Tour ID: 10053836
Gaze upon the beating heart of Australia’s cultural and sporting capital with a comprehensive morning tour of Melbourne’s many attractions. This three-and-a-half hour trip starts among the café-strewn streets of Little Italy and culminates beneath the glass and steel of the modern Federation Square, giving you a varied look at a city renowned the world over for its diversity and dynamism.
Tour highlights include:
• A visit to Old Melbourne Gaol, final residence of the notorious Ned Kelly
• A peek inside Melbourne University, one of the country’s finest learning institutions
• Sojourns to historical and political places of interest, such as the Royal Exhibition Building & Museum, Parliament House and Princess Theatre
• Photo opportunities at St Patrick's Cathedral and in Fitzroy Gardens
• A broad sample of Melbourne’s various districts, including East Melbourne, Chinatown and Collins Street
• Walk the shopping streets of Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street
• Finish at Flinders Street Station and the accompanying Federation Square
Melbourne is arguably Australia’s most vibrant city, and for tourists and non-Melbournians, unlocking the many secrets of this urban utopia in a short space of time can seem impossible. This tour, conducted between 8.30am and noon, will give you as good an insight into the city as any.
We meet at Federation Square and start at Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison which now operates as a museum, detailing the colonial history of the city and its most notorious criminals, including the bushranger Ned Kelly. After a swift detour down Lygon Street – ‘Little Italy’ – we pass another place of learning, Melbourne University, consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. The architecture of this (relatively) grand old institution is fairly impressive too!
You’ll then wander on to the Royal Exhibition Building and Museum, home of Australia’s first parliament, before visiting the current location of Victoria’s parliament, Parliament House, on Spring Street. Listed heritage buildings Princess Theatre and St Patrick’s Cathedral are next on the itinerary before you’ll get the opportunity to saunter through the Victorian-era Fitzroy Gardens, the closest thing to traditional England you’ll get in Melbourne. The Gardens’ most notable attraction, Captain Cook’s Cottage, was even built in England, before being deconstructed, transported and reconstructed 10,500 miles away!
You’ll get an inclination of just how diverse a city Melbourne is, with stops in East Melbourne, with its ornate, Victorian terraces; Chinatown, with its neon lights and red archways and Collins Street, commonly known as Australia’s ‘premier’ shopping street.
If the high-end boutiques aren’t really your (designer) bag, we’ve got just the suggestion, with a short stroll down Queen Victoria Market, Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place and Degraves Street.
Finally, the tour finishes at Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station, once the busiest passenger station in the world. The tour finishes where it started, on the modern plaza of Federation Square.
Want to take a look at everything Melbourne has to offer but pressed for time? This morning tour will guide you around a variety of locations before leaving you free for the rest of the day at noon – if you find yourself attached to one attraction in particular, you could always go back later!
Coaching touring, guided walking tour, free Wi-Fi on coach
8:10 AM Daily
12pm - Federation Square. No hotel drop offs are possible.
Tour departs from Federation Square East (corner of Flinders & Russell Streets) or hotel pickups available on request - please advise hotel name and address at time of booking should you require a hotel pick up and we advise the most convenient location in your confirmation email.
Children 4 – 14 years inclusive (15 and over is an adult, under 4 is free
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