Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Day Trip in Melbourne City

City Circle - Free Tourist Tram
Melbourne is one of the most spectacular cities in the world . It has been crowned as the world's most livable cities several times .If you are planning for a Day trip in Melbourne , I can offer you some tips to plan your Melbourne's Day Out .

Though Melbourne can be visited all round the year . However summer months (November - April)are usually the best with long days .
February-March is the best time to visit Melbourne from perspective of cultural festivals .
Melbourne hosts a lot of spectacular festivals during this time ranging from "White Night" , "Moomba Festival" , "Australian Grand Prix - F1" etc.

Flinders Street Station
Since I have selected most of the places where there is no ticket charges .
Yara River Cruise  : 23 AUD/person
Skydeck : 30 AUD /person
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner : 10 AUD /meal/person
This does not include your shopping , drinks and Crown Casino gambling .

Glimpse of Melbourne City


At 8:30 a.m : Federation Square
Take your time to click some nice shots of "(1) Flinders Street Station" ,"(F16)St. Paul Cathedral" , "(F18)Princess Bridge" , "Federation Square" , "(F15)Explore Swanston Street ".

At 9:15 a.m :Get on to the City Circle Tram (Walking Distance)and get down  at the next stop number : 2 named as "Market Street".Take Tram 55 going towards Market Street  which would take you to "Victoria Market" which is Stop 9.

Queen Victoria Market
At 10:00 a.m :Victoria Market - This is the best place to buy yourself some Souvenirs for friends and family back home .Market is closed on Monday , Wednesday and Public Holidays . To know more on timings please refer to the following link .

At 11:30 :
Option 1 :There are some good restaurant near Victoria Market. Have your Lunch . Get on to the Tram 55 , get down at Latrobe Street Stop number = 7 . Take on the City Circle .Get down at Parliament

Option 2 : Get on to the Tram 55 , get down at Latrobe Street Stop number = 7 . Take on the City Circle .Get down at Parliament . There are pretty good restaurants on Bourke Street which is righ opposite to Parliament . Have a nice lunch overlooking parliament .

Parliament House - Victoria
At 12:55 p.m : Free Guided Tour Inside Parliament of Victoria .If you want to take a free guided tour inside parliament . Make sure to reach the top of parliament by 12:55 .For more information : http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/visit/public-tours

Yara River Cruise Boarding Point and Eureka Sky deck Location
At 1:30 p.m : Take the Tram City Circle and get down at Flinders Street Station .
Take a quick 7-min walk onto to the other side of the bridge .Yarra River Cruise Boarding Point

South Bank DFO Waterfront
At 1:50 p.m : Yarra River Cruise.
Queue up at the Southgate Promenade, Berth 5 . There are a number of options .
I found the 1-hour Cruise B : River Gardens the most picturesque .
Rate : 23 AUD/person
For Bookings :  https://www.melbcruises.com.au/index.php/cruises/?tab=sightseeing

At 3:00 p.m : Eureka Skydeck
I would recommend to buy Edge Tickets along with general Entry .
Rate : 18 AUD + 12 AUD = 30 AUD/person
For Bookings : http://eurekaskydeck.com.au/buy-tickets/

At 4:45 p.m: Federation Square Tram Stop
Get on to any Tram towards St. Kilda Road(3,3a,5,6,6,16,64,67,72) .Get down at Stop number 19 - Shrine of Remembrance .

Royal Botanical Gardens
At 5:05 p.m : Royal Botanical Garden
Royal Botanical garden is located just behind the Shrine of Remembrance .Take a tour with some beautiful clicks .For More Info : http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-Melbourne

Shrine Of Remembrance
At 6:00 p.m : Shrine of Remembrance
Spend some time and get down to the tram stop whenever  you wish .
Take Tram 16 to St. Kilda Beach .

St. Kilda Esplanade - Penguin Point
At 6:45 p.m: The Esplanade - St. Kilda Sea Baths (Stop 136) 
Get down at Stop 136 . Cross the road to reach the Esplanade .Keep on walking the esplanade until you reach the Penguin Point . At sunset Little Penguins comes to the shore daily which is a treat to watch .Please remember there is a Instant fine on Flash Photography and drinking .

At 8:00  : There are plenty of place to dine in and around St. Kilda .

At 10:00 : Crown plaza
Try your luck in Crown Casino .Entry to Casino is free .
Retire your day with a Taxi to Hotel .
number : 132227 , http://www.13cabs.com.au

Map with markings relevant to the Blog
There are some more Options that you can explore in case you plan to stay longer :-
1) Melbourne Aquarium
2) Melbourne Cricket Ground
3) There are plenty of shopping centers namely :Southbank DFO  , Harbor Town , Crown Plaza Shopping Centre , Bourke Street Shopping Mall , Chapel Street .
4) Royal Exhibition Building

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