Our excitement about our trip couldn't be contained. The first order of the day was to take the tram to the city. (City being five minutes away by tram). We didn't know where it was or how to get there so we saught help from a friendly tram employee and informed us to purchase a day pass ticket at 711. Day pass ticket allows you to take unlimited tram, bus and train rides within a specified zone. Zone one pretty much covers most of the city and it's outlying suburbs. Day pass costs AUD6.80 (roughly US$4.50).
Our first stop was Flinder's Street. A famous and busy street where all trams, trains and buses pass by. When you are in the area, be sure to drop by at the Tourist Information Center right at the Federation Square and get your brochures and maps. The center provides invaluable information on where to go, how to go there as well as general information about the city and the state of Victoria, where Melbourne is.
The Information Center is divided into two parts. The first one is the service part, wherein you can converse to a customer service person about anything about the city.
The Second part is the booking section. It is a central booking facility for all your trips within Melbourne and its outlying cities, suburbs and tourist attractions. The center provides a myriad of brochures, travel information, tours to choose from.
After conferring with a staff, hubby and I decided to take some maps and proceeded to see the Flinder's area with it's myriad of restaurants, cafes, shopping stalls. I fell in love in Melbourne, right then and there. It's a fantastic place with modern buildings situated side by side with Victorian structures. I love it's eclectic mix of people, buildings and culture.
I love Melbourne. Period.