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#1 glen

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 01:31 PM

Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle

The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle is a FREE bus service, stopping at key tourist attractions and destinations in and around the city. Onboard you can view the city in comfort, while listening to an informative commentary about the city’s attractions. You can hop on and hop off at any of the 15 stops.

Runs daily, every 15–20 minutes from 10am to 4pm.



Stop 1 - Melbourne Museum & Carlton Gardens

Here, you can view the exciting displays and exhibitions of Melbourne Museum and it’s IMAX theatre, the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, and the Carlton Gardens which are home to the 1891 Curators lodge and three important fountains: the Hochgurtel Fountain, the French Fountain, and the Westgarth Fountain.

Stop 2 - Lygon Street at Elgin Street

Lygon Street in Carlton is the historic heartland of Melbourne’s Italian community. Italian restaurants spill on to the footpaths, with pasta to savour and cake to devour.

Stop 3 - Royal Parade

Royal Parade connects the northern suburbs of Melbourne to the city. This beautiful avenue of English Elms appears on the National Trust Significant Tree Register. From this stop you can also visit the Melbourne Zoo, Australia’s oldest zoo. The Zoo is quite a walk from the Royal Parade stop, you may prefer to take a tram (number 55) from William Street.

Stop 4 - Melbourne University

Melbourne University, displaying varied eclectic architectural styles, houses it’s own museums, galleries and special collections. It is also home to the $110 million BIO21 Molecular and Biotechnology Institute with its award winning designs, as well as the Ian Potter Museum Of Art.


Stop 5 - Queen Victoria Market

More than a shopping destination, the Queen Victoria Market is a historic landmark, and a leading tourist attraction. For over 125 years, this vast and vibrant centre of trade and commerce serves the consumer needs of more than 200,000 shoppers a week. Spreading over some seven hectares, the market sells everything from gourmet food and wine to clothes and souvenirs.

Stop 6 - Flagstaff

The Flagstaff Gardens were used as Melbourne’s first burial ground in the 1830s. The area was used as a signal station and then as a magnetic and meteorological observatory, before being established as a public garden in 1862. Today, the bowling club, playground and tennis courts contribute to the gardens’ continuing recreational and informal character.

Stop 7- Law Courts

At the centre of the city’s law courts, you can sit in on a court case, admire the Supreme Court’s domed splendour or visit the County Court, Victoria’s pre-eminent trial court and one of the most striking court buildings in Australia. This precinct also has some of the grandest architecture in the nation, including the ornate 19th century Gothic ANZ Bank.

Stop 8 - Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum hosts a series of exhibitions focusing on themes such as departure, arrival, settling and reunion. The Melbourne Observation Deck of the Rialto Towers, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest office structures, gives you unsurpassed views of Melbourne. On Northbank, you’ll find the Melbourne Aquarium and the Enterprize Wharf.


Stop 9 - Southbank

The chic riverside strip of Southbank is home to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, as well as the glitz and glamour of Crown Entertainment Complex where you can groove at a nightclub, catch a movie, or eat at a waterside restaurant. Heading east along the bank is Southgate, a popular shopping and restaurant complex on the banks of the Yarra River.

Stop 10 - Arts Precinct

The Arts Centre, with its iconic spire, has a number of gallery and performance spaces, including the Performing Arts Museum which tells the story of circus, dance, music, opera, and theatre in Australia. The NGV International houses Victoria’s impressive international collection, and nearby is the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Malthouse Theatre.

Stop 11 - Shrine Of Remembrance

Melbourne’s most recognisable landmark, the Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s memorial to the service and sacrifice of its men and women in times of conflict. Nearby are the Royal Botanic Gardens , the formal parklands of Kings Domain, the world-class performance venue of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and Government House and La Trobe’s Cottage.

Stop 12 - Sports & Entertainment Precinct

The sports and entertainment precinct is home to Melbourne Park (home of the Australian Open), Olympic Park (home to the 1956 Olympic games), the MCG (Home to AFL and cricket), Yarra Park, and the contemporary riverside park Birrarung Marr.

Stop 13 - Flinders Quarter

Flinders Quarter is Melbourne’s designer paradise, with organic food, film, poetry bookshops, cigar bars, basement jazz and commercial art galleries. Nearby is the cultural magnet of Federation Square, the Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens with The Conservatory, Cooks’ Cottage and the carved Fairies’ Tree, the Melbourne Visitor Centre, and the City Museum at Old Treasury.

Stop 14 - Chinatown & Theatres

Chinatown is a slice of Asia in the heart of the city, with a smorgasbord of Asian cuisine, and arcades selling everything from Chinoiserie to funghi. The Chinese Museum is the place to learn the culture of Chinese Australians. Melbourne has long been the theatrical heart of Australia and many of the theatres are known for their stunning architecture, including Her Majesty’s, Princess and Comedy Theatres.

Stop 15 - Exhibition Street at La Trobe Street

If you are interested in stamps the Post Master Gallery holds Australia’s most significant collection of philatelic heritage and artwork. Get a sense of what prison life was like for the men, women and children who spent time in the Old Melbourne Gaol. Infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly, was one of 136 prisoners hanged on-site.

For more information:

• visit http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au

• visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square, located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets

• visit the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street Mall

• call City of Melbourne Hotline on 9658 9658
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 01:45 AM

That sounds like a real good idea! I think it must be the only city in the world where the local tourist bus routes are free. Down in London they would probably expect £5 minimum just to sit on an open topped red bus and be driven around the major attractions.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 02:42 PM

i have been on those tourist buses in London. I don't remember exactly what I paid but I think it was more than 5 pounds. Maybe it was 15 or so. At the time, the exchange rate was about 4 to 1 (from Aussie dollars to english pounds) so everything seemed very expensive to me. I think people coming from London (with english pounds) would have a nice cheap holiday over here. :)
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 09:00 PM

Having travelled around the world a bit, I've never saw anything other city offer free buses for tourists. It seems a great idea and must lead to a lot more business for the tourist attractions involved.
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:16 PM

hi ginger,

from what i have heard, the free city tram is far more popular than the bus. i guess that is because the tram is so obvious as it rattles along its track in a circle around the city! the free bus and tram are both fairly new ideas. i am not if they mention them in "lonely planet" guides for melbourne yet but i guess they might!

i sometimes use the free tram just because it's going where i am heading. i usually have a paid tram ticket as well but sometimes the free one just suits me better.

take it easy, glen :)
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:15 PM

Good to here such an amusing service. Imagine a free tour around the city of Melbourne?
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