Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports
A profile of cruise ship embarkation ports around the world. Terminal and parking information along with a preview of what to do around the area.
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Australian CurrencyAustralia has a decimal currency system, with 100 cents to the Australian dollar. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are found around Sydney at most bank branches and in some clubs and pubs. Foreign exchange offices are located throughout the city including at American Express. Major credit cards accepted in Australia are Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express. Travelex travellers’ cheques are widely accepted throughout NSW. Banks are open from Monday to Friday 9.30am until between 4pm and 5pm, depending on the branch.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent applies to most goods and services. It is included in the ticket price of goods and in restaurant menus. Departing travellers may be able to claim a refund for GST paid on goods bought in Australia under the Tourist Refund Scheme. As a rule, tipping is not expected in NSW and is rarely added to bills automatically. However, if you're happy with the service, 10 per cent is an acceptable amount especially in restaurants, for taxi rides and in hotels.
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Getting around Melbourne
The city's grid layout makes it easy to navigate. It's best to travel by foot only if you intend to stay in the city center.
Melbourne is easy to travel by car or campervan. An Australian or foreign license is needed. The city's grid layout makes it easy to navigate and signs are evident.
To travel on trains, trams, and buses, visitors will need a Myki card. It can be purchases online, at retail outlets with myki sign, and some train stations. A Visitor Park with pre-loaded fare for travel in zone 1 is available at Melbourne Visitor Center, Federation Square, Southern Cross Station, and SkyBus terminals.
Train travel before 7 a.m. is free.
On 26 January each year, Australians come together to celebrate their national day. The date commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain, reflecting the nation’s diversity and achievements, its past and its future.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Every March Melbourne is awash in color at the largest flower and garden show in the Southern hemisphere. Food and entertainment is also available. The festival is located at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
Also in March is the week-long Melbourne Fashion Festival with runaway shows, beauty workshops, fashion forums, and live entertainment featuring Australia's best designers.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
One of the largest comedy festivals in the world showcases a range of comedic talent in April.
Australia's second largest city loves good food and wine, arts, festivals, and events. The city is the hub for the Victoria region, with access to Australian wine regions, Philip Island and its penguins, and the gorgeous Great Ocean Road. Its port is the busiest in Australia and the region is a major manufacturing and technological hub. Melbourne is a cultural center and home of many Australian fashion designers.
Good to Know
Port of Melbourne Corporation
Address: GPO Box 261
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: +61 3 9628 7555
Location: 37° 49' 58" S, 144° 55' 3" E
GMT + 10 (Daylight Savings) (Australian Eastern Time)
ClimateMelbourne experiences a full range of seasons. It is colder than many other Australian cities in the winter, although snow is rare. Summer (January-February) has an average high of 26°C/78°F and winter (July) sees 13°C/57°F.
The electrical current in Australia is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from some other countries, so you may need an adaptor.
Several locations around Melbourne offer internet via Wi-Fi or plug-in at locations around the city. They include internet cafes, most hotels, backpacker accommodation and hostels, major airports, some railway stations, public libraries, fast-food chains, and city parks. Free Wi-Fi is also found in Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market Food Court, and Flinder St. Railway Station.
Mobile phone networks work on GSM and 3G technology. Service is widely available in Melbourne. Phones must have GSM 900 and 1800 compatible handsets.
Cruise ships berth at Station Pier, which is 5km from the city center. Direct transport links are available by car and by tram service. Melbourne Airport is 30 minutes from the Station Pier cruise Terminal.
Station Pier Terminal
The terminal features information kiosks, lounge facilities, a gift shop, tram service and ticketing, taxi phones, and public phones. The Station Pier is 15 minutes by tram service to the city center. Taxis are available on cruise days.
Directions to the Terminal
From the City
Station Pier is located in Port Melbourne (Melways reference: Map 2J A7), approximately 3 km south-west of Melbourne's city center.
A tram service provides a convenient link to the city center (Route 109). For information about fares, please visit Public Transport Victoria website.
From the Airport
Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport is located approximately 20 km north-west
of the city center. The airport is connected to the city by a regular bus
service which arrives and departs from the bus terminal at Southern Cross
Trams on Route 109 run from Southern Cross train station to Station Pier.
No parking is available on Station Pier. A small number of paid short-term parking is in the Waterfront Place area next to Station Pier. No long-term parking is available at the cruise pier. Long-term parking is available at the Tullamarine Airport.
Things to do
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Get close with kangaroos, wombats, koalas, and crocodiles in 16 hectares of Australian bushland.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Bring the kids along to Melbourne's cutting edge aquarium with thousands of aquatic creatures and four worlds to explore. Get immersed in the 360-degree Oceanarium, housing sharks and stingrays with live feeding sessions twice a day.
Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Learn about the customs and heritage of the local Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people in a walk led through the Royal Botanical Gardens with a native Aboriginal guide.
Bunjilaka Melbourne Museum
The cultural center at the Melbourne Museum focuses on Aboriginal Victoria with languages, artifacts, and contemporary artworks.
Dine at one of the numerous restaurants providing locally grown produce paired with the regional wines. Numerous cellar doors offer chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, sparkling wines, and shiraz.
Royal Exhibition Building
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the oldest remaining exhibition pavilions in the world. It was built for the Great Exhibition of 1880 and later home to the first Commonwealth Parliament. The building is surrounded by the Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Museum and a movie theater.
South Bank Parklands
This gorgeous section of the city is among Brisbane's favorite attractions. The parkland has an inner-city beach, tree-lined walks, shopping, restaurants, and more.
One of the largest markets in the world sells everything from fresh produce to trendy clothing and souvenir trinkets.
The place to go if you're looking for charming boutiques is Southgate. It's on the scenic south bank of the Yarra River and a hopping on point for tour boats.
This huge shopping block spans from secondhand stories to top-notch Australian designers. There are eateries and cafes sprinkled amongst the stores.