Melbourne public transport is truly amazing.
John and I recently holidayed in Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria. We ‘hopped’ on an off public transport sometimes up to ten times a day. The hopping bit is an exaggeration. Neither of us is nimble enough to hop anywhere. We pretended.
This is a view of the city from the top of the Melbourne Cricket Ground taken in between showers.
We live in a suburb which is 12 kilometres from the Perth Central Business District. It’s a 400 metre walk from our house to the closest bus stop. Buses to the nearest large shopping centre and nearby train station arrive about every 25 minutes. That’s on a really good day. No wonder the efficiency of Melbourne public transport left us (almost) speechless.
In Melbourne the tram-stop to the major regional train station was outside the door of our beautiful apartment on Bourke Street. Trams and trains went to many amazing places. We sampled lots, including a train ride to the pretty suburb of East Ringwood to visit old friends. We also got on trams just to see where they went. Suburbs we’d heard about all our lives became real.
This is a very old version of a tram – included here because I love the name of the destination (in Bendigo). This tram was identical to one I used to catch to school in the 1940s. Memory lane!
The trams in Melbourne come in a dizzying range of colours. They provide pops of bright colour against the wintry background. There are sleek modern numbers and some that should probably be pensioned off.
The City Circle trams run in big, well, circles, around the CBD. Travel on all trams in the city centre is free. We bought a MYKI card and topped it up, but our transport costs were minimal in spite of the distances we travelled.
We went on a day trip on the train to Geelong on the coast. We also went by trains to the larger cities of Ballarat and Bendigo. Hard to believe trains to the regional centres were so easy to find and board. And they ran as often as the buses near our house!
There are some fun ways to travel around Melbourne.
Well, this one’s fun if you are not a horse. These poor fellows were outside the National Gallery, Melbourne, on a quite wet day. There was a queue of carriages, and few takers. The inside of the carriages looked very pretty, with velvet lap rugs and flowers.
The rain kept us from a cruise on the Yarra, although the cruises up and down the river are not part of the Melbourne public transport system.
And here’s a festive photo of John and me in an electric bus on a guided tour in the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens.
We were happy because we didn’t have to walk another step and because the sun was shining. Not that we needed reasons to be happy.
As well as getting places using the Melbourne public transport system, wonderful as it is, we clocked up about a million steps on my pedometer . Well, one has to shop a little in the shopping capital of Australia, of course. And visit art galleries. and tour the MCG – what an eyeopener. And explore the quirky lane-ways and spectacular arcades.
Thanks for visiting my blog. If you love Melbourne, tell us about your experience.