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Melbourne may not have the year-round warm weather you’ll find along Australia’s east coast, but it’s home to an eclectic city center teeming with independent coffee shops, hidden street art, and world-renowned art galleries — plus a well-connected port for exploring Tasmania, New Zealand and the remote islands of the South Pacific.
Cruising adventures from Melbourne await families, solo travelers, foodies and more…
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Cruises sail to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Hobart and along the east coast, making Melbourne one of the best ways to explore Australia.
New Zealand and the South Pacific — including Fiji and Vanuatu — are also popular destinations.
Its location in the state of Victoria means that Melbourne experiences colder winter weather than the rest of the country. Melbourne’s port is at its busiest from October to February, when temperatures are around 78°F and conditions are ideal for exploring Tasmania, Australia’s southern coast and New Zealand.
The best time to cruise to the South Pacific is from August to October, when the islands enjoy plenty of sunshine and calm sea conditions. Avoid cruising during cyclone season, which begins in mid-November and continues through April.
Domestic and international cruises dock at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, only 3 miles south of the CBD. The 109 City Express Bus and 109 tram offering a direct journey and budget-friendly options. A private taxi or rideshare takes about 15 minutes from the CBD, if you’re in a rush.
If you fly into one of Melbourne’s two airports — Avalon or Tullamarine — both boast good connections to the city center.
A taxi from Tullamarine Airport to Station Pier takes around 40 minutes. The SkyBus is a cheap alternative that takes you to Southern Cross Station, where it’s a short tram ride to the port.
Avalon Airport is farther away from Melbourne and takes around an hour by car to reach the city. Private taxis from Avalon can hit the $150 mark, whereas the bus costs around $22 per person.
Setting sail from Melbourne is a magical way to experience the cities along Australia’s eastern coast, Tasmania and the South Pacific. Don’t forget to check out our latest cruise fare deals before booking your adventure.
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