About The City Sightseeing Melbourne Tour:
The City Sightseeing Melbourne hop-on hop-off open-top bus tour is an easy and fun way to explore Australia's second most populous capital. Two sightseeing routes cover all of the city's top attractions, a few of which include: the Eureka Tower, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Zoo. In all, the tour has 26 hop-on hop-off bus stops.
The City Route can take you all around the Melbourne CBD, over to the Sports Precinct, up to Royal Park, and everything in between. The St. Kilda sightseeing route includes stops at Luna Park and Arts Centre Melbourne. Enjoy stories about local culture and history as you travel with your English-language audio guide.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except Good Friday, Dec 24-25 & 31 + Jan 1.
- Digital Audio: English.
Bus Times / Frequency:
- City Route: 09:30 to 16:10, every 40 minutes.
- St Kilda Route: 09:45 to 15:45, every 2 hours (1-hr during summer).
- Various, see Map Download.
- City Route: 2 Hours.
- St Kilda Route: 1 Hour 40 Minutes.
- English-Language Audio Guide (Headphones Included).
- Printed Tour Map & Leaflet.
Begin your sightseeing trip around Melbourne from any of the stops listed in the itinerary below. The best place to start if you'd like to experience the tour in full is Federation Square on the southern edge of the CBD. City Sightseeing Melbourne staff will exchange your voucher for tickets which can be used to board either the City Route buses or St Kilda Route buses.
Red 'City' Route:
Highlights along the City Route include the Eureka Tower (stop 3), whose popular 88th floor 'Skydeck' allows you to see for miles above the Melbourne skyline. A similar attraction located at stop 6 on the sightseeing route is the Melbourne Star, a 120-meter high observation wheel with panoramic glass pods that lift riders above the rooftops of the waterfront precinct during a leisurely 30 minute ascent.
As a city renowned for its love of sport another great sightseeing location you might like to check out is the Etihad Stadium at stop 7. We'd defiantly recommend a visit to this sprawling sports venue if you're a fan Australian rules football. It serves as the headquarters of the AFL, is home to four teams, and has a seating capacity of over 50,000. Other sporting events that occasionally take place include cricket, rugby and soccer matches. The stadium is also known to host concerts by touring bands and singers. Past performers have included Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2.
Another sporting highlight on the city sightseeing itinerary can be found at stop 15, the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. It's a place considered by some to be best of its kind in Australia. Not surprising since the various venues which comprise it host some of the biggest domestic and international sporting events. See the Melbourne Cricket Ground (home of the National Sports Museum) and Rectangular Stadium.
When sightseeing gives way to shopping there's a vast and varied selection of things to do at the Queen Victoria Market (stop 8), affectionately referred to by locals as the 'Vic Market'. Make your visit as simple as a browse of the fruit, veg, meat and seafood stalls, or keep an eye out for the 'Social Kitchen' Masterclasses with some of city's best chefs. If you're not eating, cooking or looking at exotic ingredients the market also sells a plethora of clothing, jewellery and handicrafts. You even have the option of taking a guided tour of whatever aspect of the Vic Market interests you most: Foodies' Dream, Heritage & Cultural and Insider Shopping.
Sightseeing in Melbourne isn't complete without exploring its abundant urban green spaces. The main one we'd recommend is Melbourne Zoo (stop 9), but there's also the Carlton Gardens near stop 11. Here you can access the Melbourne Museum, a fascinating institution dedicated to worldwide natural and cultural history. It's the largest museum in the entire Southern Hemisphere, with highlight attractions including: the complete skeleton of a blue whale, a living rainforest and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Another area we'd highly recommend for a leisurely sightseeing stroll is the Fitzroy Gardens (stop 14). This 26 hectare Victorian era park contains a number of historically significant landmarks. See Cooks' Cottage, a little house where the parents of Captain James Cook lived. This building was actually constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, but after being auctioned off in 1933 to an Australian bidder it was deconstructed brick-by-brick and shipped off to its current location in Melbourne. Also pay a visit to the Scarred Tree, a sacred site of the Wurundjeri people, and admire the decorative carvings on the Fairies Tree.
Tick Melbourne's most vibrant cultural enclave off your sightseeing checklist by hopping off outside Chinatown (stop 12). Try a fine Asian dish in one of its numerous restaurants, uncover the history of Melbourne's Chinese population at the Chinese Museum, and relax in the soothing Tianjin Garden.
| 15 Stops:
- 1) Federation Square.
- 2) SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
- 3) Eureka Skydeck.
- 4) Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex.
- 5) South Wharf DFO.
- 6) Harbour Town/Melbourne Star.
- 7) Etihad Stadium.
- 8) Queen Victoria Building.
- 9) Royal Melbourne Zoo.
- 10) Lygon Street Carlton.
- 11) Melbourne Museum/IMAX.
- 12) Melbourne Chinatown.
- 13) Cathedral Place.
- 14) Fitzroy Gardens.
- 15) MCG/Sports Precinct.
Black 'St. Kilda' Route:
Take a break from sightseeing by visiting Luna Park at stop 5 on the St. Kilda route. Not only does Melbourne's largest amusement park boast a thrilling array of rides, but having been opened in 1912 it is also one of the first of its kind in the world. The Scenic Railway roller coaster is the park's premier ride. It is the oldest continually-operating roller coaster in the world (built in 1911), still requiring a brakeman to be present alongside riders in the train. Other great attractions include the Sky Rider Ferris Wheel, Circus of Screams and the Twin Dragon Pirate ship.
Finally, try and catch a bit of music or theatre at Melbourne's premier performing arts venue, the Arts Centre Melbourne. You can reach this distinctive building with its steel-webbed spire by hopping-off at stop 11 on the St. Kilda sightseeing route.
| 13 Stops:
- 1) Federation Square.
- 2) Shrine of Remembrance.
- 3) South Melbourne.
- P) Pullman Hotel.
- 4) The Esplanade.
- 5) Luna Park/Palais Theatre.
- 6) St. Kilda Marina.
- 7) St. Kilda Skatepark.
- 8) South Melbourne Beach.
- 9) Station Pier/Port Melbourne.
- 10) Bay Street.
- 11) Crown Casino.
- 12) Arts Centre Melbourne/NGV.