Melbourne is home to a huge array of wonderful attractions and the good news is you don’t need a car to visit many of them. Thanks to our extensive network of buses, trams and trains, many of these attractions are easily accessed on public transport. As an added bonus you don’t need to worry about navigating our often chaotic roads or finding a car park.
Here are some of our favourite experiences and attractions easily accessed by public transport.
Great restaurants and cafés, a vibrant nightlife, an iconic market, picturesque parks and numerous attractions, including Luna Park, ensure St Kilda is popular with visitors and locals alike. There’s nothing quite like a walk on the beach no matter what time of year. To get there take the No. 16 tram from Swanston Street, 96 from Bourke Street or 112 from Collins Street.
More than 250 animal species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo. You can stroll through lush Asian and African rainforests and Australian bushland and explore underwater. The number 55 tram, which runs along William Street, stops outside the Zoo’s front gate.
High Street, Armadale
High Street, Armadale is one of Melbourne’s most fascinating shopping strips. Here, you will find a huge array of shops selling everything from antiques to modern fashion. To get there catch either the number 6 tram from Swanston Street or trains on the Frankston, Pakenham or Cranbourne lines.
Williamstown is renowned for its colourful maritime history, clean sandy beach, great views of Melbourne and a sophisticated array of cafes and restaurants. The area’s rich maritime heritage is etched in the streetscapes, the stately buildings, the many atmospheric pubs and the quaint cottages. To get there take the Williamstown train from the city.
Located in the heart of Toorak, the Toorak Village is home to more than 50 fashion, shoe, jewellery and accessory boutiques together with many other shops. To get there catch the number 8 tram from Swanston Street.
Fitzroy is renowned for its creative edge thanks to a great mix of art galleries, studios and specialist bookshops. There are also lots of shops selling vintage wares and locally designed creations. It’s one of the best places to go for a drink and meal with cafés, restaurants and bars catering for all budgets and tastes. Tram number 112 from Collins Street and 86 from Bourke Street will take you there.
Bridge Road, Richmond
Bridge Road is renowned as one of Melbourne’s most interesting and colourful shopping strips thanks to its great cosmopolitan culture and eclectic shops. It’s also one of the city’s oldest shopping areas dating back to the 1800s, when Richmond was a bustling industry precinct. Today Bridge Road is known for its many fashion outlets and scores of trendy pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés. To get there catch the number 48 tram along Collins Street or 75 tram along Flinders Street.
The Melbourne City Circle Tram
Given this free tram service operates in a heritage W class a ride on the tram is an attraction in itself. But more importantly the service travels past or close to many of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions. These include Parliament House, Docklands, Federation Square, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre. A recorded commentary adds to the experience.
The Free Tram Zone
This service is different from the Melbourne City Circle Tram although travel in the zone is also free. Trams operating with the zone form part of Melbourne’s public transport system so once you leave the zone you need a valid myki card. However given the zone extends from Queen Victoria Market, across to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square it provides free and easy access to numerous attractions.
Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train still runs on its original 25 kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges. To get there take the Belgrave train to Belgrave Station and follow the blue line to the Puffing Billy Station.
To travel on Melbourne’s public transport system (with the exception of the Free Tram Zone) you need a myki card, a reusable smart card. The myki card can be purchased at more than 800 retailers, at railway stations and from myki machines.
Once you purchase a card, which costs $6, you then have to put money on the card to allow for travel. The adult fare around Melbourne is capped at $7.80 which allows all day travel. On the weekend a daily cap of $6 applies. Children, concession and seniors discounts apply while if you travel for two hours or less it also costs less.
If you’re interested in visiting Melbourne’s attractions then consider the ‘myki Visitor Value Pack’. Costing $14 the pack gives you a card and enough money for one day’s travel. It also offers 10 per cent discount to a number of attractions.