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Bordered by the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne is set on the Yarra River at the top of Port Phillip bay.
The first settlers to arrive in Melbourne were Tasmanian settlers of British descent, Henry Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, who arrived in Port Philip Bay in August 1835. By 1838 the European population consisted of 142 males and 35 females. By 1840, over 10,000 settlers were living in the vicinity of Melbourne, and by 1842 it was proclaimed a town. Melbourne grew quickly and in 1847 it was officially declared a city. The discovery of gold in Ballarat in 1851 sparked the biggest gold rush in Australia’s history, drawing an influx of fortune-hunting immigrants to the city. Melbourne flourished during that time and Victorian buildings sprung up throughout the city as a result of the sudden wealth bestowed upon it. Now with a population of 4 million, this lively city is home to almost 70% of Victoria’s population, and has the country’s fastest growing population.
3,847,570 (2011 census)
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Melbourne is one of the world’s great culinary capitals. The city has literally thousands of restaurants and cafes. For a unique dining experience try the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, the first travelling tramcar restaurant in the world, and enjoy a charming journey into Victoria’s past. As you cruise along the scenic streets of Melbourne on the 1927 converted tram, you’ll dine on fine cuisine and drink the very best of Australian wines.
With an inspiring collection of museums, gardens and beautiful colonial buildings, the choices are endless. There’s the Victoria Police Museum, the Immigration Museum, beautiful Federation Square and Flinders Street Station, Parliament Gardens, Treasury Gardens as well as Fitzroy Gardens and Cook’s Cottage. Take a guided tour of venues that play host to some of Australia’s favourite sporting events. For Neighbours fans, there’s a tour to famous Ramsay Street, while beer enthusiasts might enjoy the "Carlton and United Brewery" tour.
Your ship will dock at Station Pier in the Port of Melbourne.
Taxis are widely available in Melbourne. The city’s trains, buses and famous trams - including the free city circle tram, also provide an excellent public transport system.
With more than one quarter of its inhabitants born overseas, just about every style of cuisine is available in Melbourne. For an authentic Melbourne experience try some of the restaurants, cafes and intimate bars hidden in the small lanes in the heart of the city. Other popular dining venues can be found on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Lygon Street in Carlton, as well as in Southbank (right by the Yarra River) and St Kilda. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Renowned as a shopper’s haven, Melbourne has a mecca of shops that include everything from department stores and factory outlets to small boutiques and antique shops. A wander along Chapel Street in South Yarra or a trip to the Queen Victoria Markets are “very Melbourne” shopping excursions.
Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day, but the truth is, the city actually records less rain than its “sunny” rival, Sydney. Wind, drizzle and heavy rain can loom in from the south and across Port Phillip Bay; however the summers can be blazingly hot and dry.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet access are widely available throughout the city. Mobile coverage is generally available.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm jacket in case it gets cool.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Melbourne. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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