All these are hop on, hop off services, which means you can get on at any of the designated stops, get off at another stop and then get on the next bus (or tram) for as many times as you wish as you go sightseeing, no matter the weather!
The difference is: you need to buy a ticket to take the Sydney Explorer bus. The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle and the City Circle Tram are free in the visitor-friendly Victorian capital.
There are 13 stops on the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle and you can get on and off the shuttle at any of them — and take your time to enjoy the city attractions.
These are the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle stops:
- Arts Precinct
Site of NGV International and other Arts Centre venues distinguished by the easily-recognisable Arts Centre spire.
- Federation Square
Home of Melbourne Visitor Centre, Ian Potter Centre, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Australian Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, National Design Centre, restaurants, cafes, bars, open public spaces, guided walking tours.
- Sports Precinct
Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open; Olympic Park, home to the 1956 Olympic Games; Melbourne Cricket Ground, home to Australian Football League and cricket. A short walk to the historic Fitzroy Gardens, including Cooks’ Cottage, the Fairy Tree, model Tudor Village, Conservatory. The sports precinct stop is not operational on MCG event days.
- Chinatown and Theatres
Little Bourke St is the restaurant district of Melbourne's Chinatown. Princess Theatre is at the corner of Little Bourke and Spring Sts, with Her Majesty's Theatre just across Little Bourke St. Comedy Theatre is on Lonsdale and Exhibition Sts and Regent Theatre's not too far away on Collins St.
- Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens
The World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building is adjacent to Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens.
- Lygon St Precincet
Lygon St is the heartland of the Melbourne Italian community and noted for its great number of Italian restaurants.
- University of Melbourne
- Queen Victoria Market
The southern hemisphere's largest open-air market.
- Waterfront City, Docklands
A variety of waterfront attractions, restaurants, shopping, public and charter boat berths, promenade.
- Docklands Stadium and Victoria Harbour
Historic boatsheds transformed into function venues, dining, parks, children's playground, wetlands, waterfront walks.
- William Street
Immigration Museum, Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre, Melbourne Aquarium, law courts.
- Southbank and Yarra River
Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Crown Entertainment Complex, shopping, restaurants, Melbourne Maritime Museum and Polly Woodside.
- The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens
The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s memorial to the service and sacrifice of its men and women in times of conflict, close to Royal Botanic Gardens, the parklands of King's Domain, the performance venue of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and Government House and La Trobe's Cottage.
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs daily every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Edited and updated by Sarah Megginson