Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world’s most livable cities—and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It’s renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams.

The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It’s a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere—from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafés serving the best coffee you’ve ever tasted.

If you want to leave the city, Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s world-class wineries and spectacular coastline sights. Visit the famous penguins at nearby Phillip Island or feast on local produce in the picture-perfect Yarra Valley. Wherever you go in and around Melbourne, you’ll be sure to understand why so many choose to call this beautiful corner of the world home.


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Dine Out

Melbourne is one of the world’s great culinary capitals. The city has literally thousands of restaurants and cafes. For a unique dining experience try the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, the first travelling tramcar restaurant in the world, and enjoy a charming journey into Victoria’s past. As you cruise along the scenic streets of Melbourne on the 1927 converted tram, you’ll dine on fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines.

Take A Look Around Town

With an inspiring collection of museums, gardens and beautiful colonial buildings, the choices are endless. There’s the Victoria Police Museum, the Immigration Museum, beautiful Federation Square and Flinders Street Station, Parliament Gardens, Treasury Gardens as well as Fitzroy Gardens and Cook’s Cottage. Take a guided tour of venues that play host to some of Australia’s favourite sporting events. For Neighbours fans, there’s a tour to famous Ramsay Street, while beer enthusiasts might enjoy the “Carlton and United Brewery” tour.


Getting Around

Taxis are widely available in Melbourne. The city’s trains, buses and famous trams – including the free city circle tram, also provide an excellent public transport system.


With more than one quarter of its inhabitants born overseas, just about every style of cuisine is available in Melbourne. For an authentic Melbourne experience try some of the restaurants, cafes and intimate bars hidden in the small lanes in the heart of the city. Other popular dining venues can be found on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Lygon Street in Carlton, as well as in Southbank (right by the Yarra River) and St Kilda. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.


Renowned as a shopper’s haven, Melbourne has a mecca of shops that include everything from department stores and factory outlets to small boutiques and antique shops. A wander along Chapel Street in South Yarra or a trip to the Queen Victoria Markets are “very Melbourne” shopping excursions.


Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day, but the truth is, the city actually records less rain than its “sunny” rival, Sydney. Wind, drizzle and heavy rain can loom in from the south and across Port Phillip Bay; however the summers can be blazingly hot and dry.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.


Public telephones and internet access are widely available throughout the city. Mobile coverage is generally available.

What To Wear Ashore

To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm jacket in case it gets cool.

Shore Tours

There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Melbourne. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.