Considered the gateway to a wide range of overseas and Australian destinations, cruises from Melbourne are a wonderful way to experience the majesty of passing through the mighty Bass Straight into Port Phillip Bay. Departing from Port Melbourne, cruises from Melbourne offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the city’s arts and culture, fantastic café scene, boutique shopping and gourmet restaurant culture. Thanks to its central location on the Yarra River just moments from Southbank and the CBD, Melbourne is a wonderful cruising departure point year round. The port is easily accessible by car or taxi and tram and is within 10 minutes of Collins Street and approximately 30 minutes from the Tullamarine Airport.
Soak up the bohemian atmosphere of Melbourne in a number of different ways. After all, Melbourne’s attractions are about as diverse as the city itself. Step back in time, relax in the stunning natural environment or shop til you drop, the choice is yours. Stroll along the scenic Yarra River, discover maritime history at the Polly Woodside Museum or enjoy a variety of the city’s famous dining and entertainment options.
Just minutes from the city, Melbourne Zoo offers over 350 different species in an animal and wildlife wonderland. Nature lovers can’t miss the historical attractions shrouded in the lush greenery of the Royal Botanic Gardens while sporting fanatics simply must pay a visit to the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Foodies will be in heaven at Lygon Street, the city’s famous ‘eat street’ offering the ultimate array of cafes, restaurants and cuisine as well as the nearby Queen Victoria Markets which have been purveying fresh produce for over 100 years. Another popular attraction is nearby Chinatown, bustling with vibrant architecture, Chinese lanterns, artisan delicacies, a wide range of shopping and dining options and the fascinating Chinese Museum.
If you’ve got time to explore outside the city, there are some incredible natural and historical attractions to discover including the Puffing Billy historic steam railway and the stunning countryside of the Mornington Peninsula. Always popular with the adults, the Yarra Valley is a charming wine region boasting some of the country’s best vineyards and wineries offering cellar door tastings and gourmet food.
Waterfront Place (Port Melbourne)
Distance from City: 15kms (20mins)
Distance from Airport: 17km (30mins)
Taxi Fare Estimate: $15 - $20 one way, cruise terminal to city