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Melbourne, Australia

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Overview

Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia, is the state capital of Victoria (one of the six Australian states). This cosmopolitan city is located on the Yarra River (which actually runs through the middle of the city) and is consistently ranked as being one of the most livable cities in the world. Melbourne is particularly well known as being a hub of Australia's sports and culture.

The tram system in Melbourne is a great, and quite affordable, way to get around the city. Within this multicultural city are great theatres, restaurants, cafes, national parks, beaches, sporting venues, festivals and concert halls.

As far as weather goes, the summers (December to February) in Melbourne are typically dry and warm, while the winters (June to August) can be cold and damp.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from Melbourne, Australia:
Australia & New Zealand



Cruise Lines Departing Here

P&O Cruises Australia
Princess Cruises



Currency
The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency. ATM machines are available, but make sure you use one that works with the card you're using.


Language
The official language Australia is English.


Tourist Attractions
Federation Square is one of the main gathering spots in Melbourne. Within this area of the city is a museum, galleries, cinemas, restaurants, bars and public squares.

Founded in 1862, the Melbourne Zoo is one of the world's oldest zoos (and is the oldest one in Australia) and is located in the city centre. Also located in this region is the huge Queen Victoria Market (built back in 1878), a great place for bargain shopping, fresh produce and snacks. Of the many markets in the Melbourne area, this one is the most popular and large.

Melbourne Docklands is a mostly waterfront area in Melbourne, featuring many restaurants and shops. Most of this area has been reconstructed, as it has been the focus of a large development project.

The Royal Botanic Gardens are internationally renowned botanical gardens in Melbourne, along the Yarra River. This area is made up of about 87 acres of beautiful gardens, including over 10,000 species of vegetation.

Within walking distance of the city centre is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), home of the Melbourne Cricket Club. It is the largest stadium in all of Australia, and holds the world record for having the highest light towers at any sporting venue.

There is a ferry available at the cruise port, Spirit of Tasmania, which takes passengers from Melbourne to Devonport, on the island of Tasmania.

St. Kilda is a suburb near Melbourne, the home of various restaurants and shops, as well as Luna Park (probably St. Kilda's most well known landmark, which originally opened back in 1912). Luna Park, open year round, is an old fashioned amusement park featuring many rides (including the historic Magical Carousel and the Scenic Railway).



Port Location
The cruise pier is located at Station Pier in the Port of Melbourne, which is about 15 minutes from the Melbroune city centre. Taxis are available at the pier on the days that cruise ships are in port. There is also a tram service available (Route 109) that can take you between the pier and city centre. Melbourne’s international airport, Tullamarine, is located under 20 minutes from the cruise ship terminal.
 
Melbourne Skyline and Yarra River
Melbourne Skyline and Yarra River
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