Melbourne, Australia - Australia & New Zealand Cruises

Originally part of New South Wales, Victoria became a colony in its own right in 1851. The discovery of gold and the development of agriculture propelled Melbourne’s rise to prominence and prosperity. Flower gardens and graceful, tree-lined boulevards add a refined air to Melbourne, regarded as the hub of Australia’s cultural, intellectual and financial life – at least by Melbournians!

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Melbourne Beer Lovers Tour

    Discover a local microbrewery, meet the master brewer and enjoy fine Australian beers in a tasting session.

    Melbourne Beer Lovers Tour

    Australian’s pride themselves on their love of beer. Through the decades they have been known to devote countless hours to the enjoyment of beer. The result of this love for beer is a collection of microbreweries that devote their time to handcrafting fine beers.

    Visit True South Brewery in Bayside Black Rock for a guided tour, meet the master brewer and enjoy their exclusive product. The tasting session will include a selection of approximately five different beers. The master brewer will talk about each beer and tell you about how the beer is made, the ingredients used and the origins of the beer as well as other interesting information.

    Then travel to cosmopolitan St Kilda to The Local Taphouse – a haven for beer lovers. You’ll then be given a talk about some of the huge range of craft beers on offer. You’ll have time to relax and sample up to ten different beers and if the weather’s fine, you can soak up the sun on the deck. This tour is ideal for those who love to sit back, relax and enjoy a fine beer with those who love making it.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The minimum age for this excursion is 18 years old.

    Tour code

    MEL_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Arcades & Alleyways

    Discover beautiful historic buildings, arcades and alleyways on this comprehensive walking tour that will bring Melbourne to life.

    Arcades & Alleyways

    Explore Melbourne like a true local as your knowledgeable guide brings the city to life. A short walk will bring you to Beacon Cove, where you will take a tram to Federation Square, located in the heart of the city. During your informative walking tour, you will discover how the gold rush of the 1850's really kick-started the prodigious growth of one of the greatest cities of the Victorian era.

    As you explore the fascinating alleyways and glorious arcades of downtown Melbourne, you will hear stories and discover the history of the local area. Hidden architectural gems will be revealed and some truly great sights including the stunning Gothic Bank and the gloriously ornate Old Melbourne Stock Exchange. Admire the magnificent redevelopment of the historic General Post Office and be charmed by the city's oldest arcade, the Royal Arcade.

    Sit back and absorb the local atmosphere as you enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee and cake in a local café. After your refreshments, your walk will continue past the delightful Town Hall and City Square precinct to see the beautiful lime and sandstone building of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, before taking the tram back to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by tram and on foot. Guests are advised there is approximately 2½ hours of total walking on the tour. The terrain is mostly paved with some cobbled alleyways. Comfortable, enclosed shoes and bottled water are recommended.

    Tour code

    MEL_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

    Experience the thrill of seeing majestic, native Australian animals in the wild on this eco-tour.

    Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

    Departing from your ship, you’ll board your coach and leave the city via the Westgate Bridge that offers wide views across Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. Head across the broad grasslands of the Great Western Plains towards Serendip Sanctuary.

    The 618-acre exclusive open-range Sanctuary is set against the backdrop of the You Yangs Range and is an excellent example of the open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the volcanic Western Plains. An experienced naturalist guide will lead you on a walk through the savannah grasslands and bush around billabongs (waterways) in the company of wild kangaroos, emus and many species of birds. Enjoy a refreshment of tea or coffee during your visit to the Sanctuary.

    Following a short drive from Serendip, you’ll venture into the You Yang Ranges National Park to walk among the gum trees and search for koalas in their natural eucalyptus forest. Here, you'll visit a wild koala study area where research is being carried out into the behaviour of these beautiful, charismatic marsupials. On short, easy strolls your guide will share with you the habits and habitats of Australia's gentle wildlife in the unique Australian bush.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately ½ mile of walking in total on this tour. Wildlife sightings are likely but cannot be 100% guaranteed. It will not be possible to touch or hold the animals and smoking is not allowed.

    Tour code

    MEL_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Melbourne Highlights

    Enjoy the enchanting Fitzroy Gardens laid out in the shape of the Union Jack, then see unparalleled views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

    Melbourne Highlights

    Travel into the heart of Melbourne city to the Fitzroy Gardens. Planted in 1860 these magnificent gardens are laid out in the shape of the Union Jack. There will be a guided tour of the gardens and Cook’s Cottage which is hidden away amongst the trees. Cook’s Cottage is the family home of Captain James Cook, the English navigator who explored the southern hemisphere and first ‘discovered’ the east coast of Australia. The two-storey brick cottage and its adjoining stable were shipped over piece by piece from its original location in the north of England.

    Continuing to the city centre, you will pass many magnificent buildings, including The Treasury, Parliament House, the Windsor Hotel, the Princess Theatre and the marvellous Gothic buildings on Collins Street. There will be a photograph stop at the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the most stunning and recognisable landmarks of Melbourne.

    See the city from another level at Melbourne’s tallest attraction, Eureka Skydeck 88. This magnificent 92-storey tower is one of the tallest apartment buildings in the world. The fastest lifts in the southern hemisphere will take you from the ground to Level 88 in a mere 40 seconds. From the Skydeck you will have unparalleled 360 degree views of the city through floor to ceiling glass windows.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate to walk up to the Shrine, however this is optional. The guided tour is conducted at a gentle pace and lasts approximately one hour. Comfortable, flat, enclosed shoes and bottled water are recommended.

    Tour code

    MEL_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Puffing Billy and Parrots

    Enjoy a scenic journey to the Dandenong Ranges, for the opportunity to spot the colourful bird life and ride on a vintage steam train.

    Puffing Billy and Parrots

    Travel to the Dandenong Ranges through a variety of garden suburbs as you climb the surrounding hills. This range provides views of some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia.

    On arrival at Belgrave Station, you will board the ‘Puffing Billy’, a century-old narrow-gauge steam train that still runs on its original mountain track. Enjoy this short classic train journey as it transverses past the lush forest surroundings to Menzies Creek on the outskirts of Sherbrooke Forest.

    Re-join your coach for a drive into Sherbrooke Forest, where some of the world’s tallest hardwood species are found. Australian fauna is in abundance with bird life such as Kookaburra’s, Bellbirds and Lyrebirds. The Crimson Rosella and King Parrot are two of the most impressive and colourful of the birds. A stop will be made during the forest drive for photographs, bird seed will be provided for those who wish to hand fed these friendly birds.


    This excursion will operate by coach and steam train. There is a ten minute walk down a moderate incline from the coach park to the Belgrave Station, with three steps to embark the train. The train journey is approximately 30 minutes. Ramps are available for wheelchairs (please advise in advance). Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. On high-risk fire days the steam engine will be substituted with a diesel engine.

    Tour code

    MEL_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Dandenong Scenic Drive

    A wonderful opportunity to see some of Australia's unique birdlife and wonderful views from the Dandenong Observatory.

    Dandenong Scenic Drive

    Departing the ship you will travel by coach to Sherbrooke Forest, home to some of the world’s tallest hardwood species of trees. The forest is also home to many of Australia’s unique birdlife, such as Rosellas, Kookaburras, Bellbirds and Lyrebirds. Two of the forest’s most impressive and colourful bird species are the Crimson Rosella and the King Parrot. To add to this delightful experience, seeds are provided for you to hand-feed these playful and inquisitive birds.

    Leaving the forest, you will drive to Mount Dandenong Observatory. At 1,800 feet above sea level, the Observatory affords extensive and breathtaking views of the lush forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges, giving you an excellent opportunity to take some memorable photographs.

    Finally, you will visit one of the area’s charming little villages. These small villages are renowned for their excellent craft shops which feature the work of local artists and include jewellery, glassware, pottery, leather goods and woodcarvings. Enjoy some free time to stroll along the quaint streets or shop for souvenirs. There are even candy shops reminiscent of yesteryear where you can purchase a sweet confection.

    Returning to the city, you will be given a brief overview of Melbourne’s highlights before arriving back at the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Approximately 40 minutes will be spent at the village where walking is at guests' own discretion.The order of highlights may vary.

    Tour code

    MEL_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Leisurely Melbourne

    This leisurely tour will give you an excellent orientation of this great metropolis known for its grace and old-world charm.

    Leisurely Melbourne

    Leaving Port Melbourne, you will drive down the Esplanade past the Melbourne bayside beaches of St Kilda and Elwood. As you head towards the heart of the city, you will see Albert Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. A photograph stop will be made at the Shrine of Remembrance, Victoria's largest and most visited war memorial, before continuing your drive past the sporting precinct, the historical city centre, Melbourne University and the Carlton District renowned, for its many fascinating terrace homes.

    Melbourne holds many surprises, it has the most elaborate Victorian architecture of all Australian cities. Along with the old, you will view the modern face of Melbourne, with its Crown Casino complex and Convention Centre.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of a coach with the exception of one photograph stop at the Shrine of Remembrance. The terrain around the Shrine is flat and paved. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate to walk up to the Shrine, however this is optional.

    Tour code

    MEL_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

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