Melbourne - Cities, Towns and Localities
Melbourne has one of the largest
tram and light-rail networks in the world. The city’s first trams, which were
horse-drawn, began operating in 1884 on a suburban line. Cable trams were
introduced the following year, and Melbourne had its first electric tram in 1889
— running on a two-and-a-quarter-mile line from Box Hill to Doncaster.
The eight refurbished W-class trams currently running on the City Circle Tram
line entered service between 1936 and 1956 — the oldest is No. 728 and the
youngest No. 1020. All were built at the former Melbourne and Metropolitan
Tramways Board workshops.
Ph: 131638 (for information about metropolitan and regional train, tram, bus and
coach services and bookings.)
Ph: +61 3 8608 5010 (callers outside Australia)
Metlink is the face of public
transport in Melbourne.
Free Tram Service, City Circle - see the website for current information on
the free tram service and to download a copy of the City Circle tram route map.
City Circle Tram — Points of
- Treasury Gardens — Melbourne’s oldest gardens.
- Fitzroy Gardens/Cook’s Cottage — featuring a conservatory,
Captain Cook’s cottage, a model Tudor village and the Fairy Tree. Ph: 03
- City Museum — the former Gold Treasury Museum features a range of
exhibitions and displays. Ph: 03 9651 2233
- Parliament House — home of the Victorian Government. Ph: 03 9651
- Bourke Hill Precinct — for some of Melbourne’s restaurants and
- Princess Theatre — one of Melbourne’s main musical theatres. Ph:
03 9299 9800
- St Patrick’s Cathedral — one of the grandest Gothic revival
churches in Australia.
Ph: 03 9662 2233
- Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens — majestic location
and home to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Ph: 03 9270
- Melbourne Museum — one of the world’s great new museums. Ph: 03
- Lygon Street Precinct — Melbourne’s Little Italy.
- Post Master Gallery — displaying Australia’s most significant
collection of philatelic heritage and artwork. Ph: 02 9204 5021
- Old Melbourne Gaol — Melbourne’s oldest jail and scene of 136
hangings., including infamous bushranger Ned Kelly. Ph: 03 9663 7228
- RMIT University — main campus of one of Australia’s largest
Ph: 03 9925 2000
- State Library — one of Melbourne’s historically significant
buildings and cultural institutions. Ph: 03 8664 7000
- Greek Precinct — affirming Melbourne’s reputation as the largest
and most vibrant Greek speaking community outside Greece.
- Queen Victoria Market — Melbourne’s oldest and largest market
with around 1,000 traders. Ph: 03 9320 5822
- Flagstaff Gardens — established on the highest part of land in
- Telstra Dome — Melbourne’s newest sport and entertainment venue. Ph: 03 8625 7700
- NewQuay — Melbourne’s first harbourside eating, drinking and
Ph: 1800 388 326
- History Walks — Seadog Tales and Maritime Yarns. These colourful
storyboards bring to life the maritime and industrial past of the Docklands
area. Ph: 1300 663 008
- Docklands Park — containing wetlands and large grassy areas.
- Webb Bridge — bicycle and pedestrian link.
- Eagle - 25 m sculptures — by Bruce Armstrong. Inspired by Bunjil,
the spirit creator of the Kulin Nation.
- Southern Cross Station — (formerly Spencer Street Station) the
city’s main terminus for country and interstate trains and buses. Ph: 03
- Melbourne’s Maritime Museum — the barque Polly Woodside acts as a
dignified concierge for the whole precinct. Ph: 03 9699 9760
- Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre — the largest,
single-floor exhibition space in the Southern Hemisphere. Ph: 03 9205 6400
- Crown Entertainment Complex — boasting a lively shopping
promenade, dining and bar venues, and a variety of gaming and entertainment
offerings. Ph: 03 9292 8888
- Melbourne Aquarium — visit the 2.2 million-litre Oceanarium where
giant sharks and stingrays surround you. Ph: 03 9620 0999
- Yarra Turning Basin — featuring Enterprise Wharf, the site where
the first European settlers landed.
- Melbourne Observation Deck — Australia’s tallest office building,
offering spectacular 360 degree views of the city. Ph: 03 9629 8222
- Immigration Museum — discover stories of people from all over the
world who have immigrated to Victoria since the early 1800s. Ph: 03 9927
- Southbank Arts and Leisure Precinct — one of Melbourne’s main
entertainment precincts with shops, restaurants, cafes and a Sunday market.
- Flinders Street Station — Australia’s busiest suburban rail
terminus. Ph: 13 16 38
- Federation Square — featuring the National Gallery of Victoria’s
Australian art collection, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the
Melbourne Visitor Centre, numerous restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as
some remarkable public spaces. Ph: 03 9658 9658
- St Paul’s Cathedral — grand Anglican church. Ph: 03 9653 4333
- Regent Theatre/Plaza Ballroom — one of Melbourne’s grand
theatres. Ph: 03 9299 9500
- Bourke Street Mall — the heart of Melbourne’s retail shopping.
- Chinatown — home of the best Asian restaurants in Melbourne and
the Chinese Museum in Cohen Place.
- Collins Street — housing some of the world’s best-known boutique
- Forum Theatre — originally built as the State Theatre in 1929.
Ph: 03 9299 9700
- Flinders Quarter — Australia’s concentration of commercial art
- Birrarung Marr — Melbourne’s first park in 100 years. A
contemporary events space and link from the city to the Yarra River. Ph: 03
- Queen Victoria Gardens — the city’s memorial to Queen Victoria
and home of the famous floral clock.
- Victorian Arts Centre — home to Australia’s premier performing
Ph: 03 9281 8000
- Shrine of Remembrance — a tribute form the people of Victoria to
the men and women who served in war to preserve our freedom. Ph: 03 9654
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne — renowned as one of the finest
landscape gardens in existence. Ph: 03 9252 2300
- Melbourne Park — home to the Australian Open Tennis
Championships. Ph: 03 9286 1600
- Melbourne Cricket Ground — Australia’s most famous sporting
stadium and home of the Australia Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum. Ph:
03 9657 8879
Source: Melbourne Free City Circle Tram brochure
from Melbourne Visitor Centres