Melbourne, Australia

Located in the southeast coast of Australia, Melbourne has been branded as the ‘Most Liveable City in the World’, and is sure to give you nothing but a warm welcome when you arrive into this cultural wonderland. Whether you visit Melbourne for a matter of hours, or extend your stay after your cruise, this diverse and exciting destination is sure to stay in your heart.

6 hours in… Melbourne

Melbourne offers an array of exciting activities and areas to explore, whether you prefer to see the popular tourist sites, get off the beaten track or simply relax and unwind, the city will not disappoint.

For the best possible experience on a visit to Melbourne, decide beforehand what it is you want to get from your visit to the city and plan accordingly. A guided tour is always often the most structured way to explore the city in one convenient trip. If a tour is not your style, the city is perfectly safe and accessible enough to explore on your own.

Known as Australia’s cultural capital, the streets of the city are famous for their street art, and are one of the most popular attractions for residents and tourists alike. Between sampling the local coffee, unique artwork, as well as the mix of modern architecture and 19th century buildings, an afternoon exploring the heart of the city and the world famous Botanical Gardens is one not to miss.

Historic buildings in Melbourne's city centre

Historic buildings in Melbourne’s city centre

For an education focussed afternoon, the State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Museum are popular choices for those wanting to learn about the history of this amazing city. Alternatively, those who love nature, Melbourne’s famous Zoo or the Sea Life Aquarium are great choices for those travelling with children or simply want to see the famous kangaroos or koala bears!

Melbourne is also a fantastic city for shopping, dining and drinking and you’ll find a wealth of wonderful districts catering to all of these needs. From elegant restaurants and casual diners to massive shopping malls and the Queen Victoria markets, you’ll find something to suit every taste in this multi-national city.

Been Before?

Despite the masses of urban and contemporary buildings, Melbourne has vast beautiful landscapes to explore if you have more time on your hands. A matter of minutes away is the beautiful St Kilda Beach. This 700 metre long beach is perfect for relaxing, or trying your hand at some water activities. Those who love sports, particularly football, soccer and cricket, there are some fantastic sports tours available in the city. Known as ‘Australia’s favourite stadium’, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is sure to amaze and inspire.

Can’t keep away?

Depending on what time you arrive into Melbourne, the perfect way to view this magnificent area is by hot air balloon at sunrise. See the city from hundreds of metres above, as well as the breath taking scenery of Port Philip Bay and the Yarra River. If you’d prefer to explore these beautiful landscapes on the ground, these scenic walks are the perfect place to spend a day.

Stunning rock formations off the coast of Melbourne

Stunning rock formations off the coast of Melbourne

Entering the Country

Australia has very strict immigration policies in regards to medicines, food, plants and biological goods. Many items will need to be declared upon arrival, however we do recommend that any prescription medication is taken in the original packaging to avoid any issues.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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