Your exciting Melbourne City Tour & Yarra River Cruise with Lunch tour starts when you are picked up from your hotel in Melbourne. This fascinating tour with a knowledgeable guide is a great way to get to know the city.
Tour highlights: Sights you will see as you drive around the city on this panoramic tour include:
Old Melbourne Gaol: Visit Melbourne's oldest prison, the historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House. Bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor were incarcerated here.
Lygon Street: Melbourne's 'Little Italy' and home of the city’s café culture.
Melbourne University: Founded in 1853, this is Australia's second oldest university.
Royal Exhibition Buildings: World Heritage Site-listed building dating from 1880. One of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions.
Melbourne Museum: The southern hemisphere’s largest museum, sited next to the Royal Exhibition Buildings.
Parliament House: Seat of the Parliament of Victoria since 1855.
Princess Theatre One of the city’s most spectacular landmarks. Haunted by the friendly ghost of ‘Federici’!
St Patrick's Cathedral: There will be a photo-stop here. St Patrick’s is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Captain Cook's Cottage & Fitzroy Gardens: There will be a stop at Fitzroy Gardens, a glorious example of Victorian landscaping. In the gardens you’ll see the pretty stone cottage that once belonged to explorer Captain Cook’s parents. The cottage was transported to Australia all the way from Yorkshire, UK. (Entry to Cook's Cottage at own expense)
East Melbourne: View the ornate Victorian terraced homes.
Arcades and laneways: Take a guided walk through some of Melbourne's best arcades and laneways including Royal Arcade, Block Arcade, Centre Place & Degraves Street. Perhaps enjoy a coffee from a local barista (own expense).
Flinders Street Station: Dating from 1909, this was the first railway station in an Australian city.
Federation Square: Minimalist modern buildings with interesting geometrical shapes, plus some older style buildings like St Paul’s Cathedral.
Collins Street - Paris End: The eastern end of Collins Street (often known as the ‘Paris End’) contains some of Australia’s finest Victorian buildings.
Queen Victoria Market: Enjoy free time here. Look for a bargain, wander around the fresh produce and relish the vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Chinatown: Take in the character of this colourful area on a 10-minute walk.
After your panoramic sightseeing tour of Melbourne you will be treated to a 1-hour scenic cruise on the River Yarra plus a gourmet boxed lunch.
Enjoy spectacular views of the skyline and discover traces of the early settlement days at the barque ‘Polly Woodside’ and the bluestone wharves. You’ll also see the magnificent West Gate Bridge at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. West Gate Bridge is twice as long as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The tour ends near Flinders St Station/Southbank and you will need to find your own way back to your accommodation.