Melbourne

Melbourne, Victoria

Modern and effortless, Victoria’s vibrant capital is Australia’s second-largest city. Recognised as the country’s cultural capital, Melbourne is a popular cruise destination for local and international travellers alike.

A city brimming with character, Melbourne isn’t short on attractions. Discover inner-city laneways lined with chic cafes, fine dining restaurants and hidden bars. Venture to trendy suburbs like Fitzroy and Carlton to explore galleries and fashion boutiques.

Mad about their sport, the chance to catch an Australian Rules Football match with locals is an opportunity not to be missed.

Located just 4 kilometres from the lively CBD, Station Pier in Port Melbourne is the city’s primary docking place for cruise ships. Catering for vessels up to 400 metres in length, Station Pier currently welcomes an average of 25–30 ships during its November to April season. Popular cruise lines include the Dawn Princess, Oosterdam and the Celebrity Solstice.

Cruise Deals

 

Melbourne Cup

6 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Pearl.
Departs 29 Oct 2016
from
$ 1000*
per person twin share

Secrets of the South

8 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Jewel.
Departs 08 Feb 2017
from
$ 1000*
per person twin share

Australian Open Tennis

5 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Aria.
Departs 17 Jan 2018
from
$ 1049*
per person twin share

Australian Open

5 night cruise sailing from Sydney, Australia aboard the Pacific Explorer.
Departs 19 Jan 2018
from
$ 1050*
per person twin share

Tasmania

6 night cruise sailing from Melbourne aboard the Golden Princess.
Departs 15 Dec 2017
from
$ 1099*
per person twin share

Southern Australia Explorer

6 night cruise sailing from Melbourne aboard the Golden Princess.
Departs 23 Jan 2018
from
$ 1099*
per person twin share

Southern Getaway

6 night cruise sailing from Melbourne aboard the Pacific Jewel.
Departs 24 Jan 2018
from
$ 1099*
per person twin share

Southern Getaway

6 night cruise sailing from Melbourne aboard the Pacific Jewel.
Departs 03 Dec 2017
from
$ 1099*
per person twin share

Port Location

Station Pier is in Port Melbourne, about 4 kilometres south-west of Melbourne’s city centre and 26 kilometres from Melbourne Airport. The pier is within walking distance of a range of transport services, affording easy access to the city centre and other suburbs. 

Port Facilities

The recently refurbished cruise terminal at Station Pier offers a wide range of facilities and services for visiting cruise passengers.
 
Facilities include:
  • visitor information services
  • lounge facilities
  • easy connections to and from the city centre via tram
  • two dedicated taxi phones
  • dedicated coach and taxi areas.
Transport services are all within close proximity to the terminal. Accommodation is available at many hotels located on Dow Street, moments from Port Melbourne beach.

How to Get Around

There are several ways to travel to and from Station Pier. The Skybus shuttle service is reasonably close, ensuring easy access to Melbourne Airport. Several cruise lines operate tour buses from the terminal.

Travel times from Station Pier

By car/taxi:

  • 10 minutes to Melbourne CBD (taxi $10 to $20)
  • 30 minutes to Melbourne Airport (taxi $40 to $60).

The Route 109 tram from Beacon Cove terminus is just 450 metres from Station Pier, offering a convenient link to Melbourne’s CBD.

By tram:

  • 15 minutes to Melbourne CBD.

General Information

  • Currency - the local currency in Melbourne is the Australian dollar. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and $1 and $2 denominations. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
  • Time Zone - Melbourne uses Australian Eastern Standard Time. It is 10 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).  
  • Weather - Melbourne enjoys a moderate oceanic climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters. Average temperatures range from 25º Celsius in summer (December to February) to 14 º Celsius in winter (June to August).

Highlights

  • The Block Arcade - The Block Arcade in the heart of downtown Melbourne is a beautiful Victorian era building with mosaic tile flooring, heritage-glass canopy and carved stone. Stop for coffee at one of the chic cafes lining Block Place before shopping in the boutique stores. 
  • Queen Victoria Market - cultural landmark, tourist attraction, fresh food shopping haven – the Queen Victoria Market is a must for visitors. Located just 7 kilometres from Station Pier, it features more than 600 retailers selling everything from fresh organic produce to local gourmet foods, fashion and crafts. Come Sunday, the markets are transformed into a hub of activity with street performers. 
  • St Kilda - just 5 kilometres from Station Pier is St Kilda. Renowned for its historic architecture, long esplanade, and history as a centre of arts and culture, the suburb boasts an exciting range of events all year round. Be sure to check out the Palais Theatre and Jewish Museum of Australia.
  • ACMI - located in the heart of Melbourne’s Federation Square, the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) is a cultural institution. Celebrating and promoting the moving image in all its forms – film, television and digital culture – the centre displays an exciting range of Australian and international exhibitions, festivals, workshops and film resources.
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