Magnificent Melbourne - Morning City Tour
This morning’s tour is packed with city sights and historical landmarks. Take a seat and enjoy the bustle of Melbourne’s city as your Driver Guide keeps you posted on what to look out for along the way.
First you’ll tour through Melbourne’s city centre. Considered the shopping capital of Australia, the city and surrounding suburbs are home to modern shopping malls and boutique stores featuring world- class brands and products.
While other states may disagree, Melbourne is the sporting capital of the country. Today you’ll see the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which hosts Aussie Rules football and is the birthplace of Test Cricket. You’ll also drive past Rod Laver Arena, the venue for the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and into Albert Park to see the Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
Next you can take a look at the imposing Parliament House. Construction of this enormous building commenced in 1855 and continued in stages until 1929. It is the largest 19th century building in Australia and is considered to be one of the finest examples of architecture from that period anywhere in the world.
Queen Victoria Market photo opportunity
Drive past this treasured icon to the locals, a major landmark in Melbourne. It’s the only surviving 19th century market in the CBD and is also the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.
Now it’s time to stretch your legs and take a look around the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. Set on 26 hectares, these gardens were classified by the National Trust in 1974 and are highly valued for their historic and horticultural significance. Here you can visit the Conservatory for its incredible floral display, or the quaint Tudor Village.
This lovely little cottage in the heart of Fitzroy Gardens was the original home of Captain James Cook’s parents. It has been carefully restored and maintained, filled with furniture of the period and surrounded by a garden of the 18th century. Take a wander into the cottage (own expense) and you’ll be transported back in time to the 1700s.
Half Day Tour
Approximately 3.5 hours
from Federation Square, Corner Flinders & Russell Streets or earlier from your hotel
No hotel drop-offs.
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in the cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
|8.10am||Depart Federation Square|
|10.50am||Botanic Gardens and Shrine|
Shopping Experience (+CS)
Travel the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and visit Chadstone - The Fashion Capital the largest and most prestigious shopping centre in Australia. With over 500 stores including world class brands along with Australian and international designers all under one roof.
Yarra River Cruise (+C)
Cruise on the Yarra River to discover a great deal about our rich maritime history as you meander past the 19th Century sailing ship ‘Polly Woodside’, Melbourne’s docklands and wharfs. You’ll also see the enormous Crown Casino, the Melbourne Aquarium and some great city views from a new perspective.
Eureka Skydeck (+E)
Experience the awe-inspiring 360 degree floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne at the Eureka Skydeck, Eureka Tower. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the awe-inspiring view of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pickup times listed below are valid for departures between 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. If your travel date is outside this period, please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details.
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