Discover the wonders of Melbourne around the Free Tram Zone
Melbourne is currently more accessible and tourist-friendly than ever as anyone can hop on and off trams around the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) hassle-free and completely free of charge.
Starting 1 January 2015, Public Transport Victoria (PTV) has introduced a 'Free Tram Zone' that covers most of the Melbourne CBD and some of the surrounding areas, including Queen Victoria Market and Docklands. Tourists and visitors are able to travel around the city and to key attractions on Melbourne's iconic trams for free.
One of the key routes on the newly introduced free grid runs down to Victoria Harbour, Docklands. In Docklands, you can find the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, which stands majestically over a mix of shops, cafes and hip bars, and allows you to experience Melbourne from a bird’s eye view. You can enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree views stretching as far as Yarra Valley and Arthurs Seat. Docklands is also a haven for snap-happy tourists no matter the time or season.
On the opposite side of the city, Federation Square is the culture hub of the city and is home to two art and design centres – ACMI and NGV. The square boasts over 2,000 events a year, from music performances to cultural festivals. Most notably, the annual Fiesta Malaysia, or the Malaysian cultural festival, is held on 9 May this year.