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Melbourne City Afternoon Tour - parks, gardens and the seaside!

Melbourne City afternoon tour is one that Alison and I haven't experienced. It concentrates on the city's many parks and gardens, then takes you to two seaside resorts. The coach leaves Federation Square at 1:30pm and returns you there at 5:30. There's a lot to pack into those four hours!


Itinerary


There are some 16 locations visited and some are featured on this site's "Things to Do" page. Anyway, let's get going...

Firstly, the coach takes you to the Sports Precinct, which features the Melbourne Cricket Ground, home to many prestigious international matches, and the National Tennis Centre, which includes the Rod Laver Arena, where the Australian Open is held.

Next is a stop at the Royal Botanical Gardens.


Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne

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In this beautifully landscaped area, you may take a leisurely stroll around the lake and maybe partake of some early afternoon refreshment.

After a visit to the Kings Domain Gardens, you end up at the imposing Shrine of Remembrance, a building dedicated to those who died in the war.


The Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne

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The Melbourne City Afternoon Tour is gradually making its way along St Kilda Road, heading for the coast. En route, you'll see the Arts Centre with its iconic spire.


The Arts Centre Melbourne

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Eventually, you'll reach the waterfront development, Docklands, which features the Etihad Stadium.


Etihad Stadium Melbourne

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Thereafter, you'll cross the iconic Bolte Bridge on the way to the seaside.


Bolte Bridge Melbourne

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The two towers flanking the bridge are not actually connected to it in any way and do not serve any function. Apparently, they were put there with the express purpose of making the bridge taller than the tallest one in Sydney. A fine example of inter-city rivalry!

After a visit to the charming seaside resort of Port Melbourne, the coach travels along the beachside, eventually reaching the cosmopolitan suburb of St Kilda. This area boasts one of Melbourne's finest beaches, very popular with sun worshippers. Here, there is a stop where you have the chance to grab a coffee and cake in one of the many upmarket cafes.

Next stop is the suburb of Brighton and there's a chance here to take a photo of the famous Brighton "Bathing Boxes".


Brighton Bathing Boxes Melbourne

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These relics from the Victorian era are a popular tourist attraction. Consisting of 82 huts in rainbow colours, they have been preserved in their original condition.

Then the Melbourne City Afternoon Tour takes you, via the streets of Brighton and St Kilda, back inland to Albert Park Lake. This is the location of the Australian Grand Prix, where the cars race around the lake.


Albert Park Lake Melbourne


Finally, en route back to Federation Square, you'll be taken along the famous Chapel Street. This perfectly straight 2.5-mile thoroughfare is crammed with nearly 1,000 shops, cafes, bars, pubs and nightclubs. Including boutiques featuring exclusive top brands, it is known as the centre of Melbourne's style and fashion.

In my opinion, a good, varied programme of sightseeing, well worth doing.



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