Stop 1 — Melbourne Museum & Carlton Gardens
- Here, you can view the exciting displays and exhibitions of Melbourne
Museum and it’s IMAX theatre, the World Heritage listed Royal
Exhibition Building, and the Carlton Gardens which are home to the
1891 Curators Lodge and three important fountains: the Hochgurtel
Fountain, the French Fountain, and the Westgarth Fountain.
Stop 2 — Lygon Street at Elgin Street
- Lygon Street in Carlton is the historic heartland of Melbourne’s
Italian community. Italian restaurants spill onto the footpaths, with pasta
to savour and cake to devour.
Stop 3 — Royal Parade
- Royal Parade connects the northern suburbs of Melbourne to the
city. This beautiful avenue of English Elms appears on the National Trust
Significant Tree Register. From this stop you can also visit the
Melbourne Zoo, Australia’s oldest zoo. The Zoo is quite a walk from the
Royal Parade stop, you may prefer to take a tram (number 55) from William
Stop 4 — Melbourne University
- Melbourne University, displaying varied eclectic architectural
styles, houses it’s own museums, galleries and special collections. It is
also home to the $110 million BIO21 Molecular and Biotechnology
Institute with it’s award winning designs, as well as the Ian Potter
Museum of Art.
Stop 5 — Queen Victoria Market
- More than a shopping destination, the Queen Victoria Market is a
historic landmark, and a leading tourist attraction. For over 125 years,
this vast and vibrant centre of trade and commerce serves the consumer needs
of more than 200,000 shoppers a week. Spreading over some seven hectares,
the market sells everything from gourmet food and wine to clothes and
Stop 6 — Flagstaff
- The Flagstaff Gardens were used as Melbourne’s first burial
ground in the 1830s. The area was used as a signal station and then as a
magnetic and meteorological observatory, before being established as a
public garden in 1862. Today, the bowling club, playground and tennis courts
contribute to the gardens’ continuing recreational and informal character.
Stop 7 — Law Courts
- At the centre of the city’s law courts, you can sit in on a court
case, admire the Supreme Court’s domed splendour or visit the
County Court, Victoria’s pre-eminent trail court and one of the most
striking court buildings in Australia. This precinct also has some of the
grandest architecture in the nation, including the ornate 19th century
Gothic ANZ Bank.
Stop 8 — Immigration Museum
- The Immigration Museum hosts a series of exhibitions focusing on
themes such as departure, arrival, settling and reunion. The Melbourne
Observation Deck of the Rialto Towers, one of the Southern
Hemisphere’s tallest office structures, gives you unsurpassed views of
Melbourne. On Northbank, you’ll find the Melbourne Aquarium,
Banana Alley Vaults, and the Enterprize Wharf.
Stop 9 — Southbank
- The chic riverside strip of Southbank is home to the Melbourne
Exhibition Centre, and the Melbourne Maritime Museum, as well as the
glitz and glamour of Crown Entertainment Complex where you can groove
at a nightclub, catch a movie, or eat at a waterside restaurant. Heading
east along the bank is Southgate, a popular shopping and restaurant
complex opposite Flinders Street Station.
Stop 10 — Arts Precinct
- The Arts Centre, with its iconic spire, has a number of gallery
and performance spaces. The Performing Arts Museum tells the story of
circus, dance music, opera, and theatre in Australia. The NGV
International houses Victoria’s impressive international collection, and
nearby is the Australian Academy for Contemporary Art, the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Malthouse Theatre, and the
Victorian College of the Arts.
Stop 11 — Shrine of Remembrance
- Melbourne’s most recognisable landmark, the Shrine of Remembrance
is Victoria’s memorial to the service and sacrifice of its men and women in
times of conflict. Nearby are the Royal Botanic Gardens, the formal
parklands of Kings Domain, the world-class performance venue of the
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and Government House and La Trobe’s
Stop 12 — Sports & Entertainment Precinct
- The sports and entertainment precinct is home to Melbourne Park
(home of the Australian Open), Olympic Park (home to the 1956 Olympic
games), the MCG (home to AFL and cricket), Yarra Park, and the
contemporary riverside park Birrarung Marr.
Stop 13 — Flinders Quarter
- Flinders Quarter is Melbourne’s designer paradise, with organic
food, film, poetry bookshops, cigar bars, basement jazz and commercial art
galleries. Nearby is the cultural magnet of Federation Square, the
Fitzroy and Treasury Gardens with The Conservatory, Cooks’ Cottage and
teh carved Fairies’ Tree, the Melbourne Visitor Centre, and the
City Museum at Old Treasury.
Stop 14 — Chinatown & Theatres
- Chinatown is a slice of Asia in the heart of the city, with a
smorgasbord of Asian cuisine, and arcades selling everything from
Chinoiserie to funghi. The Chinese Museum is the
place to learn the culture of Chinese Australians. Melbourne has long been the theatrical heart
of Australia and many of the theatres are known for their stunning
architecture, including Her Majesty’s, Princess Theatre and the
Stop 15 — Exhibition Street at La Trobe Street
- If you are interested in stamps the Post Master Gallery holds
Australia’s most significant collection of philatelic heritage and artwork.
Get a sense of what prison life was like for the men, women and children who
spent time in the Old Melbourne Gaol. Infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly,
was one of 136 prisoners hanged on-site.
Source: Free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle brochure available
from Melbourne Visitor Centres