Melbourne is home to Victoria’s premier sea passenger terminal, Station Pier at Port Melbourne. This welcoming, relaxed, international and cultural city is the perfect place to start your holiday, as there is plenty to do before you embark on your cruise, including tons of restaurants, cafes, cultural destinations and leafy parks. The number of cruises departing from Melbourne is increasing year-on-year, with the main destinations being New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia’s Coast.
Popular Destinations from Melbourne
The majority of cruises departing from Melbourne venture along Australia’s coast, to New Zealand or to Tasmania, but as the number of cruise ships basing themselves in Melbourne increases, so does the number of cruise itineraries.
Melbourne Cruising Seasons
Melbourne's main cruising season is from November to April.
Cruise Ships Departing Melbourne
Melbourne’s Cruise Terminal, Station Pier, has three berths for cruise ships, and one that is the permanent home of the Spirit of Tasmania. It is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (route 109) to Port Melbourne, a five minute walk from Station Pier. There is also a taxi rank at the terminal, as well as short-term parking at the Waterfront Place precinct, immediately adjoining Station Pier. Long-term parking is available at Tullamarine Airport, approximately 20km from the port, and connected to it by a regular bus service.
Port of Melbourne
The Port of Melbourne is located at Waterfront Place, Port of Melbourne and is the principle terminal for cruise ships docking in Victoria's capital. The port is located approximately 4 kilometres from Melbourne CBD and 20 kilometers depending on the route from Tullamarine Airport.
Approximate travel times and costs
- 10 minutes from Collins Street, CBD (taxi $7.14 to $14.28)
- 30 minutes from Tullamarine Airport (taxi $28.56 to $42.84)
- 9 minutes from Collins Street to the Port of Melbourne
There is also an official Taxi rank on the pier when ships arrive.
Drop-off by private vechile
Vehicles dropping off passengers who are boarding are actually allowed onto the pier. The pier is manned by security guards who will check that you have the appropriate boarding passes before allowing access so have your documentation ready.
Shops and restaurants
The Port of Melbourne is located moments from Port Melbourne and Southbank, with the CBD just on the other side of the Yarra River. There are also shops, restaurants and cafes located along the waterfront.
Location of Passenger Port
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