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Melbourne City Tour on Tram and Tourist Shuttle Route

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne's weather is rather cold in June. I stepped out of the Melbourne International Airport blowing out smoke from my mouth without the help of a cigarette. It was 2 celcius that day! You might want to go between November to March if you prefer warmer season with more sunshine. Public transportation is easily accessible in this city. Maps, booklets of travel are also easily obtainable in the airport information centre. Do remember to grab a copy before you leave to airport to enjoy various discount coupons that can be found in the booklets.

I took the Skybus which travels between Melbourne Airport and Southern Cross Station for the price of AUD16 one way. Traffic getting into the city was bad during rush hour but the ride itself was pleasant. The bus even have a place for people to put their bags & lugages onboard. I hopped off at Southern Cross Station and almost got lost there. The place is huge so I asked around to get on the right platform to Flinders Street Station.

In Melbourne, it's very much tourist friendly and they have a Free City Circle Tram for you to hop-on and hop-off at various tourist places. It runs through CBD and other routes which are not covered by the City Circle Tram can be reachable by Tourist Shuttle for Free as well. The bus ride is most enjoyable as I took a 45 minute ride on the bus without hopping off at any point to get a feel and tour of the city. The bus driver happily explains the history and fun points of every tour stops to ensure tourist understands the significance of the places.

Some of the nice places the tour bus and City Circle Tram will bring you are Docklands, Melbourne Aquarium, Parliament House of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market, State Library, Federation Square, Immigration museum, Melbourne Museum, University of Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, etc..

Some of the best sights and feel is best taken on a walking tour across the Yarra River along Eureka SkyDeck and Below the bridge of Federation Square. My favourite must see place in Melbourne City is the old Melbourne Gaol and the Watch Tower Experience which is behind the RMIT university building. When you purchase your entrance ticket, it includes the Gaol Museum & the watch tower experience. The Museum is set in the old prison where the famous Australian bandit Ned Kelly was hanged as well as history of prisoners who was deported from England to Australia. The watch tower experience will let you have a feel of how a prisoner is treated when they are arrested and put in a holding cell. No prizes to be given for guessing who are the prisoners :) Also get your mug shots there at the end of the tour. The Melbourne Museum is worth a visit as well when they hold special exhibitions in their premises. Queen Victoria's Market is a must-see as well but you have to get there during the early mornings. For those who enjoy Italian food, Italian street is just a few blocks away.

Melbourne offers a variety of food and the portions are huge (for me). For Asians who enjoy some friendly faces, you might want to visit Box Hill where many Chinese eateries can be found. I stayed with some friends when I was there and took various train rides to the suburbs which is very enjoyable but time consuming. For those who wants to enjoy the city, I recommend a 3 full days to enjoy most of what Melbourne CBD has to offer.

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Flinders Street Station

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Tourist Shuttle Bus

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Parliment of Victoria

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Federation Square

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Architecture

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A walk in the park

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Suburbs of Melbourne

Posted by jokermiss 00:42 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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