Route 35 – City Circle: Free Tram in Melbourne

With only a few hours to see Melbourne, I decided to use the free tram to see its landmarks and attractions. It is convenient and free! Who doesn’t like free stuff? I can enjoy Melbourne and at the same time have free transportation.

The City Circle Tram service operates within Melbourne’s Central Business District passing major tourist attractions in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions every twelve minutes from 10 am every day. Tourists can use it as a hop-on-hop-off service. It provides an audio commentary on major attractions such as the City Museum, Parliament House, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium and the Princess Theatre.

 

 

The Clockwise service goes to Flinders Street, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands Drive, La Trobe Street, Victoria Street, Nicholson Street, Spring Street, and back to Flinders Street

The Anti-clockwise service goes to Flinders Street, Spring Street, Nicholson Street, Victoria Parade, La Trobe Street, Docklands Drive, Harbour Esplanade, and back to Flinders Street.

The last time I have been in Melbourne is in 2011, and Handel went there in 2013. There might have been changes in their route or stops since then. Visit their website ptv.vic.gov.au or phone 1800 – 800 – 007 for more information.

 

Aerial View of Melbourne

 

Here are the landmarks and attractions in each street or stop.

Flinders Street

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium / Immigration Museum /Eureka Tower SkyDeck / Flinders Street Station / Arts Centre Melbourne / St. Paul’s Cathedral / Federation Square

 

Flinders Street Station

 

Eureka Tower SkyDeck

 

Spring Street

Fitzroy Gardens / Treasury Gardens / Old Treasury Building / Parliament House

 

Parliament House

 

Nicholson Street & Victoria Parade

Royal Exhibition Building / Melbourne Museum & IMAX Cinema / Carlton Gardens

 

Royal Exhibition Building

 

Melbourne Museum

 

IMAX Cinema

 

La Trobe Street

State Library of Victoria / Melbourne Central Station/ Victoria Market / Flagstaff Gardens / Flagstaff Station

 

Docklands Drive

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel / Harbour Town

 

Harbour Esplanade

Victoria Harbour / Library at the Dock / Etihad Stadium

 

 

Where to Stay in Melbourne:

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne. It is located close to CBD shopping, South Wharf precinct’s restaurants and bars, and is within the free tram zone, making it easy for us to see the city. Book here.

 

 

 

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Photo Essay: Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

Han went to Cape Town on a business. Having only a few hours to see the place, he decided to go to Table Mountain National Park. Table Mountain is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The hotel staff can arrange a transportation for you, and it’s better if you go in a group so you can split the cost.

We just want to share with you some photos from his trip. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

View of Cape Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

New 7 Wonders of Nature

 

Basic Information

Website: Table Mountain
Telephone: +27 (0)21 424 8181

 

Souvenirs:

 

Accommodation:

I stayed at Hotel Verde, a luxury 4-star eco-friendly accommodation near the airport. Click here to book a room.

 

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Photo Essay: Walking The Great Wall of China

 

“Endure Great Hardships Like the Great Wall’s Bricks.”

 

The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Walking the Great Wall is a challenge and one that we will never miss. Handel went in March, while Carmen went in Summer. There were less travelers during Handel’s time compared to when Carmen walked the Great Wall. Handel was able to finish and reach the end for which he got a little souvenir or certificate. However, Carmen gave up mid way which she is regretting until now.

Lesson: Never give up

 

 

Souvenir

 

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