Melbourne 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.

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 Star & Harbour Town Shopping

    Step aboard the Melbourne Star ferris wheel for 360 degree views of Melbourne’s skyline, and enjoy some time to shop in Harbour Town.

    Melbourne Star & Harbour Town Shopping

    Just a short drive across the city will take you to Harbour Town, the location of the ‘Melbourne Star’ and home to an array of retail outlets. The giant observation wheel peaks at a height of 120 metres and offers uninterrupted views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding area.

    Upon arrival into Harbour Town, you’ll head to the Melbourne Star check-in area and step aboard your cabin for the 30-minute ride. As your pod moves slowly around the wheel, you’ll capture aerial views over the city from every angle. During your ride, enjoy the in-cabin audio commentary that offers interesting tales of Melbourne’s past and present.

    Afterwards, you’ll have free time to explore at leisure, the many outlets and speciality stores that are situated over 2 levels of laneway shops.

    This excursion will operate by coach. The ride time may be reduced during peak times. The cabins may not be exclusive to P&O Cruises. There is a short walk to reach the Melbourne Star and around 20 steps to negotiate, however there is lift access. Guests will require a degree of agility to board the Melbourne Star as each cabin has a large step to negotiate. The level of walking during free time is at the discretion of the guests.

    Tour code

    MEL_023

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Bargains, Lunch & Bubbles

    The ultimate shopping experience in Melbourne!

    Bargains, Lunch & Bubbles

    Discover Melbourne's inner city suburbs including Richmond, Collingwood, and Fitzroy, as you shop till you drop in discount outlets, accessories, bag and shoe shops and hard-to-find warehouse sales. A Melbourne shopping host will point out the Melbourne city highlights and guide you through the retail top spots.

    During your shopping spree, you’ll have time to rest your feet with a café luncheon, accompanied by a glass of bubbles.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is not recommended for children. This tour is predominately on foot and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The bubbles served will be a local sparkling wine.

    Tour code

    MEL_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 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

  • 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

  • Melbourne Highlights & Yarra River Cruise

    Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Yarra River, the enchanting Fitzroy Gardens and the unparalleled views from Eureka Skydeck 88.

    Melbourne Highlights & Yarra River Cruise

    Take a transfer to Southgate pier to join your river cruise boat, where you’ll see the city from a different perspective. Your boat cruise will take you past some of the city’s notable sites including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Melbourne and Olympic Park Sports Precinct.

    Following your river cruise, you’ll take a drive to Melbourne's tallest attraction, Eureka Skydeck 88. This magnificent 92-storey tower is currently the tallest apartment building 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’ll have unparalleled 360 degree views of the city through floor to ceiling glass windows.

    Next, your journey will continue through the city to Fitzroy Gardens. Planted in 1860 these magnificent gardens are laid out in the shape of the Union Jack. You’ll have free time to explore the gardens and take pictures of Cook's Cottage exterior. The 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.

    On your return to the pier, there will be time for a short photo opportunity at the Shrine of Remembrance, one of the most recognisable landmarks of Melbourne.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate to walk up to the Shrine, however this is optional. Comfortable, flat, enclosed shoes and bottled water are recommended.

    Tour code

    MEL_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Puffing Billy Steam Train & Dandenong Ranges

    Discover the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges and take a trip on the Puffing Billy Steam train.

    Puffing Billy Steam Train & Dandenong Ranges

    The Dandenong Ranges, with their deep, fern-covered valleys and magnificent eucalyptus forests, boast some of Australia's most beautiful scenery.

    Enjoy a lovely drive through garden suburbs and hillside surroundings towards Ferntree Gully, and on to the quaint township of Belgrave. Here, you’ll step aboard the Puffing Billy steam train. Sit back and relax and absorb the picturesque scenery on this charming vintage narrow-gauge steam train. Your train ride will take you across the spectacular wooden trestle bridge and pass through the forested and rural farmlands.

    Upon arrival at Menzies Creek Station, you’ll disembark the Puffing Billy for the drive to Sherbrooke Forest, home to some of the world's tallest hardwood species. During your visit, keep a look out for the unique Australian birdlife such as rosellas, kookaburras and lyrebirds, and the impressive and colourful crimson rosella and king parrot. Afterwards it’s time to drive back towards Melbourne, with the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery once more. En route, if weather permits, a short photo stop will be made at the Mt Dandenong Observatory that offers expansive views of lush scenery from its 1,800-foot elevation.

    This excursion will operate by coach and steam train. There is a 10 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. Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. On high-risk fire days the steam engine will be substituted with a diesel engine. It is advisable to take a light jacket as the temperatures can be a little cooler at Mt Dandenong.

    Tour code

    MEL_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Port Philip Bay Transfer

    The perfect option for those wishing to head out and explore Port Phillip Bay independently.

    Port Philip Bay Transfer

    This simple transfer will take you to St Kilda, one of Melbourne's most iconic suburbs with its famous beach, street cafés and Luna Park.

    Upon arrival, you’ll have around 3½ hours free time to explore at your own leisure. Discover Acland Street with its famous cake shops, the thrills of Luna Park, perhaps take a stroll on the beach or watch the world go by in one of the local cafés.

    At the specified time and place, you’ll re-join your coach for the return transfer to Melbourne.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This transfer is approximately 15-20 minutes each way and is non-guided. Luncheon, refreshments and entrance fees are not included. The level of walking is at guests’ own discretion. Please remember to carry local currency for purchases (AUD). Please take careful note of the meeting time and place as coaches cannot be held for latecomers.

    Tour code

    MEL_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Historic Melbourne & Tramcar Luncheon

    Take in the city sights and historic Melbourne Museum, followed by luncheon on board the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

    Historic Melbourne & Tramcar Luncheon

    Enjoy a panoramic drive taking in the landmarks of Melbourne. This stunning city is known as a Centre for the Arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism. Head to the Shrine of Remembrance, located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, for a brief photograph stop before driving into the city. Sit back and relax as your guide points out some of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings and attractions including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Treasury Gardens and Parliament House. A stop will be made at the Melbourne Museum, where you can enjoy a guided tour of Australia’s history, culture, flora, fauna and way of life.

    Afterwards, to complete your tour, you’ll savour a four-course luncheon on board the famous Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. This fully-functional, air-conditioned, 1927 tramcar is the only travelling restaurant of its kind in the world and is a unique dining experience. Relax and dine as you ride through the city streets. At the end of your meal, you can opt to remain in the city, making your way back independently or return to your ship with your guide.

    This excursion will operate by coach, tramcar and on foot. This tour is not suitable for children. The tramcar is not exclusive to Cunard. This tour has limited places and early booking is advised. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore on their own are welcome to do so, but are responsible for their own return to the ship. This tour involves around one hour of walking. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are four steps to embark the tramcar and luncheon is approximately 1½ hours.

    Tour code

    MEL_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    5 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

  • Dandenongs Scenic Drive

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

    Dandenongs Scenic Drive

    Departing the ship you’ll travel by coach to Sherbrooke Forest, home to some of the world’s tallest hardwood species of trees. You may also catch sight of some of Australia’s unique birdlife.

    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