the island groups of Tahiti, Vanuatu, and Tonga. Furthermore, some smaller cruise ship companies now occasionally operate on some of these same islands. If this interests you, then it might be worthwhile considering a short trip to one or more of these destinations.

Another reason for taking a cruise vacation from Melbourne to the South Pacific is the option to enjoy luxurious accommodation aboard the ship. On shorter cruises departing from Melbourne to the South Pacific, you can expect to stay in high quality suites featuring excellent views of the sea. These suites are generally located a bit further away from the deck where the guests are dining. Higher priced suites have additional features like private decks and larger living areas. These options are typically only available to VIP guests. If you have a family with small children, you may wish to choose a different cruise ship with more family friendly accommodations.

Many cruise packages depart from Melbourne with special pre-planned activities. These include shows, game shows, and dance classes. These activities are usually designed to please adults. However, children frequently enjoy themed activities as well. You can often find discounted rates on cruises leaving from Melbourne if you plan to bring your children with you on the cruise. If you do not have children, you will likely find more affordable cruise deals departing from Australia.

Cruises departing from Melbourne also serve as an excellent way to see some of the lesser known parts of Australia. For example, you may want to visit the state of Queensland, which is filled with stunning mountains and natural beauty. A flight from Melbourne to Brisbane and a short boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef offer travelers the opportunity to see a number of Australia's natural splendor that they are sure to be envious of. While many cruises leave from Australia, there are others which depart from Holland America Cruises as well as other major cruise lines that have ships in various parts of the Australian continent.

Cruises departing from Melbourne are some of the most popular cruises in the world. Princess Cruises, the largest of all the Princess Cruises ships, departs from Melbourne. The ship takes visitors to a variety of destinations around the Australian coast as well as on some of the remote islands in the Pacific. This is a trip you will always remember and cherish.

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From Melbourne you can take a short cruise to Sydney or Brisbane, or sail around Tasmania calling at ports like Hobart, Port Arthur and Burnie. Cruises sail from Melbourne along the southern coast of Australia, visiting Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island. International voyages depart from Melbourne as well, so you can sail to the South Pacific, New Zealand and parts of Asia.

Absolutely! Some of the most family-friendly ships on the water regularly sail from Melbourne. That includes P&O’s Pacific Explorer which is bursting with fun stuff, like waterslides, an interactive waterpark, barefoot bowls green and a video game arcade. There’s also the P&O Edge Adventure Park, which has rock climbing, flying fox and the thrilling Walk the Plank. Carnival Splendour is a frequent visitor and offers pools, waterslides, a waterpark, mini golf, dive in movies and a basketball court. Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder will also sail from Melbourne in 2024 and promises plenty of fun encounters with your favourite characters. All these ships also have kids’ clubs for all ages from toddlers to teens.

Five-star cruisers can definitely hop on a suitable ship from Melbourne. A handful of international luxury lines sail from this port, offering larger suites, fine dining, world-class wines, indulgent spas and even butler service. Look for stylish ships from Silversea, Cunard, Virgin Voyages and Azamara.

Check in times for your cruise will be staggered to cut down on wait times for passengers. The process varies across different cruise lines, but you will be allocated a check in time based on your cabin or given the option to choose a check in slot when you book or through the lines’ app. At a minimum you will need to be at the cruise terminal at least one hour before the ship is scheduled to depart – remember, they won’t wait for you!

That depends! There is only one cruise terminal in Melbourne, Station Pier, so round trip cruises will return to the same port. One-way cruises will finish at a different destination.

There’s a huge range of cruises departing from Melbourne, starting with two- or three-day itineraries that may visit one port up to week-long journeys along the southern coastline of Australia and two- or three-week cruises visiting New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Modern cruise ships sailing from Melbourne are jam packed with things to make your holiday at sea more enjoyable. That includes swimming pools, waterslides and waterparks, sports courts, luxurious spas, libraries and games rooms, and fitness centres. There will also be lots of places to eat, ranging from the casual buffet to fine dining restaurants, and bars for that sundowner cocktail. Expect onboard entertainment, live music, workshops and classes, and fun parties.

Are you a fan of Aussie music? Love to laugh at some comedy? Some cruise lines offer short, themed cruises departing from Melbourne that are tailored to your favourite hobbies like music, art, comedy and more. There are also themed cruises for sporting events and important holidays, like New Year’s Eve. Longer cruises can be themed around topics like food and wine, wildlife or history.

There is no public parking at Station Pier itself and only very limited short stay parking around the port area. Ace Parking operates three car parks within a short walk or tram journey of the terminal offering short and long term stays for cruise passengers. You can’t prebook and the car parks run on a first come, first serve basis, so it’s a good idea to arrive early. 

Melbourne’s peak cruise season runs from October to April, taking in the warmer months and the glorious Australian summer. You’ll find ships departing almost every day during this period, sailing around Australia and beyond.

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Whether you’re embarking on one of the cruises from Melbourne that calls the city a home port, or your Australia cruise itinerary includes a stop in Melbourne, you’re in for a fabulous stay in this iconic city. Located in the Victoria state of Australia along the southeast coast of the continent, Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, with a thriving economy, dynamic food scene, and an array of fun, artistic, and historic activities.

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There's always something new to discover in Melbourne's hive of bustling, creative laneways, with their covert boutiques, famed restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafes and bars. Give 'Mainstreet' a miss and head down alleyways to find an ever-changing outdoor gallery of street art. Check out the murals, paste-ups and stencils in the laneways off Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Swanston Street. Don't miss Hosier Lane.

Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for 140 years. Home to over 600 small businesses, it is a great place to discover fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food, souvenirs and clothing. The Queen Victoria Market is also home to the Night Market on Wednesday nights, showcasing global street food, live music and entertainment, festival bars, specialty shopping and a great Melbourne night out.

Federation Square

Federation Square, located across from Flinders Street Station, is the main hub of Melbourne culture. With a focus on arts and music, Federation Square serves as a performance venue and is home to art galleries, restaurants and bars, public art demonstrations, and a weekly book market. It’s also home to the visually striking Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which features a contemporary exterior in a myriad of patterns jutting off the side of the structure. Step inside the museum if you’re interested in screen content, including cinema, television, gaming, and digital culture.

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Melbourne is often called one of the street art capitals of the world. So important is the artistic endeavor that the Melbourne City Council even designated certain streets acceptable for street art, giving artists full reign to express their creativity. For a more in-depth approach to the street art of Melbourne, sign up for a guided tour.

National Gallery of Victoria

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has two impressive galleries right in the city center and just a short stroll from one another. Visit major international touring exhibitions at NGV International with its famous waterfall and Great Hall. Cross the river to discover the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at the heart of Federation Square. With more Australian art on permanent display than any other in the world, the Ian Potter Centre is a must visit.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Open every day, explore Australia's favorite stadium by taking a guided MCG tour. Experience the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and learn the secrets of the ‘G. For a unique and truly Melbourne sporting experience, head to the MCG to watch an AFL (Australian Football League) game. Also known as 'Aussie Rules', the popularity of the game in Victoria often approaches obsession and is the sport of choice.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Take a deep breath and relax in the 38 hectares of the Royal Botanic Gardens. There's a place in these gardens for everybody, with space for children to explore, families to picnic, couples to canoodle, or individuals to relax and recharge in a tranquil setting. The popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk shows the land through the eyes of traditional owners. As summer evenings grow longer, the gardens light up with outdoor cinema screenings, theater performances and exhibitions.

Top Food and Drink Spots Near the Melbourne Cruise Port

Melbourne is a dream city for foodies. You can find just about any type of cuisine and dish that you’re craving here, ranging from delectable budget eats to exquisite fine dining. Those on Melbourne cruises head to Lygon street for Italian cuisine. Vegans will appreciate the Organic Food & Wine Deli. If you’re craving Asian food, visit Melbourne’s Chinatown or go to the South Melbourne Market (especially famous for its dim sims). For views, you’ll find a number of restaurants and cafes along Acland Street in the waterfront neighborhood of St. Kilda, and Greek food in the aptly named Greek Precinct. It’s also where you’ll find some of Melbourne’s famous cake shops, which are as tasty as they sound and perfect for a dessert. Grab a slice (or a whole cake) and a few forks to enjoy on the beach before heading back to your ship.

You can’t skip out on having a cup of coffee in Melbourne, which is often said to have the best coffee in the world. The baristas who create these decadent coffee and espresso drinks treat their coffee-making skills like a true craft of art, both in taste and presentation.

Culture & History of the Melbourne Cruise Port

Melbourne was founded in 1835, making it a fairly new city by world standards, especially since it’s so populated and plays such a key role in the economy of the Australian state of Victoria. The roots of the current city makeup of Melbourne were formed when businessmen from the nearby island of Tasmania were looking to start a port settlement and lost out on a bid to do so in Port Phillip. Even before it was proclaimed a settled city, the land of Melbourne was inhabited by the Kulin Nation, which the city of Melbourne respectfully recognizes as being the traditional land of this indigenous culture. The Kulin Nation still views Melbourne as a place of significant importance where its people can gather, work, and socialize, just as they did before British colonists settled the land. Today, Melbourne is known as a melting pot of cultures, rich in restaurants and international cuisine and a thriving art scene.

Melbourne Port Facilities & Location

Cruise ships will dock at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, which is a short walk away from public transportation that will take you into the city center. Most people head straight into the city, but there are also some souvenir shops and eateries within walking distance of the pier.

Transportation in Melbourne

Melbourne has a convenient tram system that connects the pier with the city center and other sights around the city. In addition, Melbourne has an extensive bus system. Taxis are available to hire by the pier or at one of the taxi ranks around the city center. Trains that connect with other towns and cities in Australia can be boarded at Flinders Street Station or Southern Cross Station.

Shopping Near the Melbourne Cruise Port

The attractive Bourke Street Mall boasts great shopping along a pedestrian-only street. Wander down the picturesque street and duck into the stores housing popular brand names. Another great place for shopping that you can get to from the port for Melbourne cruises is the Melbourne Emporium, which is a fairly new complex that offers popular shops in a modern setting.

Local Currency & Tipping Customs

The currency used in Melbourne is the Australian dollar. You’ll find ATMs located around the city dispensing Australian dollars. In addition, most businesses accept credit cards. It’s common in Melbourne and the rest of Australia to leave a tip, but it may be a smaller amount than what you’re used to at home. Tipping 10% of the total bill at a restaurant is the usual amount expected, while most people just round up to the nearest whole dollar amount for taxi service or a drink at cafes and bars.

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Heightened tensions in the Red Sea has led a major luxury cruise line to cancel all of its sailings into Australia.

US-based cruise line Virgin Voyages has announced it will cancel all sailings by luxury, adults-only ship Resilient Lady to Australia starting later 2024 and early 2025.

It comes as Iran-backed Houthi rebels continue to attack and threaten container vessels sailing through the Red Sea in retaliation against Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

At least two dozen trips have been taken off Australian holiday-makers schedule as a result of the cancellation, including a six-night voyage from Perth to Melbourne in early December and a 7-night New Year’s Eve trip on December 29.

“We remain very concerned about potential escalations in the Red Sea over the next 12 months,” a Virgin Voyages spokesman said in a statement.

“This significant and ongoing conflict puts unacceptable risks for safe passage through the region for our sailors, crew and vessel.”

Yemen’s Houthis rebels released a video showing armed men seizing a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea.

As the Yemeni rebel group stepped up its attacks on ships in the Red Sea in protest against Israel’s war on Gaza, the US and UK have ramped up attacks against more than a dozen Houthi sites. The attacks, backed by Australia, came after the Houthis began hijacking commercial ships sailing through the Red Sea in November.

They have since attacked more than two dozen others with drones, missiles and speed boats.

The Resilient Lady, which was due to dock into Adelaide later this year, will now complete its Mediterranean sailing season in October and divert its course towards Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.

Virgin Voyages said all customers affected by the recent changes would receive a refund.

“To say that we are disappointed to have come to this tough conclusion is an understatement. These adjustments are happening now in order to minimise potential future disruption to our passengers’ holiday plans,” a spokesman said.

“We are currently working through options to return to Australia and the Asia Pacific region once regional repositioning opportunities become more tenable.”

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